Warner Anderson
Anderson as Matthew Swain in Peyton Place.
Born(1911-03-10)March 10, 1911
DiedAugust 26, 1976(1976-08-26) (aged 65)
Years active1916–1975
SpouseLeeta Anderson

Warner Anderson (March 10, 1911 – August 26, 1976) was an American actor.

Early years

Anderson was born to "a theatrical family" in Brooklyn, New York, March 10, 1911.[1] He was a Republican.[2]


Anderson had a small part in a film in 1915. A contemporary newspaper article about the movie Sunbeam, in which Anderson appeared in 1917, noted, "Warner Anderson is one of the cleverest children in motion pictures."[3] "He made his adult screen debut in This Is the Army in 1943.[1]

He had supporting parts in several films through the years. They included The Caine Mutiny, Blackboard Jungle, and Destination Tokyo.[4] Operation Burma with Errol Flynn.


Anderson's work on stage included Broadway appearances in Maytime (1917–1918), Happiness (1917–1918), Medea (1920), Within Four Walls (1923), Broken Journey (1942), and Remains to Be Seen (1951–1952).[5]


In the 1940s, Anderson was the announcer for The Bell Telephone Hour.[6]


Anderson starred as Lt. Ben Guthrie in the TV series The Lineup,[7] which ran from 1954 to 1960. In syndication, reruns of The Lineup were broadcast under the title San Francisco Beat. His The Lineup costar was Tom Tully. Anderson played the same role in the 1958 film The Lineup.

He played newspaper publisher Matthew Swain on the TV series Peyton Place. He also served as the narrator at the beginning of each episode. He continued as narrator even after his character was written out of the series.[1]


Anderson died August 26, 1976, at the age of 65, in a hospital in Santa Monica, California.[4] He was survived by his wife and a son.[8]

Partial filmography


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  2. ^ Critchlow, Donald T. (2013). "When Hollywood Was Right: How Movie Stars, Studio Moguls, and Big Business Remade American Politics". Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0521199186. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  3. ^ "At... The Star". The Daily Chronicle. October 3, 1917. p. 4. Retrieved October 22, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. Open access icon
  4. ^ a b "Actor Warner Anderson dies". The Argus. August 28, 1976. p. 11. Retrieved October 23, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. Open access icon
  5. ^ "Warner Anderson". Playbill Vault. Retrieved October 23, 2015.
  6. ^ Ranson, Jo (April 22, 1942). "Radio Dial Log". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. p. 18. Retrieved October 23, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. Open access icon
  7. ^ "Warner Anderson Lives His Role As Police Lieutenant". Ocala Star-Banner. October 24, 1958. p. 3. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  8. ^ "Actor dies at age 65". Independent Press-Telegram. August 29, 1976. p. 209. Retrieved October 23, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. Open access icon