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Born: January 23, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Profession: actor, producer, singer, mime, stage manager

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After struggling to find his footing as an actor, Richard Dean Anderson became a cultural icon as the titular "MacGyver" (ABC, 1985-1992), a cunning non-violent action hero who wiggled his way out of one precarious situation after another with little more than duct tape and his trusty Swiss Army knife. For seven seasons, Anderson embodied the multifaceted MacGyver, while the character entered the national lexicon and lived on as a cross-generational hero. Prior to the show, Anderson spent five seasons as Dr. Jeff Webber on the daytime soap opera "General Hospital" (ABC, 1963- ) and had a brief stint on the short lived "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (CBS, 1982-83). After "MacGyver," he went on to another long-running series, "Stargate SG-1" (Showtime/Sci-Fi Channel, 1997-2006), where he played Jack O'Neill, the intrepid leader of an elite military unit exploring the galaxy and defending Earth from alien invaders. The cult favorite spawned a numbers of sequels where Anderson reprised O'Neill in the series' ever-expanding universe. Though he stepped back from his business schedule in order to concentrate on family, Anderson remained a stead presence onscreen while routinely demonstrating his talent...

After struggling to find his footing as an actor, Richard Dean Anderson became a cultural icon as the titular "MacGyver" (ABC, 1985-1992), a cunning non-violent action hero who wiggled his way out of one precarious situation after another with little more than duct tape and his trusty Swiss Army knife. For seven seasons, Anderson embodied the multifaceted MacGyver, while the character entered the national lexicon and lived on as a cross-generational hero. Prior to the show, Anderson spent five seasons as Dr. Jeff Webber on the daytime soap opera "General Hospital" (ABC, 1963- ) and had a brief stint on the short lived "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (CBS, 1982-83). After "MacGyver," he went on to another long-running series, "Stargate SG-1" (Showtime/Sci-Fi Channel, 1997-2006), where he played Jack O'Neill, the intrepid leader of an elite military unit exploring the galaxy and defending Earth from alien invaders. The cult favorite spawned a numbers of sequels where Anderson reprised O'Neill in the series' ever-expanding universe. Though he stepped back from his business schedule in order to concentrate on family, Anderson remained a stead presence onscreen while routinely demonstrating his talent and versatility in a wide array of other projects.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Past the Bleachers (1995) Bill Parish
4.
 MacGyver: Trail to Doomsday (1994) Macgyver
5.
 Beyond Betrayal (1994) Bradley Mathews
6.
 Through the Eyes of a Killer (1992) Ray Bellano
7.
 In the Eyes of a Stranger (1992) Jack Rourke
8.
 Odd Jobs (1987)
9.
 Ordinary Heroes (1986) Tony Kaiser
10.
 Stargate SG-1: The Lowdown (2003) Featuring
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Raised in Roseville, Minnesota
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Went on bicycle trek across Canada after high school graduation
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Worked as street mime and juggler
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Headed rock band, Ricky Dean and Dante
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Was performer for shows at Marineland
1976:
TV debut as Dr Jeff Webber on ABC daytime drama, "General Hospital"
1982:
Regular role on TV series, "Seven Brides For Seven Brothers" (CBS)
1983:
Played Lt. Simon Adams on "Emerald Point, N.A.S." (CBS)
1985:
Starred in title role of a modern hero with an uncanny knack with gadgets in ABC series "MacGyver"
1986:
Feature acting debut, "Odd Jobs"
1986:
TV-movie debut, "Ordinary Heroes" (ABC)
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With Michael Greenburg, formed Gekko Film Corp.
1994:
Revived "MacGyver" in TV-movies; also served as executive producer
1995:
Stared in short-lived UPN series "Legend"
1997:
Cast as Col. Jack O'Neill in the Showtime series adaptation of "Stargate SG-1"; also served as executive producer; show aired on Sci-Fi Channel in June 2002
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Education

St Cloud State University: St Cloud , Minnesota -
Ohio University: Athens , Ohio -

Notes

Anderson intended to become a professional hockey player.

"['MacGyver'is] not a prestigious show. We're not going to win any Emmys. But we do serve a purpose. If I was an ABC executive, I'd be saying 'Hey, moms and dads, look what we have for you. A lot of production values, a good-thinking hero, a role model for your children." --Richard Dean Anderson quoted in The Chicago Tribune, July 1989.

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companion:
Sela Ward. Actor. Together c. 1983-86.
companion:
Marlee Matlin. Actor. No longer together.
companion:
Lara Flynn Boyle. Actor. No longer together.
companion:
Katarina Witt. Ice-skating champion. Dated 1992; born c. 1965; German Olympic Gold medalist; no longer together.
companion:
Apryl Prose. Together from c. 1996.
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father:
Stuart Anderson. Jazz bassist.
mother:
Jocelyn Anderson. Artist.
brother:
Jeffrey Scott Anderson. Younger.
brother:
Thomas John Anderson. Younger.
brother:
James Stuart Anderson. Younger.
daughter:
Wylie Quinn Annarose Anderson. Born on August 2, 1998; mother, Apryl Prose.
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