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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)

Richard Dean Andersen as MacGyver from the opening sequence of the television show
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:

The Complete MacGyver Series DVD Pack Gift Set
The Complete MacGyver Series
DVD Pack Gift Set

MacGyver - The Complete Series Pack Gift Set (Seasons1-7)(1985)

The phenomenal TV series that inspired the study of physics and chemistry in televiewers around the world! This package features all 7 seasons comprising 139 episodes in 38 DVDs bundled as a Gift Set.

Original airing schedule for television:
September 29, 1985 to May 21, 1992.

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The Unofficial MacGyver How-To Handbook: Revised 2nd Edition
The ultimate "As Seen on TV" experience

The Unofficial MacGyver How-To Handbook: Revised 2nd Edition
by Bret Terril; Greg Dierkers (Authors)

This book -- more of a craftsman's manual, really -- provides step-by-step, how-to instructions that unlock the scientific secrets (explanations included) and spy genius of MacGyver's many tricks, including: How to pick a lock with a pocket knife; How to develop film with orange juice; How to create homemade fog; How to use a paperclip to undress a woman AND disarm a missile! <click to see more>

Backyard Ballistics
Make everyday the 4th of July!

Backyard Ballistics
Author: William Gurstelle

This manual will guide ordinary folks in constructing 13 awesome ballistic devices using inexpensive household/hardware store materials. Clear instructions, diagrams, and photographs showcase such DIY projects as a match-powered rocket, tennis ball mortar, and pneumatic missile.

With a strong emphasis on safety, the book also gives tips on troubleshooting and explains the physics behind the projects.
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The Complete MacGyver Series Collector's DVD Box Set
The Complete MacGyver Series
Collector's DVD Box Set

MacGyver - The Complete Series (1985) Collector's Set

The phenomenal TV series that inspired the study of physics and chemistry in televiewers around the world! Features 7 seasons comprising 139 episodes and 2 TV movies in 39 DVDs.

This package comes in a specially designed box.

Original airing schedule for television:
September 29, 1985 to May 21, 1992.
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MacGyver Complete Season 7 DVD Set
The Complete Season 7 DVD Box Set

MacGyver Complete Season 7 DVD Set

The complete Season 7 DVD box set for MacGyver,
the phenomenal 80s TV Series that inspired fans around the world to pursue the geek path.

Original airing schedule for television:
September 16, 1991 to May 21, 1992.

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Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things
Satisfy your inner MacGyver!

Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things
Author: Cy Tymony

More than a simple do-it-yourself guide, this quirky collection is a valuable resource for transforming ordinary objects into the extraordinary. With over 80 solutions and bonus applications at your disposal, you will be ready for almost any situation. Included are survival, security, self-defense, and silly applications that are just plain fun.

Great for school projects, pranks, or lazy afternoons. <click to see more>

Sneakier Uses for Everyday Things
Satisfy your inner MacGyver!

Sneakier Uses for Everyday Things
Author: Cy Tymony

This sequel features 40 new and unique educational projects that anybody can do using simple household items.

The book includes a list of necessary materials, detailed sketches, and step-by-step instructions for each gadget. You'll learn such things as how to turn a calculator into a metal detector, turn dishwashing liquid into a copy machine, make a gas mask with a balloon. <click to see more>

Sneakiest Uses for Everyday Things
Satisfy your inner MacGyver!

Sneakiest Uses for Everyday Things
Author: Cy Tymony

This is the 3rd book in the "Sneaky" series by famed author and gadget-man Cy Tymony.

In this volume, you will learn how to turn a business card into a boomerang, pencil lead into a microphone, styrofoam cups into a calculator, and many other inventive experiments.

Each project is extensively detailed with diagrams and illustrations; most projects can be completed in minutes. <click to see more>

MacGyver Complete Season 6 DVD Set
The Complete Season 6 DVD Box Set

MacGyver Complete Season 6 DVD Set

The complete Season 6 DVD box set for MacGyver, the phenomenal 80s TV Series that inspired fans around the world to pursue the geek path.

Original airing schedule for television:
September 17, 1990 to May 6, 1991.

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MacGyver Complete Season 5 DVD Set
The Complete Season 5 DVD Box Set

MacGyver Complete Season 5 DVD Set

The complete Season 6 DVD box set for MacGyver, the phenomenal 80s TV Series that inspired fans around the world to pursue the geek path.

Original airing schedule for television:
September 18, 1989 to April 30, 1990.

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Richard Dean Andersen MacGyver 16x20 Photo
Richard Dean Andersen as MacGyver

Richard Dean Andersen MacGyver 16x20 Photo

This 16"x20" photo that shows MacGyver in his classic weathered brown jacket makes a great wall decor for any true fan of the phenomenal 80s TV series.

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Electronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius
Satisfy your inner Dr. Evil

Electronic Gadgets for the Evil Genius
Author: Bob Iannini

Subtitled "28 Build-it-Yourself Projects", this book takes the stuff of science fiction and science future and brings it down to size for the home hobbyist.

Full of easy-to-follow plans, clear diagram schematics, and respectful of your wallet, this book will show you how to build such spy and science fiction fodder as: laser beam cutters, infrared viewers, ultrasonic microphones, sonic phaser cannons, lightning bolt generators, object levitation devices, and more!
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Forbidden LEGO: Build the Models your Parents Warned you Against
They Warned You!!

