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Michael J. Anderson Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Jan 1, 0001
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001

The three-and-a-half-foot-tall American actor Michael J. Anderson is often referred to as the dwarf from [[Feature~V216953~Twin Peaks~twinpeaks[tvseries]]]. His height is due to a bone condition called osteogenesis imperfecta. Credited as The Little Man From Another Place, he appeared in dream sequences talking backwards and dressed in a red suit. He also appeared in two other early '90s [[Performer~P100454~David Lynch~davidlynch]] projects, [[Feature~V51348~Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me~twinpeaks:firewalkwithme]] and [[Feature~V24795~Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Broken Hearted~industrialsymphonyno1:thedreamofthebrokenhearted]].

Anderson had actually made his feature debut in the Canadian family film [[Feature~V20694~The Great Land of Small~thegreatlandofsmall]] in 1987. During the '90s, he made television guest-star appearances on [[Feature~V175366~Star Trek: Deep Space Nine~startrek:deepspacenine[tvseries]]], Picket Fences, and [[Feature~V163252~The X-Files~thexfiles[tvseries]]]. After a brief role in [[Performer~P85920~Roger Corman~rogercorman]]'s daytime miniseries The Phantom Eye, he joined the cast of the ABC daytime drama Port Charles as double agent Peter Zorn. In 2001, he reunited with [[Performer~P85920~Corman~rogercorman]] for the short-lived TV series Black Scorpion and reunited with [[Performer~P100454~David Lynch~davidlynch]] for a brief part in [[Feature~V246240~Mulholland Drive~mulhollanddr]]. Back in the realm of children's entertainment, Anderson also appeared in the action fantasy film [[Feature~V154884~Warriors of Virtue~warriorsofvirtue]] (1997) and the made-for-TV film [[Feature~V261775~Snow White: The Fairest of Them All~snowwhite:thefairestofthemall]] (2001). Anderson's major breakthrough came in the 2003 HBO series [[Feature~V291989~Carnivàle~carnivàle[tvseries]]] as Samson, the leader of a traveling carnival in 1930s Dust Bowl America. Projects for 2004 include a starring role in Geofrey Hildrew's Big Time, opposite the seven-and-a-half-foot-tall [[Performer~P296335~Matthew McGrory~matthewmcgrory]] from [[Performer~P83666~Tim Burton~timburton]]'s [[Feature~V290352~Big Fish~bigfish]]. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi