Richard Anderson, who is best known for his role of Oscar Goldman from televisions Six Million Dollar Man has passed away at the age of 91.
Anderson, who was a household name on television during the 1970’s got his start in acting when he started doing Summer Stock and Radio work.
After this humble beginning. Anderson went on to play many character and leading roles in classic television series.
He had roles in shows such as ‘The Fugitive’, ‘The Rifleman’, ‘Gunsmoke’ and much more.
In the 70’s and 80’s, he became a household name with TV viewers for his role of Oscar Goldman. Steve Austin’s boss in ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’. He also went onto reprise the role in ‘The Bionic Woman’.
After his successful stint as Oscar Goldman. The actor and producer went on to guest in many classic 80’s shows such as ‘The Fall Guy’, Knight Rider’, ‘Fantasy Island’, ‘Automan’ and ‘The A – Team’.
Recognising that there was still a lot of fan love for ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’ and ‘The Bionic Woman’ in the late 80’s. Anderson along with other cast and crew from the shows attempted to start a revival, which took the form of ‘The Return Of The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman’, which hit TV screens in 1987.
The film was fairly well received by the fan base but didn’t do well enough to warrant a television series.
Not one to give up easily. He reprised the role of Oscar Goldman in a further two spin – off movies ‘Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman’, which introduced the world to a fresh faced Sandra Bullock. And ‘Bionic Breakdown’, which was retitled as ‘Bionic Ever After’ for the UK market.
Ultimately, Anderson’s hopes bringing back the Bionic shows never happened, but it was not for lack of trying.
Often a favorite guest at various conventions. Anderson was always very giving of his time to fans and would often enjoy reminiscing about both ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’ and ‘The Bionic Woman’.
To science fiction and fantasy fans, Richard Anderson will be forever known as Oscar Goldman. The laid back, but no nonsense head of the OSI and handler of Steve Austin and Jaime Sommers.
We at scifipulse.net would like to pass on our deepest condolences to the surviving family and friends of Richard Anderson. Rest in peace Oscar.