Arthur Anderson (August 29, 1922, Staten Island, New York) is an actor of films, television and the stage. His career began on radio during the early 1930s.
As a child, he was heard on NBC in the role of the orphan Buddy on the radio network's musical serial drama, Tony and Gus (1935). The following year he joined the cast of Nila Mack's Let's Pretend and continued on that children's program until it came to an end in 1954. In 2004, he wrote a history of the show, "Let's Pretend and the Golden Age of Radio" (BearManor Media), which includes a foreword by Norman Corwin and a complete broadcast log by Derek Tague and Martin Grams, Jr.
Anderson appeared in Orson Welles' New York production of Julius Caesar and was then in Welles' The Mercury Theatre on the Air. His other radio credits include the juvenile quiz show, March of Games (1938-41), produced by Nila Mack and featuring many of the young actors from Let's Pretend.
From serials to cereals
- People have expectations. I just have an Irish-sounding name. I have reason to celebrate. I had the luck of the Irish to get that part. I never got free cereal, but they gave me lots of green money. And it was a fun character to play. Hardly a day goes by when somebody doesn't ask me to sing the Lucky Charms jingle, and I'm proud of that.
On television he succeeded Lionel G. Wilson as the voice of Eustace Bagge in Courage The Cowardly Dog. His film credits include Green Card and I'm Not Rappaport and three appearances on the television series Law & Order.
In recent years, Anderson has been active in Friends of Old Time Radio, a group that revives classic audio broadcasts, and he is a regular participant in their conventions.
His in-progress autobiography is titled From Orson Welles to Lucky the Leprechaun.
Now published: An Actor's Odyssey: Orson Welles to Lucky the Leprechaun, by Arthur Anderson. Albany, 2010. BearManor Media. ISBN 1-59393-522-6.