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December 11, 1929
|Died||December 16, 2012
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Anderson was born Axel Levy to a Jewish family in Berlin, Germany. In 1936 Anderson's family escaped the Holocaust by emigrating to Paraguay. Due to political instability in Paraguay, Anderson's family soon moved to Argentina. Anderson started acting as a teenager, working at the Teatro Alemán Independiente, a small theater troupe mainly composed of German expatriates who performed in German.
During the 1950s, Anderson moved his young family to Bogotá, Colombia where he worked in theater. The family later moved to the Dominican Republic. During his time in the Dominican Republic, Anderson reportedly clashed with the politics of the Rafael Leónidas Trujillo regime, being forced to emigrate one more time. He and his family settled in Puerto Rico where they have remained ever since.
Anderson made his debut in Puerto Rican television with a sitcom named Qué Pareja a local version of I Love Lucy. He also performed in theater and other short television productions. The actor quickly established himself as a leading man, landing several leading roles in local novelas or soap operas. Early in his career, he starred in a novela titled Cuando los hijos condenan in which Anderson and co-star Marta Romero shared the first on-screen kiss in the history of Puerto Rican television.
Anderson also starred in one of the first major motion pictures produced in Puerto Rico, Maruja. His film career continued with roles in Spanish and U.S. films, including Battle of the Bulge (1965) and Bananas (1971).
During the last 20 years, Anderson has remained one of the top leading actors in Puerto Rico and has continually acted in major local and international productions, including a small role as the bank director in the Sylvester Stallone thriller Assassins.
- DVD Maruja (1959)
- DVD El Otro Camino (1959)
- Bananas - (1971) - as Man Tortured
- Thunder Island - (1963) - uncredited appearance
- Finger On the Trigger - (1965) - as McNamara
- Battle of the Bulge - (1965) - as German Army messenger
- Assassins - (1995) - as the Bank President
- Manhattan Merengue! - (1997) - as Super
- Paradise Lost - (1999) - as General Díaz
- Judíos en el espacio o ¿Por qué es differente esta noche a las demás noches? - (2005) - as Mauricio
- The Reaping - (2007) - as the Blind Man
- Martes 2 de la Tarde
- Letra de Axel Anderson
- Por Eso Que Llaman Amor
- Ahora Sé
- El Pasado Ya Pasó
- Para Elisa
- Mis Cinco Sentidos
- A Que No Sabes A Quien Ví
- El Coro