Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Larry Anderson profile

Larry Anderson, 58

Joined Scientology: 1976

Left Scientology: 2009

Career: Actor and pitchman. Appeared in more than 30 television shows, including The Young and the Restless, Days of Our Lives, Matlock, Night Court, Beverly Hills 90210 and The O.C., eight movies and commercials — the George Foreman Party Grill, the E-Z Chopper and the Dirt Devil Cyclone.

As a Scientologist: Anderson said he wrote probably 25 "success stories'' during his 33 years in the church. Scientologists are required to write about the "wins'' they experienced during courses and as they advance up the Bridge. Anderson said he exaggerated many of his stories. "You feel obligated to embellish in order to progress to your next services, which hopefully will be more fruitful,'' he said. In 2008, he stopped.

"Before I frittered another $150,000 on the 'upper levels' chasing more butterflies, I had to finally break ranks with those praising the emperor's new clothes and admit the emperor is naked.''

Larry Anderson profile 01/23/10 [Last modified: Sunday, January 24, 2010 5:40pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Macy's chairman replaces ex-HSN head Grossman on National Retail Federation board

    Retail

    Terry Lundgren, chairman of Macy's Inc., will replace Weight Watchers CEO Mindy Grossman as chair of the National Retail Federation, the organization announced Wednesday. Grossman stepped down from her position following her move from leading St. Petersburg-based HSN to Weight Watchers.

    Weight Watchers CEO and former HSN chief Mindy Grossman is being replaced as chair of the National Retail Federation. [HSN Inc.]
  2. Team begins work to exhume Salvador Dali's body for paternity test

    World

    FIGUERES, Spain — A forensic team on Thursday entered the Salvador Dali museum in northeastern Spain where the surrealist artist's remains are due to be exhumed to settle a paternity claim brought by a 61- year-old woman.

    Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali, presents his first Chrono-Hologram in Paris, France, in 1973. Work has begun to exhume his body for a parternity test. Dali, considered one of the fathers of surrealism in art, died in 1989 and is buried in his museum in the northeastern town of Figueres. [Associated Press]
  3. Good news for Rays on Steven Souza Jr. as MRI shows 'no damage' to hip

    Blogs

    The Rays got good news today on RF Steven Souza Jr., as an MRI showed "no damage" to his left hip.

    Steven Souza Jr. #20 of the Tampa Bay Rays holds his leg after hurting himself trying to steal second base in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on July 19, 2017 in Oakland, California.
  4. Spring Hill couple arrested on drug charges after months-long investigation

    Crime

    SPRING HILL — A Spring Hill couple was arrested Wednesday on several drug charges after a months-long investigation by the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

    Hernando County Sheriff's Office detectives stand behind 24 pounds of marijuana seized by the agency during a drug bust this week. [Photo by Megan Reeves]
  5. New Pinellas Trail stretch draws raves at opening

    Human Interest

    EAST LAKE — Mike Siebel bikes the Pinellas Trail four days a week and loops up and down the Suncoast Trail at least a couple times every year. A 68-year-old cycling diehard, he was so eager for the opening of the 5-mile segment extending the Pinellas Trail to the Pasco border that he would often drive across …

    Cyclists wait for the official opening of the Pinellas Trail's newest segment. JIM DAMASKE   |   Times