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Bob Anderson (Fencer)
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    (September 15, 1922-January 1, 2012)
    Born in Gosport, England, United Kingdom
    Represented England at the 1952 Olympics and the 1950 and 1953 World Fencing Championships
    Coached the British national fencing team
    Technical director for the Canadian Fencing Association
    Served as a stunt performer, stunt coordinator, fight arranger, fencing coach or sword master on numerous films, including the original 'Star Wars' trilogy, the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy, 'The Master of Ballantrae' (1953), 'The Guns of Navarone' (1961), 'From Russia with Love' (1963), 'Barry Lyndon' (1975), 'Highlander' (1986), 'The Princess Bride' (1987), 'The Three Musketeers' (1993), 'The Mask of Zorro' (1998), 'Die Another Day' (2002) and 'The Hobbit' (2012)
    Featured in the documentary 'Reclaiming the Blade' (2009)
    He had two middle names (James and Gilbert).
    George Lucas did not publicize his on-screen appearances during the light-saber duels in 'The Empire Strikes Back' and 'Return of the Jedi' to avoid detracting from David Prowse's performance.
    He had to wear lifts while filming those scenes since he is six inches shorter than Prowse.
    He served in the Royal Marines during World War II and survived the sinking of HMS Coventry in the Mediterranean.
    Mark Hamill revealed his contributions in a 1983 interview: 'I finally told George I didn't think it was fair anymore. Bob worked so bloody hard that he deserves some recognition.'
    For the 'Lord of the Rings' films, he developed different sword fighting techniques for each of the cultures based on Tolkien's descriptions.

Credit: C. Fishel

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