The ultra-gory-yet-somehow-still-PG-13-rated Critters 2 was, strangely enough, in regular rotation on my local TV stations growing up. As such, after watching Critters 2 several times, I became familiar with Anderson's face. Critters 2 is about small, furry, carnivorous alien land piranhas invading a small American farming community. Anderson plays a newspaper guy.
I was obsessed with TNG growing up, and for a few weeks, the episode “The Royale” fascinated me. In it, distant magical aliens find an old Earth pulp novel, and create its setting physically for a crashed human astronaut. The crew of The Enterprise find it, enter it, and cannot leave until they complete the story. Sam Anderson played the fussy hotel assistant manager who had to look at someone like Data with casualness.
Sorry. That was the best picture I could find. The Kirk Cameron sitcom Growing Pains dwelt in an only somewhat credible middle ground between the soulful earnestness of Family Ties and the outright goofiness of Who's the Boss? Sam Anderson appeared in 10 episodes of Growing Pains as the stern Principal DeWitt, who would always have a close eye on Cameron's Mike.
Mr. Gorpley was the persnickety supervisor who worked in the same mailroom as Balki Bartokomous, the wacky Mypos native in Perfect Strangers. He was always trying to get Balki fired. Mr. Gorpley was a sad, patheitc, hateful man. It takes strength to play a role like that.
Stephen King's notoriously long and complex novel The Stand was, in 1994, adapted into an equally long and complex miniseries wherein 90% of the world's population was eradicated by a mysterious virus, and the survivors had to band together under the aegis of either an angelic folk singer or a demonic drifter. Sam Anderson played a minor character in the proceedings, but he did round out a cast almost comprised entirely of recognizable supporting character actors from the 1990s.
Although he only appeared briefly as a doctor, one can see that Anderson's involvement in the drug-laced Jerry Stahl biography proves he had a sense of humor about some of the sitcoms he previously worked on. Jerry Stahl was a writer for ALF who had a hideous heroin problem. Anderson appeared in a film about a drug-addicted sitcom writer after acting on sitcoms for 20 years. Hm...
Angel, the not-quite-as-popular spinoff to the cult fave Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a sterner and slightly more serious version of the relatively wacky original. Holland Manners was a shadowy lawyer for monsters who aided the title character in his adventures. He only appeared in eight episodes before being offed. Poor guy.
Lost is the most twisted, most enigmatic, and most difficult-to-follow TV series since, gosh, Twin Peaks. Characters appear and dissipate throughout the course of the show, sometimes only appearing in the past, sometime altered in the present. Bernard Nadler was one of the original survivors on the show, although we didn't meet him for a while. I'm not going to get into his story arc, as that would take all day.
Every January sees a demonic thriller of some sort reaching theaters, and 2014 had Devil's Due, a serviceable but ultimately just-okay found footage flick that followed a young couple's first pregnancy, and the inevitable demonic baby that follows. Sam Anderson plays the kindly priest who, when presented with the presence of a demonic baby, begins having fits and nosebleeds.