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Richard Dean Anderson
Birthday: January 23, 1950
Place: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Height: 6' 1"
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The future "MacGyver" (1985) and "Stargate SG-1" (1997) star was born on January 23, 1950 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His father, Stuart Anderson, was a teacher at a local high school teacher and his mother, Jocelyn, was an artist who was talented in both sculpting and painting. He and his two younger brothers, Thomas John and James Stuart, grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis called Roseville. During his childhood and teenage years, he developed a love for sports, music (especially jazz) and acting.Richard dreamed of becoming a professional hockey player as a teenager, a dream shared by his future "Stargate SG-1" (1997) co-star Michael Shanks. However, this was not to be as, at age sixteen, he broke both of his arms in separate incidents, the second of which was so bad that he had to be hospitalized for three months. Although his dream became an impossibility, he never lost his love for the sport. Richard was very much a restless teenager, having many adventures hitch-hiking on the open road. This sense of adventure is most evident from his 5,641 mile bicycle trip from his home in Minnesota to Alaska. While accompanied by several friends at the beginning of this trip, he traveled the last thirty-three days alone. This experience gave him a more centered sense of direction in his life.After studying drama at St. Cloud State University and at Ohio University without completing his degree), he briefly moved to New York before settling in Los Angeles where he worked as a juggler, a street-mime and in a Renaissance-style cabaret. He worked briefly in Marineland where his jobs included holding fish in his mouth which killer whales would leap up and catch. Subsequently, he appeared in plays and formed a rock band called "Rick Dean and the Dante" with his friend Carl Dante for which he sang and play the guitar.His big break came in 1976 when he was cast in the popular daytime drama "General Hospital" (1963) as Dr. Jeff Webber. He continued to portray the role for five years until he felt it was time to move on to prime-time drama. He made numerous guest appearances in series such as "The Facts of Life" (1979) and "The Love Boat" (1977) and was cast as the star in two CBS series, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (1982) and "Emerald Point N.A.S." (1983), however both only lasted one season.His next big success came in 1985 when he won the role as the title character in the ABC adventure series "MacGyver" (1985). He was cast because the producers were impressed by the lack of pretension he showed at his audition. As he is nearsighted, it was necessary for him to wear his glasses for the reading. The series lasted seven seasons and ran for 139 episodes. It was hugely successful throughout its run and continues to be popular all over the world. He reprised his role in two TV movies, MacGyver: Lost Treasure of Atlantis (1994) (TV) and MacGyver: Trail to Doomsday (1994) (TV) which were produced by his own production company, Gekko Film Corp, which he co-founded with Michael Greenburg.Having made a huge impression in Ordinary Heroes (1986) as a blinded Vietnam veteran struggling to rebuild his life in America, he moved on to TV-movies after "MacGyver" (1985) ended such as In the Eyes of a Stranger (1992) (TV), Through the Eyes of a Killer (1992) (TV) , Beyond Betrayal (1994) (TV), Past the Bleachers (1995) (TV) and Pandora's Clock (1996) (TV). He was particularly impressive in Past the Bleachers (1995) (TV) in which he played a grieving father struggling to come to terms with his young son's death.He returned to series television in 1995 when he was cast as Ernest Pratt/Nicodemus Legend in "Legend" (1995), an adventure series which aired on UPN. He also served as executive producer of the series where one of his co-stars was his close friend John de Lancie. His character was a dime novelist (Pratt) who took on the persona of the protagonist in his novels (Legend). The series was primarily a comedy, a blend of the Western and science fiction. It is also Richard's favorite role to date.He found major success again when cast as Colonel (later Brigadier General) Jack O'Neill in "Stargate SG-1" (1997), an adventure/science fiction series based on the blockbuster Stargate (1994) starring Kurt Russell and James Spader. The series began filming in Vancouver on February 19, 1997 and premiered on Showtime on July 27, 1997. The series has remained extremely successful since then which eventually resulting in the creation of a spin-off series "Stargate: Atlantis" (2004) in 2004 and a video game _Stargate SG-1: The Alliance (2005) (VG)_ in 2005. Both series currently air on the Sci-Fi Channel. There have been rum ours of a film and another spin-off series in recent years. Richard's role in the series was substantially reduced in its seventh and eighth seasons which culminating in his departure from the series in 2005.He has never married but his dated many women including actresses Teri Hatcher, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sela Ward and German ice-skater Katarina Witt. Since 1996, his partner has been Apryl Prose who is the mother of his only child, Wylie Quinn Annarose Anderson who was born on August 2, 1998. Like her father and grandfather (who passed away in 2003), she is fond of jazz. Because of his young daughter, he has temporarily taken a break from acting in order to spend time with her and help her develop.Richard has made it a point throughout his career in choosing roles that demonstrate his versatility as an actor. Many of his characters, particularly MacGyver and O'Neill, are strong characters, although tormented by personal tragedies such as the death of family members and friends, can continue on bravely and valiantly.
- Is on the board of directors of "Handgun Control, Inc". In the TV show "MacGyver" (1985), his character always refused to use guns.
- Daughter, with Apryl Prose, Wylie Quinn Annarose Anderson, born. [2 August 1998]
- Would have played professional Hockey except he broke both of his arms during a game. He then turned to acting.
- Performed as a mime before acting in television.
- Had band called Ricky Dean and Dante during college years.
- When he was 16, Richard Dean Anderson broke both of his arms in separate accidents on the ice. He broke his left arm first, and while skating 3 weeks later he broke his right arm so badly he was in the hospital for 3 months. His elbow snapped backwards and he's still got pins in there.
