Bobby Anderson was born in Hollywood, to a showbiz family. He was the son of Eugene Randolph Anderson, an assistant Director and production manager, and Marie Augusta Fleischer, and his brothers and cousins were editors and production managers in their own right. He was also the nephew, by marriage, of Directors william Beaudine and James Flood, both of whom were married to Anderson's mother's sisters. Anderson's film career as an actor was brief. He appeared in the TV show Spin and Marty, and he made his last film in 1956.