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Michael Anderson (director) (Michael Joseph Anderson) was born on 30 January, 1920 in London, United Kingdom, is a film. Discover Michael Anderson (director)’s Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates. Learn How rich is He in this year and how He spends money? Also learn how He earned most of networth at the age of 98 years old?

Popular As Michael Joseph Anderson
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Age 98 years old
Zodiac Sign Aquarius
Born 30 January 1920
Birthday 30 January
Birthplace London, United Kingdom
Date of death (2018-04-25) Vancouver, Canada
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Nationality United Kingdom

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Who Is Michael Anderson (director)’s Wife?

His wife is Betty Jordan (1939–?) – Vera Carlisle – (1969–?; divorced) – Adrienne Ellis – (m. 1977; d. 2018)

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Wife Betty Jordan (1939–?) – Vera Carlisle – (1969–?; divorced) – Adrienne Ellis – (m. 1977; d. 2018)
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Children 2, including Michael Anderson Jr.

Michael Anderson (director) Net Worth

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Net Worth in 2023 $1 Million – $5 Million
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Anderson died on 25 April 2018 at the age of 98, from heart disease.


In 2012, Michael Anderson received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Directors Guild of Canada. At the time of his death, Anderson was the oldest living nominee for an Academy Award for Best Director, and the only surviving director whose film won a Best Picture award in the 1950s.


Anderson followed this with the first cinema adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 (1956), co-financed by American interests. It was a commercial failure, despite shooting a “happier” ending for the United States release.


His feature work in Canada included, Murder by Phone (1982), the New Zealand film, Second Time Lucky (1984), Separate Vacations (1986), Summer of the Monkeys (1998), and Millennium (1989) and The Grand Defiance (1993). He directed Bottega dell’orefice (The Jeweler’s Shop, 1988), based on the 1960 play written by Karol Wojtyła, who, by the time the film was made, had become Pope John Paul II. In 1998, he said “I honestly feel like a teenager”, and had no intention of retiring. Despite this statement, his last film credit before his retirement would end up being The New Adventures of Pinocchio (1999).


In 1981, Anderson moved to Canada, where his then-wife was from, and became a Canadian citizen. “It’s the best move I ever made”, he said in 1986. “There’s so much talent, it’s exciting, clean, young, fresh and it’s been very good to me.”


His later work was mostly made-for-television miniseries, including The Martian Chronicles (1980), Sword of Gideon (1986), Young Catherine (1991), The Sea Wolf (1993), Rugged Gold (1994), Captain’s Courageous (1996) and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1997).


Logan’s Run (1976), about a futuristic society where humanity is imprisoned in a death trap sealed dome controlled by a computer, was an expensive box-office success, earning $50 million worldwide and boosting sales for its distributor, Metro Goldwyn Mayer. Anderson then directed Orca (1977) and Dominique (1978).


Anderson went for a few years without making a film before returning with Pope Joan (1972) and The Devil’s Impostor (1972). For George Pal he made Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975) then did Conduct Unbecoming (1975).


Anderson made a spy thriller The Quiller Memorandum (1966), starring George Segal and Alec Guinness. He was meant to direct Eye of the Devil but fell ill. For MGM he directed the film The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968), stepping in for Anthony Asquith at the last moment; the film was a flop.


Anderson made some films for Harold Hecht: Flight from Ashiya (1964), an adventure tale, and Wild and Wonderful (1964), a comedy with Tony Curtis. For MGM and Carlo Ponti he directed the war time thriller Operation Crossbow (1965).


MGM also financed Anderson’s next film, the melodrama All the Fine Young Cannibals (1960) with Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner. Anderson was reunited with Cooper in The Naked Edge (1961) which turned out to be Cooper’s last film.


In Ireland Anderson made a thriller about the IRA with James Cagney, Shake Hands with the Devil (1959). It was made for Pennebaker, the company of Marlon Brando and provided an early role to Richard Harris.

Anderson then took over a project at MGM originally planned as an Alfred Hitchcock project, The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959), with Gary Cooper and Charlton Heston. Anderson later recalled in 1986, “The magic I remember most is walking on to stage 30 in Culver City at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was the biggest stage in the world and I remember looking at it and thinking I’ll be here in a couple of weeks and they’ll have built a ship and I’ll be directing Gary Cooper and Charlton Heston – it’s all going to be mine. It gave me such a feeling of astonishment and it’s never quite left me.”


The film was a huge hit and Anderson was nominated for an Academy Award (the film won Best Picture) and a Golden Globe for his direction. Todd signed Anderson to a two-picture contract but Todd died in a plane crash in 1958.

He made a third film with Richard Todd, a thriller, Chase a Crooked Shadow (1958); this was his fifth and last movie for Associated British.


Anderson was reunited with Richard Todd for another war film Yangtse Incident: The Story of H.M.S. Amethyst (1957) for producer Herbert Wilcox but it was not as popular as The Dam Busters.


Anderson was then called in to direct Around the World in 80 Days (1956), after original director John Farrow had a falling out with producer Mike Todd. Todd reportedly hired him on the strength of The Dam Busters and the recommendation of Noël Coward.


The third was the war film The Dam Busters (1955), starring Richard Todd. It was the most popular movie at the British box office in 1955.


Anderson then signed a contract with Associated British Picture Corporation (ABPC) for whom he wound up making five films. The first was a comedy, Will Any Gentleman…? (1953). It was followed by The House of the Arrow (1953).


Anderson followed his first at bat with some more B movies: Hell Is Sold Out (1951); Night Was Our Friend (1952) and Dial 17 (1952).


Anderson made his solo directorial debut with a B film, Waterfront (1950) with Robert Newton. The Telegraph critic announced, “I can only burn my boats and prophesy that young Michael Anderson is possibly the most promising discovery since Carol Reed and David Lean.”


Anderson and Ustinov then wrote and directed a feature together, Private Angelo (1949).


Anderson served with the Royal Corps of Signals during the Second World War, during which time he met Peter Ustinov. On demobilisation, Anderson returned to the film industry working as an assistant director on Ustinov’s films School for Secrets (1946) and Vice Versa (1947). He was also an assistant director on Fame is the Spur (1947), One Night with You (1947) and Mr. Perrin and Mr. Traill (1948).


His credits as assistant director include Spy for a Day (1940), Freedom Radio (1940), Quiet Wedding (1941), Cottage to Let (1941) and Jeannie (1941). He was unit manager as well as actor on In Which We Serve (1942) and was assistant director on Unpublished Story (1942).


Anderson appeared in two films as an actor: as Oily Boyd in Housemaster (1938); and as Marine Albert Fosdick in Noël Coward’s In Which We Serve (1942). He joined Elstree Studios as a production runner in 1936 and became an assistant director by 1938.


He began working in the industry as an actor during the 1930s. By 1938, he had graduated to working behind the camera as an assistant director. During World War II, while serving in the British Army’s Royal Signals Corps, he met Peter Ustinov and subsequently assisted him on two films.


Michael Joseph Anderson (30 January 1920 – 25 April 2018) was an English film director, best known for directing the World War II film The Dam Busters (1955), the epic Around the World in 80 Days (1956) and the dystopian sci-fi film Logan’s Run (1976).


Anderson was born in London, United Kingdom, to a theatrical family. His parents were the actors Lawrence (1893–1939) and Beatrice Anderson (1893–1977). His great-aunt was Mary Anderson of Louisville, Kentucky, who became one of the first US Shakespearean actresses; the Mary Anderson Theatre in Louisville was dedicated to her.