Father: Angus MacGyver
Sean Mollay prefers to be called by the acronym of his three initials
The son of a photojournalist, Sam spent the first 9 years of his life traveling on
assignments with his mother, Kate, who was raising him on her own. At the age of 9 he witnessed
his mother being shot by
Colonel Chung of the Chinese Red Army while she was working on an
assignment to cover the democratic movement within China. After the shooting Sam hiked
back to Beijing where he was taken back to the U.S. and raised by a couple of his
mothers journalist friends.
Sam followed in his mothers foot steps and became a photojournalist himself.
It was while
working on an assignment to expose a Chinese businessman as the colonel who had killed his
mother that he found
MacGyver, who was working on a related case at the time.
Sam turned out to be a chip of the old block and showed much of the same
extraordinary talents as those of his father and proved to be a useful ally to MacGyver.
He didnt however, seem to share MacGyvers view of guns or life as he was quite
prepared to take vengeance on
Colonel Chung for his mothers death when he and MacGyver
tracked Chung's location to a docked freighter ship. Although MacGyver was able to talk him
out of killing Chung, his real test came when, after confronting Chung on the ship, he had
to swallow his own vengeance and talk
Mei Jan out of shooting Chung.
SAM and MacGyver set off on a motorcycle journey together at the end of the series'
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Episodes: The Stringer