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MacGyver (TV Series 1985–1992) Poster

(1985–1992)

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Dana Elcar's Stunt Double was Don S. Davis. Don S. Davis became "Gen. George Hammond", Richard Dean Anderson's superior officer on Stargate SG-1 (1997).
In the late '80s, two teenage boys made a bomb in their garage which went off, killing one of them. The surviving boy said they learned how to make the bomb from an episode of the show. However, the show was quickly exonerated after it was discovered no such episode existed.
The "MacGyverisims" shown in the series are all based on scientific fact, but not all of the steps needed to create the experiment were shown. This was done to prevent children who were watching the show from duplicating the experiments themselves and possibly getting injured.
Richard Dean Anderson won the role of MacGyver when the casting director noticed he was unafraid to use his glasses during his audition, showing a lack of pretension that the creative team wanted in their lead.
The first two seasons of the show was shot entirely in the Los Angeles area. However, as an adventure series, ABC was ready to cancel due to the price of location filming and time spent moving the production crew over a 6-day shoot schedule. With threat of cancellation, the Producers, including Henry Winkler decided to send the show to Vancouver where location moves could be made within an hour. In one day an episode could move from an ocean scene to a forest scene to a metropolitan scene. It allowed writers to put the character of MacGyver into a faster paced action/adventure series. For Season 7 production returned to Los Angeles.
MacGyver's Swiss Army Knife went through a few changes over the early episodes. His first and most often used knife was a "Spartan" model from Victorinox. The knife seen in the opening credits of each episode was a Wenger, as noted by its long keychain.
Dana Elcar appeared as a guest star in the pilot episode. Richard Dean Anderson recommended him to the producers to join the show playing a different character. Elcar joined the series in the eleventh episode as Pete Thornton.
When the onset of glaucoma began robbing co-star Dana Elcar of his sight in real life, his TV character was given the same condition.
Throughout the entire run of the series, MacGyver states many times his opposition to using guns because of a childhood event. However, in the pilot episode, "Pilot", he does in fact fire a gun, an AK-47, and then quickly hands it to the pilot he's rescuing to provide cover fire. This aspect of his character was probably added after the pilot as he makes no mention of his distaste for guns.
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At the end of the final episode of the series' original run, Richard Dean Anderson did a voice over telling the audience "Thank you, for seven great seasons". This voice over was omitted during its rebroadcasts in syndication. The voice over is heard on Netflix's streaming of this episode and on the DVD.
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MacGyver's first name is Angus. His son, in the penultimate episode, revealed that his middle name was also Angus.
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MacGyver's birthday is January 23, 1951. Richard Dean Anderson's birthday is January 23, 1950.
The surname "MacGyver" is of Scottish origin, first found in early times in Dumbarton. The clan motto, "Numquam obliviscar" translates as "I will never forget."
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Early in the first season it is implied that MacGyver lives in the Griffiths Observatory. Later in the season it is obvious he lives above the coney island stand in Venice Beach.
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Michael Des Barres, who plays Murdoc, MacGyver's archenemy, actually composed the song "Cleo Rocks" for the same-named episode.
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MacGyver's modes of transportation were a Jeep Cherokee Chief, a Jeep Grand Wagoneer, and Jeep Wrangler CJ7. He ended up with his grandfathers (Harry) 1946 Chevy truck, and after Harry died, he left his 1957 Chevy Nomad to MacGyver as well.
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"MacGyver" was one of two Paramount-produced network-aired shows from the Blue Mountain era to last into the Paramount Communications era, the other being Cheers (1982).
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Christopher Judge, Deron in Live and Learn (#5.13) would later work together with Richard Dean Anderson in the science fiction TV series "Stargate SG-1".
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Several episodes (including the pilot episode) were directed by Alan Smithee, a pseudonym commonly used by directors who don't want their real names associated with a project.
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MacGyver's favorite sport was always ice hockey. He is often seen wearing a Calgary Flames hat. There was even an episode where MacGyver coached a young high school hockey prospect.
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The penultimate episode had MacGyver discovering he had a son, and then leaving the Phoenix Foundation to spend time with him.
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Kai Wulff played 4 different characters in 4 different episodes
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MacGyver grew up in Minnesota.
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MacGyver's grandfather, Harry (John Anderson) always referred to MacGyver as "Bud".
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Based in California, Usa. Seen by his license plates and driver's license in season 7 episode 11 "Gunz 'N Boyz"
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In brazilian broadcasting the opening theme was the song "Tom Sawyer" from canadian rock band Rush.
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