Sam Anderson

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Sam Anderson
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Anderson in 2006
Born (1945-05-13) May 13, 1945 (age 73)
Wahpeton, North Dakota, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1969–present
Spouse(s) Barbara Anderson

Sam Anderson (born May 13, 1945) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Sam Gorpley on Perfect Strangers, as dentist Bernard Nadler on Lost, and as Holland Manners on Angel.

Early life[edit]

Anderson was born in Wahpeton, North Dakota. He is a graduate of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. During the 1970s, he taught drama at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, California.


Anderson is best known for his roles as mailroom supervisor Mr. Gorpley on Perfect Strangers, the lawyer Holland Manners on the first two seasons of Angel, the cardiologist Dr. Jack Kayson on the television series ER, and as dentist Bernard on Lost. He is also known as the assistant manager of the Hotel Royale in Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Royale", and as Mike Seaver's adversarial Principal DeWitt on Growing Pains. In addition, he was one of the recurring actors on various episodes of WKRP in Cincinnati, playing various roles, including an immigration officer in the episode "The Americanization of Ivan". Anderson has guest-starred in Season 8 of NCIS as Walter Carmichael, a middle school teacher whose classroom becomes a crime scene when one of his students is kidnapped.[1]

Personal life[edit]

In 1985 Anderson married Barbara Anderson, a former actress best known for her stint Emmy Award winning stint on "Ironside" and the final season of "Mission: Impossible" and, later, a private school drama and debate teacher at the Wesley School. He is the father of twins. Sam holds advanced degrees in Theatre, American Literature and Creative Writing. He is also a member of the Mystery Writers of America.




Awards and nominations[edit]

Ovation Awards

  • 2019: Nominated for Lead Actor in a Play for the role of Ichabod Banks in the Road Theatre Company production of The Bird and Mr. Banks[2]


  1. ^ "Exclusive: Which Lost Castaway Is Crashing onto NCIS?". Retrieved September 8, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Ovation Nominees". October 20, 2009. 

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