John Anderson Overview:

Character actor, John Anderson, was born on Oct 20, 1922 in Clayton, Illinois. Anderson appeared in over 235 film and TV roles, mostly TV. His notable film appearances include playing Elder Hammond in Ride the High Country (starring Joel McCrea and Randolph Scott), and California Charlie (the used car salesman who helps Janet Leigh) in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.. Anderson died at the age of 69 on Aug 7, 1992 in Sherman Oaks, CA .


Lean, laconic and lantern-jawed, John Anderson looked a certainty for fanatical Confederate colonels and powers behind the thrones of western towns. In his early years, he spent more than three years acting on a Mississippi showboat, only leaving to serve with the Coast Guard during World War II. He appeared fairly regularly in films from the late 1950s, mainly in westerns, but was most prolific on television.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



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John Anderson Quotes:

Captain Jefferson Addis: I'll take the horse. Don't be a fool, Mr. Forbes. Turn around! Alive, you can still walk. Dead, you can only lay down.

Owen Forbes: They're deserters!
Lorne Warfield: Well, is that a fact?
Captain Jefferson Addis: Renegades is a better word. It implies a spirit of adventure. Desertion is cowardly. We're not that.

California Charlie: I'm in no mood for trouble.
Marion Crane: What?
California Charlie: There's an old saying, "First customer of the day is always the trouble!" But like I say, I'm in no mood for it, so I'm gonna treat you so fair and square that you won't have one human reason to give me...
Marion Crane: Can I trade my car in and take another?
California Charlie: Do anything you've a mind to. Bein' a woman, you will. That yours?
Marion Crane: Yes, it's just that - there's nothing wrong with it. I just...
California Charlie: Sick of the sight of it! Well, why don't you have a look around here and see if there's somethin' that strikes your eyes, and meanwhile I'll have my mechanic give yours the once over. You want some coffee? I was just about...
Marion Crane: No, thank you. I'm in a hurry. I just want to make a change, and...
California Charlie: One thing people never oughtta be when they're buyin' used cars, and that's in a hurry. But like I said, it's too nice a day to argue. I'll uh - shoot your car in the garage here.

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