Sam Anderson is a graduate of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. During the 1970s, Sam taught drama at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, California. Sam holds advanced degrees in Theatre, American Literature and Creative Writing. He is also a member of the Mystery Writers of America.
Throughout the 1980s, Anderson guest-starred on such television series as St. Elsewhere, T.J. Hooker, Hill Street Blues, Hardcastle and McCormick and Alien Nation. He later appeared in multiple episodes of L.A. Law.
Between 1986 and 1991, Anderson recurred as Principal Willis Dewitt on the situation comedy series Growing Pains. In 1987, he joined the cast of the sitcom Perfect Strangers as Mr. Gorpley, remaining on this series until 1992.
Following that, Anderson recurred as FBI Agent Donald Morell on Picket Fences, from 1992 through 1995. In addition, he has recurred as Dr. Jack Kayson ER since the show debuted in 1994.
In 1994, Anderson appeared in the Stephen King miniseries The Stand. From 1995 to 1996, Anderson starred in the short-lived series, Live Shot. In 1996, Anderson recurred as President Butterfield on the too short-lived comedy Boston Common. And in 1998, Anderson starred in the acclaimed mini-series, From the Earth to the Moon.
Anderson is perhaps most famous to genre fans for his run as Wolfram & Hart lawyer Holland Manners on the series Angel. During the 2003-04 television season, Anderson was a regular on the comedy series, Married to the Kellys.
Anderson also appeared on such genre shows as Millennium and The X-Files, in addition to more mainstream programs such as Friends, The West Wing, Everybody Loves Raymond, Boston Legal and Criminal Minds.
Through his extended career, it's noticeable the fact that he has landed guest roles on all of Jerry Bruckheimer's television shows, including all three CSI series, Cold Caseand Without a Trace.
Anderson currently plays the supporting role of tail-end survivor Bernard Nadler on Lost.
His first feature film was the 1982 comedy Airplane II: The Sequel. His subsequent film credits include La Bamba (1987), Critters 2: The Main Course (1988), Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992), The Puppet Masters (1994), and the Academy Award-winning Forrest Gump (1994).
More recently, Anderson played in the 2002 comedy film Slackers. Other recent film credits include Permanent Midnight (1998), The Independent (2000), and 2003's The Commission.
A complete list of his impressive resume can be found at www.imdb.com/Sam Anderson