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Celebrity Then And Now
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Celebrity Then And Now
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Richard Dean Anderson

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Famous For:
MacGyver, Stargate, Stargate SG-1
Networth:
$20 Million
Currently Known For:
Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23
Famous Years:
1976 - 2013
Birthdate:
January 23, 1950
Richard Dean Anderson


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  famous for:
MacGyver, Stargate, Stargate SG-1

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  networth:
$20 Million

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"My morning ritual is to get up and feed the dogs, take my daughter to school, and come home." Richard Dean Anderson is an American actor who broke into the mainstream with his starring role as Dr. Jeff Webber on General Hospital. Over the span of Anderson's four-decade-long career, he would become the star of the Stargate franchise with leading roles in SG-1ContinuumAtlantis, and Universe. Anderson retired from acting in 2013.

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Life Before Stardom

Richard Dean Anderson was born on January 23, 1950, in Minneapolis, MN. Anderson was born to Stuart Jay Anderson and Jocelyn Rhae Carter. Jocelyn worked as an artist during Richard's childhood while Stuart worked as a local teacher. Anderson had three siblings, all brothers, and they grew up in Roseville, Minnesota.

As a kid, Anderson had a multitude of different professions in mind for his future. At first, Anderson dreamed of playing professional hockey. This dream would, unfortunately, fall to the wayside after suffering a pair of broken arms. Following his fallout with hockey, Anderson became fascinated by music, acting, and art. For a short period, Anderson pursued a career as a jazz musician.

Despite Anderson's numerous public interests, the future Stargate star would attend St. Cloud State University where he would study to work as an actor. Anderson would eventually transfer to Ohio University before ultimately dropping out, claiming that he had grown 'listless' pursuing his degree.  After dropping out of college, Anderson would move to North Hollywood with a group of close friends. The companions would live in NoHo, New York City, and finally Los Angeles before settling down.

Before finding fame in Hollywood, Anderson worked to make ends meet in a number of increasingly unique positions. Anderson worked as a musician for a medieval dinner theater, a street mime, a juggler, and a whale handler for a local marine mammal show. It isn't often that the most interesting aspect of an actor's life had happened before the cameras ever rolled. Even though the work must have been excruciating, Anderson recalls that period of his career as 'the happiest' time of his life.

Breakout Fame on Television

While the path to Hollywood had been long for Anderson, his rise to success would be anything but. Anderson first broke into the industry with a starring role in General Hospital (1977) as Dr. Jeff Webber. Anderson would play the character for twelve episodes across three seasons before stepping away from the part in 1980. From there, Anderson would land small parts on projects like The Facts of Life and The Love Boat before another starring turn in the series, Emerald Point N.A.S. (1983).

In 1985, Anderson would be called in to audition for the role of Angus MacGyver in MacGyver (1985). Anderson would land the iconic role, thus leading to his becoming a national star. Anderson would portray the character in 139 episodes from 195 until the show went off of the air in 1992. Furthermore, Anderson would reprise the role in the follow-up feature films, MacGyver: Lost Treasure of Atlantis (1994) and MacGyver: Trail to Doomsday (1994).

Following his run as MacGyver, Anderson would land bit parts in Firehouse (1996) and Pandora's Clock (1996) before landing his next breakthrough role in Stargate: Atlantis (2004). In Stargate: Atlantis, Anderson would portray Major General Jack O'Neill. The character would become a fan favorite, thus leading to appearances in several more Stargate properties. Along the way, Anderson would portray General O'Neil in Stargate: SG-1 (1997), Stargate: Continuum (2008), and SGU Stargate Universe (2009).  Anderson's biggest role was during SG-1 where he played O'Neil for a decade straight. Anderson's work as the character would be celebrated by fans in the United States military. This would lead to Anderson's invitation to the 57th Annual Air Force Anniversary Dinner with an appearance by Air Force Chief-of-Staff General John P. Jumper. During the dinner, Anderson was honored with an award for portraying the Air Force in such a 'positive light' with his character.

Outside of his work on television, Anderson has become a prolific philanthropist. Anderson has worked closely with Waterkeeper Alliance in order to push back against water pollution. Anderson also works as a member of the Board of Trustees for the esteemed Challengers Boys and Girls Club which is a youth organization that was first established in 1968.  Rounding out his primarily philanthropic endeavors are his numerous contributions to the Make-a-Wish Foundation and Special Olympics.

In his personal life, Anderson spends most of his time in Vancouver, Los Angeles, or Minnesota. The former MacGyver actor chose to leave the entertainment industry in order to spend more time with his daughter, Wylie. Anderson said of his new role as 'Dad', "Being a father, well, I don't know if this is a change, but it makes me want to get out of here (acting) faster."

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