4 weeks before Jack was born, his father, a military pilot in the 5th Air Force 57th flight squadron, was shot down over Kin-Po airport. He was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for staying at the controls of the plane until his crew-mates bailed out to safety.
Jack’s mother (aged 17) took the death of his father very hard, realizing she was on the verge of a breakdown she put Jack Jr. into foster care.
Jack met MacGyver in high school, and travelled with both Mac and Mike Forester through Europe after they graduated. He settled in California, where he ran a short-lived taxi service before setting up a private airline, Fly-By-Night. Subsequent enterprises include Jack-Be-Quick Messenger Service, Dalton Air and his last known business, Dalton Air & Sea. Despite his numerous business failures, Jack remains optimistic that he’ll some day make the big score.
Jack lived his life never know anything about either of his parents until late 1988, when Sam Greer, one of his father’s original plane crew, started sending Jack some of his father’s possessions. Jack later tracked down and met his mother for the first time in Jan 1989, where he learned the truth about why he was given up for adoption.
Whenever Jack Dalton enters MacGyver’s life, things always seem to get more complicated. He’s always got something up his sleeve. Fortunately MacGyver can tell when Jack’s lying because his left eye twitches although this doesn’t seem to stop MacGyver from being drawn into Jacks schemes.
In spite of all Jack’s shortcomings and the problems he gets MacGyver into… he still remains one of MacGyver’s best friends, willing to drop everything at a moment’s notice to help MacGyver when he needs it.
Jack of Lies
Dalton, Jack of Spies
Lost Love (Part 1 & 2)
Jack in the Box
The Odd Triple
Mask of the Wolf
Rock the Cradle
On a Wing and a Prayer
Ma Dalton , Brainwashed
The Mountain of Youth
Feb 3, 1951
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