Macgyver and Stargate SG-1 Connections

MacGyver and Stargate SG-1. Two shows, one action-adventure, the other one sci-fi, but they both have more than one thing in common. Yes, Richard Dean Anderson is the star of both shows. And both ran for over 125 episodes. That's not where the similarities end.

They were both filmed largely in Vancouver and British Columbia, Canada.  And there are a LOT of crossover actors.

Don S. Davis plays General Hammond - the "guy in charge" on Stargate. He also played stunt double for the character Pete Thornton - the "guy in charge" on MacGyver, for actor Dana Elcar.

Photo: Don S. Davis and Dana Elcar

Christopher Judge stars as Teal'c in the Stargate series. Before that, he made an appearance on MacGyver. In a season 5 episode called "Live and Learn," he plays Deron, a high school football player.

Photo: Teal'c and Deron

Dan Shea is a stunt double for Anderson and also plays Sgt. Siler. In MacGyver, he made two appearances as a van driver, and biker. He's also been credited in Macgyver as "hockey technical consultant."

Photo: Siler and Van Driver

Peter Williams, who played Apophis, had a tiny role as a video editor named Moe in "Collision Course," a season 4 episode.

Photo: Apophis and Moe

Bill Dow, who makes several appearances as Dr. Bill Lee had two unrelated roles in MacGyver - an officer named Danko and "The White Suited Man."

Photo: Dr. Bill Lee and Danko

Known as Colonel Chekov in SG-1, Gary Chalk makes 4 appearances in MacGyver. Twice as Detective Sweeney, once as Sgt. Harold Gray, and once by the name Tony Ellis.

Photo: Colonel Chekov and Sgt. Gray

Even one of the Ori Priors (Doug Abrahams) has made his way into a one-episode role on Macgyver, as NSA agent Robert Kelham.

Photo: Ori Prior and Robert Kelham

Before playing the lying, cheating NID agent Frank Simmons, John de Lancie played a lying, cheating weapons dealer named Brian Ashford in an episode of MacGyver.

Photo: Colonel Frank Simmons and Brian Ashford

Matthew Walker plays Merlin in seasons 9 and 10 of SG-1. He had a brief appearance as a swiss man in a MacGyver episode set in the Old West.

Photo: Merlin and Emmenthaler

Garwin Sanford plays Narim of the Tollan on Stargate SG-1. He made two appearances on MacGyver. Once as Rafael, a revolutionary leader.

Photo: Narim and Rafael

I actually know François Chau best for his role on LOST, as Dr. Pierre Chang. He was a Chinese ambassador in SG-1, and a Chinatown "bad guy" in the MacGyver episode.

Photo: Chinese Ambassador and Mr. Chi

And it just keeps going. Marie Stillin, who had a recurring role on SG-1 as High Chancellor Travell, had a role in an episode of MacGyver as Rachel, a church leader's assistant.

Photo: Chancellor Travell and Rachel

That's not a complete list. Just some of the more memorable Stargate characters. There are even a few episodes of MacGyver with the same episode title as an SG-1 episode: The Enemy Within, Last Stand, and The Road Not Taken. Just for completeness, I'll end with a photo of Richard Dean Anderson from SG-1 and MacGyver.

Colonel O'Neill and MacGyver

Update: A visitor kindly submitted Robin Mossley. He made several appearances as Macgyver's houseboat neighbor, Wilt Bozer. In SG-1, he played Malakai, the archaeologist trying to send himself back in time in the episode "Window of Opportunity." He later appears as Reimer, a soldier infected with a sleep parasite.

Malakai and Wilt Bozer


35 Comments on this post

You. Are. Obsessed.

But I like it.


Jun. 9, 2009 at 12:46 am


I love you. Rachel might be harsh, I wouldn't say obsessed, ( Actually, I might) If i had the time i woulda done it.


Oct. 6, 2009 at 11:07 pm


Dan Shea is awesome. I wish they could have worked more of him into SG-1, though they did a great job of giving him plenty of subtle appearances.


Jun. 18, 2010 at 9:41 pm


You forgot Robin Mossley. He was Malakai and Reimer in Stargate. He was in 8 MacGyver episodes. He played as Wilt Bozer and other characters.

Mac Fan

Aug. 8, 2010 at 11:52 am


I wanna know the full list. Including crew producers and other crew members.


Aug. 16, 2010 at 3:15 am


Found another one, Blu Mankuma appeared in Season 5 of Macgyver episode named Hearts of Steel as Lt. Rhome, and he also appeared in SG-1 Season 6 Episode 5 Nightwalkers as Sheriff Knox


Aug. 30, 2010 at 7:20 pm


Oh and also since it wasn't mentioned above Don S Davis appeared in 2 episodes of Macgyver by himself not just as Dana's stunt double. He played a cement truck driver (episode named Blow Out) and a poacher (episode named The Endangered).


Aug. 30, 2010 at 7:23 pm


Jay Brazeau appeared as Harlan on episodes Tin Man and Double Jeopardy on SG-1 and in 2 episodes of Macgyver, episodes named The Gun, and Kill Zone.


