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Dana Elcar

Highest Rated:   95% Fail-Safe (1964)
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Birthplace:   Ferndale, Michigan, USA
Brusque character actor Dana Elcar was usually assigned roles calling for blunt imperiousness. He became especially handy in films and TV shows of the 1970s, portraying curt, dour, meticulously groomed authority figures at odds with dishevelled "hippie" and "gonzo" types. Elcar's first film after many years' stage work was 1968's Pendulum; other film credits include Soldier Blue (1969), W.C.Fields and Me (1976), and The Nude Bomb (1980). In 1985, Dana Elcar was cast as Peter Thornton, boss of troubleshooting Richard Dean Anderson, on the TV series MacGiver; Elcar continued playing the role into the 1990s, at which time the actor's real-life blindness required him to incorporate dark glasses and a cane into his characterization.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Inside Out
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Agatha Christie's 'Murder in Three Acts'
  • Dr. Strange
1986
No Score Yet A Time to Live
  • Actor
1985
66% 2010
  • Dimitri Moisevitch
1984
No Score Yet Jungle Warriors
  • Michael
1984
No Score Yet Sweet Revenge
  • Actor
1984
91% All of Me
  • Burton Schuyler
1984
No Score Yet Quarterback Princess
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet Blue Skies Again
  • Lou
1983
No Score Yet I Want to Live!
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet Forbidden Love
  • Burt Wagner
1982
No Score Yet Voyagers
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet The Day the Bubble Burst
  • Mr. Block
1982
No Score Yet Help Wanted: Male
  • Actor
1982
25% Condorman
  • Russ Devlin
1981
62% Buddy Buddy
  • Captain Hubris
1981
40% The Last Flight of Noah's Ark
  • Benchley
1980
19% The Nude Bomb (The Return of Maxwell Smart)
  • Chief
1980
40% The Champ
  • Hoffmaster
1979
No Score Yet Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff
  • Havermeyer
1979
No Score Yet Tower of Babel
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Centennial
  • Judge Hart
1978
38% St. Ives
  • Charlie Blunt
1976
No Score Yet Baby Blue Marine
  • Sheriff Wenzel
1976
No Score Yet W.c. Fields And Me
  • Dockstedter
1976
No Score Yet Law of the Land
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet Report to the Commissioner
  • Chief Perna
1975
83% The Missiles of October
  • Robert McNamara
1974
No Score Yet Panic on the 5:22
  • Actor
1974
93% The Sting
  • FBI Agent Polk
1973
No Score Yet Dying Room Only
  • Actor
1973
67% The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid
  • Allen
1972
No Score Yet The Bravos
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet Fireball Forward
  • Col. Talbot
1972
No Score Yet A Gunfight
  • Marv Green
1971
No Score Yet Mrs. Pollifax-Spy
  • Carstairs
1971
No Score Yet Adam at 6 A.M.
  • Van
1970
43% Soldier Blue
  • Capt. Battles
1970
73% The Learning Tree
  • Sheriff
1969
No Score Yet The Maltese Bippy
  • Sgt. Kelvaney
1969
92% The Boston Strangler
  • Louis Schubert
1968
No Score Yet The Fool Killer
  • Mr. Dodd
1965
95% Fail-Safe
  • Foster
1964
No Score Yet Burning Bright
  • Actor
1959

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Manny Kindlevich
  • 2002
No Score Yet MacGyver
1985-1992
  • Director
  • Peter Thornton
  • 1999
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Robert Cook
  • 1993

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