Dana Elcar

Dana Elcar

  • Highest Rated: 95% Fail-Safe (1964)
  • Lowest Rated: 17% The Nude Bomb (The Return of Maxwell Smart) (1980)
  • Birthday: Sep 10, 1927
  • 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
65% 2010 Dimitri Moisevitch 1984
No Score Yet Jungle Warriors Michael 1984
No Score Yet Sweet Revenge Actor 1984
92% 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
38% 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
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
86% 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
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
  • 1975
  • 1973
No Score Yet The Partridge Family
1970-1974
Mr. Felcher
  • 1973
No Score Yet The Waltons
1972-1981
George Porter
  • 1973
No Score Yet Kung Fu
1972-1975
Noah
  • 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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