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MacGyver Gets First 'Original Series' Guest

October 09, 2016

This weeks MacGyver will mark the first guest appearance of an 'original series' actor.

Elya Baskin, who played Russian defector Yuri Demetri in the original MacGyver series, appears this week as a Russian bomb programmer who MacGyver must help to shut down a Soviet-era warhead in Moscow.

Elya has become somewhat of a "go to" actor whenever a Russian is needed in a TV-episode or a major movie production due to his ancestry and accent. He's best known for his roles in the films Air Force One, October Sky and Thirteen Days and the TV show True Blue but is credited with over 90 appearances in both movie and Television throughout his career.

He made two appearances on the original MacGyver show firstly as a Russian political prisoner known only as Demetri in a first season episode and again in the second season as defector Yuri Demetri.

It's not know if the choice of Elya was intentional or coincidental at this stage but if there are more original guests queued to appear in coming episodes it can only help boost the shows ratings which have taken a slight drop since it's record breaking debut. Although still well in front for it's 8pm timeslot, it's no longer winning the nights ratings coming in second to MacGyver Producer, Peter Lenkov's other hit show, Hawaii-Five-0.


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