Richard Dean Anderson's favorite color is dark orange.
Richard Dean Anderson is partially colorblind- the blues and greens blend together. He sees all other colors normally.
Richard Dean Anderson had surgery on his right foot on October 16, 2007 and stayed in the hospital for two extra days because of extreme pain.
Richard Dean Anderson has an australian shepherd puppy named Andy.
In 1992, MacGyver was cancelled when Richard Dean Anderson announced he was qutting the show.
On learning that Dana Elcar died (his MacGyver co-star), Anderson said Elcar helped him overcome his fears of playing MacGyver.
Richard was one of many actors considered for the role of Commander Benjamin Sisko on the series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
In the August 1, 2004 issue of TV Guide Richard's Stargate SG-1 character Jack O'Neill was voted #10 into the list of 25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends.
Richard has appeared in episodes of two different series entitled "The Enemy Within" and "Last Stand". Those series were MacGyver and Stargate SG-1.
Richard has starred in two different television series' where his character's enemy has (seemingly) died multiple times: Murdoc in MacGyver and Apophis in Stargate SG-1.
Richard has appeared in episodes of three different television series' with Dan Shea: MacGyver, Stargate SG-1, and Stargate Atlantis.
He also appears in the 1997 PC game Fallout as the voice of Killian Darkwater.
Richard has dated Teri Hatcher, Sela Ward, Lara Flynn Boyle, and the famous German ice-skater Katarina Witt.
Richard is a good friends with John de Lancie.
Richard has appeared in the pilots of six different series: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Emerald Point N.A.S., MacGyver, Legend, Stargate SG-1 and Stargate: Atlantis.
Along with Michael Shanks, Richard is one of only two actors to appear in the pilots of both Stargate SG-1 and the spin-off series Stargate: Atlantis.
Like his character MacGyver, Richard also enjoys the sport of hockey, loves the outdoors and even takes part in a number of charities.
Richard, alongside his co-star from Stargate SG-1 Amanda Tapping, were hosting the FMA Vancouver 2006 on Sept. 30 (a Fashion, Music, and Art charity benefit gala for the Performing Arts). The founding groups are aiming at finding artists and awarding them for tributing back to the community.
US Air Force: The Air Force was extremely honored to have Richard Dean Anderson visit the Pentagon on 14 September . We are very proud of his portrayal of Colonel, now LieutenantGeneral, Jack O'Neill. Gen. O'Neill may at times be brash and irreverent, but there is no doubt of his patriotism and dedication to his job. We also congratulate Mr. Anderson on his promotion to 'Honorary Brigadier General - USAF'.
Richard was chosen for the Board of Trustees of the Waterkeeper Alliance, an environment organization in which he participates.
Richard's fans have nominated him for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (2006).
Martina McBride's song In My Daughter's Eyes is Richard's and his daughter's song.
Richard has given his approval on returning to 5 episodes of Stargate SG-1's 10th season, including the 200th episode of the series. He will also guest-star on one episode of season 3 of Stargate Atlantis.
Richard's nickname is Rick or RDA.
Richard Dean Anderson is of Irish, Swedish, Norwegian and Mohawk Native American descent.
Richard's Chinese Astrology sign is Ox - a person who is a born leader that achieve great things. Moreover, Oxen are dependable, and believe in making things right from the first try.
Richard appeared in a MasterCard commercial during the 2006 Super Bowl, reprising his role on MacGyver as the hero who uses every piece of matter in order to get out of trouble.
Richard attended the Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, and St Cloud State University, St Cloud, Minnesota.
Richard was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and raised in Roseville, Minnesota.
Richard is no less than a professional Actor, Producer, Mime, Singer, and Stage Manager.
He has 3 brothers: Jeffrey Scott, Thomas John, and James Stuart.
He likes dogs: Whiskey, an Australian shepherd he raised from a puppy, was his companion for many years until he passed away in 1989 at the age of 13. In 1996 he found a new companion in Zo, a new shepherd.
Anderson had a sense of adventure and discovery. When he was 17, he took a 5641 mile bicycle trip from his home in Minnesota, though Canada and finishing in Alaska. He started it with his friends, but did most of the trip, and until the end, alone.
During his high school days, he dreamed of a Hockey career. Unfortunately, when he was 16, he broke his two arms in three weeks while playing Hockey. The plans changed.
Richard Dean Anderson supports several society organizations, including sports, environment, art and help for kids.
He appeared in the short TV-Series Legend in double-role as Ernest Pratt and Nicodemus Legend, in the year 1995.
He had a band called Rickie Dean and Dante while he was in college.
He keeps playing guitar, and has even tried composing, including the original piece Eau d'Leo (Water of Leo), which was used in the series MacGyver.
Both his hair and his eyes are Dark-Brown.
He is a fan of sports: skiing, hockey, baseball, sky diving, cycling. He likes auto-racing and fast cars, and owns several, including 1000cc Harley-Davidson Sportster and a black Acura NSX.
He was made an honourary Brigadier General at the Air Force Association's 57th Annual Air Force Anniversary Dinner on September 14, 2004, for being star and executive-producer in Stargate SG-1, a series that portrays the US Air-Force in a positive light. The award was given by the Air Force Chief-of-Staff, General John P. Jumper, who played himself in the end of the series' 7th season. The last recipient of this award was James Stewart in 1987.
