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Dana Elcar

Highest Rated:   94% The Sting (1973)
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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
88% 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
63% Buddy Buddy
  • Captain Hubris
1981
40% The Last Flight of Noah's Ark
  • Benchley
1980
17% The Nude Bomb (The Return of Maxwell Smart)
  • Chief
1980
36% The Champ
  • Hoffmaster
1979
No Score Yet Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff
  • Havermeyer
1979
No Score Yet Tower of Babel
  • Actor
1979
44% 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
94% The Sting
  • FBI Agent Polk
1973
No Score Yet Dying Room Only
  • Actor
1973
73% 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
75% The Learning Tree
  • Sheriff
1969
No Score Yet The Maltese Bippy
  • Sgt. Kelvaney
1969
86% The Boston Strangler
  • Louis Schubert
1968
No Score Yet The Fool Killer
  • Mr. Dodd
1965
93% 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 Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Robert Cook
  • 1993
No Score Yet MacGyver
1985-1992
  • Director
  • Peter Thornton
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
No Score Yet Newhart
1982-1990
  • Sam
  • 1988
  • 1983
No Score Yet Hill Street Blues
1981-1987
  • Taber
  • 1985
No Score Yet The A-Team
1983-1987
  • Judge Mordente George Olsen
  • 1985
  • 1984
No Score Yet Knight Rider
1982-1986
  • Edward Strock
  • 1983
No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D.
1979-1986
  • Howard
  • 1983
No Score Yet The Incredible Hulk
1978-1982
  • Sheriff Harris
  • 1978
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
1974-1980
  • Director
  • Sheriff
  • 1978
  • 1975
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
  • Actor
  • 1975
  • 1973
No Score Yet The Partridge Family
1970-1974
  • Mr. Felcher
  • 1973
No Score Yet Kung Fu
1972-1975
  • Noah
  • 1973
  • 1972
No Score Yet The Waltons
1972-1981
  • George Porter
  • 1973
  • 1972
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
  • Dr. McCready Dr. Tomlinson
  • 1972
  • 1971
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
  • Caleb Merrick
  • 1972
  • 1969
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
  • Buckner Tobey Markham Bill O'Brien
  • 1972
  • 1971
  • 1969
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
  • Pennigrath
  • 1970
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
  • C.W. Cameron
  • 1970
No Score Yet Get Smart
1965-1970
  • Kruger
  • 1969

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