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Date Of BirthDecember 13, 1954
DiedAugust 7, 1992, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, United States
SpouseJamie Anderson
FactAfter his death in 1992, he was cremated and his ashes taken out to sea as part of his membership with the Neptune Society.

John Anderson is an American country musician with a career spanning over 40 years. He was born in Apopka, Florida, on December 13, 1954, the son of Mary Louise (née Bryant) and John Wesley Anderson. His father was a WWII veteran and his mother was a homemaker. He has four siblings: two brothers and two sisters. Anderson was raised in a musical family and began playing the guitar at the age of eight. He was educated at Apopka High School, where he played football and baseball. After graduation, he attended the University of Florida on a football scholarship. He left college after one year to pursue a career in music.

Anderson’s musical career began in the early 1970s, when he played in a band called the John Anderson Band. The band released one album, John Anderson Band (1972), before disbanding. Anderson then embarked on a solo career, releasing his debut album, Songs for the End of the World (1973). He achieved success with his second album, John Anderson (1977), which reached number five on the Billboard country chart. The album’s success led to a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records.

Anderson’s subsequent albums, including Seminole Wind (1992) and Easy Money (1996), were also successful, and he has charted more than 40 singles on the Billboard country charts, including five number-one hits: “Swingin'”, ” Seminole Wind”, “Straight Tequila Night”, “Money in the Bank”, and “I Just Came Home to Count the Memories”. He has also appeared as a guest on several television shows, including The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Anderson has been married three times and has four children. His first marriage was to Barbara Ann Trask, with whom he had two daughters: Rebecca Lynn (born 1977) and Anna Marie (born 1980). The couple divorced in 1987. Anderson married his second wife, Julie Lynn Goldsmith, in 1988. The couple had two sons: Jake William (born 1989) and Samuel Wyatt (born 1992). They divorced in 1995. Anderson married his third wife, Jodi Lynn Haynes, in 2000. The couple has one son: Elijah Blue (born 2001).

Anderson has an estimated net worth of $10 million. He has won several awards, including the Academy of Country Music’s Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award (1998) and the Country Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2015).

General Info

Date Of BirthDecember 13, 1954
DiedAugust 7, 1992, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, United States
Weight140.2 kg
ProfessionRecord producer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Swingin', Seminole Wind, Straight Tequila Night, Wickenburg, AZ, United States, Thousand Oaks, CA, USA
EducationStanford University, University of British Columbia


SpouseJamie Anderson
ChildrenDeborah Anderson, Jade Anderson, Damion Anderson, Roundabout, Owner of a Lonely Heart, Love Will Find a Way
SiblingsDeanna Anderson Wall, Tim Anderson, Donna Kay Anderson, Swingin', Seminole Wind, Straight Tequila Night, Wickenburg, AZ, United States, Thousand Oaks, CA, USA


AwardsCountry Music Association Award for Single of the Year, Country Music Association Award for New Artist of the Year, Country Music Association Award for Album of the Year, Academy of Country Music Awards Career Achievement Award, Swingin', Seminole Wind, Straight Tequila Night, Wickenburg, AZ, United...
Music GroupsMuzikMafia
NominationsCountry Music Association Award for Male Vocalist of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for Song of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for Male Vocalist of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for Vocal Duo of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for Album of the Year, Grammy Awa...
MoviesPsycho, Soldier Blue, Ride the High Country, Smokey and the Bandit II, Namu, the Killer Whale, Heaven with a Gun, Young Billy Young, Cotton Comes to Harlem, The Hallelujah Trail, 5 Card Stud, Welcome to Hard Times, Eight Men Out, The Satan Bug, Molly and Lawless John, The Lincoln Conspiracy, Executi...
TV ShowsNorth and South, Rich Man, Poor Man Book II, Backstairs at the White House, SportsCenter, Dream West