Forbidden LEGO: Build the Models your Parents Warned you Against
By: Ulrik Pilegaard and Mike Dooley (Authors)

This book introduces you to the type of free-style building that LEGO's master builders do for fun in the back room. Using LEGO bricks in combination with common household materials (like rubber bands, plastic spoons, ping-pong balls) and unorthodox building techniques, you'll create working models that LEGO would never endorse. Consider: a toy gun that shoots LEGO plates, a candy catapult, an auto-fire ping-pong ball launcher, and other useless but incredibly fun inventions. <click to see more>

MacGyver Complete Season 4 DVD Set
The Complete Season 4 DVD Box Set

MacGyver Complete Season 4 DVD Set

The complete Season 4 DVD box set for MacGyver, the phenomenal 80s TV Series that inspired fans around the world to pursue the geek path.

Original airing schedule for television:
October 31, 1988 to May 15, 1989.

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MacGyver Complete Season 3 DVD Set
The Complete Season 3 DVD Box Set

MacGyver Complete Season 3 DVD Set

The complete Season 3 DVD box set for MacGyver, the phenomenal 80s TV Series that inspired fans around the world to pursue the geek path.

Original airing schedule for television:
September 21, 1987 to May 9, 1988.

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Richard Dean Andersen MacGyver 8x10 Photo
Richard Dean Andersen as MacGyver

Richard Dean Andersen MacGyver 8x10 Photo

This 8"x10" photo that shows MacGyver in his classic weathered brown jacket makes a great decor for any true fan of the phenomenal
80s TV series.

<click to see more>

Gonzo Gizmos: Projects & Devices to Channel Your Inner Geek
Channel Your Inner Geek

Gonzo Gizmos: Projects & Devices to Channel Your Inner Geek
By: Simon Field

It's possible to use optics to roast a hot dog without electricity or a stove; or, to make a simple radio with just an iron, a few basic circuits and three shiny pennies. Information systems specialist Simon Field walks you through this and other similar projects, all the while furnishing you with explanations on the science behind each device.

Each project makes use of items easily found in hardware stores. <click to see more>

Return of Gonzo Gizmos: Projects & Devices to Channel Your Inner Geek
Channel Your Inner Geek

Return of Gonzo Gizmos: Projects & Devices to Channel Your Inner Geek
By: Simon Field

This fresh selection features 20 science projects such as hydrogen fuel cells and computer-controlled radio transmitters. Most of the devices can be build using common household items or components obtainable from your neighborhood hardware / electronics stores.

Projects are presented with step by step instructions including photos, diagrams, and an explanation on the science behind each device. <click to see more>

MacGyver Complete Season 2 DVD Set
The Complete Season 2 DVD Box Set

MacGyver Complete Season 2 DVD Set

The complete Season 2 DVD box set for MacGyver, the phenomenal 80s TV Series that inspired fans around the world to pursue the geek path.

Original airing schedule for television:
September 22, 1986 to May 4, 1987.

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MacGyver Complete Season 1 DVD Set
The Complete Season 1 DVD Box Set

MacGyver Complete Season 1 DVD Set

The complete Season 1 DVD box set for MacGyver, the phenomenal 80s TV Series that inspired fans around the world to pursue the geek path.

Original airing schedule for television:
September 29, 1985 to May 7, 1986.

<click to see more>

The Complete MacGyver Series DVD Pack Gift Set
The Complete MacGyver Series
DVD Pack Gift Set

MacGyver - The Complete Series Pack Gift Set (Seasons1-7)(1985)

The phenomenal TV series that inspired the study of physics and chemistry in televiewers around the world! This package features all 7 seasons comprising 139 episodes in 38 DVDs bundled as a Gift Set.

Original airing schedule for television:
September 29, 1985 to May 21, 1992.

<click to see more>

The Complete MacGyver Series DVD Pack Gift Set
The Complete MacGyver Series
DVD Pack Gift Set

MacGyver - The Complete Series Pack Gift Set (Seasons1-7)(1985)

The phenomenal TV series that inspired the study of physics and chemistry in televiewers around the world! This package features all 7 seasons comprising 139 episodes in 38 DVDs bundled as a Gift Set.

Original airing schedule for television:
September 29, 1985 to May 21, 1992.

<click to see more>

The Complete MacGyver Series DVD Pack Gift Set
The Complete MacGyver Series
DVD Pack Gift Set

MacGyver - The Complete Series Pack Gift Set (Seasons1-7)(1985)

The phenomenal TV series that inspired the study of physics and chemistry in televiewers around the world! This package features all 7 seasons comprising 139 episodes in 38 DVDs bundled as a Gift Set.

Original airing schedule for television:
September 29, 1985 to May 21, 1992.

<click to see more>

The Complete MacGyver Series DVD Pack Gift Set
The Complete MacGyver Series
DVD Pack Gift Set

MacGyver - The Complete Series Pack Gift Set (Seasons1-7)(1985)

The phenomenal TV series that inspired the study of physics and chemistry in televiewers around the world! This package features all 7 seasons comprising 139 episodes in 38 DVDs bundled as a Gift Set.

Original airing schedule for television:
September 29, 1985 to May 21, 1992.

<click to see more>

The Complete MacGyver Series DVD Pack Gift Set
The Complete MacGyver Series
DVD Pack Gift Set

MacGyver - The Complete Series Pack Gift Set (Seasons1-7)(1985)

The phenomenal TV series that inspired the study of physics and chemistry in televiewers around the world! This package features all 7 seasons comprising 139 episodes in 38 DVDs bundled as a Gift Set.

Original airing schedule for television:
September 29, 1985 to May 21, 1992.

<click to see more>

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