Anderson at the Internet Movie Database - Sam's television and film credits
Anderson at the Internet Broadway Database - Sam's Broadway stage credits
entry for Sam Anderson
STRANGERS PRESS KIT BIOGRAPHY
particular biography was taken from the 1990-91 season press kit for the show)
Sam Anderson was born April 2 in Clark,
South Dakota. After attending grade school in Clark and high school in
Wahpeton, ND, he went on to attend the University of North Dakota at Grand
Forks, graduating with a B.A. in theater, and returned again to earn his Masterís
degree in American literature and creative writing.
Anderson moved to California after landing
a job at Antelope Valley Community College, approximately 40 miles from
Hollywood. For four years, he was the schoolís "one man theater
department," teaching seven classes a semester and directing five plays a
year. Anxious to pursue his own acting career, Anderson them moved to Los
Angeles, where his first job was that of temporary stage manager for James
Whitmoreís one-man show, "Bully." Anderson, who had studied
classical piano for 15 years, was finally able to put his musical training to
work, as he went on to score and record the background music for the filmed
version of the play.
Returning at last to acting, he appeared
in a play with the Group Repertory Theater, where a casting director spotted him
and cast him in his first television role, as a guest star on "WKRP in
Cincinnati." Subsequent television credits include "The Golden
Girls," "Hunter," "Hill Street Blues,"
"Valerie," "21 Jump Street" and "Alien Nation."
In addition to his regular role on
"Perfect Strangers," Anderson has appeared for three seasons in the
recurring role of Principal DeWitt on "Growing Pains," distinguishing
him as one of only a handful of actors who have held regular roles on two
network series concurrently.
Andersonís stage credits include the
title role in the West Coast premiere of the David Mamet play,
"Edmond," which was staged in Los Angeles during the Olympic Arts
Festival in 1984. He also starred in productions of "Marat / Sade"
and "Kingfish," both roles earning him Drama-Logue Awards for
Outstanding Performance by an Actor.
Feature film credits include
"Critters II," "La Bamba," "Airplane II: The
Sequel," "Movers and Shakers" and "Dark Angel."
Anderson lives in Los Angeles with his
wife, where he enjoys writing and reading. He is also serving a three-year
term as a member of the Western Advisory Board of Actors Equity.
AND CURRENT PROJECTS
Click on the
website links below for more information about Sam's most recent and current
Road Theatre Company