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Video | When Richard Dean Anderson Met a Real Air Force General

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Richard Dean Anderson, the man behind Jack O’Neill has reunited with Stargate SG-1 co-creator Brad Wright for his biggest career interview ever. This season finale of Brad Wright’s Conversations in Sci-Fi drops with a live online watchalong of the full video interview on Saturday, January 22nd right here on The Companion.

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.

In this new clip from the interview, Rick shares his experience of becoming an honorary Brigadier General in 2004 and the role played by General John P. Jumper, now retired, who served as Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force from September 6, 2001, to September 2, 2005.

Brad Wright: Hey, did they make you an honorary General or Colonel or something?

Richard Dean Anderson: Yes, yes. In fact, General Jumper, remember him or him? Yeah. When he came on in fact, that’s one of the… that’s something I remember distinctly about him was that he was on… we used him as an extra or to portray himself actually, I guess, in a couple of scenes. nicest guy, you know, I’ve ever met in the Air Force.

Brad Wright: Those guys at that level are politicians, they’re very good at dealing with people.

Richard Dean Anderson: Yeah, well they flew me to Washington for that, to receive that [honorary rank], which was really a phenomenal honor, I have to say. I was pretty humbled by it all. But while he was on set, I got to chat him up a little bit about characters in the Air Force. And specifically, was there anything credible about my portrayal of Jack O’Neill? And, like, do you have you do you have some airmen that are like that? And he interrupted me and said ‘Yes, and worse’.

Brad Wright: *laughs*

Richard Dean Anderson: Well, thank God. He said, ‘Keep doing it. You’re right on.’ Should I be worried?

Then Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John P. Jumper appoints Richard Dean Anderson an honorary Air Force brigadier general – the commission held by Jack O’Neill at that point in Stargate SG-1. | U.S. Air Force photo by Mickey W. Sanborn.

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