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Dana Elcar

Pete Thornton in Mac Gyver, Colonel Lard James in Baa Baa Black Sheep, Inspecteur Shiller in Baretta

Photos Dana Elcar Birth name: Ibson Dana Elcar
Birth date: 1927/10/10
Date of death : 2005/06/07 (78 years old)
Birth place : Ferndale (USA)

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Biography for Dana Elcar

Dana Elcar is a television and movie actor. Inarguably his most memorable role is Peter Thornton, an administrator working in the Phoenix Foundation on the 1980's television series MacGyver.

In 1991, actor Dana Elcar began to develop glaucoma, a degenerative condition of the eyes that causes blindness. This condition was written into the show, and Elcar's character also developed the disease.

Born in 1927, Dana Elcar was a solid player from Hollywood, who participated in more than 130 projects. Small second -class actor, he takes advantage of television to make a name for himself. Very professional, he will stage several episodes of the series in which he plays. This will be the case of MacGyver, the burned heads or even Salvage 1 and The Duke, two unpublished series. However, he ended his acting career in the early 90s, suffering from blindness. It is blind that he will make his last appearance in New York District.

Dana Elcar was an American actor known for his role as Peter Thornton in the television series "MacGyver" in the 1980s and 1990s. He was born on October 10, 1927 in Ferndale, in the state of Michigan, in the United States. Elcar began his career in the 1950s by playing in several plays, before turning to cinema and television.

He has played in many films and television series during his career, notably in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", "Police Story", "The Rockford Files" and "Baretta". He also played in several television films, including "The Night That Panicked America" ​​and "Murder, She Wrote".

In addition to his role as Peter Thornton in "MacGyver", Elcar also played in other television series, such as "The Love Boat", "Barnaby Jones" and "The Mod Squad". He also lent his voice to cartoons, such as "Les Simpson" and "Batman: The Animated Series".

Unfortunately, Elcar suffered from vision problems during his life, which ultimately forced him to wear thick glasses and a hearing aid. Despite this, he continued to work until his death in 2005, at the age of 77. He was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.

In summary, Dana Elcar was an American actor known for his roles in many films and television series, notably in "MacGyver". Although his career was disrupted by vision problems, he continued to work until his death in 2005.


