Stanley Anderson, ‘Spider-Man’ and ‘Seinfeld’ Actor, Dies at 78

Actor battled brain cancer

Stanley Anderson, known for his roles in “Spider-Man” and “Seinfeld,” has died. He was 78 years old.

“We are heartbroken to share the news that Stanley Anderson has passed away on June 24th 2018, just 6 weeks after being diagnosed with brain cancer,” his family said in a statement.

Anderson’s professional career began at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, and he then moved on to work with the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. He worked more than 20 years Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and his family’s statement pointed out that he won a Helen Hayes Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in “The Piggy Bank” at the Arena.

The statement also highlighted his roles as the President of the United States in two Michael Bay movies, “Armageddon” and “The Rock,” while his television career included a recurring role as Drew Carey’s dad on “The Drew Carey Show” and as Judge Vandelay in the final episode of “Seinfeld.”

“Stanley was a long-time member of three labor unions for actors,” the statement continued. “Concurrent with his acting career, he was well-known behind the scenes for his three decades of voiceover work in ads for Democratic candidates and issues across the country. He was most proud, ultimately, of the part he played in politics.”

Anderson was born October 23, 1939. He played General Slocum in the 2002 “Spider-Man” movie and had numerous other credits, including roles in “Armageddon,” “RoboCop 3,” “Runaway Jury” and “NYPD Blue,” among others.