Like many screen veterans who headline a hit network television series for multiple seasons, the genial American actor, producer and composer Richard Dean Anderson will forever be associated with one role, the lead actor in the television series MacGyver. This tv show broadcast on ABC Network and premiered on September 1985 and lasted on May 1992. The program's gimmick was revolved with secret agent and scientist expert named Angus MacGyver, a inventive nonviolent hero, crack special forces agent and science expert capable of using common household substances and implements to perform feats of wonder.
Although Anderson's resume packs in a number of key television show and a recurrent starring role on the popular Stargate SG-1, the actor is best known for turning MacGyver into a veritable American icon for Gen-Xers during the mid to late 1980 and early 1990. Anderson nevertheless caught his second wind and returned to television series as Col. Jack O'Neill in the 1997 series Stargate SG-1, which originated on show time and won as Best Genre TV Actor for this tv show. Adapted from the hit 1994 movie Stargate, the program found O'Neill emerging from semi-retirement and continually traveling to interstellar "stargate" portals to protect the universe from hostile alien invasions. Stargate SG-1 bowed to extraordinary reviews and ratings and became a permanent hit. Anderson stayed with the series through its eighth season, and appeared as a guest star occasionally during the rest of its run.
As a composer and producer, Anderson composed a song for a soundtrack for MacGyver. He has served as an executive producer only in the five shows in which he has acted himself, MacGyver: Lost Treasure of Atlantis, MacGyver: Trail to Doomsday, Stargate SG-1, Firehouse and From Stargate to Atlantis: Sci Fi Lowdown. Anderson also composed the song "Eau d'Leo" for the MacGyver episode "The Negotiator". Together with Michael Greenburg, Anderson created the Gekko Film Corporation. The company was involved with Stargate SG-1, producing every episode from 1997-2007 with the exception of 2006. The company itself has served as Anderson backing agency.