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Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985". Pages 45-55. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.

Was nominated for Broadway's 1971 Tony Award as Best Director (Dramatic) for David Storey's "Home".

Member of the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival 1986.

Member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 1966.

In the 1992 Sight & Sound poll, Lindsay Anderson listed the following as his top 10 favorite films: L'Age d'Or (1930) (Luis Buñuel), Douce (1943) (Claude Autant-Lara), Duck Soup (1933) (Leo McCarey), Earth (1930) (aka Earth; Aleksandr Dovzhenko), Listen to Britain (1942) (Humphrey Jennings), Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) (Vincente Minnelli), The Singing Lesson (1967) (Lindsay Anderson), They Were Expendable (1945) (John Ford), Tokyo Story (1953) (aka Tokyo Story; Yasujirô Ozu), Zero for Conduct (1933) (aka Zero for Conduct; Jean Vigo).

Directed 3 actors to Oscar nominations: Richard Harris (Best Actor, This Sporting Life (1963)), Rachel Roberts (Best Actress, This Sporting Life (1963)), and Ann Sothern (Best Supporting Actress, The Whales of August (1987)).

He was a close friend of the actresses Rachel Roberts and Jill Bennett, both of whom committed suicide. He paid tribute to both in his documentary film, Is That All There Is? (1992).

He was, for a few weeks in late 1957, the film critic of the "New Statesman" magazine. During this time, he caused considerable controversy when he dismissed the year's biggest film, The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), in just three sentences, devoting about 90% of his column to a laudatory review of a Polish film, A Generation (1955), which had not yet opened in London. David Lean, some twenty-five years later, refused to be introduced to Anderson because of this perceived slight.

Founded the British film magazine 'Sequence' in 1947 and served as its co-editor. The magazine espoused the virtues of American avant-garde cinema and was strongly concerned with social issues in film.

Artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre, 1969-1975. Also founding member of the English Stage Company at the Royal Court.

Son of a British Army Major-General.

Classical scholar, educated at Oxford.

His theatrical career was strongly intertwined with that of his close friend, the playwright David Storey.

Was offered the role of the Emperor in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), but had to decline because of post-production for his film Britannia Hospital (1982), which also featured Mark Hamill.

He was asked to direct Robin and Marian (1976).