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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]
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