If you have watched Stargate SG-1, then you must be conversant with the character Jack O’Neil who was portrayed by Richard Dean Anderson. He is someone who has made a name for himself in the entertainment industry. As you read further, you will find out more interesting things about the actor and details of his professional and personal life.
Richard Dean Anderson Biography
Richard Dean Anderson is a popular actor, producer, and composer. He was born on January 23, 1950, in Minneapolis, Minnesota to his father, Stuart Jay Anderson, and his mother, Jocelyn Rhae Carter. His father was a teacher by profession and taught at a local high school while his mother was an artist who had talent in painting and sculpting. Richard was the eldest of four sons born to their parents.
His first love was hockey, he has always wanted to be a hockey player as a teenager but that dream ended when he broke his arms, and then his focus shifted to pursuing a career in acting. Richard attended Alexander Ramsey High School and studied acting at St. Cloud State University. He later went ahead to study at Ohio University but was not able to get a degree as he did not finish his studies. He is of mixed descent – Scottish, Mohawk, Sweden, and Norwegian ancestry.
Before his career as an actor kicked off, Richard Dean Anderson did so many other jobs, a spell which he considers the best time of his life. He tried his hands on music, wanting to be a jazz musician. He also became a musician at the Medieval Dinner theatre and then worked as a whale handler in a marine mammal show. He started his acting with the soap opera, General Hospital where he played the role of Dr. Jeff Webber. The soap opera was a breakthrough for the actor.
He played the song Eau d’ Leo for the MacGyver episode The Negotiator. Anderson has also served as a producer in shows in which he featured like MacGyver, Trail to Doomsday, Lost Treasure of Atlantis, and many more. He has won the heart of many with his acting skills which he portrays in movies and TV shows. He has appeared in movies such as Through the Eyes of a Killer which was produced in 1992, Pandora’s Clock which was produced in 1996, and Fire House in 1997.
Also in 1997, he played the lead actor and starred as Jack O’Neil in the series Stargate SG-1 from 1997 to 2005 and had a recurring role from 2005 to 2007. Richard later left Stargate because he wanted to be with his daughter.
Net Worth And Philanthropy
There is another side of Richard Dean Anderson. He is involved in charity works and also supports non-profit organizations. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for Challengers Boys and Girls Club, a youth organization that was founded in 1968. He is also a supporter of the Special Olympics and has also supported WaterKeeper Alliance, an organization that was established to put an end to water pollution. Richard is worth between $20 and $30 million.
Family – Married, Wife, Daughter
Richard has no wife and has never been married but has been involved in different relationships with women including actresses like Teri Hatcher, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sela Ward and Katrina Witts who is a German ice-skater. He also dated Apryl Prose who he met in New York through a friend. They had a daughter together who is Richard’s only child before they finally broke up in 2002.
His daughter, Wylie Quinn Annarose Anderson, is the only family he has aside from his parents and siblings. He’s so fond of her and tries his best to be a part of her life. The actor shares the custody of his daughter and in an interview said he is not ruling out getting married someday, but till then, Richard remains single and unmarried.
Wylie Quinn Annarose was born on August 2, 1998, in Los Angeles, California. She is an aspiring actress which makes Richard a perfect mentor for her. She has featured in a lot of movies so far including Glove (2013), Stray (2014), and Raising Hope (2010).
Is Richard Dean Anderson Gay?
Richard Dean Anderson is not gay. He has been in several relationships with women and also has a daughter who is some kind of proof that he is definitely not gay.
Quick Facts – Zodiac Sign, Weight, Height
Name: Richard Dean Anderson
Birthdate: January 23, 1950
Zodiac sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Married status: Single
Children: 1 (Wylie Quinn Annarose)
Height: 6′ 1″
Net worth: $20-30 million.