Michael J. Anderson

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Not to be confused with Michael John Anderson.
Michael J. Anderson
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Michael J. Anderson, October 2006
Born (1953-10-31) October 31, 1953 (age 60)
Denver, Colorado
Occupation Actor
Years active 1983–present

Michael J. Anderson (born October 31, 1953) is an American actor known for his roles as The Man from Another Place in David Lynch's television series Twin Peaks,[1] the epilogue and prologue film of the series, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me,[1] and Samson Leonhart on the HBO series Carnivàle. While many people assume Anderson is a dwarf, he actually has the genetic disorder osteogenesis imperfecta. This disease leads to frequent breaks in long bones and improper healing, leaving him with a shortened stature of 3 foot 7 inches tall.

Prior to his acting career, Anderson worked as a computer technician for Martin Marietta, working on the ground support system for NASA's space shuttle.[1][2] He appeared as himself in a 1984 documentary called Little Mike: A Videoportrait of Michael Anderson.[1]

Acting career[edit]

Anderson appeared in four episodes of Twin Peaks. The Man from Another Place is attired in a red suit and speaks in an unusual manner. Anderson used phonetically reversed speaking as a secret language with his junior high school friends[3] and then played a character in Twin Peaks where he used the same method of speaking. He first appears in Special Agent Dale Cooper's cryptic dream about the murder of Laura Palmer, set in a red room.[4] Anderson's Man also materializes in the film prequel to Twin Peaks, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.

Anderson portrayed a man of average height in Lynch's Mulholland Drive, using a prosthetic body.[5] From 2003 to 2005, Anderson was a cast member of the TV series Carnivàle.

Video Games[edit]

Anderson starred as "Punt" in the PlayStation 1 game "Road Rash Jailbreak".[citation needed]

Television[edit]

Anderson at CarneyCon, 2006
Year Show Role Notes
1990–1991 Twin Peaks The Man from Another Place 4 episodes
1992 Picket Fences Peeter Dreeb In the episode "Mr. Dreeb comes to Town"
1993 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rumpelstiltskin In the episode "If Wishes Were Horses"
1994 Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine Bartender #1
1995 The X-Files Mr. Nutt In the episode "Humbug"
1998 Maggie In the episode "Ka-Boom"
1998 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show As a circus act In the episode "Honey, I've Joined the Bigtop"
1999 The Phantom Eye Doll Man/Carl
1999 Port Charles Peter Zorin
2001 Black Scorpion In the episode "Crime Time"
2001 Snow White Sunday (Violet)
2005 Carnivàle Samson 24 episodes
2006 Charmed O'Brian the Leprechaun 2 episodes
2010 Cold Case Nathaniel "Biggie" Jones In the episode "Metamorphosis"
2011 Adventure Time Gummy (voice) In the episode "The Silent King"
2012 Transactions Appeared with Jerry Seinfeld in a commercial for Acura Aired during the 2012 Super Bowl.
2013 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Dancing Man (voice) and as Professor Horatio Kharon (voice) In the episodes "Stand and Deliver" and "Nightmare In Red"

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role
1983 Buddies
1984 Little Mike: A Videoportrait of Michael Anderson Himself
1987 The Great Land of Small Fritz/The King
1989 Suffering Bastards Little Elvis
1989 No Such Thing as Gravity Botanist
1990 Whatever Happened to Mason Reese Sushi chef
1990 Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Broken Hearted Lightman
1991 Mannequin Two: On the Move Jewel box bearer
1992 Fool's Fire Hop-Frog
1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me The Man from Another Place
1993 Night Trap Police officer
1994 Murder too Sweet Harry the Huckster
1995 Caged Hearts John
1996 Street Gun Lamar
1998 Club Vampire Kiddo
1997 Warriors of Virtue Mudlap
1999 Minimum Wage Zeke Bleak
2001 Mulholland Drive Mr. Roque
2003 Sticky Fingers Irate Man
2003 Tiptoes Bruno
2004 Big Time Henri Blunderbore
2001 Snow White: The Fairest of Them All Sunday

Music appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Michael J. Anderson". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ "The Halloween Interview with Michael J. Anderson!". brad d studios. October 30, 2011. 
  3. ^ Triplo.com[dead link]
  4. ^ Riches, Simon. "Intuition and Investigation into Another Place". The Philosophy of David Lynch. Lexington, Ky.: University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 978-0-8131-3396-6. 
  5. ^ Rodley, Chris (ed.) (2005). Lynch on Lynch (Rev. ed.). London: Macmillan. p. 276. ISBN 978-0-571-22018-2. 

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