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Title Role
Inside Out (1986) Leo Gross
Murder in Three Acts (1986 Téléfilm) Dr. Wallace Strange
MacGyver (1985 Serie TV) Pete Thornton (1985-1992), Directeur (episode "Challenge, The (1989)") (episode "Invisible Killer, The (1989)")
There Were Times, Dear (1985) Don Mason
Toughlove (1985 Téléfilm) Max Wiley
MacGyver (1985 Téléfilm) Pete Thornton
Jungle Warriors (1984) D'Antoni
2010 (1984) Dimitri Moisevitch
Sweet Revenge (1984 Téléfilm) Sen. Arthur Hagerty
All of Me (1984) Burton Schuyler
Blue Skies Again (1983) Lou
Quarterback Princess (1983 Téléfilm) Mr. Caine
I Want to Live (1983 Téléfilm) Warden
Forbidden Love (1982 Téléfilm) Burt Wagner
The Day the Bubble Burst (1982 Téléfilm) Mr. Block
Help Wanted: Male (1982 Téléfilm) Milhauser
Buddy Buddy (1981) Captain Hubris
Condorman (1981) Russ Devlin
Mark, I Love You (1980 Téléfilm) Mr. Bassett
The Nude Bomb (1980) Chief
The Last Flight of Noah's Ark (1980) Benchley
Death Penalty (1980 Téléfilm) John Mulligan
The Champ (1979) Hoffmaster
Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff (1979) Havermeyer
Samurai (1979 Téléfilm) Frank Boyd
The Duke (1979 Serie TV) Directeur
Crisis in Mid-air (1979 Téléfilm) Brad Mullins
Salvage 1 (1979 Serie TV) Directeur (episode "Diamond Volcano" (1979)
Centennial (1978 TV mini-series) Judge Hart
Baa Baa Black Sheep (1976 Serie TV) Col. Thomas Laird (1976-1978), Directeur (episodes "W
S" (1977), "The 200 Pound Gorilla" (1977), "The Iceman" (1978), "The Show Must Go On. . . Sometimes" (1978)
Baa Baa, Black Sheep (1976 Téléfilm) Col. Thomas A. Laird
W.C. Fields and Me (1976) Agent Dockstedter
St. Ives (1976) Charlie Blunt
Gemini Man (1976 Téléfilm) Dr. Harold Schuyler
Baby Blue Marine (1976) Sheriff Wenzel
The Deputies (1976 Téléfilm) Reverend Mr. Endicott
Baretta (1975 Serie TV) Police Lieutenant Shiller (1975)
Report to the Commissioner (1975) Chief Perna
Baretta (1975 Téléfilm) Inspector Shiller
The Missiles of October (1974 Téléfilm) Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara
Panic on the 5:22 (1974 Téléfilm) Hal Rodgers
The Rockford Files (1974 Serie TV) Directeur (episode "The Attractive Nuisance" (1978)
Senior Year (1974 Téléfilm) Paul Reed
Heat Wave! (1974 Téléfilm) Prescott
The Sting (1973) FBI Agent Polk
Columbo: Any Old Port in a Storm (1973 Téléfilm) Falcon
Dying Room Only (1973 Téléfilm) Sheriff
Catch-22 (1973 Téléfilm) Colonel Cathcart
Hawkins on Murder (1973 Téléfilm) Dr. Aaronson
The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid (1972) Allen
Fireball Forward (1972 Téléfilm) Col. Talbot
The Bravos (1972 Téléfilm) Capt. Detroville
A Gunfight (1971) Marv Green
Mrs. Pollifax -- Spy (1971) Carstairs
The Death of Me Yet (1971 Téléfilm) Hank Keller
Sarge: The Badge or the Cross (1971 Téléfilm) Father Frank Dinsmore
Zigzag (1970) Harold Tracey
Soldier Blue (1970) Capt. Battles
San Francisco International (1970 Téléfilm) George Woodruff
Adam at 6 A.M. (1970) Van Treadly
The Learning Tree (1969) Kirky
The Maltese Bippy (1969) Police Sgt. Kelvaney
D.A.: Murder One (1969 Téléfilm) Dr. Carl Enright
The Whole World Is Watching (1969 Téléfilm) Huston
Deadlock (1969/I Téléfilm) George Stack
Pendulum (1968) Detective J.J. 'Red' Thornton
The Sound of Anger (1968 Téléfilm) Andrew Pearce
The Boston Strangler (1968) Luis Schubert
A Lovely Way to Die (1968) Layton
The Borgia Stick (1967 Téléfilm) Craigmeyer
Dark Shadows (1966 Serie TV) Sheriff George Patterson #1 (1966-1967)
The Fool Killer (1965) Mr. Dodd
The Edge of Night (1956 Serie TV) Clinton Wheeler (1964-1965)
Fail-Safe (1964) Mr. Foster (party)
The Guiding Light (1952 Serie TV) D.A. Andrew Murray (1962)
Burning Bright (1959 Téléfilm) Actor
A Time to Live (1954 Serie TV) Dr. Clay


Went blind due to Glaucoma c. 1991 and now requires special computer equipment to read printed text.

When he started going blind, his character Peter Thornton on "MacGyver" was also written with the same affliction. His blindness was also written into his guest appearance on "Law and Order," resulting from Diabetic Retinopathy.

Most recently played a blind character in a guest spot on ER.

Did not appear in either of the two "MacGyver" (1985) TV-movies : MacGyver: Lost Treasure of Atlantis (1994) and MacGyver: Trial of Doomsday (1994)


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  • Creation date: 01/07/2003 by stals
  • Last update: 01/05/2007 by dana

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