Richard Dean Anderson has never married. He lives with his partner, Apryl Prose, and together they raise up their daughter, Wylie Quinn Annarose Anderson, who was born on August 2, 1998.
His father, Stuart Anderson, was an English, drama, and humanities teacher at Minneapolis, Minnesota local high school, and is an exceptional jazz bassist. His mother, Jocelyn, is a talented artist in painting and sculpture.
Richard was a guest star on The Simpsons' 17th season, in episode 17, Kiss, Kiss Bang Bangalore. He played himself.
His favourite TV show is The Simpsons.
Anderson studied drama at St. Cloud State College and Ohio University Athens.
He is on the board of directors of "Handgun Control, Inc". In the TV show MacGyver (1985), his character always refused to use guns.
He performed as a mime before acting in television.
At the Spacey Awards 2005, he won the Favourite Male TV Character award for his portrayal of Colonel/Brigadier General Jack O'Neill on Stargate SG-1. The other nominees were Scott Bakula (Captain Jonathan Archer of Enterprise), Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor of Smallville), Edward James Olmos (Commander William Adama of Battlestar Galactica) and Chris Kramer (Morgan Pym of The Collector).
From when he first appeared on television in 1976 until his "retirement" in 2005, he was a regular on one series or another every year except for 1984, 1993, 1994 and 1996.
He needed to add the "Dean" to his name to register in the Screen Actor's Guild, as Richard Anderson (The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman) already had claim to his name. SAG requires member's names to be unique.
Richard is 6' 1.5" (1.87m).
Richard Dean Anderson: (about the scar over his left eye) It's part of what we established in the character. We have to maintain it because it will grow over, and believe me, it's a pain in the butt to be walking around with this bareness there. It was one of those elements of movies and television that has always driven me crazy. So, I can't remember the episode, but I got hit in the eye or slugged or something, and we established a big bandage and the whole thing, and I told Jan [Newman, make-up artist], you know, this would leave a mark. Let's run with this. Let's keep it in there as part of what defines O'Neill. And so that's all it is. It's just a character thing.
Richard Dean Anderson: (about his dog Andy) She's just a rocket. She jumps, leaps, flies. It's the flying that gets her in trouble. She'll jump off walls, or through trees and bushes. And she hops! Her whole name when I got her was Rabbit Andy because she is such a hopper. She goes through the tall grass I have planted in the back, and literally she looks like a bunny, just bounding. That's the word - bounding!
Richard Dean Anderson: (about Stargate Continuum release) I must shout and tout the relative genius of both Mr. Wright and Mr. Wood. The darn thing looks, sounds, and behaves like a feature film. I am so frickin' proud of those guys.
Richard Dean Anderson: (On filming Continuum) It's good to be back. For the most part it's good to be back.
Richard Dean Anderson: (after the death of Don S. Davis) I will forever forever have the memory of that wonderful man, within. As I know will all.
Richard Dean Anderson: (about his MacGyver co-star Dana Elcar who passed away in 2005) At a time when I had very little business being called an actor, he made things so easy for me. It was a learning experience that was very warm and loving for all seven years.
Richard Dean Anderson: You have to suspend disbelief a little bit to buy into your situation and to the story and to how the character will react. You have to tweak your credibility a little bit, is basically what it comes down to.
Richard Dean Anderson: They are a fairly aggressive conservation organization that was started to protect the great whales particularly, but in general all marine life around the world. So those are the people I'm trying to attach my name to.
Richard Dean Anderson: That was fun to play. There were some nice special effects coupled with some really nice moments with child and wife. I also was able to age to about 100 years in 'Brief Candle.'
Richard Dean Anderson: (about retiring) So it allows me to travel, I'll be doing that and running these great rivers and doing what I've done in the past without much purpose other than for the experience.
Richard Dean Anderson: (jokingly, about leaving Stargate SG1) Oh, who am I trying to kid? It's a madhouse. The minute those cameras go off, things just explode, everyone is just at each other in one way or another, in closets or cat fights here and there. It's nuts. You know, I can't be a part of it.
Richard Dean Anderson: I've also been working with the Challengers Club in the inner city of Los Angeles for 15 years now, I guess, and it's essentially an inner-city recreation club for boys and girls.
Richard Dean Anderson: I have to throw in this bone, and don't let this out, but I like most scenes that are written with Michael Shanks, especially written by Brad Wright because he understands the rhythm between the two of us and certainly the two characters.
Richard Dean Anderson: (about his daughter) Being away from her is torturous and I'd much prefer to be with her. So I just try to get out of here as soon as I can. I make sure I do my job real well and fast.
Richard Dean Anderson: Being a father, well, I don't know if this is a change, but it makes me want to get out of here faster. Get off the clock. Just cause the baby is my reason for living, my reason for coming to work.
Richard Dean Anderson: Dogs are my favourite people.
Reporter: The cast has a wonderful chemistry onscreen. What happens when the cameras go off?
Richard: I can't tell you anything about what happens after the cameras go off, mostly because I'm usually unconscious by then.
Reporter: How has your character, Brig. Gen. Jack O'Neill, changed since the beginning of the series? What part of him do you relate to the most?
Richard: Mostly what's changed has been his hair, I think.
Richard Dean Anderson: It's just a lot busier, basically. There's more to do as a producer. You have another responsibility or two or three.