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1He guest starred in episodes of 3 different TV westerns as the former commander of a Civil War prison camp who was now trying to hide under an assumed name to escape his past. In Bonanza: The Fence (1969) and The Big Valley: The Guilt of Matt Bentell (1965) he was unaware of some of the deplorable conditions in his camp and was remorseful for what happened. However, on Cheyenne: Retaliation (1961) he was fully aware of the conditions and tried to eliminate anyone who discovered his true identity.
2Shares last name with Richard Dean Anderson, and played the grandfather of MacGyver (1985). Despite this, there is no relation.
3Twice played Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, the Commissioner of Baseball from 1920 to 1944 brought in by the team owners to restore public confidence after the 1919 Black Sox scandal in 'Babe Ruth (1991)(TV movie)' and Eight Men Out (1988).
4Received a master's degree in drama from the University of Iowa.
5Started his acting career on the Mississippi River showboat Goldenrod.
6Spent a year at the Cleveland Playhouse before going to New York and Broadway.
7Served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II.
8After his death in 1992, he was cremated and his ashes taken out to sea as part of his membership with the Neptune Society.
9Anderson had lost his own wife shortly before appearing in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) "The Survivors", and said that the subject matter made the role of Kevin Uxbridge one of the most difficult of his career. (Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion).
10Bore a strong resemblance to President Abraham Lincoln and portrayed him three times. He also played presidents Andrew Jackson (twice) and Franklin Roosevelt (once).
11The first of his appearances on Gunsmoke (1955), in the episode "Buffalo Man", climaxed with a brutal fistfight between his character, Ben Siple, and James Arness' Marshal Matt Dillon. This action scene, from its build-up to its dénouement, would become the common sequence upon which generations of budding editors would cut their teeth in film school. This sequence also features Jack Klugman, who would later co-star with Anderson in the classic "A Passage for Trumpet" episode of The Twilight Zone (1959). Shortly before his death, Anderson remarked that it was Klugman who informed him, many years after the filming of their Gunsmoke (1955) episode, that they had become legendary among film editors for their ubiquitous presence in student editing bays.




