Biography

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Dana Elcar (October 10, 1927 – June 6, 2005) was an American television and movie character actor. Although he appeared in about 40 films, his most memorable role was on the 1980s and 1990s television series MacGyver as Peter Thornton, an administrator working for the Phoenix Foundation. Elcar had appeared in the pilot episode of MacGyver as Andy Colson (a completely different character), but was later cast as Peter Thornton, making his first regular appearance in the 11th episode of the first season.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Dana Elcar (October 10, 1927 – June 6, 2005) was an American television and movie character actor. Although he appeared in about 40 films, his most memorable role was on the 1980s and 1990s television series MacGyver as Peter Thornton, an administrator working for the Phoenix Foundation. Elcar had appeared in the pilot episode of MacGyver as Andy Colson (a completely different character), but was later cast as Peter Thornton, making his first regular appearance in the 11th episode of the first season.

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Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 100

Birthday 1927-10-10

Day of Death 2005-06-06

Place of Birth Ferndale, Michigan United States

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1994 ER (1 episode)
1994 The Magic School Bus (1 episode)
1990 Law & Order (1 episode)
1986 Inside Out as Leo Gross
1986 Murder in Three Acts as Dr. Strange
1986 Matlock (2 episodes)
1985 There Were Times, Dear as Don Mason
1985 MacGyver (139 episodes) as Pete Thornton (9 episodes)
1984 2010 as Dimitri Moisevitch
1984 All of Me
1984 Jungle Warriors as D'Antoni
1983 Quarterback Princess as Mr. Caine
1983 Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1 episode)
1983 Hardcastle and McCormick (1 episode)
1983 Blue Skies Again as Lou
1983 The A-Team (2 episodes) as Judge Leonard Mordente (1 episode) as George Olsen
1982 Forbidden Love as Burt Wagner
1982 Voyagers! (1 episode)
1982 Newhart (1 episode)
1982 Matt Houston (1 episode)
1982 Knight Rider (1 episode) as Strock
1982 Herbie the Matchmaker (1 episode)
1982 Help Wanted: Male as Milhauser
1981 Buddy Buddy as Capt. Hubris
1981 Falcon Crest (3 episodes)
1981 The Fall Guy (1 episode)
1981 Condorman as Russ Devlin
1981 Foul Play (1 episode)
1981 Hill Street Blues (1 episode)
1980 The Last Flight of Noah's Ark as Benchley
1980 The Nude Bomb as Chief
1980 Galactica 1980 (1 episode)
1979 Trapper John, M.D. (1 episode)
1979 Hart to Hart (1 episode)
1979 The Champ as Hoffmaster
1979 Samurai as Frank Boyd
1979 Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff as Havermeyer
1979 Crisis in Mid-air as Brad Mullins
1979 B. J. and the Bear (1 episode)
1978 The Incredible Hulk (1 episode)
1977 What Really Happened To the Class Of '65? (1 episode)
1977 Eight Is Enough (1 episode)
1976 Baa Baa Black Sheep (36 episodes) as Col. Thomas A. Lard
1976 The Flying Misfits as Col. Thomas A. Lard
1976 St. Ives as Lt. Charles Blunt
1976 Baby Blue Marine as Sheriff Wenzel
1976 Law of the Land as Rev. Mr. Endicott
1976 W.C. Fields and Me as Dockstedter
1975 Report to the Commissioner as Chief Perna
1975 Baretta (79 episodes) as Inspector Shiller
1974 The Rockford Files (1 episode) as Sheriff Mitchell
1974 The Manhunter (1 episode)
1974 Heatwave! as Prescott
1973 The Sting as F.B.I. Agent Polk
1973 Police Story (1 episode)
1973 Dying Room Only as Sheriff
1972 Kung Fu (2 episodes)
1972 The Waltons (1 episode)
1972 The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid as Allen
1972 The Sixth Sense (1 episode)
1972 The Bravos as Captain Detroville
1971 The Death of Me Yet as Hank Keller
1971 Columbo (1 episode) as Falcon
1971 Cannon (4 episodes)
1971 A Gunfight as Marv Green
1971 Mrs. Pollifax: Spy as Carstairs
1971 Alias Smith and Jones (2 episodes)
1970 San Francisco International as George Woodruff
1970 Adam at Six A.M. as Van Treadly
1970 Soldier Blue as Capt. Battles
1970 Zig Zag as Harold Tracey
1969 Medical Center (1 episode)
1969 Room 222 (1 episode)
1969 The Learning Tree as Kirky
1969 The Maltese Bippy as Sgt. Kelvaney
1969 Deadlock as George Stack
1969 Pendulum as Det. J.J. 'Red' Thornton
1968 The Sound of Anger as Andrew Pearce
1968 The Boston Strangler as Luis Schubert
1968 Hawaii Five-O (2 episodes)
1968 The Outsider (1 episode)
1967 Mannix (4 episodes)
1967 Judd for the Defense (1 episode)
1967 Ironside (4 episodes)
1967 The Borgia Stick as Craigmeyer
1966 Mission: Impossible (1 episode)
1966 ABC Stage 67 (1 episode)
1965 The F.B.I. (5 episodes)
1965 Get Smart (2 episodes)
1965 Run for Your Life (1 episode)
1965 The Fool Killer as Mr. Dodd
1964 Fail-Safe as Foster
1963 Espionage (1 episode)
1963 The Patty Duke Show (1 episode)
1958 Naked City (1 episode)
1955 Gunsmoke (2 episodes)
1954 A Time To Live (129 episodes)
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame (3 episodes)

Directing

1985 MacGyver (2 episodes)Director
1979 The Duke (1 episode)Director
1979 Salvage 1 (2 episodes)Director
1974 The Rockford Files (1 episode)Director

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