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As revealed by Brad Wright, co-creator of Stargate SG-1, Atlantis, and Universe, at our recent Stargate A.I. premiere, the next guest on his epic interview podcast, Brad Wright’s Conversations in Sci-Fi, will be the elusive and exclusive Richard Dean Anderson.
Rick’s last convention appearance was in 2019 so this is an incredible opportunity to hear these two Stargate veterans deep in discussion about a show – and character – that means the world to so many of us.
You can record your questions for him here. Check back to hear them played – and answered – on the show:
As witty and charming as his best-known characters, Richard Dean Anderson – aka, the Notorious RDA (still trying to make that happen) – became a household name for his starring role in MacGyver from 1985 to 1992, before starring in the first and only season of UPN’s Legend. A gloriously anarchic steampunk Western, from Michael Piller, showrunner of Star Trek: The Next Generation from 1990 to 1994, and co-creator of both Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager.
Rick played pulp writer Ernest Pratt who adopts the persona of his fictional hero Nicodemus Legend and teams up with Nikola Tesla-like emigre inventor Janos Bartok (Q’s John de Lancie), to see-off outlaws and solve problems with wit, ingenuity, and curious contraptions. Rick admitted at the time that he felt as though he was done with TV – or that TV was done with him – saying:
“I was starting to worry about the possibility of ever doing another series, because none of the scripts I was reading really inspired me. You really have to be in love with something to commit to the potential of multiple years in the same role.”Richard Dean Anderson to Vidiot.com
Whilst Legend failed to deliver, a couple of years later Rick struck gold with Stargate SG-1. Taking on the role launched by Kurt Russell in the movie and twisting it into a new shape, Richard Dean Anderson birthed Colonel Jack O’Neill, sci-fi’s ultimate deadpan action man, and led the team through eight seasons before scaling down his involvement to focus on his family.
Like his real-world Air Force counterparts, you can retire but you can never leave and he returned for a number of episodes of both SG-1 and its spin-offs, Stargate Atlantis and Universe, and movie Stargate: Continuum (2008). A massive fan of The Simpsons, following an appearance from Homer Simpson voice actor Dan Castellaneta in the SG-1 episode ‘Citizen Joe’ (S8, Ep15), Rick went on to voice himself in ‘Kiss Kiss, Bang Bangalore’ (S17, Ep17) where MacGyver superfans Patty and Selma abduct him from a Stargate convention.
As if he weren’t cool enough, Rick also voiced Mayor Killian Darkwater in the first Fallout game.
If you’ve not listened to Brad Wright’s Conversations in Sci-Fi podcast yet, check out past episodes with Michael Shanks (SG-1), Amanda Tapping (SG-1, Supernatural, Sanctuary), Ben Browder (SG-1, Farscape), Robert Picardo (SGA, Star Trek: Voyager), David Hewlett (SGA, The Shape of Water), Travelers lead Eric McCormack, and Naren Shankar, writer/producer of The Expanse, Farscape and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
There’s a wealth of great releases for you to explore on the Stargate feed.