Thom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11960 posts, RR: 41 Posted (10 years 8 months 7 hours ago) and read 2346 times:
Dana Elcar, who played Richard Dean Anderson's boss "Pete Thornton" in the action series "MacGyver", has passed away at the age of 77.
Elcar played the role of Pete Thornton in the series from 1986 to 1982. He died in a hospital in California.
During the filming of MacGyver, Elcar started losing his eye sight. However he continued to play the same role, though the eye problem was written into the story.
Elcar also appeared as a guest in more than 100 different TV programs and movies.
Richard Dean Anderson says Dana Elcar made his job so easy in a statement.
[Edited 2005-06-13 21:19:18]
"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
Greyhound From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1026 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 7 hours ago) and read 2327 times:
RIP... Remember in Season One, he actually played a different character in the pilot episode. I can't remember the character's name, but it was him. They didn't have the Phoenix Foundation until later (Season 2 I think?). He played Pete Thornton though, in season 1, just as more of a government bigwig, not with the PHX Foundation yet. He was a good actor.
DL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11454 posts, RR: 72
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 7 hours ago) and read 2298 times:
Lets not forget his tv aviation connection as Col Laird on Baa Baa Black Sheep.
He was a pretty good actor who specialized in characters. We used to live that show. My first three years in the Army were as a combat engineer and we used to try everything McGyver did.....great way to experiment and start fires.
Redngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 40
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 6 hours ago) and read 2258 times:
Dana Elcar was a great actor and a good man... I'll always remember him as the head of the Phoenix Foundation who continued to work despite his blindness (they wrote his real-life condition into the character and used it in several episode plots.)
You truly don't know the half of it. I am veeerry lucky to be here. That said, we never destroyed anything we couldn't pay for. Remind me to tell you about the coyote trap that required arty simulators.....or the smoke grenade-tied-to-the-bumper-instead-of-shoes-at-the-wedding-reception trick.
Quoting Greyhound (Reply 9):
Of course he is. Always MacGyver style... with one second remaining.
Angus MacGyver would have been proud....Pete Thornton would have been really pissed. Just like the show....