Richard Dean Anderson

Actor, Producer, Mime
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 ... Read more »
Born: 01/22/1950 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Filmography

Actor (31)

General Hospital 1962 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Fairly Legal 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Raising Hope 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

SGU: Stargate Universe 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stargate SG-1 1997 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stargate: Atlantis 2004, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 2006 (Tv Show)

Voice

Beyond the Stargate: Secrets Revealed 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

From Stargate to Atlantis: A Sci Fi Lowdown 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Stargate SG-1: The Lowdown 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Legend 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The World of Audubon 10th Anniversary Special 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Jim Thorpe Pro Sports Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

MacGyver 1985 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 18th Annual People's Choice Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Red Cross Emergency Test 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Facts of Life 1979 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Odd Jobs 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

Battle of the Network Stars XVI 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Emerald Point, N.A.S. 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Seven Brides For Seven Brothers 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Beyond Betrayal (TV Show)

Actor

In the Eyes of a Stranger (TV Show)

Actor

MacGyver: Trail to Doomsday (TV Show)

Actor

Ordinary Heroes (TV Show)

Actor

Pandora's Clock (TV Show)

Actor

Past the Bleachers (TV Show)

Actor

Stargate: Continuum (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

Relationships

Wylie Quinn Annarose Anderson

Daughter
born on August 2, 1998 mother, Apryl Prose

Stuart Anderson

Father

Jocelyn Anderson

Mother

James Anderson

Brother
younger

Jeffrey Anderson

Brother
younger

Thomas Anderson

Brother
younger

Lara Flynn Boyle Actor

Companion
Rumored to have dated no longer together

Deidre Hall Actor

Companion
rumored to have dated

Teri Hatcher Actor

Companion
Co-starred together on "MacGyver" (ABC) Dated from 1985-88

Marlee Matlin Actor

Companion
rumored to have dated

Apryl Prose

Companion
together from c. 1996

Sela Ward Actor

Companion
together c. 1983-86

Katarina Witt

Companion
German Olympic Gold medalist dated c. 1992 no longer together

EDUCATION

St Cloud State University

St Cloud , Minnesota

Ohio University

Athens , Ohio

Milestones

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

1995

Stared in short-lived UPN series "Legend"

1994

Revived "MacGyver" in TV-movies; also served as executive producer

1986

TV-movie debut, "Ordinary Heroes" (ABC)

1986

Feature acting debut, "Odd Jobs"

1985

Starred in title role of a modern hero with an uncanny knack with gadgets in ABC series "MacGyver"

1983

Played Lt. Simon Adams on "Emerald Point, N.A.S." (CBS)

1982

Regular role on TV series, "Seven Brides For Seven Brothers" (CBS)

1976

TV debut as Dr Jeff Webber on ABC daytime drama, "General Hospital"

Raised in Roseville, Minnesota

Was performer for shows at Marineland

Went on bicycle trek across Canada after high school graduation

With Michael Greenburg, formed Gekko Film Corp.

Headed rock band, Ricky Dean and Dante

Worked as street mime and juggler

Bonus Trivia

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Anderson intended to become a professional hockey player.

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"[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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