Richard Dean Anderson, better known as the legendary secret agent Angus MacGyver, is now in his 70s and has been living a boring life on his farm since he decided to halt the program for the benefit of his daughter. He had a long and successful career as a famous Hollywood bachelor, but at the age of 48, he became a stay-at-home father after crying after the birth of his only child.

Richard Dean Anderson’s 73rd birthday was on January 23, 2023, and he celebrated it with family and friends. In March 2022, the actor was seen in Malibu casually while completing a few errands. He had been living away from the public eye on a farm in the area.

After his exit from the “MacGyver” series in 2004, Richard was no longer seen in society due to his role as Angus “Mac” MacGyver, which had brought him great fame. Because there was something new in his life that he wanted to focus on, he decided to stop working on the series.

Richard Dean Anderson at the Sea Shepherd Ship Unveiling on October 17, 2009, in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

Richard Dean Anderson at the Sea Shepherd Ship Unveiling on October 17, 2009, in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images


In 1998, he and his ex-girlfriend Apryl Prose became parents to a daughter named Wylie Quinn Annarose, whom Richard wanted to help raise. In January 2019, the actor posted a sweet photo of himself with his daughter on Facebook. At the time, he was rumored to be single and hiding from the public eye.

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The two looked to be having a good time together and looked to have a deep relationship. After a lifetime spent as a bachelor, the actor became a father for the first time when he was almost 50. He found the experience to be very emotional.

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Richard has dated many well-known ladies, including Katarina Witt, Sela Ward, Marlee Matlin, Lara Flynn Boyle, and Teri Hatcher, among many others. His skills were far superior to those of Warren Beatty, and in the year 1998, a journal referred to him as “Hollywood’s busiest bachelor.”

Richard Dean Anderson as Angus "Mac" MacGyver on "MacGyver" with a July 30, 1990 shoot date | Source: Getty Images

Richard Dean Anderson as Angus “Mac” MacGyver on “MacGyver” with a July 30, 1990 shoot date | Source: Getty Images

Prose, who used to work as a prop and costume stylist for advertisements that aired on Los Angeles television and in print, found out about Richard’s bachelor ways. She thought she’d never go out with him because she thought he was an actor who couldn’t settle down in his forties.

On the other hand, in the spring of 1996, Prose’s friend Michael Greenburg set up a lunch meeting between her and the actor in New York City. When they first met, Greenburg was Richard’s business partner, and he and Prose promptly began chatting with one another.

Richard Dean Anderson and Apryl Prose during the Cable ACE Awards in Los Angeles, California on September 6, 1997 | Source: Getty Images

Richard Dean Anderson and Apryl Prose during the Cable ACE Awards in Los Angeles, California, on September 6, 1997, | Source: Getty Images

The former stylist shared that they had formed a strong friendship at the end of the week. She thought the celebrity was kind and generous, but she had doubts about him since she believed he would want to be a playboy.

One day, Prose spoke to her mother and told her that she had finally found the person she imagined spending the rest of her life with. Because the man had a “bad reputation,” she begged her mother not to provide details about him to anyone else.

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Richard admitted in the past that he thought Prose was “extremely beautiful” and that he “adored” her sense of humor when they first met. The actor has admitted that they fell in love quite quickly, and by November 1997, she had already called him to tell him that she was three weeks pregnant!

The former stylist said the pregnancy was an amazing surprise, and she expected that her partner would “freak out.” On the other hand, he encouraged her to maintain calm and said it would be wonderful since he had always wanted to be a father.

Richard Dean Anderson and his daughter during the premiere of "Shrek 4-D" Attraction in Universal City, California, on May 10, 2003 | Source: Getty Images

Richard Dean Anderson and his daughter during the premiere of “Shrek 4-D” Attraction in Universal City, California, on May 10, 2003, | Source: Getty Images

As soon as Richard saw the seriousness of the situation, he burst out crying, and then he went out and bought every book about parenting he could get his hands on. Even more so, he couldn’t wait to take Prose to her yoga class for prenatal preparation.

Wylie was born on August 2, 1998, when Richard was 48 years old, after having been with the former stylist for two years. Her father admitted that he could sit and look at her all day, and when he got home from work, the adoring parent changed his daughter’s diaper. Her father is a doting parent.

Richard Dean Anderson in a "Past The Bleachers" promotional photo in 1994 | Source: Getty Images

Richard Dean Anderson in a “Past The Bleachers” promotional photo in 1994 | Source: Getty Images

Amazingly, this was one of his favorite things to do, right up there with burping Wylie and feeding him meals. The actor was there to see his daughter being born. He later said that it was “the most overwhelming experience” he had ever had.

The star [Richard Dean Anderson] noted how the moment was one he’d cherish and declared the day as one in which he took pride.

When his daughter was born, she did not cry or breathe when she was born, and she had to be revived, so he decided that his role was to support Prose. The nurses and doctors went to her aid, and when Richard saw that Wylie was no longer in danger, he passed out. The health doctors rushed to her aid.

The celebrity stated that he cried tears of relief and realized at that moment that his life had taken a different path. Richard’s role in his daughter’s life became more significant despite his relationship with Prose not lasting for as long as she had hoped it would.

After his breakup with his daughter’s mother, the father stays on the farm.

It was in the year 2003 when Prose’s relationship with Richard came to an end. In 2017, the actor lived a quiet and average life on a farm with his two dogs and his daughter, who was ten years old. He took his daughter to school in the morning and picked her up after school. The actor had semi-retired from Hollywood by this point.

Richard, 59, then, gave up his career to raise his daughter. By posting a photo of Wylie on Twitter in June 2012, Wylie’s doting father showed how pleased he was with his daughter and revealed that she had just finished middle school.

The celebrity stated that the day was one in which he took pride and noted that the event was one he will always remember. The photograph depicted the young girl giving a shy smile while posing in the car’s back seats.

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