98-year-old Michael Anderson passed away on April 25, 2018, at his family home on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. Michael was a World War II veteran and a beloved director whose films made it impossible for fans not to fall in love with him.
Michael was born on January 30, 1920, in London to two actors, Lawrence and Beatrice Anderson. Michael was always destined to be a star, and his great-aunt was even Mary Anderson of Louisville, Kentucky, one of the first American Shakespearean Actresses.
His career in film began as an actor. In 1938, he performed as Oily Boyd in ‘Housemaster,’ and 1942’s Marine Albert Fosdick in ‘In Which We Serve.’ From there, he began his career as an assistant director in ‘Spy for a Day,’ and ‘Freedom Day.’
During World War II, he served with the Royal Signal Corps where he met Peter Ustinov, a famous English actor, writer, and filmmaker. After the war, he worked as an assistant director on two of Ustinov’s films, ‘School for Secrets,’ and ‘Vice Versa.’
Michael worked with Ustinov once more to write and direct a film together, 1949’s Private Angelo. Until he retired in 1999, Michael worked as a director on 43 films, and assistant director on 12 more.
Michael was married three times in his life and had a total of six children. He married Betty Jordan in 1939, and together they had five children. He married his second wife, Vera Carlisle, in 1969 and they had one child. He married his final wife, Adrienne Ellis, in 1977 and they remained married until his death. He served as the step-father to her two children, Christopher Holden and actress, Laurie Holden.
Michael will be sorely missed by all who were lucky enough to know him, and he will be mourned by his beloved family. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they face this truly horrible loss.
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