Dana Elcar

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Dana Elcar
Birth name Ibson Dana Elcar
Born October 10, 1927 in Ferndale, Michigan, USA
Died June 6, 2005 in Ventura, California, USA from complications from pneumonia
Notable Roles
Notable Episodes
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Biography

Dana Elcar was the actor who played Pete Thornton in the popular 80s television show MacGyver. His parents were Danish immigrants. His father worked as a butcher, while his mother a nanny. Both were able to send him to the University of Michigan where he founded the Ann Arbor theater. After his service with the US Navy, he entered the world of show business appearing on several television shows. Later in his life, he developed glaucoma and was already going blind even before the TV show MacGyver ended. Like the actor, the character Pete Thornton was given the same eye disease to increase awareness on glaucoma. He continued to act and took on roles as a blind person until his death on June 6, 2005.

Roles

Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Baretta Inspector Shiller 1975 1
Baa Baa Black Sheep Col. Thomas A. Lard 1976–1978 1 2
MacGyver Pete Thornton 1985–1992 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
The DuPont Show of the Week Dennis Wilcox 2x04 - Big Deal in Laredo October 7, 1962
The Nurses (1962) Dr. Lovett 1x03 - Fly, Shadow October 11, 1962
The Nurses (1962) Dr. Fuller 1x09 - Two Black Candles November 22, 1962
The Nurses (1962) Dr. Fuller 2x12 - To Spend, to Give, to Want December 12, 1963
The Nurses (1962) Dr. Zach Fuller 2x18 - The Intern Syndrome January 23, 1964
The Nurses (1962) Dr. Zack Fuller 3x02 - The Suspect (1) September 29, 1964
The Nurses (1962) Dr. Zack Fuller 3x03 - The Suspect (2) October 6, 1964
The Patty Duke Show Henry Anderson 2x13 - Best Date in Town December 9, 1964
The Nurses (1962) Dr. Fellowes 3x30 - An Unweeded Garden May 11, 1965
Mannix Fred Restin 1x17 - Deadfall (1) January 20, 1968
Mannix Fred Restin 1x18 - Deadfall (2) January 27, 1968
Run for Your Life Dr. George Graham 3x19 - The Killing Scene February 1, 1968
The F.B.I. Howard Bergdahl 3x22 - The Messenger March 17, 1968
Judd for the Defense 2x07 - Weep the Hunter Home November 8, 1968
Mannix Sheriff Conrad Bucola 2x12 - Fear I to Fall December 21, 1968
The F.B.I. Howard Swift 4x24 - The Young Warriors March 9, 1969
Bonanza Caleb Milton 10x28 - Speak No Evil April 20, 1969
Ironside Jackson Tobey 3x05 - Eye of the Hurricane October 9, 1969
Get Smart Kruger 5x07 - And Baby Makes Four (1) November 7, 1969
Get Smart Kruger 5x08 - And Baby Makes Four (2) November 14, 1969
Hawaii Five-O Dr. A. L. Benjamin 2x23 - Three Dead Cows at Makapuu (1) February 25, 1970
Mannix Tom Coleman/Al Beckworth/
Darrell Andrews/Charles Vincent Addison
3x22 - The Search for Darrell Andrews February 28, 1970
Hawaii Five-O Dr. A. L. Benjamin 2x24 - Three Dead Cows at Makapuu (2) March 4, 1970
Mission: Impossible C.W. Cameron 5x02 - Flip Side September 26, 1970
Gunsmoke Pennigrath 16x06 - Snow Train (1) October 19, 1970
Gunsmoke Pennigrath 16x07 - Snow Train (2) October 26, 1970
The F.B.I. Ed Garth 6x19 - The Fatal Connection January 31, 1971
Ironside Bill O'Brien 4x18 - A Killing at the Track February 4, 1971
Ironside Joe Markham 5x06 - Joss Sticks and Wedding Bells October 26, 1971
The F.B.I. Ewing Carter 7x11 - Superstition Rock November 28, 1971
Cannon Sam 1x23 - Cain's Mark March 7, 1972
Ironside 6x02 - The Savage Sentry September 21, 1972
Cannon Mr. Ryan 2x07 - A Long Way Down October 25, 1972
Bonanza Mr. Merrick 14x08 - The 26th Grave October 31, 1972
Mannix Skip Seldon 6x17 - A Matter of Principle January 14, 1973
Kung Fu Pritikin 1x07 - Nine Lives February 15, 1973
Kung Fu Noah Jones 2x02 - The Assassin October 4, 1973
Columbo Falcon 3x02 - Any Old Port in a Storm October 7, 1973
The F.B.I. 9x07 - Fatal Reunion November 4, 1973
The Rockford Files Sheriff Mitchell 2x06 - The Great Blue Lake Land and Development Company October 17, 1975
Cannon John Brinegar 5x14 - The Star (1) December 10, 1975
Cannon John Brinegar 5x15 - The Star (2) December 10, 1975
The Incredible Hulk Sheriff Harris 2x11 - Escape From Los Santos December 1, 1978
One Day at a Time Captain 5x09 - A Little Larceny December 2, 1979
Falcon Crest Carl Reed 1x03 - The Tangled Vines December 18, 1981
Falcon Crest Carl Reed 1x13 - The Candidate February 26, 1982
Falcon Crest Carl Reed 1x15 - Heir Apparent March 19, 1982
Newhart Sam Ebersol 1x13 - The Visitors January 17, 1983
Knight Rider Strock 2x04 - Merchants of Death October 16, 1983
Hart to Hart Admiral Springfield 5x04 - Pandora Has Wings October 25, 1983
The Fall Guy Dean Hackett 4x05 - Terror U. October 17, 1984
The A-Team George Olson 3x06 - Double Heat October 23, 1984
Scarecrow and Mrs. King Mitch Larner 2x13 - Spiderweb January 14, 1985
Hill Street Blues Lt. Mel Taber 5x16 - Washington Deceased February 7, 1985
The A-Team Judge Mordente 4x01 - Judgment Day (1) September 24, 1985
The A-Team Judge Mordente 4x02 - Judgment Day (2) September 24, 1985
MacGyver Andy Colson 1x01 - Pilot September 29, 1985
MacGyver Pete Thornton 1x11 - Nightmares January 15, 1986
MacGyver Pete Thornton 1x12 - Deathlock January 22, 1986
MacGyver Pete Thornton 1x14 - Countdown February 5, 1986
MacGyver Pete Thornton 1x15 - The Enemy Within February 12, 1986
MacGyver Pete Thornton 1x17 - To Be a Man March 5, 1986
MacGyver Pete Thornton 1x18 - Ugly Duckling March 12, 1986
MacGyver Pete Thornton 1x21 - A Prisoner of Conscience April 30, 1986
Matlock Hughes 1x17 - The Court Martial (1) February 17, 1987
Matlock Hughes 1x18 - The Court Martial (2) February 24, 1987
Law & Order Robert Cook 3x19 - Virus April 21, 1993
ER Manny Kindlevich 8x13 - Damage Is Done January 31, 2002

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Trivia