Lassie1959-1966TV SeriesBoone Sawyer / Russ Anderson / Les Matthews
The Wackiest Ship in the Army1966TV SeriesSergeant Mac
The Big Valley1965TV SeriesMatt Bentell / Matt Simmons
A Man Called Shenandoah1965TV SeriesSheriff Haley
The Hallelujah Trail1965Sgt. Buell
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour1962-1965TV SeriesLuke Hunter / Adam
Rawhide1964-1965TV SeriesMajor Cantwell / Captain James Rankin
The Satan Bug1965Agent Reagan
Kraft Suspense Theatre1965TV SeriesRankin
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea1965TV SeriesDr. Janus
The Fugitive1964-1965TV SeriesJustin Briggs / Ed Shrader
The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet1964TV SeriesCafe Owner
Ben Casey1963-1964TV SeriesFoster Hancock / Krabz
The Great Adventure1963-1964TV SeriesAndrew Jackson / Colonel Knowlton
Death Valley Days1960-1964TV SeriesJim Reed
The Lieutenant1964TV SeriesJoe Hammond
My Favorite Martian1963TV SeriesCapt. Farrow
The Outer Limits1963TV SeriesEbonite Interrogator
Redigo1963TV SeriesLee Cresco
Dr. Kildare1962-1963TV SeriesSherwin Cullen / Vernon Hackett
Kraft Mystery Theater1963TV SeriesSheriff Jim Seay
The Untouchables1960-1963TV SeriesVictor Kurtz / Miles Spencer / George McPhail
Perry Mason1959-1963TV SeriesDan O'Malley / Bud Ferrand / George Andrews
The Rifleman1959-1963TV SeriesSamuel E. Gibbs / John Gangling / Will Temple / ...
Stoney Burke1962-1963TV SeriesFoster Fowler / Bruce Austin
Laramie1960-1963TV SeriesBob Blayne / Leo McCall / Sobey / ...
Route 661963TV SeriesGeneral Scranton
Alcoa Premiere1962-1963TV SeriesHannibal Roth / Heber Gresham
The Dick Powell Theatre1963TV Series
The Eleventh Hour1962TV SeriesAgent Sterne
Sam Benedict1962TV SeriesJames Bradley
Ride the High Country1962Elder Hammond
Geronimo1962Jeremiah Burns
Thriller1962TV SeriesJacob Grant
Cain's Hundred1962TV SeriesKenneth Drake
The Tall Man1962TV SeriesMajor Jud Randolph
Walk on the Wild Side1962Preacher
Tales of Wells Fargo1958-1962TV SeriesCol. Bledsoe / Sheriff / Charley Mason
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1961TV SeriesNicholson
Cheyenne1961TV SeriesThackeray Smith / Col John Nathan Thomas
Frontier Circus1961TV SeriesCarl
King of Diamonds1961TV SeriesSam Hall / Lt. Rogers
87th Precinct1961TV SeriesBill Brewster
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp1960-1961TV SeriesVirgil Earp
Adventures in Paradise1961TV SeriesBenson
Lawman1960-1961TV SeriesHassayampa Edwards / Lloyd Malone
Peter Loves Mary1961TV SeriesBill Horton
Bat Masterson1961TV SeriesMajor Liam Mars
Harrigan and Son1960TV SeriesEarl
The Wackiest Ship in the Army1960Sailor (uncredited)
Zane Grey Theater1957-1960TV SeriesJohn Duncan / Fisk Madden / Marshal Cal Lazenby / ...
Dante1960TV SeriesHarrigan
Outlaws1960TV SeriesSimon Shaw
Le olimpiadi dei mariti1960
Stagecoach West1960TV SeriesCole Dawson
The Westerner1960TV SeriesLeth Ritchie
Psycho1960California Charlie
The Man from Blackhawk1960TV SeriesCraig
Johnny Ringo1960TV SeriesLem Cartwright
The Rebel1960TV SeriesEzra Taber
Wanted: Dead or Alive1960TV SeriesDeputy Sheriff Fix
The Detectives1960TV SeriesHenry Long / Spencer / Will Stalker
Bronco1960TV SeriesAndy Strudevant
Law of the Plainsman1959-1960TV SeriesJeb Wicken / Matthew Bannock / Clyde Santee
Overland Trail1960TV SeriesLodestone Marshal
Black Saddle1959-1960TV SeriesSam Glidden / Clyde Wicker
Have Gun - Will Travel1958-1959TV SeriesWalt Dunne / Fred Horn / Martin Wheeler / ...
Last Train from Gun Hill1959Salesman in Horseshoe (uncredited)
The Rough Riders1959TV SeriesMatt Kane / John Healy
Man Without a Gun1959TV SeriesAb Carver
Trackdown1957-1959TV SeriesBilly McCall / Sam Bass
Yancy Derringer1959TV SeriesWayne Raven
Richard Diamond, Private Detective1959TV SeriesPaul Russell
Peter Gunn1959TV SeriesSergeant Rainey
Steve Canyon1959TV SeriesSergeant Bulla
Alcoa Theatre1959TV SeriesVirgil Merryman
