John Anderson (October 20, 1922-August 7, 1992) was an American actor. Born in Clayton, Illinois, John Anderson grew up in Quincy and Adams County. Prior to a prolific acting career, Anderson served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II, when he met artist Orazio Fumagalli, who became one of his best lifelong friends. He was known for several roles, including his recurring and best known role in MacGyver as Harry Jackson, MacGyver's grandfather. Earlier work included appearances on many Western series, including The Californians, Gunsmoke (twelve times), Robert Culp's Trackdown, The Rifleman (eleven times), The Virginian (six times), The Big Valley in various roles, and Outlaws (twice as Simon Shaw).
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