Sam Edwards
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Sam Edwards played the recurring role of town banker Bill Anderson on Little House on the Prairie.
Personal Information
Birthname: Samuel Edwards
Sex/Gender: Male
Born: May 26, 1915
Birthplace: Macon, Georgia, U.S.
Died: July 28, 2004(2004-07-28) (aged 89)
Deathplace: Los Angeles, CA, U.S.
Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1937-1983
Spouse (s): Beverly Motley Edwards, 1969 - 2004 (his death)
Series Information
Appeared as: Bill Anderson / Postman (1 episode)
Appeared on/in: Little House on the Prairie (TV series)
No. of appearances: 7 episodes in Seasons 5-9

Sam Edwards (born May 26, 1915 - died July 28, 2004) appeared in a total of seven episodes of Little House on the Prairie, six in a recurring role as town banker Bill Anderson, and one as a postman in the Season 5 episode "The Man Inside" (episode #4).


Sam was raised a theatrical family, he was the son of stage actress Edna Parks and actor Jack Edwards Sr. Young Sam appeared on radio in the 1930s in the Adventures of Sonny and Buddy one of the first radio serials ever syndicated, and later in The Edwards Family,[1] a series based on the life of Sam, brother Jack, sister Florida, and his parents. Sam was also an early cast member of one of the first radio soap operas, One Man's Family.

In addition to his appearances on LHOP, Sam also made numerous other guest or recurring role appearances on many other TV shows from the early/mid 1950's and the 1980's, which included The George Burns and Gracie Allen Hour, Playhouse 90, The Andy Griffith Show, Gomer Pyle USMC, Petticoat Junction, Green Acres, Ironside, Mannix, Mission: Impossible, Cannon, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Happy Days, The Dukes of Hazzard and the NBC-TV daytime soap Days of Our Lives.

Sam's film appearances included significant roles in the films Twelve O'Clock High (1949),Operation Pacific (1951), Gangbusters (1954), and supporting roles in The Beatniks (1960), Hello Dolly! and Suppose They Gave A War and Nobody Came (1969) and The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981).


Sam died in 2004 at the age of 89 in Durango, Colorado. [1] He was survived by Beverly, stepchildren William, Deborah and Linda Edwards, and several grandchildren.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2004: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture (en). McFarland, 112-113. ISBN 9780786452095. Retrieved on 28 March 2017. 

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