Name: Peter Thornton
Born: December 18, 1933
Spouse: Connie Thornton (divorced)
Children: Michael Thornton
MacGyver's boss and best friend, Pete Thornton is an ex-military Colonel who served in
Vietnam before moving over to the Department of eXternal
Services (DXS) where he spent time running the DXS office in Toulon, France before being promoted to Deputy Chief and then again
shortly after to Executive Director. Several months later Pete took up the role of
Director of Field Operations at the privately funded Phoenix Foundation.
Petes devotion to his work has cost him his marriage
and has driven a wedge between him and his only child Michael, who has always resented
that Pete was never around when he was growing up. Pete
tried to make amends for this by letting Michael work alongside him at the Phoenix Foundation.
Unfortunately, Michael's overwhelming resentment tempted him to betray Pete by stealing
top-secret information for a crime ring. After getting caught red-handed by both Pete and
MacGyver, Michael was forced to expose the rest of the co-conspirators. To this day, Pete
and Michael are still trying to reconcile their differences.
Pete has a love for the game of golf, even though he
doesnt get much time to play it due to his work-a-holic nature. Over the years
MacGyver has also been able to introduce Pete to the therapeutic qualities of fishing and
getting away from it all.
There are two different versions of how he and MacGyver
first met up, but both stories occurred while Pete was working for the DXS. The first story involves
MacGyver saving Pete from quick-sand in the Nafud desert and then riding out on a camel for 6 days. The second
story takes place while Pete was tracking the international assassin, Murdoc
and MacGyver was driving Jack
Dalton's taxi while Jack was laid up with both legs broken. It was after MacGyver
saved Pete from Murdocs bazooka trap, that he convinced MacGyver to work part time for the
DXS. Seven years later, Pete took the position of Director of Operations at the Phoenix Foundation.
In the sixth season of the show, Pete began to show
symptoms of glaucoma, a degenerative condition of the eyes that causes the victim to lose
his sight. Despite an operation to try and save his eyesight, he was legally blind in the
seventh season, although he was still able to read printed text with the help of special