MacGyver / Richard Dean Anderson

MacGyver's Profile

Name: Angus MacGyver
Position: Special Agent, Phoenix Foundation for Research
Assigment: Field Operations
Birthdate: 03/23/1951
Birthplace: Minnesota
Height: 6'2
Weight: 180 lbs
Hair color: Medium brown
Phone number: 555-4876
Cars: Two different Jeeps, 46' Chevy Truck and 57 Chevy Nomad Station Wagon
Education: 1973 MacGyver graduated at College. He studied Chemicals and Physics.
Work history: 1975-1977 He chose to enter in a special elite of bomb-specialists, thanks to his chemical scientist background. He worked to bomb-neutralizing in Vietnam. After that he drove Jack Dalton's cab and 1979/80 he met Peter Thornton who was tracking the international assassin Murdoc. MacGyver and Pete followed the Murdoc and fell into one of the killer’s traps. With MacGyver’s ingenuity, they escaped. Pete was so impressed that he hired MacGyver for DXS (Department of External Services). Seven years later Pete and MacGyver moved to Phoenix Foundation where he now working as special field agent.
Parents: (Father) James MacGyver. Died in car accident Decemder 14th 1962.
(Mother) Ellen MacGyver. Died from stroke when Mac was in Afghanistan.
Grandarents: (Grandfather) Harry Jackson. He became MacGyver's father-figure after Mac's father and grandmother were killed in a car accident. He died of a heart attack in 1990.
(Grandmother) Celia Jackson. Died in car accident December 14th 1962.
Sisters/Brothers: -
Hobbies: Collecting old western movies, ice-hockey, cycling, rock climbing.
Aliases: Mac, Bud
Marital Status: Single. Mac has a lot of trouble starting a relationship with a woman because he is afraid something bad will happen to her as soon as they become very close, because that is what happened to all the people he loved. A prospective love interest for MacGyver was woman named Maria Romburg. She joined the Phoenix Foundation, became romantically involved with MacGyver, and then suddenly disappeared for assigment.In 1973 MacGyver had romantic relationship with Kate Malloy. Kate became pregnant and left for assigment to China. She gave birth to Sam (Sean Angus Malloy). Unfortunately Kate was killed by chinese colonel Chung. MacGyver discovered his son in 1991.
Speciality: Mac's mind is a wonder to many people, 'cause when he is in trouble, he can create something miraculeus out of anything ordinary. He is a genius when it comes to improvisation. Using his extensive knowledge of chemistry and physics, along with experience with machinery of all types and plenty of imagination, he is able to get himself and his companions out of any kind of danger. He always carries a swiss army knife. He never uses a gun, since his childhood when a close friend was fatally shot while several of them were taking turns with the gun.
Other: He is fiercely loyal to his friends and always available if somebody needs help.

Richard Dean Anderson

(Written by Kate Richard Dean Anderson was born on January 23, 1950 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His father, Stuart Anderson, taught English, drama, and humanities at a local high school, and is an accomplished jazz bassist. His mother, Jocelyn, is an artist, talented in both painting and sculpture. Richard is the eldest of four sons. He and his brothers, Jeffrey Scott, Thomas John, and James Stuart, grew up in the Minneapolis suburb of Roseville, where Richard developed early interests in sports, the arts, music, and acting. He studied drama at St. Cloud State University and at Ohio University, though he left just short of completing his degree. He learned very early: You can't always get what you want. He wanted to be a professional hockey player but injuries (broke both arms) forced he out of the game. His travels took him briefly to New York City, and he spent some time experiencing the cultural revolution of the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, before finally settling in Los Angeles. There he worked as a street mime and juggler, and as a jester-singer at a Renaissance-style cabaret. He also worked for a time at Marineland, where he wrote, directed, and performed in the marine mammal shows. His job included holding fish in his mouth for the killer whales to leap up and snatch, and he tells of the powerful whack to the face he took while rehearsing his routine with an orca. He appeared in plays and live theater as well, including landing a role in Superman in the Bones at the Pilgrimage Theatre. During his early years he also joined his friend Carl Dante, and for a time sang and played guitar as part of Carl's rock band under the name "Ricky Dean and Dante". His most memorable adventure was when he rode over 6,000 miles through Canada and Alaska on bicycle. His father kept sending spare tires to him in cities along the way, just in case he got a flat tire.

