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Angus "Mac" MacGyver

Portrayed by: Richard Dean Andersen

Occupation: Special Agent for
The Phoenix Foundation
Primary field of study: Bachelor's Degree in Physics and Chemistry (1973, Western Tech)
Status: Single
No. of Children: 1 (Sean Angus Malloy)

Affiliations: The Phoenix Foundation (current);
United States Department of External Services (formerly, as special agent)

MacGyver in Brown Leather Jacket and signature mullet (hairstyle)
Richard Dean Andersen
as Angus 'Mac' MacGyver

Fictional biography:

..born March 23, 1951 in Mission City, Minnesota
..father and grandmother died in a car accident when he was 7 years old
..raised by his mother and grandfather, who left to work in Alaska when Mac was 16 years old
..in his early teens, a childhood friend died in an accident involving a revolver, developing in him an aversion to firearms. Later in life, he becomes an unspoken advocate of gun control
..mother died after a brief illness when he was 19
..has strong beliefs favoring environmental preservation, racial equality, and helping the poor
..worked a variety of odd jobs, among them: special forces bomb disposal technician in Vietnam, race car driver, taxi driver
..speaks to lesser or greater extent Russian, German, French, Italian, American Sign Language, and knows Morse Code.
..an active player of ice hockey from childhood to adulthood, he believes that he could have played in the National Hockey League had he pursued it in his youth
..an active mountain climber
..best remembered sporting his signature haircut -- the so-called "Bro mullet" (short in front, long at the back, lightly gelled)

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Geek symptoms:
..got his first chemistry set at the age of 10, influencing his field of study in university
..always carries a Swiss Army pocket knife and duct tape
..has the knack to fix most anything using only everyday objects such as paper clips, shoelaces and bubblegum
..has the uncanny ability to fashion complicated devices such as a welding tool, a 2-seater motorized glider, a photograph developing kit, and explosive compounds of varying strength using whatever materials and household chemicals may be at hand

Character Appearances:
..The character Angus MacGyver first appeared in MacGyver Season1, Episode1 "Pilot" with original airdate of September 29, 1985.
..MacGyver has appeared in 139 episodes over
7 seasons (for the TV Series) and 2 TV Movies.

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Some über-neat stuff MacGyver would most likely have:

SwissChamp XLT Pocket Tool Set
The mother of all Swiss Army tools!!

SwissChamp XLT Pocket Tool Set

This masterpiece by Victorinox features every single tool ever built into a Swiss Army Knife
(a whopping total of 50!!), the SwissChamp XLT is truly a cleverly comprehensive masterwork of design engineering. Comes with manufacturer lifetime warranty.

Certainly, to call this item a 'pocket knife' is an affront to good judgement! <click to see more>

Duct Tape Wallet by Ducti
Make a statement with your bling!

Duct Tape Wallet by Ducti

Made from Super Duct Tape (specifically engineered so that your wallet won't lift, peel, or get sticky), these duct tape wallets are one part high fashion, one part weekend warrior, and another part sheer cool. Super Duct Tape is tougher and better looking than traditional duct tape which would make a lousy wallet - think of glue leaking into your pocket and then sticking to all that lint and dog hair. No way. These next generation wallets don't even smell! And they are soft and gentle on the hands with no sharp corners to talk about. <click to see more>

Survival Kit in a Tin Can
Packed Full with Survival Goodies

Survival Kit in a Tin Can

Packed in this genuine air-tight, waterproof, crushproof sardine can are 25 survival items. Go fish with the hook and line, find your way home with the compass, boil water in the can for your tea and sugar, use the first aid supplies to survive the wilderness. Since being well prepared is half the challenge, you'll have a good head start with this kit. Put one in your car, boat, motorcycle, fishing vest, backpack, bike, emergency kit, etc.

<click to see more>

CyberTool "41" Swiss Tool Set
The Perfect Cyber Tool for the Cyber Geek

CyberTool "41" Swiss Tool Set

A true gem by Victorinox fashioned for the electronics tinkerer, this is the perfect tool for computer enthusiasts. Observe: a DIP switch setter, several torx bits, double-headed hex bits, various sizes of Philips and slotted screwdrivers!

A total of 41 different functions in a single tool! Comes in 3 translucent colors and with a lifetime manufacturer warranty.

<click to see more>

Swedish FireSteel
The Tool You Need for Survival

Swedish FireSteel

Originally developed for the Swedish Department of Defense, Swedish FireSteel produces sparks at temperatures close to 3,000°C, making the task of building fires easy in any weather and at any altitude.

Used by a number of armies around the world for its simple reliability, it works equally well even when wet. <click to see more>

Duct Tape Passport Holder
Make a statement with your bling!

Duct Tape Passport Holder
by Ducti

This passport holder is a fantastic way to show customs agents and airline personnel all over the world how geeky you really are. And not only does it hold your passport, but it will also carry
5 credit cards (or other ID) and a pen (not included). Time to take to the air again, geeks, and give your passport the geeky look it deserves.

