Advertisements Eighties television star MacGyver has beaten out Indiana Jones, James Bond and others as the fictional hero most Americans would want by their side. In a survey done by the McCormick Tribune Foundation, participants were given a choice of seven fictional heroes they could choose from to have by their side incase of an emergency: MacGyver, Indiana Jones, James Bond, John McClane, Jason Bourne, Jack Bauer or Lara Croft. Twenty-seven percent of them selected the resourceful MacGyver, who was played by Richard Dean Anderson. During the run of the series from 1985 to 1992, MacGyver did everything from lighting a fuse without a match to stopping an acid leak with chocolate. He was followed by Indiana Jones (16 per cent); John McClane (14 per cent); James Bond and Jason Bourne (8 per cent each); and Lara Croft and Jack Bauer of 24 (7 per cent each).