Richard Anderson, the tall, handsome actor best known for costarring simultaneously in the popular 1970s television shows The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, has died at age 91. Anderson died of natural causes on Thursday, family spokesman Jonathan Taylor tells the AP. The Six Million Dollar Man starred Lee Majors as astronaut Steve Austin, who is severely injured in a crash. The government saves his life by rebuilding his body with atom-powered artificial limbs and other parts, giving him superhuman strength, speed, and other powers. Anderson played Oscar Goldman, Majors' boss at the government spy agency the astronaut went to work for after becoming a cyborg.
"Richard became a dear and loyal friend, and I have never met a man like him," Majors said in a statement Thursday. Anderson, born in Long Branch, NJ, on Aug. 8, 1926, served in the Army for two years, and began his career in 1949 with a small role as a wounded soldier in 12 O'Clock High. His many subsequent film roles included appearances in Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory, The Long Hot Summer, Compulsion, Johnny Cool, and Seven Days in May. Other television credits included Slattery's People, Dr. Kildare, The Rifleman, Bonanza, Mannix, and The Mod Squad. He also acted as producer when The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman were revived in later years as TV movies. (Read more actor stories.)