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.