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Richard Dean Anderson Comes to Armageddon This October

New Zealand’s biggest pulp-culture event, the Armageddon Expo is proud to announce the world’s most recognised DIY action hero will be attending the Auckland event at the ASB Showgrounds from October 24th to 27th.

Richard Dean Anderson is known to kiwi audiences as Angus MacGyver, the ultimate Boy Scout who used his brains over brawn to defeat the bad guys each week on the hugely popular TV series from 1985 to 1994.

MacGyver was the non-typical, non-violent action hero of the time; renowned for creating inventive solutions to escape the trickiest of situations, including a defibrillator made from candlesticks, microphone cord and a rubber mat, or a ‘rocket powered’ harpoon gun from cleaning fluid, moth balls, rope and telescope.

Richard Dean Anderson then returned to our small screens in 1997 to take on the popular recurring role of Colonel Jack O’Neill in the cult hit series Stargate: SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis (2004) and SGU Stargate Universe (2009).

“We’re thrilled that Richard will be coming to Auckland in October,” says Beyond Reality Media Director William Geradts.

“He is such an icon for so many people, from his role as MacGyver and then as the Jack O’Neil in Stargate – and we’re really looking forward to introducing him to his fans here.”

Of his trip to New Zealand, Richard Dean Anderson himself is looking forward to it.

“Never been to New Zealand!” he says.  “Looking forward to rectifying that situation in October as I make my way westward, WAY westward in continuing my life-long search for Old Zealand. So if you see me on the side of the road, don’t follow me because I’ll be lost!” he said.

Other TV guests that will be appearing at the Auckland Armageddon Expo include Michael Hogan (Battlestar Galactica / Teen Wolf), Jacqueline Samuda (Stargate SG-1), Graham McTavish (Hobbit Films / Outlander), A J Buckley (Supernatural / CSI: NY), Travis Wester (Supernatural), Kelly Hu (X-Men 2, Arrow, Vampire Diaries), David Hewlett (Stargate Atlantis), Suanne Braun (Stargate SG-1), Peter Williams (Stargate SG-1), Helen Slater (Supergirl / Smallville), Cliff Simon (Stargate SG-1), Matt Frewer (Max Headroom, Supernatural) and DJ Qualls (Supernatural / Road Trip).

As well as the big names, huge exhibitors and the biggest display of costumed cult-fans that gather in one place, its events like the infamous Kamehameha competition, Cosplay contest and classic Fear Factor Challenge that keep the adrenalin flowing throughout the event.

From its inception in 1995, Armageddon Expo has grown to become the largest fantasy event in Australasia.  With shows in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Melbourne and Hamilton, Armageddon Expo embodies the ever-growing pulp culture phenomenon.
To keep up with the list of stars and events happening at the Auckland Armageddon Expo go to www.armageddonexpo.com
Tickets for the Auckland event are on-sale from August 1st from iTicket.co.nz

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