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Richard Dean Anderson

Richard Dean Anderson Mostly Credited As: Richard Dean Anderson
Birth Name: Richard Dean Anderson
Date Of Birth: January 23, 1950 (Age 64)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Height: 6' 1 ½" (1.86 m)


He was born in Minnesota to a teacher father and drawing artist mother, he wished to be a hockey player while he was teenager. However, several accidents while playing forced him to stop. He almost finished his degree in Drama in the Ohio University, but his inner will for travels made him move to Los Angeles. He played in theaters, and it didn't take him long to move to TV. There, he played several important roles throughout the 70's (General Hospital), but in the year 1985 he started in Macgyver, the huge step of his career. He played a talented guy who solved problems with his scientific knowledge and every common object he could find, rather than violence. MacGyver ran for seven seasons.

After that he played in several movies, showing a variety of talents, such as drama (Pride of the Marines, and Past the Bleachers), action (In the Eyes of a Stranger) and fear (Beyond Betrayal).

Anderson is well known for his eight-year role in Stargate SG-1 playing Colonel/Brigadier General Jack O'Neill, sardonic commander of an Air Force unit which travels to other planets through a circular ancient device, in order to fight the evil and save Earth and the galaxy. He left in 2004 in order to spend more time with his partner Apryl Prose and their then 6-year-old daughter Wylie Quinn Annarose Anderson.


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TV Appearances

Main cast 
Stargate SG-1 (1997)As: Colonel/Brigadier General Jack O'Neill (1997-2005)
Legend (1995)As: Ernest Pratt/Nicodemus Legend
MacGyver (1985)As: Angus MacGyver
Emerald Point N.A.S. (1983)As: Navy Lt. Simon Adams
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1982)As: Adam McFadden
General Hospital (US) (1963)As: Jeff Webber (1976-1981)
Episode Cast Credits 

Raising Hope (2010) 
  Jimmy and the Kid 02x06: (Nov/08/2011) As Keith 

Fairly Legal (2011) 
  Bridges 01x10: (Mar/24/2011) As David Smith 
  My Best Friend's Prenup 01x09: (Mar/17/2011) As David Smith 
  Ultravinyl 01x08: (Mar/10/2011) As David Smith 
  The Two Richards 01x05: (Feb/17/2011) As David Smith 

Stargate Universe (2009) 
  Incursion (1) 01x19: (Jun/04/2010) As Lieutenant General Jack O'Neill, [Special Guest Stars]
  Subversion 01x18: (May/21/2010) As Lieutenant General Jack O'Neill, [Special Guest Stars]
  Earth 01x07: (Nov/06/2009) As Lieutenant General Jack O'Neill, [Special Guest Stars]
  Air (3) 01x03: (Oct/09/2009) As Lieutenant General Jack O'Neill, [Special Guest Stars]

Saturday Night Live (1975) 
  Dwayne Johnson/Ray LaMontagne 34x17: (Mar/07/2009) As MacGyver 

Stargate SG-1 (1997) 
  Stargate SG-1: Continuum (Jul/29/2008) As Major General Jonathan "Jack" O'Neill, [Special Guest Stars]
  The Shroud 10x14: (May/04/2007) As Major General Jack O'Neill, [Special Guest Stars]
  200 10x06: (Aug/18/2006) As Major General Jack O'Neill, [Special Guest Stars]
  SCI FI Inside: Stargate SG-1 200th Episode (Aug/18/2006) As Himself 

Stargate Atlantis (2004) 
  The Return (2) 03x11: (Apr/13/2007) As Major General Jack O'Neill, [Special Guest Stars]
  The Return (1) 03x10: (Sep/22/2006) As Major General Jack O'Neill, [Special Guest Stars]
  The Real World 03x06: (Aug/18/2006) As Major General Jack O'Neill, [Special Guest Stars]
  Rising, Part 1 01x01: (Jul/16/2004) As Brigadier General Jack O'Neill 

The Simpsons (1989) 
  Kiss Kiss Bang Bangalore 17x17: (Apr/09/2006) Voiced  Himself 

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (1996) 
  Richard Dean Anderson 01x45: (Nov/07/1996) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Battle of the Network Stars (1976) 
  Special #16 01x16: (May/03/1984) As CBS Team 

Today's F.B.I (1981) 
  Fugitive 01x04: (Nov/29/1981) As McFey 

The Facts of Life (1979) 
  Brian and Sylvia 02x16: (Mar/25/1981) As Brian 

Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (2012) 
  Original Bitch 02x19: (Unaired) As Himself 
Crew Credits

Show Crew


MacGyver (1985)• Executive Producer
Stargate SG-1 (1997)• Executive Producer (1997-2005)

Episode Crew


Featured Songs

MacGyver Songs:
The Negotiator + Eau d'Leo 
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Trivia

He has appeared with Garwin Sanford in episodes of three different series: MacGyver, Stargate SG-1, and Stargate Atlantis.

He has appeared in two different productions which featured the word "Atlantis" in the title: the TV-movie MacGyver: Lost Treasure of Atlantis (star) and the TV series Stargate Atlantis (guest)

He needed to add the "Dean" to his name to register in the Screen Actor's Guild, as Richard Anderson (The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman) already had claim to his name. SAG requires member's names to be unique.

Richard is no less than a professional actor, producer, mime, singer, and stage manager.

During his high school days, he dreamed of a hockey career. Unfortunately, when he was 16, he broke his two arms in two weeks while playing hockey. The plans changed.

His favourite TV show is The Simpsons.

He appears in the 1997 PC game Fallout as the voice of Killian Darkwater.

Richard was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and raised in Roseville, Minnesota

He has three brothers: Jeffrey Scott, Thomas John, and James Stuart.

He likes dogs: Whiskey, an Australian shepherd he raised from a puppy, was his companion for many years until he passed away in 1989 at the age of 13. In 1996 he found a new companion in Zo, a new shepherd

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