This product features a Manufacturer Lifetime Trade-In Policy. <click to see more>

MicroJet Lighter Torch
Torch On!!

MicroJet Lighter Torch

The MicroJet Lighter Torch turns any plain butane lighter into a blue flame torch. It uses the butane contained in the lighter as its fuel source.

Simply insert any compatible lighter (or the included refillable fuel cell) and you suddenly have a butane torch, perfect for DIY jobs like plumbing, automotive repair, electronics, jewelry, paint removal, and so on. Windproof and waterproof, the MicroJet is ideal for use outdoors, such as when camping.
<click to see more>

400-watt Power Dome AC/DC
Never Leave Home without A/C Power

400-watt Power Dome AC/DC
Mini Generator

The Power Dome Mini Generator runs on 2 power sources: an internal lead-acid battery, or from a vehicle cigarette lighter. It can power a TV for 5 hours or a PS2 for 8 hours. It can even jumpstart your car!

Features 2 AC outlets and 2 DC outlets, a built-in 260psi air compressor with gauge, 600amp cranking power jump-starter, 400watt inverter, 1000watt surge, LED worklights.
<click to see more>

Hidden Wireless Camera Detector
Feel like you have a nosy Big Brother?

Hidden Wireless Camera Detector

Wireless cameras have simply become too accessible. Enter this compact device.

This device scans frequencies from 50MHz to 3GHz, filtering background interference, and alerts you to the presence of a wireless camera with its LED lights and audible alarm.

With this device, you'll know when big brother tries to snoop in your lair. <click to see more>

OverBoard Waterproof
Keep your gadgets dry up to 19ft (6m)

OverBoard Waterproof
Gadget Cases

Because the Earth is mostly covered in water, and even the dry parts tend to get wet once in a while, these 100% waterproof cases are
heaven-sent. Made of 0.42mm soft matte PVC, your devices remain fully usable once sealed inside.

The case is guaranteed submersible to 19ft (6m), floats your device to safety when in water, and keeps out dust, sand and dirt.
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Solar Powered LED Water Bottle
This bottle holds water and sunshine

Solar Powered LED Water Bottle

This item bundles together the two topmost essentials for survival -- water and light -- in a compact, easy-to-carry package.

The bottle stores 32oz (950ml) of fluid and the LED light comes in 2 modes: up to 10 hours of white light, or up to 18 hours of red light on a full charge (12 hours in direct sunlight).

Uses 2 rechargeable AA batteries, replaceable (item comes bundled with Ni-Cd batts).
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Duct Tape Purse by Ducti
For the female MacGyver fan!

Duct Tape Purse by Ducti

The Duct Tape Purse by Ducti features a beautiful silver duct tape exterior, expandable black cotton inner lining, adjustable chrome chain and magnetic nickel plated clasp.

This bag looks equally stunning no matter what you wear -- whether its jeans and a tee, clubbing attire, or you're off on that job interview, just pick it up and you're fine.

Dimension: 8.5" x 6.5"
<click to see more>

Leatherman h503 Multi-tool
Fantastic Multi-tool with 10 swappable bits!!

Leatherman h503 Multi-tool

This compact multi-tool design features a high-quality 420 HC Stainless steel blade with thumb stud for easy one-handed opening. Also contains a bit driver (with additional bit tips), bottle opener, can opener and folding carabiner clip - all neatly tucked into a comfortable handle with rubber inserts for maximum portability.

Multi-tool features: Stainless steel blade, Bottle opener, Carabiner, Can opener, Bit driver (3bits can be attached at once), Bit holder, Nylon belt sheath. <click to see more>

ToolLogic Firesteel Knife
A Knife for Firestarters

ToolLogic Firesteel Knife

The ToolLogic Firesteel Knife features a razor sharp blade and emergency signal whistle plus a premium magnesium alloy fire starter. The Swedish made Firesteel combined with a special notch on the blade delivers an intense shower of sparks at nearly 3,000ºC (5,500ºC). It will even spark when wet! At just 2.7 oz it's perfect for a wide range of uses and it deserves a place in your backpack or emergency survival kit..

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Flexible Shaft Ratcheting Screwdriver
It's your very own tool-tentacle!

Flexible Shaft Ratcheting Screwdriver

This is an extremely versatile 23-in-1 flexible driver tool. It has a 6" (15cm) extendible flexible shaft that allows you to drive screws, nuts and bolts at almost any angle. The ratchet mechanism comes with three working positions; forward, reverse and locked, and comes complete with 15 bits, including a socket adaptor and five 1/4” driver sockets. The handle provides storage for 6 bits and 5 sockets and the bit holder on the shaft allows storage of another 8 bits. Lastly, it has a standard 1/4” (6.35mm) magnetized hex opening to hold all standard driver bits and also has a retractable magnet built in to allow it to act as a magnetic pick-up tool. <click to see more>

ColdHeat Soldering Tool
Heats Fast, Cools Fast

ColdHeat Soldering Tool

The Cold Heat Soldering Tool is a cordless tool that heats quickly and cools down nearly as fast. It creates the heat right in the proprietary tip material, making the tool 20 times more efficient than the average conventional soldering iron. The tip reaches 500ºF in less than 1 second for many types of joints and cools to the touch in a few seconds so you can put it away – without any waiting.

