Star of new “Macgyver” television show is an Army brat

Luca Till, the star of CBS's reboot of the popular "Macgyver" television series which first aired in 1985. (Photo Credit: Lucstill/Instagram)

The popular “Macgyver” television series that debuted over thirty years ago is back with a new and much younger face -Lucas Till.

26-year-old Lucas Daniel Till has been acting for thirteen years and has been in two X-men movies, Johhny Cash’s biographical movie Walk the Line, and many popular TV shows.

Less known about the new Macgyver star is the fact he was born at Fort Hood and his father is still serving as a U.S Army Lt. Colonel in the Georgia National Guard.

His father, Lt. Col. John Till served on active duty until the early 1990s, deploying with the 5th Battalion, 229th Aviation Regiment -an Apache helicopter unit – during Operation Desert Storm, according to Army Times.

Army Lt. Col John Till and son Lucas Till. (Courtesy photo)
Army Lt. Col John Till and son Lucas Till. (Courtesy photo)

Lucas began his career in Georgia at an early age after taking a simple acting class offered by an acting/modeling agency in Atlanta.

John said his son’s career progressed from talent show to commercial and independent film work quickly.  At the age of 12, he was cast in The Adventures of Ociee Nash in which he played Harry Vanderbilt, the bully of the main character.

Before graduating high school, he landed a role in  Hannah Montana: The Movie starring Miley Cyrus.

In the reboot “Macgyver” series, which first aired on September 23rd, Lucas’s Angus MacGyver character served in the Army before becoming an operative of a secret U.S. government organization.

Growing up around the military, Lucas wanted to ensure his military scenes were authentic.

“For instance, there’s a flashback scene where I’m in the Army doing training for bomb defusal and I freaked out a little bit because my hair was way too long to be in the Army. But we couldn’t cut it, because it had to match. We made sure the ordnance was accurate though. Ended up covering the hair with a bandanna,” he said.

John Till said he thinks his son is doing a great job and prays that everybody else is thinking the same thing.  Till has been serving as a safety officer in the Georgia National Guard since he joing in 1998 after a break in service.

The next episode airs on CBS on October 14th.

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