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Overview (3)

Born in Lynchburg, Virginia, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (leukemia)
Birth NameCarlton Earl Anderson

Mini Bio (1)

Carl Anderson was born on February 27, 1945 in Lynchburg, Virginia, USA as Carlton Earl Anderson. He was an actor, known for Jesus Christ Superstar (1973), The Color Purple (1985) and Infinity (1991). He was married to Verónica Porche Ali and Kathleen McGhee-Anderson. He died on February 23, 2004 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Spouse (2)

Verónica Porche Ali (1992 - 23 February 2004) ( his death)
Kathleen McGhee-Anderson (? - ?) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trivia (14)

Graduated from racially segregated Dunbar High School in the mid 60s.
Returned to Lynchburg December 6, 1997 for special homecoming Christmas concert with 50 piece orchestra and 300 member chorus.
Nominated for a Grammy award for his duet with Nancy Wilson called "Forbidden Lover".
Received threats from people who disapproved of Jesus Christ Superstar (1973).
Married to Verónica Porche Ali, he had a son, Khalil McGhee-Anderson, from a previous marriage to Kathleen McGhee-Anderson.
In 1986, he recorded a duet with Gloria Loring, of Days of Our Lives (1965) fame, called "Friends and Lovers". He recorded several albums in the 1980s and 1990s. He was so intent on establishing himself as a pop/jazz recording artist, that he refused to reprise his "Judas" role during the 1970s and 1980s; he would not even mention it on his resume.
Diagnosed with leukemia in the summer of 2003 while touring in a production of "Jesus Christ Superstar."
One of 12 children born to a steelworker and seamstress.
At the time of his death, he was in the planning stages of a worldwide tour for "JCS," in which he would star. This tour would reunite several members of the original cast, including Ted Neeley as Jesus; it was slated to open at the Vatican, in the fall of 2004.
In 1971, he replaced an ill Ben Vereen as "Judas Iscariot" in the landmark musical "Jesus Christ Superstar." He became synonymous with said role, starring in the movie based on this play, and giving over twelve-hundred performances of the part on stage.
Had a twin brother, Charles Edward Anderson, who died of bronchitis at the age of eleven months.
Mentored Eli Harris shortly before his death, Eli to this day still credits Carl for his discipline.
Passed away just four days prior to his 59th birthday.
Though they played 'enemies' in Jesus Christ Superstar, Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson were great friends. This is apparent in the commentary 2005 DVD release where Neeley often says "I miss you Carl" and also in the fact Neeley sang 'Gethsemene' at Carl's memorial service.

Personal Quotes (1)

I have lived to see the [musical, Jesus Christ Superstar] recognized as a masterpiece.

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