Angus MacGyver (known as just MacGyver, or Mac) is a title characterand the protagonist in the ABC television series MacGyver. He is played by Richard Dean Anderson. He prefers non-violent conflict resolution wherever possible and refuses to carry a gun but will sometimes use one (such as the AK47 rifle that he used briefly in the pilot episode). MacGyver works as a problem solver for the fictional Phoenix Foundation in Los Angeles. Educated as a scientist and with a background from a fictional United States government agency, the Department of External Services (DXS), he is a resourceful secret agent able to solve a range of problems. In addition to his scientific knowledge and inventive use of common items, he always carries a Swiss Army knife and a roll of duct tape. Lucas Tillportrays a younger version of MacGyver in the rebooted 2016.