Michael J. Anderson
|Michael J. Anderson|
Michael J. Anderson, October 2006
October 31, 1953 |
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, the epilogue and prologue film of the series, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, 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. He appeared as himself in a 1984 documentary called Little Mike: A Videoportrait of Michael Anderson.
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 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. Anderson's Man also materializes in the film prequel to Twin Peaks, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. His character expresses more malevolent intent in the film than he did in the series.
- Twin Peaks (1990–1991) as The Man from Another Place in 4 episodes
- Picket Fences (1992) as Peeter Dreeb in the episode "Mr. Dreeb comes to Town"
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) as Rumpelstiltskin in the episode "If Wishes Were Horses"
- Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine (1994) as Bartender #1
- The X-Files (1995) as Mr. Nutt in the episode "Humbug"
- Maggie (1998) in the episode "Ka-Boom"
- Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show (1998) as a circus act in the episode "Honey, I've Joined the Bigtop"
- The Phantom Eye (1999) as Doll Man/Carl
- Port Charles (1999) as Peter Zorin
- Black Scorpion (2001) in the episode "Crime Time"
- Snow White (2001) as Sunday (Violet)
- Carnivàle (2005) as Samson in 24 episodes
- Charmed (2006) as O'Brian the Leprechaun in 2 episodes
- Cold Case (2010) as Nathaniel "Biggie" Jones in the episode "Metamorphosis"
- Adventure Time (2011) as Gummy (voice) in the episode "The Silent King"
- Transactions (2012) appeared with Jerry Seinfeld in a commercial for Acura aired during the 2012 Super Bowl.
- Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (2013) as Dancing Man (voice) in the episode "Stand and Deliver" and as Professor Horatio Kharon (voice) in the episode "Nightmare In Red".
- Buddies (1983)
- Little Mike: A Videoportrait of Michael Anderson (1984) as himself
- The Great Land of Small (1987) as Fritz/The King
- Suffering Bastards (1989) as Little Elvis
- No Such Thing as Gravity (1989) as the Botanist
- Whatever Happened to Mason Reese (1990) as Sushi chef
- Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Broken Hearted (1990) as Lightman
- Mannequin Two: On the Move (1991) as Jewel box bearer
- Fool's Fire (1992) as Hop-Frog
- Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) as The Man from Another Place
- Night Trap (1993) as Police Officer
- Caged Hearts (1995) as John
- Murder too Sweet (1994) as Harry the Huckster
- Street Gun (1996) as Lamar
- Club Vampire (1998) as Kiddo
- Minimum Wage (1999) as Zeke Bleak
- Warriors of Virtue (1997) as Mudlap
- Mulholland Drive (2001) as Mr. Roque
- Sticky Fingers (2003) as Irate Man
- Tiptoes (2003) as Bruno
- Big Time (2004) as Henri Blunderbore
- Snow White: The Fairest of Them All (2001) as Sunday
- (1989) "Turtle Song", music promo video by NY alternative/indie band Hugo Largo
- (2000) Lodge Anathema (with The Nether-Carols)
- O'Connor, John J. (September 19, 1984). "TV REVIEW; 'HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN' WITH LANDON". The New York Times.
- "The Halloween Interview with Michael J. Anderson!". brad d studios. October 30, 2011.
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- 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.
- Rodley, Chris (ed.) (2005). Lynch on Lynch (Rev. ed.). London: Macmillan. p. 276. ISBN 978-0-571-22018-2.
- Road Rash Jailbreak Credits
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