Richard Dean Anderson is a $30 million actor, television producer, and composer from the United States. Anderson began acting in the 1970s and went on to become a well-known television actress in the 1980s and early 1990s.
He also appeared in a number of high-profile films towards the end of the 1990s. Richard is most recognized for his roles as the lead in TV shows like “MacGyver” and “Stargate: SG-1.” He appeared in 173 of the 214 episodes of “Stargate” and all 139 episodes of “MacGyver.” For the duration of the series, he was also one of the show’s producers.
Richard Dean Anderson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on January 23, 1950. Richard’s father was a teacher, while his mother was an artist, and he was raised in Roseville, Minnesota, with three brothers. Anderson claims to have Mohawk, Scandinavian, and Scottish ancestors.
Richard Dean’s hopes of becoming a professional hockey player were crushed when he broke both of his arms in high school. Anderson began to focus on artistic endeavors such as art, music, and acting instead than sports. Music, out of the three passions, became his primary ambition at first, and he attempted to become a jazz musician.
Richard Dean Anderson went to St. Cloud University after graduating from high school to pursue his dream of becoming an actor. Before receiving his degree, he transferred to Ohio University. Anderson didn’t like college, so he went on a cross-country bicycle journey from Minnesota to Alaska with his friends.
Richard Dean Anderson spent the next few years bouncing between Los Angeles and New York City, eventually staying in Los Angeles with his then-girlfriend to pursue a full-time acting career.
He worked a variety of odd jobs to support himself during this time, including whale handling at a marine park, performing at a medieval restaurant, and performing as a street mime. Despite popular belief, Anderson considers this period to be the “happiest in his life.”
Anderson has backed the Waterkeeper Alliance, a group dedicated to preventing water contamination.
Anderson is a member of the Challengers Boys and Girls Club Board of Trustees, a youth charity founded in 1968 with the support of MacGyver producer Stephen Downing and featured in a season 4 episode.
Anderson earned the Make-a-Wish Foundation‘s Celebrity Award in 1995 for his dedication to the organization.
He is also a supporter of numerous Sclerosis Society non-profit organizations, and he has made multiple public service announcements to indicate his support for them.
Anderson is a strong supporter of the Special Olympics and spoke during the opening ceremonies in 1991.
Anderson has aided a number of environmental organizations around the world in recent years. He is a member of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society‘s Board of Advisors and has collaborated with members of the Earth Rivers Expeditions to produce the River Project.
Anderson splits his time between Vancouver, Los Angeles, and the northwestern part of Minnesota.
Apryl A. Prose, the mother of his only child, Wylie Quinn Annarose Anderson, was his companion from 1996 to 2003. (born on August 2, 1998).
Anderson stated that he departed Stargate SG-1 to spend more time with his daughter, noting, “I’m not sure if being a father is a difference, but it makes me want to get out of here faster. Remove yourself from the clock. For the simple fact that the baby is my purpose for existing and for coming to work.”
Richard paid $1.06 million for a 3,800-square-foot property on a bluff overlooking the ocean in Malibu in 1987. According to public records, Richard paid $2 million for a second home in Malibu in 1998, which was most likely the home next door because his initial 1-acre property is now divided into 2-acres and includes a 7,000 square-foot mansion erected in 2007.
The finished home was featured in a 2017 issue of Architectural Digest, where he explained that the property’s original ranch house had become almost unlivable owing to time’s wear and tear.
He created the new structure in the style of iconic barn constructions from his childhood, as a reference to his Minnesota background. This property is now valued at least $10 million. In the correct real estate market, it could be a lot more. The home’s assessed worth is $9.5 million, according to county records, with a $112,000 annual property tax payment.
Richard may still have a house in Malibu, a condo in Laguna Woods, California, and assets in Minnesota and Vancouver.