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, 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.[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. His character expresses more malevolent intent in the film than he did in the series.

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 video narrative of PlayStation 1 game "Road Rash Jailbreak".[6]

Television appearances[edit]

Anderson at CarneyCon, 2006


Music appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b O'Connor, John J. (September 19, 1984). "TV REVIEW; 'HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN' WITH LANDON". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ "The Halloween Interview with Michael J. Anderson!". brad d studios. October 30, 2011. 
  3. ^ [1][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. 
  6. ^ Road Rash Jailbreak Credits

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