* Herbert Anderson, 77, a versatile movie...


* Herbert Anderson, 77, a versatile movie and stage actor who was best known as the owlish father of television's "Dennis the Menace," died in his sleep Saturday at his Palm Springs, Calif., home. Mr. Anderson had a stroke about two months ago, said family spokesman Mike Vest. Born in Oakland, Calif., Mr. Anderson acted in Broadway, television and movie roles but was best known as Henry Mitchell from the 1959-1963 CBS series. His acting career began with Warner Bros. in 1939, and his big break came in 1941 with the musical comedy "Navy Blues," starring Ann Sheridan and Martha Raye. A year later he played a college newspaper editor in "The Male Animal" with Olivia de Havilland and Henry Fonda. He also played Dr. Bird in the 1953 Broadway production of the "Caine Mutiny Court Martial."

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