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Richard Dean Anderson turns 73: The “MacGyver” star left all his playboy days behind to raise a daughter

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MALIBU, CALIFORNIA: Hollywood veteran Richard Dean Anderson turned 73 on Monday, January 23. The acclaimed actor, who once dominated the headlines for his portrayal of Angus “Mac” MacGyver in ABC’s “MacGyver,” is enjoying a normal life on his farm in Malibu in Malibu gave new meaning.

The 1980s heartthrob landed his acting debut in 1976 when he played Jeff Webber on the acclaimed American television series General Hospital. The star watched his career soar to new heights after starring in the TV original MacGyver from 1985 to 1992. He then took on roles in films and starred in blockbusters including Through the Eyes of a Killer, Pandora’s Clock and Beyond Betrayal. But Anderson left all his vices behind and started a new life after welcoming his only daughter, Wylie Quinn Annarose. The star welcomed Wylie with ex-lover Apryl Prose in 1998.

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How Richard Dean Anderson met his daughter Apryl Prose’s mother

A few days after they met, Prose called her mother and told her about the man she wanted to grow up with. According to Amomoma, the fashion stylist urged her mother not to tell anyone about their relationship because the star had a “bad reputation” at the time. Speaking about her spark, Anderson once revealed that he found prose “extremely beautiful” and “admired” her sense of humor when he first met her.

Within a year of their relationship, Prose became pregnant with their first daughter. The stylist once told People she thought Anderson would freak out after finding out about the pregnancy, but he left shocked and said it would be great as he’s always wanted to be a father. Prose also revealed that Anderson started crying when she told him about their baby. The couple welcomed Wylie on August 2, 1998 when Richard was 48 years old.

According to Amomoma, the “Children’s God” star once described Wylie’s birth as “the most overwhelming experience” of his entire life. “The star [Richard Dean Anderson] remarked on how much he cherished the moment and declared the day one of which he was proud.”

The birth of Wylie undoubtedly turned Richard’s life upside down. The actor, known as the industry’s playboy, surprisingly became a doting father who loved to care for, feed and adore his daughter. But his happiness didn’t last long when his relationship with Prose came to a sad end in 2003. After the heartbreak, Richard decided to take custody of his daughter and retired from his wonderful acting career.

Anderson began living a quiet and normal life on a farm with his two dogs and daughter, whom he took to school in the mornings and picked up later. It’s been a long time since he’s been in the spotlight, but he never missed an opportunity to brag about his daughter’s amazing achievements. In June 2012, Anderson shared another proud moment when he shared a picture of Wylie on Twitter and revealed that she graduated from middle school. Most recently, he shared a beautiful Facebook picture of himself and his daughter posing together.

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