Dana was a student of legendary acting coach Sanford Meisner. He brought this education to bear when in 1986, with fellow character actor William Lucking, he formed the Santa Paula Theater Center. Elcar sat as artistic director for six years.
In 1991, Elcar began to develop glaucoma, a degenerative condition of the eyes that causes blindness. This condition was written into the show, MacGyver, and Elcar's character also developed the disease. Now blind he took on the challenge of playing Vladimir in Waiting for Godot complete with white cane. This was his theatrical swan song and he retired in 1992. His death resulted from complications with pneumonia at the Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, California. He is survived by his son, Dane Elcar, his three daughters, a stepdaughter, his sister, his half-sister and his long-time partner, Thelma M. Garcia.
Dana Elcar Facts
|Ibson Dana Elcar
|October 10, 1927
|Ferndale, Michigan, USA
|Date of death
|June 6, 2005 (Ventura, California, USA, age 77)