Richard came to national attention in 1976 as Dr. Jeff Webber on the popular daytime drama General Hospital After five years in that role, he felt it was time to move on, and he left to try his hand at prime time television. He appeared in two short-lived television series for CBS, as the eldest brother in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in 1982, and as a hot-shot Naval pilot in Emerald Point N.A.S. in 1983, as well as numerous guest appearances in other series.

General Hospital

Emerald Point N.A.S.


In 1985 Richard was cast in his signature role as MacGyver, on ABC. He has told the story of how he won the role. He had been called in for an audition, and asked to "cold read" an unfamiliar script. Being very nearsighted, he asked to wear his glasses for the reading, and that simple unselfconscious gesture immediately convinced the show's producers that they had found the right man to become their unpretentious hero. MacGyver ran for seven successful years, and continues to enjoy popularity all around the world.

As MacGyver came to an end, Richard and his partner, Michael Greenburg, had signed an overall deal with Paramount Pictures to develop and produce several films and series for television for their own production company, Gekko Film Corp. In their first project, Richard acted as both star and executive producer of two MacGyver movies for television, both of which were filmed in London in 1993. MacGyver: Lost Treasure of Atlantis and MacGyver: Trail to Doomsday aired in 1994 to critical acclaim. Their next project for Gekko was the 1995 TV series Legend for UPN. In it, Richard portrayed Ernest Pratt, a dime novelist who reluctantly takes on the role of his literary hero, Nicodemus Legend, in a lighthearted blend of western and science fiction. Once again Richard took on the role of executive producer, as well as demonstrating a considerable talent for comedy, in what he has described as his favorite role to date.

His new series began production in Vancouver in February of 1997, and debuted to outstanding ratings on Showtime on July 27, 1997. Based on Stargate, MGM's 1994 hit film, the new series Stargate SG-1 marks the return of one of television's most popular stars, Richard "MacGyver" Dean Anderson, in the role of Air Force Colonel Jack O'Neill, who led the first-ever U.S. military mission through the Stargate. With the discovery that there are other Stargates, perhaps hundreds, O'Neill and his SG-1 team will take viewers across the universe with action/adventure storylines that will showcase some of television's best special effects and production values.




Happy family
Richard likes to keep his private life just that;...private. And like his character MacGyver, he has been known to be timid when it comes to commitments. He remains unmarried, although he has been linked in the past with several high-profile women, including Deidre Hall, Sela Ward, Marlee Matlin, Katarina Witt, Teri Hatcher, and Lara Flynn Boyle. In 1996, Richard met Apryl Prose, and together they celebrated the birth of their first child, a daughter, Wylie Quinn Annarose Anderson on August 2, 1998.Richard speaks with great enthusiasm about his new adventure of fatherhood, and takes great pride in his reputation as a doting dad. Richard lives both in Vancouver and near Los Angeles, as well as owning a cabin in northern Minnesota.

Richard is an active philanthropist.s. For many years he has been on the Board of Trustees for the Challengers Boys and Girls Club, a youth organization founded in 1968 with the help of MacGyver executive producer Stephen Downing, and upon which the Challenger Center of the TV series was based. He is the recipient of the 1995 Celebrity Award from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and his commitment to the Foundation, an organization that grants wishes to terminally ill children, has included many opportunities for his young fans to visit the set. He has supported the Multiple Sclerosis Society, and has done several public service announcements for causes he strongly supports, including the Center for the Prevention of Handgun Violence, and Project Literacy US. For many years he has given his support to the Special Olympics, and was one of the key speakers at the opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics games in 1991. In recent years, Richard's focus has been particularly drawn to environmental issues. He has been named to the board of directors of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and he has partnered with members of Earth River Expeditions to produce the "River Project," a series of documentaries about the great rivers of the world.