Powered by 4 AA batteries. Bright white LED illuminates soldering area. <click to see more>

ColdHeat Pro Soldering Tool
ColdHeat Pro Soldering Tool

ColdHeat Pro Soldering Tool

Soldering can be very easy and convenient when you have a device that can heat and cool almost instantly. Add to this the cordless feature of the ColdHeat and you've got one handy tool. The ColdHeat Pro Soldering Tool is designed for the serious hobbyist and professional. It has twice the power of the Classic tool.

Powered by 5 AA batteries. Solders 700 joints per battery pack. <click to see more>

Leatherman Skeletool CX MultiTool
Multi-tool that won't weight you down

Leatherman Skeletool CX MultiTool

The Leatherman Skeletool is a superlight multi-tool that integrates some essential implements into a single tool. It includes full size pliers with wire cutters, a carabiner clip/bottle opener, sharp knife and interchangeable screwdriver while weighing only 5 ounces. The outside placement of the blades mean, just like a pocket knife, it can be opened with one hand.

Features 25-year manufacturer warranty.
<click to see more>

Leatherman New Wave MultiTool
The Mac-Daddy of Leathermans

Leatherman New Wave MultiTool

The Leatherman New Wave MultiTool makes an evoluntionary leap in the multi-tool category by offering one hand access to two locking blades (one straight edge, one serrated) plus two additional locking tools, seven more interior tools and the best handle comfort Leatherman has ever produced.

The unique design of Wave is not only visually striking as it provides an unmatched array of features in a compact stainless steel tool that weighs just eight ounces. <click to see more>

Micro-Plus 8-in-1 Multi-tool
Super Compact Multi-Tool

Micro-Plus 8-in-1 Multi-tool

This is a supremely compact, rugged 8-in-1 tool that cleverly folds up to attach to a keyring. Lightweight, and small in size, you'll almost forget you're carrying this tool until you need it. Quality constructed from hardened 4650 tool steel, with Black Oxide finish.

Comes with lifetime replacement warranty.
<click to see more>

BodyGard Self-Powered Emergency Tool
Be Prepared!

BodyGard Self-Powered Emergency Tool

The BodyGard Self-Powered Emergency Tool is a 12-in-1 unit featuring a built-in hand crank, so you can generate power when you need, wherever you need it. Never worry about batteries for your flashlight or cell phone. The flashing red light, panic button and motion activated security alarm help to protect you from harm - at home or outdoors: the compass and signaling mirror can help you find your way or lead others to find you, and there’s even a built-in storage compartment for pills, matches and other small items.

<click to see more>

BodyGard 5-In-1 Emergency Tool
Be Prepared!

BodyGard 5-In-1 Emergency Tool

The BodyGard 5-in-1 Emergency Tool incorporates five specific devices: automatic glass breaker, safety-blade seat belt cutter, sonic alarm, flashing red distress light, and bright-white LED flashlight. It's designed to help drivers escape from their vehicles when the windows or doors fail to operate due to vehicle damage, fire or submersion.

Comes with limited lifetime warranty.
<click to see more>

"Third Hand" Adjustable
Lets you magnify AND work with both hands

"Third Hand" Adjustable
Parts Holder with Magnification

If you ever had to do delicate work on something tiny, you might have felt something like this: it's bad enough that you have to hold your tools by the fingernails, but you also have to hold steady your magnifier, light source, and the thing you're working on. You surely must have wished that you had an extra pair of hands.

Well, before you do like Dr. Octopus and wear bionic tentacles, check out this 'handy' tool. It's perfect when you gotta do some delicate soldering. <click to see more>

Swiss Memory USB Pocket Knife
The essential MacGyver tool for the 3rd Millenia

Swiss Memory USB Pocket Knife

The Swiss Memory USB is the perfect marriage of technology, practicality, materials, and quality design. It perfectly pulls together four important tools that no geek should ever be without (USB flash drive, LED light, Swiss Army knife, ballpoint pen). These functions have been skillfully integrated into this single super tool. The USB flash drive portion of the knife can easily be removed, for safe airline travel (and successful passage thru security). <click to see more>

Swiss Memory USB Pocket Knife with Laser
Prepare to be assimilated!

Swiss Memory USB Pocket Knife
with Laser

The Swiss Memory USB with Laser is the perfect marriage of technology, practicality, materials, and quality design. It perfectly pulls together four important tools that no geek should ever be without (USB flash drive, Red Laser Pointer, Swiss Army knife, ballpoint pen). These functions have been skillfully integrated into this single super tool. The USB flash drive portion of the knife can easily be removed, for safe airline travel (and successful passage thru security). <click to see more>

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