The Star of the Show: Richard Dean Anderson Then
Before landing a role on MacGyver, Richard Dean Anderson began his television career as a soap opera star, playing Dr. Jeff Webber on General Hospital. However, acting wasn’t originally his dream job. As a child growing up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Anderson dreamed of becoming a professional hockey player. He broke both of his arms, which led him to develop an interest in music, art, and acting.
Anderson settled in Los Angeles after college, working a series of odd jobs before landing his TV gigs. He was in a marine mammal show, a musician in a medieval dinner theater, and a street mime and juggler. Angus MacGyver became his defining role, and he said after the show was canceled that “MacGyver was seven years of being in virtually every frame that was shot and having absolutely no life at all.”