U.S. Marshal1959TV SeriesRoy Andrews
Mike Hammer1959TV SeriesBill Thomas
The Californians1958TV SeriesReed Bullard
Cimarron City1958TV SeriesSheriff Jim Martin
Target1958TV Series
The Walter Winchell File1958TV SeriesBurke
Sea Hunt1958TV SeriesProfessor Auerbach / P.K. Kennedy / Warren Tate
Tombstone Territory1958TV SeriesAllen Danbury
The True Story of Lynn Stuart1958Doc (uncredited)
The Court of Last Resort1957TV SeriesPhil
The Phil Silvers Show1955-1956TV SeriesFilm Theatre Orderly / Zeke 'Ozark' Rutledge
Target Zero1955Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Gang Busters1955TV Series
Cavalcade of America1954TV Series
The Eddie Cantor Story1953Bobby (uncredited)
Rocky King, Detective1953TV SeriesTheater Manager / Bartender
Bread of Freedom1952TV Movie
Fireside Theatre1950TV Series
Jake and the Fatman1992TV SeriesAce Thompson
Quantum Leap1992TV SeriesPat Knight
Bed of Lies1992TV MoviePrice Daniel, Sr.
Daddy1991TV MovieGeorge Watson
Babe Ruth1991TV MovieJudge Landis
Murder, She Wrote1991TV SeriesAndrew Dixon
In Broad Daylight1991TV MovieWes Westerman
Perfect Strangers1991TV SeriesGrandpa Beaumont 'Buzz' Appleton
MacGyver1985-1990TV SeriesHarry Jackson
Shannon's Deal1990TV Series
Follow Your Heart1990TV MovieJosh
Matlock1990TV SeriesSam Chandler
Star Trek: The Next Generation1989TV SeriesKevin Uxbridge
Deadly Innocents1989Gus
Full Exposure: The Sex Tapes Scandal1989TV MovieGeorge Dutton
Knightwatch1989TV SeriesMorris
Baby Boom1988TV SeriesAnakott
Hunter1988TV SeriesWinston Taggert
Annie McGuire1988TV SeriesO'Reilly
Eight Men Out1988Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis
Dallas1983-1988TV SeriesDr. Herbert Styles / Richard McIntyre
Our House1987TV SeriesLt. Col. Roger Trask
Square One Television1987TV SeriesRoark
Mathnet1987TV SeriesRoark
American Harvest1987TV MovieJudge Meriweather
Heart of the City1987TV SeriesWarren
Hardesty House1986TV MovieMaxwell Eaton II
Scorpion1986Joel / Noel G. Koch
Starman1986TV SeriesRayfield
Never Too Young to Die1986Arliss
Dream West1986TV Mini-SeriesBrig. Gen. Brooke
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1964-1986TV SeriesFarmer Wills / Holbrook
North and South1985TV Mini-SeriesWilliam Hazard
Matt Houston1984-1985TV SeriesCapt. Conroy / Judge David Myer
Sins of the Past1984TV MovieRev. Donald Randolph
Riptide1984TV SeriesWalter Truman
Scarecrow and Mrs. King1984TV SeriesHumbug / Walter David Reilly
Jessie1984TV SeriesPeckham
Insight1983TV Series
M*A*S*H1983TV SeriesGen. Addison Collins
The Fall Guy1983TV SeriesAl Barton
Carry Me Back1982Geoff
Missing Children: A Mother's Story1982TV MovieStanley Willard
Voyagers!1982TV SeriesAbraham Lincoln
Quincy M.E.1977-1982TV SeriesPolice Chief Frank Ollano / Justin DeWilde / Movie Director
The First Time1982TV MoviePaul Cooper
Silver Spoons1982TV SeriesCaptain Stark
The American Adventure1982Mark Twain Franklin D. Roosevelt (voice)
Bret Maverick1982TV SeriesGeneral Frye
Hart to Hart1981TV SeriesJim Blye
The Greatest American Hero1981TV SeriesGeneral Gerald Stocker
Zoot Suit1981Judge F.W. Charles
Checking In1981TV SeriesMr. Claymore
The Jeffersons1981TV SeriesMr. Claymore
ABC Weekend Specials1981TV SeriesCurtis George
Sanford1981TV SeriesJudge
Smokey and the Bandit II1980Governor
Tenspeed and Brown Shoe1980TV SeriesVernon Laws
Out of the Blue1980T.V. Interviewer
The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo1980TV SeriesCol. Clayborn
In Search of Historic Jesus1979DocumentaryCaiaphas
Project U.F.O.1979TV SeriesCaptain Bergstad
$weepstake$1979TV SeriesThomas Singer
Backstairs at the White House1979TV Mini-SeriesPresident Franklin Delano Roosevelt
The Incredible Hulk1979TV SeriesMike Calahan
The Deerslayer1978TV MovieHutter
Donner Pass: The Road to Survival1978TV MoviePatrick Breen
Lou Grant1977TV SeriesRussell Grainger
The Last Hurrah1977TV MovieAmos Force
Peter Lundy and the Medicine Hat Stallion1977TV MovieAlexander Majors
