Richard Dean Anderson: What you need to know about MacGyver

The hero was in the nursery: Richard Dean Anderson played Agent “McGyver” in 7 seasons. He initially aimed for a completely different profession, but then got into acting. But his star role demanded a lot from him.

Richard Dean Anderson: From Ice Hockey Player to ’80s Champion

With a mullet and wired body, Richard Dean Anderson became a superstar in the ’80s. In his iconic role as Angus MacGyver, he shaped an entire generation. A paper clip and a piece of string – that’s all the title hero usually needs to save the world.

  • Richard Dean Anderson was born on January 23, 1950 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was raised as the eldest of four children of a teacher and artist. From an early age, he developed his interests in sports, art, music and acting.
  • In his youth his biggest dream was to become a professional ice hockey player. But his wish ended abruptly after he broke both of his arms on the ice in quick succession. After a short stint as an aspiring jazz musician, he eventually found his way into acting, studying drama at St. Cloud State College and Ohio University.
  • In 1976 he received a role in the hospital series “General Hospital”. For five years he played the role of Dr. Jeff Weber. He starred in other series before finally getting his feat in 1985 as the funky hero of the action series MacGyver.
  • For 7 years he made himself the name MacGyver. The Man With the Paperclip brings the exciting scientist of physics and chemistry closer to the kids of the 80s. Building a bomb with chewing gum, matches and a standard lamp? Although fictional, according to Anderson, the absurd absurdity of his iconic series has inspired many viewers to pursue a career in science.
  • But what many do not know is that the actor himself was happy when the series ended. “MacGyver was like seven years where I was literally in every frame of his picture and I had absolutely no life left,” the actor once said of his role.
  • Anderson had another hit on the series as Colonel Jack O’Neill on the “Stargate SG-1” song series, which he also produced. In 1998 he received the “Saturn Award” for his acting performance.

In 2013, at the age of 63, Anderson took a well deserved business retirement. At that time he was last seen in a small television role in the series “Apartment 23”.

The series is the Minister of Women today

Throughout his career, Anderson has always attached great importance to protecting his privacy, which is why very few details are known about his personal life. Even after the end of his career, he keeps a low profile and leads a somewhat reclusive life.

  • He has a now grown daughter named Wylie Quinn Annarose with his ex-girlfriend Apryl Prose, who dated Anderson from 1996 to 2003.
  • Although the star-actor has entered into some long-term relationships, he has not found much happiness in love. His previous directors include Lara Flynn Boyle (known from “Men in Black II”) and Teri Hatcher (“Smallville”), with whom he became a married couple in the early 1990s. He is said to have been with German ice artist Katharina Witt for a short time in 1992. However, he never married.
  • He is particularly involved in environmental organizations and is a member of the “Sea Shepherd Conservation Society”. The topic of environmental protection is very important to him, so he produced some documentaries on land pollution to draw attention to the excesses.

To this day, he lives on his “MacGyver” fame and occasionally appears as himself or as MacGyver in series and commercials with plenty of self-mockery. Over time, his physical appearance has changed a lot, but his fan base is still huge!

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