R. Christian Anderson
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Template:Infobox comedian Robert Christian Anderson (born September 14, 1950) is an American filmmaker, writer, and song lyricist.
Born in Los Angeles and raised in Hollywood, he developed an interest in film as a child from his mother, Estrellita (née Santos) Bowman, who was a radio personality on station KMPC. His birth father was Robert Clifton Anderson (1920-2007), a horse wrangler and cabinet maker, who he was never to meet. He is of Irish, English, Spanish, and French extraction. His first stepfather was radio announcer Vance Graham (1906-1984). His second stepfather was Raymond DeArmond Bowman (1917-2001), a noted music critic, who later owned an art gallery in Beverly Hills. This influenced Anderson greatly and where he learned art appreciation and composition from artists such as Innocenzo Daraio, Mae Babitz, and Leonora Cetone Starr. At age 12 he met dance pioneer Ruth St. Denis, who sparked his interest in the performing arts.
He served in the United States Air Force, where he worked as a graphic designer with the 62nd Air Base Wing creating orientations and briefings with the Military Airlift Command. He was a member of the Honor Guard at McChord Air Force Base during that time. He then went on to work with the 2750th Air Base Wing creating military training films with the Air Force Logistics Command.
After his discharge he moved to San Francisco. California where he freelanced as a graphic designer over the next 24 years. He spent two years in Springfield, Ohio where he was active with the Springfield Civic Theater during the 1980 season, and performed in two plays, Agatha Christie's "Mousetrap" in the part of "Christopher Wren" and played the lead role of "Charles Condomine" in Noel Coward's comedy "Blythe Spirit." Both roles required him to speak with an English accent.
He lived in New York City in during the spring of 1984 and worked for an noted entertainment manager. It was during that time he met Martin Scorsese, Robert DeNiro, Treat Williams, Shelley Winters, Anthony Franciosa, and Martin Balsam, which reinforced his passion for film. During the 1990s he returned to school to obtain a degree in Multimedia and was employed by two advertising agencies for several years.
He became a freelance writer with a number of his articles published in print. He ultimately directed his first feature-length film, "Defcon 2012", which won "Best Science Fiction Feature" at the New York Independent Film Festival. His short film "Tea and Destiny" was his tribute to those who served in the Gulf War (disambiguation). He completed a feature documentary-reenactment drama called "When the World Came to San Francisco" and wrote the lyrics for the song featured in the film, called "The Ghosts of San Francisco" which was co-written with composer John Thomas Bullock. It was recorded by singer Chris Clark. He now lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- Official site
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- "Tim Gunn's Style Tips for Summer" by R. Christian Anderson
- History of West Hollywood by R. Christian Anderson, December, 2002
- San Francisco's "Mechanics Monument" by R. Christian Anderson
- Twitter Page
- "The Ghosts of San Francisco" - sung by Chris Clark
- "Tea and Destiny" - a film by R. Christian Anderson