Benedictine University is home to a diverse group of alumni, successful in all walks of life. On the following pages, we aim to highlight and recognize the accomplishments of those that truly exemplify the Benedictine values of service, leadership and social contribution. These are just some of our alumni who are not only at the top in their respective fields but are also making a difference in their communities. We have recognized these individuals through special events, programs and awards.
Haskell Vaughn Anderson III was born and raised in New York City. He attended Benedictine University, then known as St. Procopius College, from 1963-1966. While studying pre-medicine as advised by his parents, he became a professional teenage male model. In a matter of months, Anderson became one of the highest paid, mixed-race, teenage models with advertisements in national magazines such as The New Yorker and Time Magazine.
It wasn't until after his college education, involvement in the Navy, and completion of a graduate degree that Anderson auditioned for his first professional play. Anderson auditioned for the Cleveland premier of No Place to Be Somebody directed by Rueben Silver and received the role portraying Gabe Gabriel. This opportunity led to a full season opportunity at the Cleveland Playhouse and the Barter Theatre.
While stage managing a play in Washington, D.C. Anderson auditioned for a film role at the insistence of an actor who invited Anderson to meet the director and the producers. He received his first film starring role in Brotherhood of Death (1976). After appearing in several television series, Anderson was cast in the film Kickboxer (1989) opposite Jean Claude Van Damme.
In American Made (2003), a winner of 17 national and international film festival awards, written and directed by Sharat Raju, Anderson is featured as Peter Kenyon.
Anderson received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor in Walls of Jericho (2005), a Telly awarded film written and directed by Douglas Fahleson. This film was accepted in the first annual Golden Lion Film Festival in Swizland, South Africa;the first annual Westwood International Film Festival in 2005;and was the official selection in the 2005 California Independent Film Festival.
Anderson is a recipient of the NAACP Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actor in the world premiere production of Rounds by Sean Michael Rice and a PACE Award for national commercials. Haskell was a juror on the SIGNIS panel, at the 2005 International Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy.
Anderson made his off-Broadway debut in 2011 in the play Julia (2010) by Vince Melocchi at the 59 East 59th Street Theatre. Vincent Melocchi also wrote Lions (2008) which premiered at the Pacific Resident Theatre with Anderson originating the role of Bisquit.
His film and television credits also include guest and starring roles in ER, General Hospital, The West Wing, The Practice, This Christmas, Girlfriends, L.A. Heat, Suddenly Susan, NYPD Blue, Alien Nation, A Civil Action, Life, The Insider, Kick Boxer, American Made, Boy and Dog, and Time Lapse. He also starred in the film Salvation, adapted and directed by Bruce Schwartz from Langston Hughes' autobiography The Big Sea, which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Harris Yulen also directed Haskell in an Audie Award radio production of Sleeping Beauty by Ross McDonald in which he portrayed the character Smith.
Anderson has studied with José Quintero and performed in New York and regional theatres including the Cleveland Playhouse, The Barter Theatre, Karamu House of Performing Arts and George Street Play House, as well as abroad.
Haskell is also the lead character, Cardinal Paul Cyprian, in the film 40 Days Road. Haskell plays a Catholic churchman who journeys to war torn Darfur where he finds his faith by losing his religion. A trailer for the production can be viewed at www.40daysroad.com.
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