This guy is one of my heroes! On top of being in a couple of my favorites shows - Twin Peaks & Carnivàle - he has an amazing life story. Check out his mini bio via IMDB
"Michael Anderson was born in Huron, South Dakota, at 10:30pm, on Halloween Night. Subject to a genetic anomaly known as Osteogenesis Imperfecta, he grew up in a wheelchair. After graduating high school he traveled America, singing for tips and living in his car. For six years, he attended the University of Colorado where he majored in numerous subjects ranging from philosophy to microbiology. After college, he began working for Martin Marietta, troubleshooting the NASA computers in the ground-support system of the space shuttle. During this time, he made the documentary "Little Mike," which won a silver medal in the International Film and Television Award
s. Soon thereafter, he moved to NYC where his film and television career began. For many years, Anderson was most well-known among fans of director David Lynch
for his work as a backwards-talking dream figure on the cult favorite TV series "Twin Peaks"
(1990). Anderson also worked with Lynch for the experimental performance piece Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Brokenhearted
(1990) (TV) and the TV-pilot-turned-feature filmMulholland Dr.
(2001). Anderson gained further recognition and success in recent years for his work on the HBO series Carnivàle."