- When he was 17, he rode his bike 5,641 miles from Minnesota to Alaska. He started out with some friends but travelled the last 33 days alone.
- Has appeared in two different productions which featured the word "Atlantis" in the title: the TV-movie MacGyver: Lost Treasure of Atlantis (1994) (TV) and the TV series "Stargate: Atlantis" (2004).
- Along with Michael Shanks, he is one of only two actors to appear in the pilots of both "Stargate SG-1" (1997) and the spin-off series "Stargate: Atlantis" (2004).
- Is good friends with John de Lancie (who is best known for playing the character of Q in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987), "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993) and "Star Trek: Voyager" (1995)). They have appeared in three different series together: "MacGyver" (1985), "Legend" (1995) and "Stargate SG-1" (1997).
- Although he has never appeared on any "Star Trek" series, he has shared scenes with regulars from all five "Star Trek" series.
- Has appeared in episodes of three different series with Garwin Sanford: "MacGyver" (1985), "Stargate SG-1" (1997) and "Stargate: Atlantis" (2004).
- Has appeared in the pilots of six different series: "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (1982), "Emerald Point N.A.S." (1983), "MacGyver" (1985), "Legend" (1995), "Stargate SG-1" (1997) and "Stargate: Atlantis" (2004). The latter is the only one on which he was not a regular.
- Has been a regular on six different series: "General Hospital" (1963), "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (1982), "Emerald Point N.A.S." (1983), "MacGyver" (1985), "Legend" (1995) and "Stargate SG-1" (1997).
- His favourite TV show is "The Simpsons" (1989).
- Has appeared in episodes of three different series with Dan Shea: "MacGyver" (1985), "Stargate SG-1" (1997) and "Stargate: Atlantis" (2004).
- Played his most famous character Angus MacGyver a total of 141 times: in all 139 episodes of "MacGyver" (1985) and in two TV-movies, MacGyver: Lost Treasure of Atlantis (1994) (TV) and MacGyver: Trail to Doomsday (1994) (TV). The only characters he has played more times are Dr. Jeff Webber in "General Hospital" (1963) and Colonel/Brigadier General Jack O'Neill in "Stargate SG-1" (1997).
- Was presented with an award and made an honourary brigadier general at the Air Force Association's 57th Annual Air Force Anniversary Dinner in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, 14 September 2004 because of his role as star and executive producer of "Stargate SG-1" (1997), a series which has portrayed the Air Force in a positive light since it first premiered. It was presented by the Air Force Chief-of-Staff, General John P. Jumper. The last recipient of the award was James Stewart in 1987.
- Went to Alexander Ramsey High School in Roseville, Minnesota.
- Was considered for the role of Commander Benjamin Sisko on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993).
- His "Stargate SG-1" (1997) character Colonel/Brigadier General Jack O'Neill was ranked #10 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends" (1 August 2004 issue).
- Has starred in two different series in which his character's main adversary (seemingly) dies multiple times: Murdoc (Michael Des Barres) in "MacGyver" (1985) and Apophis (Peter Williams) in "Stargate SG-1" (1997).
- Has appeared in episodes of two different series entitled "The Enemy Within" and "Last Stand": "MacGyver" (1985) and "Stargate SG-1" (1997).
- Like his two most famous characters, Angus MacGyver of "MacGyver" (1985) and Colonel/Brigadier General Jack O'Neill of "Stargate SG-1" (1997), he was raised in Minnesota. MacGyver was born in Minnesota, Jack in Chicago.
- At the Spacey Awards 2005, he won the Favourite Male TV Character award for his portrayal of Colonel/Brigadier General Jack O'Neill on "Stargate SG-1" (1997). The other nominees were Scott Bakula (Captain Jonathan Archer of "Enterprise" (2001)), Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor of "Smallville" (2001), Edward James Olmos (Commander William Adama of "Battlestar Galactica" (2004)) and Chris Kramer (Morgan Pym of "The Collector" (2004)).
- Played a firefighter in two different productions: Firehouse (1997) (TV) and the "Stargate SG-1" (1997) episode "The Changeling".
- From when he first appeared on television in 1976 until his "retirement" in 2005, he was a regular on one series or another every year except for 1984, 1993, 1994 and 1996: "General Hospital" (1963) from 1976 to 1981, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (1982) in 1982, "Emerald Point N.A.S." (1983) in 1983, "MacGyver" (1985) from 1985 to 1992, "Legend" (1995) in 1995 and "Stargate SG-1" (1997) from 1997 to 2005.
- Has appeared in two different productions entitled "Fallout" which featured scenes at the Cheyenne Mountain Complex in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA: Fallout: A Post-Nuclear Role-Playing Game (1997) (VG) and the "Stargate SG-1" (1997) episode "Fallout."
- He has appeared in episodes of four different series based in Colorado, USA: "MacGyver" (1985), "Legend" (1995), "Stargate SG-1" (1997) and "Stargate: Atlantis" (2004).
- Shares his birthday with Charles Correll who directed him in 19 episodes of "MacGyver" (1985), MacGyver: Trail to Doomsday (1994) (TV), four episodes of "Legend" (1995) and two episodes of "Stargate SG-1" (1997).
- Has three younger brothers, Jeffrey, Thomas and James.
- His father, Stuart Anderson who died in 2003, taught English, drama and humanities at a high school in his hometown, Roseville, Minnesota, USA.
- In 1985 was voted Sexiest Survivalist by People Magazine.
- Reprised his role of MacGyver for a Mastercard commercial. The commercial debuted during Superbowl XL (2006), nearly 14 years after the series ended.
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