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Dana Elcar
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    (October 10, 1927-June 6, 2005)
    Born in Ferndale, Michigan
    Best known for playing Peter Thornton on 'MacGyver'
    Notable film works include 'Fail Safe,' 'The Boston Strangler,' 'The Sting,' 'W.C. Fields and Me,' 'Baby Blue Marine,' 'The Last Flight of Noah's Ark,' 'Condorman,' 'All of Me' and 'Inside Out'
    Notable television works include 'The Big Story,' 'Sunday Showcase,' 'Guiding Light,' 'Dark Shadows,' 'Columbo' and 'Murder in Three Acts'
    His birth name was Ibsen.
    He was married and divorced three times.
    He was typecast as government secret agents.
    He initially played the character of Andy Colson in MacGyver, before being repackaged as Peter Thornton.
    He was mistaken for Don S. Davis, who was actually his stunt double.
    He served a tour of duty in the United States Navy.
    He worked as a taxi driver in New York City, prior to pursuing his acting career.
    He suffered from glaucoma during his time on MacGyver, and successfully lobbied the show's writers to write his condition into his character's storylines.
    He continued acting after he lost his vision.
    He made guest appearances on both 'Gunsmoke' and 'Law and Order,' which were two of the longest running television programs.

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