Obscure Movie Characters I Love: Josh Mostel’s Principal Max Anderson from Billy Madison

In our second feature of “obscure movie character I love” I’d like to center our attention on actor Josh Mostel who you might remember from the movie City Slickers.  He was one half of the faux Ben and Jerry’s team “Ira and Barry’s.”  He’s the guy that played Barry Sholowitz.    Mostel has 61 credits to his name and can certainly be in our “That guy actor” segment as well.  But I’d like to focus on his character in Billy Madison.

Mostel played none other than Principal Max Anderson who was the principal at the elementary school Billy Madison attended in the movie.  Anderson was also known as a past professional wrestler called “The Revolting Blob.”   Anderson may not have had much screen time but his appearances left a brand on my heart.   There are two scenes which are particularly memorable.

The first the Valentine’s day scene.  When Anderson nods to Billy I laugh every single time without fail.  Seriously, every single time.  The other is the “listen to that tub of lard all day” part.   I’ve always liked Josh Mostel but I can safely say this is his finest work.

Check out the two clips below:


Add Comment

Tisha Campbell Holding Out Hope For a Martin Revival
The Five Most Shocking General Hospital Moments of 2020
Charlie Hunnam Says He Would Never Return as Jax Teller
Check Out The Holiday Specials Trailer for Craftopia
The Five Best Short Films of 2020
There’s a Reason Why Meryl Streep Doesn’t Do Movie Sequels
Batman Goes on a 70s Martial Arts Adventure in “Soul of the Dragon”
Five Excellent Movies With Open Endings
10 Things You Didn’t Know about Kelli Berglund
Hartnett Pearl Harbor
The Reason Josh Hartnett Wasn’t Taking on Superhero Roles
10 Things You Didn’t Know about Ryan McDonald
10 Things You Didn’t Know about Reggie Lee
Freddy Krueger, Jason and Pinhead are Fighting the Power Rangers in Fan-Made Comic
Elm Street
Did You Know Marvel Made a Freddy Kreuger Comic in 1989?
Five Reasons Why DeSaad Deserves a Solo Movie
What We Learned from The Batman: Three Jokers Trailer
The Top Ten Dueling Monsters In Yu-Gi-Oh!
The Top Five Yu-Gi-Oh! Villains
Vinland Saga
Why You Should Be Watching Vinland Saga
Super Anime
Check Out Mario & Luigi: Super Anime Brothers
Building The Ultimate Breath Of The Wild Playhouse
How Many Potatoes It Takes to Run DOOM
Here’s What We Know about Harry Potter: Hogwarts Legacy for PS5
Turns out Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Has Connections to Modern Warfare