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Bob Anderson

Full name: Robert James Gilbert "Bob" Anderson
Gender: Male
Born: September 15, 1922 in Alverstoke, Hampshire, Great Britain
Died: January 1, 2012
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Fencing

Biography

Bob Anderson took up fencing as a youth, and was a rare fencer who made a lifelong career of it, appearing in many movies and teaching fencing to actors. Anderson joined the Royal Marines before World War II, winning several military fencing titles and teaching fencing to the soldiers. He served in the Mediterranean during the war, and was on board the HMS Coventry when it was sunk. He later trained as a fencing coach and represented Britain at the 1952 Olympics and the 1950 and 1953 world championships. At the 1950 British Empire Games, Anderson won gold in team sabre and team foil, and silver medals in the individual epee, individual sabre, and team epee. In the 1950s, Anderson became coach of Britain's national fencing team, a post he held until the late 1970s. He later served as technical director of the Canadian Fencing Association.

As an actor he was often uncredited for his roles, but most famously played the part of Darth Vader in the fight scenes with the light saber in the first Star Wars movie, a fact that went unknown until the star of the movie, Mark Hamill, told director George Lucas in 1983 that Anderson deserved the credit, and his role was revealed. Anderson’s first film work was teaching Errol Flynn to sword fight for The Master of Ballantrae in 1952. He later worked on many films and television shows, including two James Bond movies, From Russia With Love and Die Another Day. He also helped with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the 4th and 5th Star Wars movies, and Superman II.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Fencing Men's Sabre, Individual Great Britain GBR 7 p5 r2/4
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Fencing Men's Sabre, Team Great Britain GBR 5T

Men's Sabre, Individual

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BW BL TR
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Fencing Great Britain GBR Quarter-Finals Pool Five 7 1952-07-31 1 4 21
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Fencing Great Britain GBR Round One Pool Five 3 1952-07-31 4 2 20

Men's Sabre, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MW ML BW BL TBW/TD IBW
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Fencing Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Pool Two 3 1952-07-30 0 2 10 20
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Fencing Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Pool Two 2 1952-07-30 ITA 11, GBR 5 5 1
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Fencing Great Britain GBR Quarter-Finals Pool One 2 1952-07-29 1 0 9 7
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Fencing Great Britain GBR Quarter-Finals Pool One 1 1952-07-29 GBR 9, ARG 7 9 2
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Fencing Great Britain GBR Round One Pool Six 2 1952-07-29 1 0 11 5
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Fencing Great Britain GBR Round One Pool Six 1 1952-07-29 GBR 11, SUI 5 11 2
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