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John Anderson (20 October 1922 – 7 August 1992; age 69) was the actor who played the role of Kevin Uxbridge in the Star Trek: The Next Generation third season episode "The Survivors" in 1989. Anderson also had a recurring role on the hit television series MacGyver, and is remembered for several roles on the original Twilight Zone series, including the airline pilot on the ill-fated Odyssey of Flight 33. He also guested on the Gene Roddenberry series The Lieutenant.
Anderson was born in Clayton, Illinois. He bore a strong resemblance to Abraham Lincoln and portrayed him in two separate projects. Anderson also had a small role as the friendly car salesman in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. His "The Survivors" co-star Anne Haney later played the sheriff's wife in the Gus Van Sant remake. In 1983, he had a guest appearance on M*A*S*H alongside Star Trek: The Next Generation guest star David Ogden Stiers. In 1992 he had a guest role in an episode of Quantum Leap, starring Star Trek: Enterprise's Scott Bakula. The two had also previously acted together in the 1986 TV Movie I-Man. Anderson and Marianna Hill appeared in the Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Greek Goddess". Anderson portrayed baseball commissioner Kennesaw Mountain Landis in the hit 1988 drama Eight Men Out based on the Chicago Black Sox Scandal of the 1919 World Series. Anderson worked alongside Gordon Clapp, Christopher Lloyd, Richard Lynch, James Read and Kevin Tighe. Anderson also played the father of Jonathan Frakes' character in the 1985 miniseries North and South.
Anderson once played the role of Mr. Pike, a grieving widower obsessed with a music box in memory of his late wife in an episode of Little House on the Prairie (1975).