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Richard Dean Anderson

Richard Dean Anderson (born January 23, 1950), in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His father, Stuart Anderson, was a teacher at a local high school and his mother, Jocelyn, was an artist. He and his two younger brothers, Thomas John and James Stuart, grew up in a suburb of St. Paul called Roseville. During his childhood and teenage years, he developed a love for sports, music (especially jazz) and acting.

Anderson 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. 

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 and a street mime and in a Renaissance-style cabaret. He worked briefly in Marineland, where his jobs included holding fish in his mouth for killer whales to leap up and snatch. Subsequently, he appeared in plays and formed a rock band called "Rick Dean and the Dante" with his friend Carl Dante in which he sang and played 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 play 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 SevenBrothers (1982) and Emerald Point N.A.S. (1983), but both lasted just 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 has continued to be popular all over the world. He reprised his role in two TV movies, MacGyver: Lost Treasure of Atlantis (1994) and MacGyver: Trail to Doomsday (1994), both produced by his own production company, Gekko Film Corp, which he co-founded with 'Michael Greenburg'.

After MacGyver ended he moved on to TV movies such as In the Eyes of a Stranger (1992), Throughthe Eyes of a Killer (1992), Beyond Betrayal (1994), Past the Bleachers (1995) and Pandora's Clock(1996). He was particularly impressive in Past the Bleachers (1995), 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 that aired on UPN. He also served as executive producer of the series, in which 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 has also been Richard's favorite role to date.

He found major success again when cast as Colonel (later Brigadier General) Jack O'Neill in StargateSG-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 and on Fox friday nights. The series has remained extremely successful since then, eventually resulting in the creation of a spin-off series, Stargate: Atlantis (2004), in 2004 and the now-canceled video game Stargate SG-1: The Alliance (2005) in 2005. 

He has never married but has 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, (born 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.

Known For


Cast Credits

Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (2012)
Guest starring as Richard Dean Anderson
Fairly Legal (2011)
Guest starring as David Smith (4 episodes)
Raising Hope (2010)
Guest starring as Keith
Stargate Universe (2009)
Guest starring as Lieutenant General Jack O'Neill (6 episodes)
  • Episode 1x19: Incursion: Part 1 (Jun 4, 2010) [Special Guest Star]
  • Episode 1x18: Subversion (May 21, 2010) [Special Guest Star]
  • Episode 1x07: Earth (Nov 6, 2009) [Special Guest Star]
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Stargate Atlantis (2004)
Guest starring as Jack O'Neill (4 episodes)
Stargate SG-1 (1997)
Starring as Jack O'Neill (168 episodes)
Guest starring as Jack O'Neill (5 episodes)
  • Episode S10 Special: Stargate SG-1: Continuum (Jul 29, 2008) [Special Guest Star]
  • Episode 10x14: The Shroud (May 4, 2007) [Special Guest Star]
  • Episode 10x06: 200 (Aug 18, 2006) [Special Guest Star]
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The Daily Show with Craig Kilborn (1996)
Guest starring as Richard Dean Anderson
Legend (1995)
Starring as Ernest Pratt / Nicodemus Legend (13 episodes)
MacGyver (1985)
Starring as Angus MacGyver (141 episodes)
Emerald Point N.A.S. (1983)
Starring as Navy Lt. Simon Adams (22 episodes)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1982)
Starring as Adam McFadden (22 episodes)
Today's FBI (1981)
Guest starring as Andy McFey
The Facts of Life (1979)
Guest starring as Brian Parker
The Love Boat (1977)
Guest starring as Carter Randall
Battle of the Network Stars (1976)
Guest starring as Richard Dean Anderson

Crew Credits

Stargate SG-1 (1997)
Show crew as Executive Producer (86 episodes)
Legend (1995)
Show crew as Executive Producer
MacGyver (1985)
Show crew as Executive Producer
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