Six Million Dollar Man Star Richard Anderson Dead at 91

The veteran actor played Lee Majors’ boss Oscar Goldman on the classic ‘70s series.

Richard Anderson, best known for playing Oscar Goldman on both The Six Million Dollar Man and its spinoff The Bionic Woman, died on Thursday (August 31) at the age of 91.

Anderson’s character was in charge of both the former show’s Steve Austin (Lee Majors) and the latter program’s Jaime Sommers (Lindsay Wagner), and he appeared in a combined total of 157 episodes for both shows. At one point he co-starred in both series at the same time for two seasons.

While Anderson may be remembered mostly for that memorable 1973-1978 run, his six-decade career included more than 180 other roles in movies and TV. Among his credits were Forbidden Planet, Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory, Martin Ritt’s The Long Hot Summer and John Frankenheimer’s Seven Days in May.

Meanwhile, Gunsmoke, Hawaii Five-O, Dynasty, Perry Mason, The Fugitive, Charlie’s Angels, The A-Team, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Bonanza, The Untouchables, Mission: Impossible, Murder, She Wrote and many more all showed up at one point or another on his extensive resume as a quintessential character actor.

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Lee Majors said in a statement: “I met Richard in 1967 when he first guest starred on The Big Valley — we worked together on five episodes. In 1974, he joined me as my boss, Oscar Goldman, in The Six Million Dollar Man. Richard became a dear and loyal friend, and I have never met a man like him. I called him ‘Old Money.’ His always stylish attire, his class, calmness and knowledge never faltered in his 91 years. He loved his daughters, tennis and his work as an actor. He was still the sweet, charming man when I spoke to him a few weeks ago. I will miss you, my friend.”

Lindsay Wagner also commented on Anderson’s passing, saying: “I can’t begin to say how much I have always admired and have been grateful for the elegance and loving friendship I was blessed to have with Richard Anderson. He will be greatly missed.”

Anderson was born on August 8, 1926 in Long Branch, New Jersey and moved to California at the age of 10. He served in the Army during World War II and enrolled in the Actors Laboratory in Los Angeles after he got out. Married and divorced twice, he is survived by three daughters from his second marriage.

Source: Deadline