Richard Anderson (91) dies

Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson

While Majors and Wagner were the stars of The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, playing bionic implant recipients Steve Austin and Jaime Sommers, respectively, Richard Anderson's Oscar Goldman delivered the iconic opening line on The Six Million Dollar Man: "Gentlemen, we can rebuild him, we have the technology..."

Anderson played over 200 roles during his six-decade career in which he starred in both movies and TV shows, including, "Bonanza", "Hawaii Five-O" and "The Mod Squad".

"Richard became a dear and loyal friend, and I have never met a man like him", Lee Majors told Deadline.

'I called him 'Old Money.' His always stylish attire, his class, calmness and knowledge never faltered in his 91 years.

His first wife was Carol Lee Ladd, the step-daughter of actor Alan Ladd.

Majors said in a statement that he'd spoken to Anderson just six weeks ago and described him as a "sweet, charming man".

Celebrities took to Twitter not long after hearing the news to pay homage to the best boss of the 1970s. He is survived by his three daughters with Katherine: Ashley Anderson, a real estate agent; Brooke Anderson, a onetime United Nations ambassador; and Deva Anderson, a Playtone music supervisor.

In the late 1980s, Anderson persuaded studio executives to reunite the two bionic heroes, which led to three television movies in which he reprised his Goldman role and helped produce.

Anderson also starred in The Bionic Woman with Lindsay Wagner, who said expressed her sadness at his passing.

Hit series: The Six Million Dollar Man ran on ABC from 1974 to 1978. Anderson's film credits include the sci-fi pic Forbidden Planet, John Frankenheimer's Seven Days in May, Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory, Martin Ritt's The Long Hot Summer, and John Sturges' Escape from Fort Bravo. Both marriages ended in divorce.

Of course, Richard Anderson was much more than Oscar Goldman. "And in my opinion, still is", Anderson said in the Canadian radio interview.

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