Richard Dean Anderson

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Richard Dean Anderson
Col./Brig. Gen/Maj. Gen./Lt. Gen. Jack O'Neill

Biography

OFFICIAL MGM BIO: Richard Dean Anderson stars in Stargate SG-1 as Colonel Jonathan "Jack" O'Neill, commanding officer of the SG-1 team of explorers that travel to distant worlds through an ancient portal called the Stargate. An exceptional and gifted airman, O'Neill uses his extensive military training and keen intuition to lead his team on their many otherworldly adventures.

Anderson is internationally known for his title role in the television series MacGyver, which ran for seven successful seasons on ABC and now airs in syndication worldwide. Anderson and his producing partner, Michael Greenburg, operating under their production company banner, Gekko Film Corp., executive produced the two MacGyver television movies that followed, Trail to Doomsday and Lost Treasure of Atlantis.

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Anderson's first career goal was to become a professional hockey player. However, after breaking both arms in separate collisions on the ice, he decided to seek other career options. As the son of a jazz musician father and contemporary artist mother, his interests naturally turned to the humanities.

After completing a grueling cross-country bicycle trip to Alaska, Anderson began studying drama at St. Cloud State College and Ohio University. Relocating to Los Angeles, he paid his dues working as a street mime, a writer/director/performer at Marineland, and a jester-singer-mime-juggler at a sixteetn-century Renaissance-style cabaret.

In 1976, Anderson was cast as Dr. Jeff Webber on ABC's daytime drama General Hospital. This role, which he played for five years, helped launch his career. He subsequently starred in the series Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Emerald Point, NAS. Just prior to Stargate SG-1, Anderson executive produced and starred in his favorite project to date, the highly acclaimed television series Legend.

Anderson made his television movie debut in 1986 in Ordinary Heroes. His other television credits include Past the Bleachers, Eyes of a Stranger, Beyond Betrayal, and Through the Eyes of a Killer. He also starred in the successful NBC miniseries Pandora's Clock.

Anderson is the cofounder of the Celebrity All-Star Hockey Team, which raises funds for charities in conjunction with the NHL. He is also an active fundraiser and board member for the Challengers Club, a children's recreational center in South Central L.A. His most recent association is with the Water Keeper Alliance, an environmental agency dedicated to the protection and preservation of the world's waterways.

In conjunction with Earth River Expeditions, Anderson is also currently a member of a documentary film project aimed at chronicling the great rivers of the world. He has recently been elected to the board of directors for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and will be working closely with its founder, Paul Watson.

2004 UPDATE: On September 14, 2004, Anderson was given a special award at the Air Force Association's 57th Annual Air Force Anniversary Dinner in Washington, D.C., to recognize his contributions, as Stargate SG-1 executive producer and star, in depicting the Air Force in a positive way. While in D.C., Anderson also toured the Pentagon and visited the Walter Reed Hospital.

Stargate SG-1 Production Roles

Executive Producer; Actor

Acting Credits

Stargate SG-1

SG-1 Movies

Stargate Atlantis

Stargate Universe

Awards

  • 2009: Nominated for a Constellation Award for Best Male Performance in a 2008 Science Fiction Film, TV Movie, or Mini-Series for Stargate: Continuum
  • 2005: Nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Actor in a Television Series
  • 2004: Nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Actor in a Television Series
  • 2003: Nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Actor in a Television Series
  • 2002: Nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Actor in a Television Series
  • 2001: Nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television
  • 2000: Nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Genre TV Actor
  • 2000: Nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Dramatic Series (as one of the executive producers, shared with Robert C. Cooper, Michael Greenburg, N. John Smith, Jonathan Glassner, and Brad Wright)
  • 1999: Won a Saturn Award for Best Genre TV Actor

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--DeeKayP 08:40, 12 Nov 2004 (PST)