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Dana Elcar Poster

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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 10 October 1927Ferndale, Michigan, USA
Date of Death 6 June 2005Ventura, California, USA  (complications from pneumonia)
Birth NameIbson Dana Elcar
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Dana Elcar was born on October 10, 1927 in Ferndale, Michigan, USA as Ibson Dana Elcar. He was an actor and director, known for MacGyver (1985), The Sting (1973) and Guiding Light (1952). He was married to Marianne Torrance, Peggy Romano Prager, Katherine Frances Mead and Judith Curtis. He died on June 6, 2005 in Ventura, California, USA.

Spouse (4)

Marianne Torrance (1 July 1978 - ?) (divorced) (2 children)
Peggy Romano Prager (28 December 1954 - 1970) (divorced) (1 child)
Katherine Frances Mead (1948 - 1950) (divorced)
Judith Curtis (? - ?) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Played leaders of secret/government agencies on several occasions.

Trivia (17)

Went blind due to Glaucoma c. 1991 and required special computer equipment to read printed text for the rest of his life.
When he started going blind, his character Peter Thornton on MacGyver (1985) was also written with the same affliction. His blindness was also written into his guest appearance on Law & Order (1990), resulting from Diabetic Retinopathy.
Most recently played a blind character in a guest spot on ER (1994).
Did not appear in either of the two MacGyver (1985) TV-movies: MacGyver: Lost Treasure of Atlantis (1994) and MacGyver: Trail to Doomsday (1994)
Bald and beefy American character actor from the off-Broadway stage, a noticeably gruff presence in scores of 1970s TV crime shows and action adventure.
At the time of his death in 2005, he was survived by his companion, Thelma M. Garcia, one son, Dane, and three daughters, Nora, Chandra and Marin.
Married and divorced three times. Was long-time companion of Thelma M. Garcia, at the time of his death.
Father of son, Dane Elcar, daughters, Nora Elcar Verdon, Chandra Elcar, and Marin Elcar, and stepdaughter, Emily Prager. Brother of Marie E. Hewitt and half-sister Janet K. Melville.
Parents were Danish immigrants. Father was a butcher; mother was a nanny.
Attended University of Michigan. Founded Ann Arbor Theater, while in college.

Joined the U.S. Navy in 1948: Was stationed in Newfoundland, Canada.
Founded L.A. Actors' Theater in mid-1970s. Founded Santa Paula Theater Center in 1987.
Died the same day as Anne Bancroft.
His body double on MacGyver (1985) was Don S. Davis who would later star on Stargate SG-1 (1997) with Elcar's co-star Richard Dean Anderson.
The second season of MacGyver (1985), on which he played the role of Peter Thornton, was released on DVD in the United States on June 7, 2005, only one day after his death.
Dana drove taxicab in New York City in the early 1960s prior to making the move to Los Angeles and Hollywood.
Befriended Richard Dean Anderson on the set of "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" in 1982. Anderson remembered Elcar when production on "MacGyver" started, and recommended Elcar for the part of Pete Thornton, MacGyver's friend and director of operations at The Phoenix Foundation. Elcar appeared in almost every episode of the show, only backing out when becoming ill in his later years.
He made guest appearances on both of the longest running prime time dramas in US television history: Gunsmoke (1955) and Law & Order (1990).

Personal Quotes (1)

"The fact that you are losing your eyesight does not mean you have forgotten how to act." - in a speech to the National Federation of the Blind in 1991.

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