Glenn Anders


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(1890–1981), actor. Born in Los Angeles, he began his career with a hometown stock company then later toured with E. H. Sothern and Julia Marlowe. After his first important New York appearance in 1919 in Just Around the Corner, the handsome, versatile actor quickly became one of the theatre's busiest, most-sought-after performers. Among his notable roles were Andy Lowry, the heroine's excitable brother, in Hell-Bent fer Heaven (1924); Joe, the farmhand who fathers the heroine's child, in They Knew What They Wanted (1924); Reuben Light, who makes a god of modern technology, in Dynamo (1929); Pat Farley, the heroine's suicidal beau, in Hotel Universe (1930); Victor Hallam, whose wife saves him from his domineering mother, in Another Language (1932); Bill Blake, the alcoholic lawyer, in Skylark (1939); Alexander Craig, the amused observer of other people's problems, in Soldier's Wife (1944); and Carleton Fitzgerald, the effeminate director, in Light Up the Sky (1948). Writing of his performance in They Knew What They Wanted, Stark Young noted “Glenn Anders steps well out ahead of his past achievements. He understands exactly the kind of shiftless integrity in such a character. .. and brings to the part his singular gift for casual naturalness in his readings and inflections and for a varied tempo in his cues.”

From The Oxford Companion to American Theatre in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Theatre.

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