The Lincoln Conspiracy1977Abraham Lincoln
Tales of the Unexpected1977TV Mini-SeriesFloyd Carrington
The Force of Evil1977TV MovieSheriff Floyd Carrington
Tail Gunner Joe1977TV MovieGen. George C. Marshall (uncredited)
Once an Eagle1976TV Mini-SeriesGeorge Varney
Rich Man, Poor Man - Book II1976TV SeriesScotty
The Rockford Files1976TV SeriesGerald A. O'Malley
The Quest1976TV SeriesHarper
Bridger1976TV MoviePresident Andrew Jackson
The Dark Side of Innocence1976TV MovieStephen Hancock
The Quest1976TV MovieArmy officer
Bronk1975TV SeriesHecker
The Family Holvak1975TV SeriesMcKesson
Little House on the Prairie1975TV SeriesAmos Pike
Death Among Friends1975TV MovieCapt. Lewis
The Specialist1975Pike Smith
Dead Man on the Run1975TV MovieJason Monroe
Barnaby Jones1975TV SeriesJohn Albright
Emergency!1975TV SeriesCaptain Bob Roberts
The Bob Newhart Show1974TV SeriesMr. Charlie Colton
Petrocelli1974TV SeriesJoshua Forbes
The Dove1974Mike Turk
Manhunter1974TV MovieAaron Denver
Kung Fu1973-1974TV SeriesJack Youngblood / Benjamin Dundee
Hec Ramsey1973-1974TV SeriesHarry Munson / Gabe Rawlins
Smile Jenny, You're Dead1974TV MovieCol. John Lockport
Heatwave!1974TV MovieToler
Executive Action1973Halliday
Egan1973TV MovieJ.R. King
Counselor at Crime1973Don Vito Albanese
Cannon1973TV SeriesMajor Bliss
Brock's Last Case1973TV MovieJoe Cuspis
Call to Danger1973TV MovieEdward McClure
Gunsmoke1958-1973TV SeriesLes McConnell / Adam Kimbro / Lemuel Cleary / ...
Set This Town on Fire1973TV MovieHenry Kealey
Molly and Lawless John1972Sheriff Marvin Parker
The F.B.I.1966-1972TV SeriesBollin / Adam MacDonald
The Sixth Sense1972TV SeriesThe Sheriff
The Stepmother1972Inspector Darnezi
Bearcats!1971TV SeriesJudge Juan O'Brien
McMillan & Wife1971TV SeriesSandy King
Cade's County1971TV SeriesColonel Street
Man and Boy1971Stretch
Hitched1971TV MovieJomer Cruett
Hawaii Five-O1971TV SeriesBrig. General Earl Rigney
Soldier Blue1970Col. Iverson
Cotton Comes to Harlem1970Capt. Bryce
The Andersonville Trial1970TV MovieAmbrose Spencer
The Animals1970Sheriff Allan Pierce
The Virginian1962-1969TV SeriesSeth James / Sam McLain / Deputy Sheriff Sam Morrell / ...
Here Come the Brides1969TV SeriesGentleman Harry Smith / Silas
Young Billy Young1969Boone
The Great Bank Robbery1969Mayor Kincaid
Heaven with a Gun1969Asa Beck
Bonanza1960-1969TV SeriesSam Masters / Tom Andrews / Tulsa Weems / ...
Lancer1968TV SeriesSheriff
Massacre Harbor1968Maj. Indrus
5 Card Stud1968Marshal Dana
A Man Called Gannon1968Capper
Day of the Evil Gun1968Captain Jefferson Addis
The Rat Patrol1966-1968TV SeriesMajor Indrus / Gen. Owen Lansbury
Mannix1967TV SeriesGeorge Blake
Dundee and the Culhane1967TV SeriesKintpaush
Cimarron Strip1967TV SeriesArn Tinker
Iron Horse1966-1967TV SeriesOlsen / Burton Standish
Welcome to Hard Times1967Ezra Maple / Isaac Maple
Occasional Wife1967TV SeriesCol. Thorndyke
The Road West1967TV SeriesMajor Perry
A Covenant with Death1967Dietrich
Tarzan1967TV SeriesDolan
The Felony Squad1967TV SeriesLt. Mike Reineck
The Fortune Cookie1966Abraham Lincoln (uncredited)
Namu, the Killer Whale1966Joe Clausen
The Legend of Jesse James1966TV SeriesMoss Canby
Scalplock1966TV MovieBurton Standish

Assistant Director

Dick Tracy vs. Cueball1946assistant director - uncredited


Soldier Blue1970performer: "Battle Cry of Freedom" - uncredited


Tom Cottle: Up Close1982-1983TV SeriesHimself
Lincoln: Trial by Fire1974TV Movie documentary

Archive Footage

Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone1994TV MovieVirgil Earp (flashback sequence)
MacGyver1991TV SeriesHarry Jackson
Voyagers!1983TV SeriesAbraham Lincoln
America at the Movies1976DocumentaryElder Hammond (uncredited)


Won Awards

1968Bronze WranglerWestern Heritage AwardsFictional Television DramaThe Virginian (1962)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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