Richard Anderson of The Six Million Dollar Man dead at 91

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Mar 25, 2021, 1:00 PM EDT (Updated)

Actor Richard Anderson, best known for his roles in The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, is dead at age 91.

Born in 1926 in New Jersey, Anderson moved to Los Angeles at age 10 and served 17 months in the U.S. Army after high school. After serving, he went into acting. It was a 1949 role in the TV series Lights, Camera, Action that drew the attention of Cary Grant, who became a mentor to the young actor.

Anderson became a contract player at MGM and Fox and had nearly 200 roles to his name, spread out across film and television. We, of course, remember him fondly for playing Oscar Goldman in The Six Million Dollar Man and its spin-off, The Bionic Woman. Goldman was the head of the Office of Scientific Intelligence and boss to the eponymous Steve Austin. He also was responsible for turning Jaime Summers into the Bionic Woman.

Even if you have never seen The Six Million Dollar Man, you are probably familiar with the opening sequence: "We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We can make him better than he was. Better ... stronger ... faster." That was Richard Anderson.

Besides The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, some of Anderson's biggest films included Paths of Glory, Escape From Fort Bravo, Forbidden Planet, and Seven Days in May. On the TV side, Anderson was seen in Knight Rider, Dynasty, and Ironside, and was the narrator on Kung Fu: The Legend Continues.