Richard Dean Anderson
|Richard Dean Anderson|
Anderson at an event with Air Force personnel. (2004)
|Born||January 23, 1950 (age 63)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, producer, composer|
|Children||Wylie Quinn Annarose Anderson|
|Parents||Stuart Jay Anderson (father)
Jocelyn Rhae Carter (mother)
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Richard Dean Anderson (born January 23, 1950) is an American television and film actor, television producer and composer. He began his television career in 1976 as Dr. Jeff Webber in the American soap opera series General Hospital, then rose to prominence as the lead actor in the television series MacGyver (1985–1992). Anderson later appeared in films, including Through the Eyes of a Killer (1992), Pandora’s Clock (1996) and Firehouse (1997).
In 1997, Anderson returned to television as the lead actor of the series Stargate SG-1, a spin-off of the 1994 film Stargate. He played the lead from 1997–2005 and had a recurring role from 2005–07. Since 1997, the only film Anderson has starred in is Stargate: Continuum released in 2008 as a spin-off film after Stargate SG-1 Series finale in 2007. He appears in the follow-up Stargate series Stargate: Atlantis and Stargate: Universe (as Lieutenant General Jack O’Neill).
Zander performing in Hallandale Florida, 9/28/06
|Birth name||Robin Zander|
|Born||January 23, 1953 (age 60)
|Instruments||Vocals, rhythm guitar|
|Associated acts||Cheap Trick|
- Early life
Zander was born in Beloit, Wisconsin, the fourth of five children; he has two older brothers, and older and younger sisters.
Zander reportedly was reading books by age three, and learned to play the guitar by age 12. He played with his first group, The Destinations, while in seventh grade. The next year he was with a group called Butterscotch Sundays, playing summer festivals, and after that formed a band called Robin and the Hoods. In high school, Zander sang for three years in the Madrigals, the most demanding of the three choral groups at his school, played basketball andfootball, and had a part-time job at a sandwich shop.
In 1972, Zander was offered the lead singer role in a new band called Cheap Trick by the group’s drummer, Bun E. Carlos. At the time, Zander was under contract with a resort in Wisconsin Dells, where he sang and played cover songs, and Cheap Trick had a lead vocalist, Randy “Xeno” Hogan. Hogan left the band around the same time Zander’s resort contract expired, and Zander joined Cheap Trick as lead singer. Guitarist Rick Nielsen introduces Zander at concerts as his “favorite lead singer in the whole wide world”.
Zander and his Cheap Trick band mates had cameo roles in the 2003 Eddie Murphy comedy Daddy Day Care. Zander continues to perform with Cheap Trick around the world. In 2008, the group played in Japan for the 30th anniversary of their original Budokan album release.