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Richard Dean Anderson: biography and career as an actor

The name of Richard Dean Andersen is known to the viewer mainly due to his roles in the series "Secret Agent McGuire" and "Stargate: SG-1". We suggest today to get acquainted with the details of the career and personal life of the actor and producer.

Richard Dean Anderson: Biography

The future popular actor was born in 1950, on January 23rd. His family then lived in the city of Minneapolis (Minnesota, USA), but subsequently they moved to Roseville. The parents of Richard Dean were closely associated with art. So, Stuart Anderson, his father, taught drama, English and humanities to high school students of the local school, and Mom Jocelyn was a talented artist and sculptor. In total, the Andersen family had four children. As a child, Richard Dean did not even think about acting career. So, his dreams were associated with a professional game of hockey. However, this desire was not fated to surrender due to the fact that at the age of sixteen the young man was seriously injured. Therefore, with professional sport, he had to say goodbye forever. However, the young Anderson always distinguished her craving for feats and accomplishments. The transferred trauma did not prevent him at the age of 17 years to go on a bicycle ride, length of seven thousand kilometers! During this trip, the young man visited Canada and Alaska.


After graduation, Richard Dean Anderson (photos can be seen in this article) decided to try himself in acting. He entered the State University of Drama of St. Claude in Ohio. However, the hero of our story shortly before graduation left his studies and went to travel, explaining this by the need to find himself. During this period the future actor managed to live in New York and San Francisco. As a result, fate brought him to Los Angeles, where he worked as a street juggler and mime, and also played humorous couplets in a cabaret. In addition, he took part in avant-garde productions. So, for example, he played the main role of Superman in the play "Bones" of the Pilgrimage Theater. Also for a while Richard Dean was a member of the rock band, founded by his friend Carl Dante. In this collective, he acted as a vocalist and guitarist.

Carier start

The first serious actor's work of Anderson was taking part in the filming of the series "The Main Hospital", which appeared on the screens from 1976 to 1981. Richard Dean got the role of Dr. Webber. After filming, which lasted several years, the actor decided to work in yet another television series. So, he played the role of one of the brothers in "The Seven Brides for the Seven Brothers". The series was released in 1982.


Richard Dean Anderson, whose films are now known to many viewers, was able to achieve real popularity in 1985. During this period, he began to star in the series "Secret Agent McGuire", where he was approved for the main role. Both the picture and the actor immediately fell in love with the viewer. Therefore, all the time the broadcast series (from 1985 to 1992), he enjoyed great popularity and had high ratings.

The next notable work of Richard Dean was the performance of the main role in the comic series "Legends", released in 1995. He consisted of 12 episodes and told the story of a writer who had to pretend to be the heroes of his own works.

In 1997, Anderson was approved for the lead role of Colonel Jack O'Neill in the series "Stargate: SG-1", based on the sensational film "Stargate" with the participation of Kurt Russell and James Spader. After five successful seasons, Richard Dean asked the producers and writers to cut his participation in the project. The fact is that the actor wanted to devote as much time as possible to his daughter. Gradually, his hero was withdrawn from the main storyline, and he appeared only as a guest star in several episodes.

"The Simpsons"

Richard Dean has always been a fan of the most popular animated series "The Simpsons." And in 2005 he was invited to participate in the show as a guest. So, Anderson in the 17 series of season 17 voiced himself. Under the scenario, the actor was kidnapped by Patty and Selma Bouvier. Interestingly, Dan Castellaneta, whose voice in the animated series says Homer Simpson and many other characters, was also a guest star in the episodes of the "Stargate: SG-1" project.

Other jobs

Richard Dean Anderson, whose filmography mainly includes multi-episode films and serials, in 1997 surprised fans by taking part in the work on the acclaimed computer game Fallout. In it, he voiced the mayor of the city of Junktown, built from the remaining garbage after the nuclear war, named Killian Darkwater.

In 2006 Anderson again appeared before the audience in the role of Angus McGuire, appearing in the advertisement of MasterCard.

Personal life

It is interesting that Anderson in his life never bound himself by marriage, although he had many novels. So, at different times his girlfriends were Sela Ward, Lara Flynn Boyle, Teri Hatcher, Katarina Witt and others. The actor also has a daughter. Her name is Wiley Quinn Annarouse. She was born in 1998, and her mother is April Prous.

Today Anderson lives in Vancouver and Los Angeles. He also owns real estate in the north of Minnesota.

Interesting Facts

  • Anderson is a big fan of hockey and skiing. It is interesting that on shootings of sports scenes he did not resort to the help of a backup.
  • In 2004, the actor was presented for the award for helping create a positive image of the US VVB for his work in the project "Stargate: SG-1." He was awarded the title of honorary brigadier general.

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