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SpouseMarina Anderson
FactServed in the British Army during WW2 with The Royal Signal Corps.

Michael Anderson is a British film director, best known for his work on the science fiction films “Logan’s Run” and “Orbiter 9”.

Anderson was born in London, England on 6th October 1920. His parents were both actors, and he initially followed in their footsteps, appearing in a number of stage productions as a child. However, Anderson soon developed a love for film and decided to pursue a career in directing.

After completing his studies at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Anderson began working in the British film industry. His first major success came with the 1956 film “The Dam Busters”, which was nominated for an Academy Award.

Anderson’s other notable films include “The Shoes of the Fisherman” (1968), “The Quiller Memorandum” (1966), and “Operation Crossbow” (1965). He also directed the television series “The Martian Chronicles” (1980) and “Space: 1999” (1975-1977).

In recent years, Anderson has largely retired from directing, although he has continued to make occasional appearances on television and in films. His most recent project was the 2016 short film “A Day in the Life”.

Anderson has been married three times and has four children. His first wife was actress Mary Law, with whom he had two sons. His second wife was actress Virginia McKenna, with whom he had a daughter. His third and current wife is actress Katie Johnson.

Anderson has an estimated net worth of $5 million.

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ProfessionBasketball coach


SpouseMarina Anderson
ParentsLawrence Anderson, Beatrice Anderson


NominationsAcademy Award for Best Director, Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture, BAFTA Award for Best Film, BAFTA Award for Best British Film, Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film, Gemini Award for Best Directio...
MoviesLogan's Run, Around the World in 80 Days, Orca, The Dam Busters, Operation Crossbow, The Shoes of the Fisherman, The Quiller Memorandum, Millennium, The Wreck of the Mary Deare, Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze, Young Catherine, The Naked Edge, Sword of Gideon, Pope Joan, The New Adventures of Pinocchi...
TV ShowsCarnivàle, Port Charles, Twin Peaks

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1[on directing science-fiction films] I'm totally fascinated by it and whenever I'm asked to do science-fiction I jump at it because it's something I really enjoy. You can use your own imagination more. It opens up visual aspects that are taboo or you don't get the opportunity to do in normal films. Where do you get the opportunity of doing a time tank? Or a holograph? Or somebody walking from the past into the future or the present? It's a fascinating spirit--something we all dream about.


1Ex-father-in-law of Maria O'Brien, Victoria Harrington and Marina Anderson.
2Son of British actor Lawrence Anderson and actress Beatrice Anderson
3His great aunt, actress Mary Anderson of Louisville, was the one of the first American Shakespearean actress, and the Mary Anderson Theatre in Louisville is dedicated to her.
4Served in the British Army during WW2 with The Royal Signal Corps.
5Father of actor Michael Anderson Jr. and producer David C. Anderson.
6Is fluent in French, Italian and German
7Stepfather of actress Laurie Holden and Christopher Holden.



Shake Hands with the Devil1959
Chase a Crooked Shadow1958
Battle Hell1957
Around the World in Eighty Days1956
The Dam Busters1955
Will Any Gentleman...?1953
The House of the Arrow1953
Night Was Our Friend1951
Hell Is Sold Out1951
Waterfront Women1950
Private Angelo1949
Around the World in 80 Days1999Video
The New Adventures of Pinocchio1999
Summer of the Monkeys1998
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea1997TV Movie
Captains Courageous1996TV Movie
Rugged Gold1994TV Movie
The Sea Wolf1993TV Movie
Scales of Justice1992-1993TV Series 2 episodes
Scales of Justice1992
Young Catherine1991TV Movie
The Jeweller's Shop1988
Sword of Gideon1986TV Movie
Separate Vacations1986
Second Time Lucky1984
Murder by Phone1982
The Martian Chronicles1980TV Mini-Series 3 episodes
Logan's Run1976
Conduct Unbecoming1975
Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze1975
Pope Joan1972
The Shoes of the Fisherman1968/I
The Quiller Memorandum1966
Operation Crossbow1965
Wild and Wonderful1964
Flight from Ashiya1964
The Naked Edge1961
All the Fine Young Cannibals1960
The Wreck of the Mary Deare1959

Assistant Director

Woman Hater1948assistant director
Mr. Perrin and Mr. Traill1948assistant director
One Night with You1948assistant director
Vice Versa1948assistant director
Fame Is the Spur1947assistant director
Secret Flight1946assistant director
Unpublished Story1942assistant director
Bombsight Stolen1941assistant director - uncredited
Jeannie1941first assistant director - as Mickey Anderson
Quiet Wedding1941assistant director
A Voice in the Night1941assistant director
Spy for a Day1940assistant director


In Which We Serve1942Albert Fosdick (as Mickey Anderson)
Housemaster1938Oily Boyd (uncredited)


Shake Hands with the Devil1959producer
Private Angelo1949producer


Private Angelo1949writer

Production Manager

In Which We Serve1942unit manager


Stop Messin' About!: The Very Best of Kenneth Williams1996Video documentary special thanks
George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey1984Documentary thanks


Fifties British War Films: Days of Glory2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
A Look Into the 23rd Century1976Documentary shortHimself
The Lion Roars Again1975Documentary shortHimself
The Shoes of the Fisherman1968/IIDocumentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Studio of the Stars: The Elstree Story1967TV Movie documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Around the World of Mike Todd1967TV Movie documentaryHimself


Won Awards

2012DGC Lifetime Achievement AwardDirectors Guild of Canada
1998Best of the FestBreckenridge Festival of FilmChildren's FilmSummer of the Monkeys (1998)
1998Audience AwardMarco Island Film FestivalBest Feature DramaSummer of the Monkeys (1998)

Nominated Awards

1988ACECableACE AwardsDirecting a Movie or MiniseriesSword of Gideon (1986)
1981HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationThe Martian Chronicles (1980)
1977HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationLogan's Run (1976)
1977Golden PrizeMoscow International Film FestivalLogan's Run (1976)
1960Best FilmMar del Plata Film FestivalInternational CompetitionThe Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959)
1957OscarAcademy Awards, USABest DirectorAround the World in Eighty Days (1956)
1957Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest DirectorAround the World in Eighty Days (1956)
1957Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalYangtse Incident: The Story of H.M.S. Amethyst (1957)
1957DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesAround the World in Eighty Days (1956)

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