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"Pete Thornton" Passes Away.  
User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11955 posts, RR: 46
Posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1564 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.

Thom@s

[Edited 2005-06-13 21:19:18]


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User currently offlineMD11junkie From Argentina, joined May 2005, 3149 posts, RR: 57
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1551 times:

I'm sorry to hear this.

I loved how this guy played McGyver's Boss. I'll definitely miss him when I watch McG's reruns.
(btw, 1982 to 1986)  Smile

Thanks Thomas.

Gastón.



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User currently offlineGreyhound From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1026 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1545 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.


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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1537 times:

Quoting Thom@s (Thread starter):
Elcar played the role of Pete Thornton in the series from 1986 to 1982

Did he play the role backward?

Rest in Peace . . .

He appeared in Dark Shadows as Sheriff George Patterson in 35 episodes also.

He was also in two of my more favored movies, 2010, and The Sting.


User currently offlineBongo From Colombia, joined Oct 2003, 1863 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1518 times:

Quoting Thom@s (Thread starter):
1986 to 1982

Just want to know: Is it from 1982 to 1986 or 1986 to 1992 ?



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User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1516 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.

RIP



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User currently offlineGreyhound From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1026 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1510 times:

Quoting DL021 (Reply 5):
Lets not forget his tv aviation connection as Col Laird on Baa Baa Black Sheep.

Funny how he'd get on "Pappy" Boyington. It's a shame whenever a good actor like Mr. Elcar dies. Lately all we get is just people who can fake an acting job... special effects does all the rest.



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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1509 times:

Quoting DL021 (Reply 5):
My first three years in the Army were as a combat engineer and we used to try everything McGyver did

You're still alive? Amaaaaaazing.  laughing 


User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11955 posts, RR: 46
Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1498 times:

Whoops, it was supposed to read 1986-1992. That's what the source said.

Thom@s



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User currently offlineGreyhound From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1026 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1496 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 7):
You're still alive? Amaaaaaazing.

Of course he is. Always MacGyver style... with one second remaining.



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User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1476 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.)

RIP Pete Thornton, we loved ya, 1986-1992.



redngold



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User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1468 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 7):
You're still alive? Amaaaaaazing

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....

[Edited 2005-06-13 22:56:21]


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User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1450 times:

I wan't a big MacGyver fan but when I watched it, I enjoyed Dana Elcar's role.
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0253020/

I also liked him in http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073961/ "Baa Baa Black Sheep"


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