Mitchell Anderson

Actor, Director
A tall, handsome, light-haired player, mostly in TV roles, Mitchell Anderson is perhaps best recalled for his two season stint as a colleague of teen wonder "Doogie Howser, M. D." on that ABC sitcom. His recurring role ... Read more »
Born: 08/20/1961 in Jamestown, New York, USA

Filmography

other (27)

The Last Place on Earth 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Party of Five 1988 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Popular 1988 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Relax...It's Just Sex 1999 (Movie)

Vincey Sauris (Actor)

In the Heat of the Night 1988 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Melrose Place 1988 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Midwife's Tale 1994 (Movie)

Sir Giles (Actor)

Jack's Place 1989 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

All-American Murder 1992 (Movie)

Wendy (Actor)

Doogie Howser, M.D. 1989 - 1991 (Tv Show)

Actor

One Fine Night 1988 (Movie)

Michael (Actor)

Deadly Dreams 1987 (Movie)

Alex (Actor)

Jaws: The Revenge 1987 (Movie)

Sean (Actor)

This Time It's Personal -- Jaws: The Revenge 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Space Camp 1986 (Movie)

Banning (Actor)

Gang of Four (TV Show)

Actor

Goodbye, Miss 4th of July (TV Show)

Actor

If These Walls Could Talk 2 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Encounters (TV Show)

Actor

Is There Life Out There? (TV Show)

Actor

Student Exchange (TV Show)

Actor

The Comeback (TV Show)

Actor

The Karen Carpenter Story (TV Show)

Actor

The World Without Us (Movie)

(Producer)

The World Without Us (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

The World Without Us (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

A tall, handsome, light-haired player, mostly in TV roles, Mitchell Anderson is perhaps best recalled for his two season stint as a colleague of teen wonder "Doogie Howser, M. D." on that ABC sitcom. His recurring role as Ross, the bespectacled, gay violin teacher of young Claudia (Lacey Chabert), on the cult favorite "Party of Five" has also brought him notice, particularly once the actor publicly disclosed his homosexuality at a dinner in L.A. in March of 1996. ("I'm here to tell you I'm a gay actor playing a gay character.")

Born and raised in Jamestown, NY, Anderson studied at Williams College and received voice training at Juilliard before embarking on a stage career. He made his theatrical debut in a 1984 production of "On Shilo Hill" at Ford's Theater in Washington, DC. Settling in L.A. in the mid-1980s, he began making guest appearances on TV shows including "Hill Street Blues" and "Cagney and Lacey". He landed a supporting role in the NBC TV-movie "Intimate Encounters" (1986) and also appeared in the two-part Disney telefilm "Student Exchange" (ABC, 1987). In 1989, Anderson landed the leading role of Richard Carpenter in the CBS biopic "The Karen Carpenter Story". He also had a strong lead as the grown-up Huck in "Back to Hannibal: The Return of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn" (The Disney Channel, 1990).

Anderson's presence on the big screen has been fairly limited. After making his debut as one of several youths chosen to fly on a space shuttle mission in "SpaceCamp" (1986), he had his first lead in the low-budget "Deadly Dreams" (1988). Other credits include the thriller "All-American Murder" (1992) and the lesbian-themed "The Midwife's Tale" (1996).

Relationships

Jim Phipps

Companion
together from 1984 until 1996

EDUCATION

The Juilliard School

New York , New York

Williams College

Williamstown , Massachusetts

Milestones

1998

Co-starred with Hal Linden in the Off-Broadway play "Visiting Mr. Green"

1998

Featured in "Relax, It's Just Sex"

1996

Publicly disclosed his homosexuality on March 10 at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation dinner in L.A.

1994

Played recurring role of Ross, a gay violin teacher who adopts a child, on the Fox drama "Party of Five"

1989

Played Dr. Jack McGuire, a colleague to the precocious "Doogie Howser, M.D." (ABC)

1989

Starred as Richard Carpenter in CBS TV biopic "The Karen Carpenter Story"

1986

Feature film debut in "SpaceCamp"

1986

Made first TV-movie, "Intimate Encounters" (NBC)

1984

Made stage debut in "On Shilo Hill" in Washington, DC

Moved to L.A.

Acted in the L.A. production of "Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde"

Returned to stage work

Bonus Trivia

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"One pet peeve that I've had for many, many years is that the very high-profile, big-time gay executives in the business, in print, will often repeat a common truism--or I prefer to think of it as a myth--that gay actors, particularly young gay men, won't be able to get any other kind of roles or romantic leads if they come out. And they're the ones kind of perpetuating this myth. When you hear that over and over and over again, you're not going to want to put yourself on the line." --Anderson in OUT, June 1996

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