90s TV star dead after ‘brutal struggle’

Actor Erich Anderson died on Friday, May 31, at the age of 67 after a battle with cancer.

Anderson was known for his roles in television shows such as Felicitywhere he played Edward Porter, the father of Keri Russell’s main character Felicity Porter, thirty somethingand Melrose Place, and movies Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter and Unfaithful.

Anderson’s wife, acting coach and actress Saxon Trainor, announced the news of his death on Instagram, writing: “My husband Erich passed away this morning. I am sharing the words of my brother-in-law Michael O’Malley, as I am now too desperate to write anything.’

She then included a statement from O’Malley that read: “My brother-in-law Erich Anderson passed away this morning after a brutal battle with cancer. He had a long successful career as an actor – he was on that old show 30 and Something; he was Felicity’s father on Felicity; they killed him in the basement Friday the 13th movie: he was on Star Trek and dozens of other shows.”

His statement continues: “He was a smart and funny guy, a fantastic cook; he has written three excellent novels that can be found on Amazon. I will miss him, but his ordeal is over.”

Actress Eva Gordon, who played Anderson’s on-screen wife in Felicity, also remembered him, writing that he was a “magnificent piece of the world”, adding that “there was nothing like him”.

According to his website, Anderson was born in Sagamahara, Japan in 1967 and went to school in Chula Vista, California. He later graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Before his death, Anderson lived in Los Angeles with Trainor. In addition to acting, Anderson was also a successful novelist. His most recent credits include the Interrogation series, shorts Those who wait and a podcast series A big lie.

This story originally appeared on Decider and is republished here with permission.

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