Adams County Native Was Popular Twilight Zone Actor
Born in Clayton, but raised in Quincy, John Anderson amassed almost 250 acting credits in his 42 year acting career that spanned from his TV debut on Fireside Theatre in 1950 until his final performances in 1992 on episodes of Quantum Leap and Jake & The Fat Man just before is death at the age of 69. His television credits include The Virginian, Gunsmoke, MASH, Quincy M.E., Dallas and MacGyver, but he himself was a fan of Rod Serling's Twilight Zone, and had the opportunity to appear in 4 terrific episodes.
His first episode was 1960's "A Passage for Trumpet" featuring the great Jack Klugman who was just as prolific and popular on The Twilight Zone. Klugman plays a down-and-out trumpet player who goes through a life changing experience with the help of Anderson's mysterious Gabriel.
Anderson returned in 1961 for one of the series' best episodes, "The Odyssey of Flight 33" as the pilot of a flight who enters a vortex and starts traveling back in time.
His final appearances came in 1963, first in "Of Late I Think of Cliffordville" as a wealthy landowner who was instrumental in the main character's demise, an episode that also featured Julie Newmar. Then again opposite James Coburn in "The Old Man in the Cave" as the Goldsmith of a post-apocalyptic western town.
All episodes are available to stream on Amazon Prime and Hulu+.