JAN MESSIC

Inspector Messic, a Hungarian official, had been assigned to collaborate with Major Nicolai Kossov of the KGB to intercept Nicolai Grodsky, a double agent who carried the names of a dozen key KGB agents in England inscribed on the face of a pocket watch. In Budapest, Messic and Kossov used surveillance to trace Grodsky's movements in order to acquire the watch, Grodsky, and his contacts.

When the watch was stolen by Jana, a young gypsy girl, and Grodsky was killed in a traffic accident before he could pass on the information to MacGyver as his contact, Kossov and Messic targeted MacGyver and Jana's family to retrieve the watch. Although less willing than his KGB counterpart to use pressure to achieve his goal, Messic agreed to have Jana's family arrested and sent to Borza Prison for questioning.

After helping the family escape from prison, MacGyver was able to retrieve the watch, and he agreed to help Jana and her family leave the country. With traffic signals jammed throughout the city, MacGyver stole three Mini Cooper cars intended for a local road rally, and he led Kossov, Messic, and the police on a chase through Budapest and eventually across the border into Austria.

Portrayed by: Michael Constantine

Cross Reference: Alex, Borza Prison, Bruno, Budapest, Nicolai Grodsky, Jana, Nicolai Kossov, Peter, Stephan

Episode Reference: Thief of Budapest