James Anderson (American actor)

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James Anderson
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) trailer 2.jpg
James Anderson (right) with Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Born (1921-07-13)July 13, 1921
Wetumpka, Alabama, U.S.
Died September 14, 1969(1969-09-14) (aged 48)
Billings, Montana, U.S
Cause of death heart attack
Resting place Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park
Occupation Actor
Years active 1941–1969

James Anderson (July 13, 1921 – September 14, 1969), sometimes billed as Kyle James, was an American television and film actor of the 1950s and 1960s. He is probably best known for his role as Robert E. Lee "Bob" Ewell in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962).

He made over 120 appearances, mostly in television and several films between 1941 and 1969. He made three guest appearances on Perry Mason, including the role of murder victim Frank Anderson in the 1958 episode, "The Case of the Pint-Sized Client," and murder victim Stanley Piper in the 1960 episode, "The Case of the Ill-Fated Faker." He appeared in a number of westerns throughout his career, often playing a gun-for-hire or outlaw. He died of a heart attack on September 14, 1969. Two films he appeared in The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1969) and Little Big Man (1970) were released posthumously.[1]

His sister, Mary Anderson (April 3, 1918 – April 6, 2014), was also an actress. They appeared in only one film together, Hunt the Man Down (1951).[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1941 Sergeant York uncredited
1951 Along the Great Divide Dan Roden
Five Eric
Hunt the Man Down
1952 The Duel at Silver Creek Kyle James
1953 Flight to Tangier
1954 Drums Across the River Jed Walker
1955 Seven Angry Men Henry Thompson
1956 Friendly Persuasion
Running Target Strothers
1957 Official Detective Smith Episode 'Take Him Alive'
The Big Land Cole
1958 I Married a Monster from Outer Space Weldon
The Thing That Couldn't Die Boyd Abercrombie
1962 To Kill a Mockingbird Robert E. Lee "Bob" Ewell
1969 Take the Money and Run Chain Gang Warden
The Ballad of Cable Hogue Preacher
1970 Little Big Man Sergeant his final film role


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