"When I was a kid, my grandfather used to say to
me that a fella's life wasn't worth mentioning
if he hadn't shared it with some folks along the
way....My grandpa (also) used to say that
friendship is a two-sided coin: it can be the
best or worst thing that ever happened to you."
Outside of the Phoenix Foundation, MacGyver's
had few family members. They included:
Harry Jackson, Mac's equally inventive grandpa
who disappeared for fifteen years. He returned
and reconciled with Mac before he died of a
- Ellen MacGyver, Mac's mother. She died from a
stroke while MacGyver was on assignment in
- James MacGyver, MacGyver's father. James died in
car accident on December 14th 1962 when Mac was
- Celia Jackson, MacGyver's grandmother. She died
in the same car accident that killed Mac's
- Kate Molloy, MacGyver's college photo-journalist
sweetheart killed in China, who bore "Mac" a
son-Shawn - but never told him of the fact. Kate
was killed by Chinese Colonel Chung; Mac met
Kate in 1973.
- Shawn Angus Malloy, Mac's photo-journalist son.
MacGyver first met his son in 1992.
- Sue Ling, MacGyver's Chinese Foster Daughter.
She was later impersonated by a girl named Mei
Len after Sue Ling died in 1989 during an
incident at Tiananmen Square uprising.
- MacGyver´s cousin, Allie
Mac's other acquaintance included:
- Wilt Bozer, MacGyver's neighbor at the marina;
Penny Parker, a talkative, trouble-prone
Jack Dalton, Mac's pilot friend whom he knew
growing up in Minnesota. Jack followed MacGyver
to California and set up a private airline,
Fly-By-Night. Eventually, it became
Jack-Be-Quick Messenger Service and finally
Dalton Air Service. Jack is a get-rich-quick
schemer and whenever he shows up, trouble is
sure to follow. Jack's left eye twitches when he
- Professor Willis, Mac's former teacher, who now
studies environmental sciences and. works for
the Phoenix foundation.
- The Colton Family, a family of bounty-hunters
(Frank, Jesse, their young brother, Billy,
mother, Ma Colton and their dog, Frog);
- Mamma Lorraine, Mac's voodoo practicing neighbor
who owns Haitian Creations Botanical Shango down
the street from Mac's apartment;
- Jennifer Reiner, a prostitute (a.k.a. "Crystal")
whom MacGyver, Cynthia Wilson, helped reform.
- Det. Kate Murphy (Head of the Los Angeles police
narcotics squad) who helped MacGyver track a
psychotic killer called Dr. Zito.
- Lisa Woodman, the teenage daughter of a wealthy
industrialist who develops a drinking problem.
Mac's ability to fall in love and maintain a
steady relationship have been ever altered by
the death of so many of the people he has loved
in his life. Therefore, he is hesitant to commit
to someone because his job is dangerous, keeps
him on the go and mostly, because he fears any
potential lover might die and leave him alone
like so many others have done in the past. Mac's
love interests over the years included:
Amy Austin, an old flame of Mac's from college
who now worked at a nuclear power plant. She got
involved in a uranium theft case.
- Debra Easton. She ran an orphanage in the
Lisa Kohler/Kosov. She and Mac were once
engaged. He had thought Lisa dead, until she
appeared at a hotel with a Soviet delegation.
She was now married to Nicolai Kosov and
involved in a case about a priceless Ming
Michelle "Mike" Forester. She was a botanist who
attended college with MacGyver and Jack Dalton.
Mike died from a fall off a mountain. Moments
before her death Mac's told her that he was not
ready for a committed relationship. The incident
made Mac reclusive for awhile.
- Deborah. She was hired by Knapp land developers
to influence and later kill MacGyver, but failed
at both when MacGyver realized her true
intentions - she later died);
Karen Miller, Mac's old girlfriend - now a park
ranger who runs a wildlife preserve. She is no
longer interested in MacGyver (she has a new
boyfriend, Sam Sheehan).
- Nikki Carpenter, Mac's coworker at the Phoenix
Foundation. She commitment phobic since the
death of her husband.
Maria Romberg, Mac's coworker at the Phoenix
Foundation. However, any possible romance
between Mac and herself was interrupted when she
was assigned to Brazil.
- Ellen Stewart Jerico. She was Mac's Eyrie High
School sweetheart. He met up with her in 1991 at
the Jerico games, an international winter sports
competition. She kills her abusive husband,
media mogul Ralph Jerico and then pulls a gun on
Mac for breaking up with her. Fortunately, Mac
talks her down and she receives psychiatric
treatment. Boy Mac, you really know how to pick
Commitment. Maria, it's just not an easy
thing for me to talk about.
Alright. Take me home then.
But... I will. I want to talk about it.
What frightens you, that you won't see other
Oh, I don't know. I don't think that's it.
I'm not really seeing anyone now.
Back in Mission City, Minnesota, Mac´s
childhood friends were Neil
Ryder (now a fire arms dealer), Chuck (now a
police officer), and Jesse (deceased). Jesse was
killed in 1963 when Mac borrowed his dad's gun
and took it into the woods. The gun accidentally
discharged when it fell to the ground shooting
Jesse in the stomach. Mac tried to carry his
friend to safety, but by the time the medics
could tend to his injury Jesse had died. Jesse's
death influenced Mac's life-long dislike of
firearms. As a consequence, in high school, Mac
became a member of Students for Gun Control. At
11, Mac and his friend, Freddie Maples drank
beer. When they were 16, Freddie died in a
alcohol-related car accident.
When not battling nefarious villains around the
globe, MacGyver found time for some
extra-curricular activities, such as
volunteering his time to The Challenger´s Club,
an inner city youth club where Mac worked
full-time years earlier. Its members included
Cynthia Wilson, Head of the Challengers Club,
and Breeze, a former gang member,
Shawn and MacGyver ready to hit the road
In the spring of 1992, MacGyver left the Phoenix
Foundation to spend time with his
photo-journalist son, Shawn Angus Malloy (SAM).
They set off on a motorcycle journey of self
discovery. But a short time alter,. MacGyver is
back in action. when he joins Jack Dalton on a
search for a fountain of youth in Kabulstan, a
land that appears to be a real Shangri-La.
Then, in 1994, Mac teamed with his archaeology
professor to search for the legendary treasure
of Atlantis, and later that year he traveled to
England to investigate the mystery of his
friend's murder and stumbles upon a secret
nuclear weapons facility. Looks like its time
for more "MacGyverisms."
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