Aug. 31, 2010 at 5:34 am


LOL also in episode named The Gun actor Jerry Wasserman as Maddox who appeared in 2 episodes of SG-1 episodes Inaguration and Touchstone. I'm sure there's more will add when I find them. Yay for MacGyver marathons. LOL Comtrya


Aug. 31, 2010 at 5:41 am


Yet another 1 Henry Gibson the little old guy from SG-1 episode named The Sentinel appeared in Macgyver episode Harry's Will
Bruce Harwood was in Macgyver episode The Wall and appeared in SG-1 episode Frozen


Sep. 3, 2010 at 11:19 pm


Bill Dow who plays Dr Bill Lee on SG-1 appeared in Macgyver episode named The Coltons as 1 of the cops he was also in episode Kill Zone as a white suited man.


Sep. 8, 2010 at 9:34 pm


I'm having a lot of fun playing "Guess Who?" and have found some of these xover characters. In fact, when I saw the guy who played Malakai, I knew he looked familiar but couldn't place him. I knew about Don as Dana's stunt double and Teal'c but the others leave me gaping in surprise. Your list is awesome.

I was watching Season 3 Episode 10 (Blow Out) and came across Don Davis as a character too. He's the cement truck driver near the end of the episode at around 42 mins.


Jul. 19, 2011 at 12:17 am


Miguel Fernandes played Khan in MacG. episode "The Escape" as well as Cmdr. Kalfas in SG-1 ep. "Memento".


Aug. 7, 2011 at 4:20 am


Also, if you watch SG1 closely, you can spot props from MacGyver. Look at some of the eps from season 6 especially.


Mar. 28, 2012 at 4:15 pm


After seeing all Stargate SG-1 episodes a few years ago and watching through MacGyver now, I reacted to the beginning of "Blow Out", the way MacGyver stops that thief reminded me a lot of the way Teal'c handles a similar situation in "Affinity". Later on, in the same episode, Don S. Davis shows his face (for the first time AFAIK) as the cement truck driver - a coincidence?!


Apr. 12, 2013 at 3:16 am


Don't forget Tamsin Kelsey as Gairwyn (SG-1) and Lulu (MacGyver)

She stared in the SG-1 episodes 110 (S1 E10) and 206 (S2 E6) and MacGyver episode 101 (S5) - the same episode in which Robin Mossley also played minor part in.


May. 15, 2013 at 8:48 pm


Found another - Henry Gibson as Marul in the episode Sentinel (SG1:S5 E20) and the Drive-thru customer in the episode Harry's Will (MacGyver: S6 E7)


May. 31, 2013 at 7:21 pm


I'm re-watching The Outer Limits (1995–2002) and I'm seeing *so many* actors who first appeared on this show and later had roles on Stargate.

It's interesting to note that Brad Wright (writer, producer) is a common link between the two shows.

Also, Bill Froehlich was a supervising-producer on MacGyver and a co-executive producer on Outer Limits.


Dec. 12, 2013 at 12:27 am


This is the greatest thread ever. You folk are missing Tamsin Kelsey, who was Gairwyn in the SG1 episode "Thor's Hammer", and also played "Lulu" in the MacGuyver episode "The Lost Amadeus".

This forum made my day.


Feb. 22, 2014 at 1:19 am


The boy who played young macgyver. And also played the boy at the docks when Harry had his heart attack.
Shane Meier
Played Ganar in " a hundred days" season 3


Mar. 2, 2014 at 4:58 am


Don S Davis plays 2 times in backward in Mc Gyver, season 2 and 3 by memory


Apr. 25, 2014 at 5:58 pm


Garwin Sanford was the couple Dr. Elizabeth Weir left in Stargate Atlantis :D


Oct. 16, 2015 at 10:26 am


Also the actor who played Major Griff in Stargate SG-1, he appeared in an episode of MacGyver in season 5.


Oct. 24, 2015 at 2:49 pm


Major Griff was played by Russell Ferrier.


Nov. 1, 2015 at 11:09 am


Also The General that played in Season 3 Ep 11 was the "Comtriu" android guy in SG-1.


Jan. 20, 2017 at 10:58 pm


Don Davis plays a cement truck driver in season 3 episode "Blow Out."


Mar. 10, 2017 at 11:22 pm


Also the Character Angel in 'Tough Boys' (Macgyver) is Jason Schombing (credited as Jason Scott), he plays Dr. Robert Rothman in Stargate SG-1.

For some reason has Jason Scott (career up to 1997) and Jason Schombing (no career before 1991) listed as two separate actors.


Dec. 31, 2017 at 3:45 pm


wasn't Don S Davis one of the Poachers in Season Three Episode: The Endangered.


Jan. 16, 2018 at 7:40 am


Don S Davis was also a cement truck driver in "Blow Out", season 3, episode 10.


Mar. 19, 2019 at 5:39 pm


Don S. Davis also played a hunter/poacher in a MacGyver episode.

Georgia E Heisler

Mar. 21, 2020 at 5:12 pm


Dont forget myaim bialik who played Amy Fowler in bbt

Jenna Ward

Aug. 10, 2020 at 7:59 pm


This is awesome. If you re-watch SG1 as much as I have you'll notice a bunch of props that were used in Macgyver. You'll also note some dialogue that directly pokes fun at Macgyver or quotes it too. It's subtle but it's there.


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Jayme Silvestri

Dec. 6, 2021 at 6:36 am


You, sir, are a scholar and a gentleman!


Oct. 11, 2023 at 7:18 pm


How many times did the sg1 reference MacGyver I know of 2 for sure


Dec. 13, 2023 at 2:26 am


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