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Michael Shanks

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Michael Shanks played the Washington lobbyist Mark Bishop during Season 6 of 24. He is best known for his portrayal of Dr. Daniel Jackson in Stargate SG-1, which ended after ten seasons and has entered the record books as the longest running sci-fi TV show in North America. He's won two Canadian Leo Awards for his performances as Dr. Jackson in both the television series and the direct-to-video movie Stargate: Continuum.

Biography Edit

Michael Garrett Shanks was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and grew up with his older brother in Kamloops, British Columbia. As with many Canadian boys, Shanks considered pursuing a career as an ice hockey player, but found that the aggression required in professional competition threatened to destroy his love of the game. Instead, he pursued acting and obtained a Fine Arts degree at the University of British Columbia. Shanks said that one of the contributing factors in his decision to become an actor was when he was 19 and watched his future Stargate SG-1 co-star Richard Dean Anderson film on the beach for the hit TV show MacGyver.

After receiving his degree, he spent two seasons in Ontario's Stratford Festival, home of the largest classical repertory theatre in North America, where he happened to meet future 24 co-star and fellow Canadian Kari Matchett. In an interview concerning his role on 24 and playing the love interest of Matchett's character Lisa Miller, Shanks said, "It was nice to work with somebody like Kari in that kind of capacity, because there was already a rapport there. We're friends from long ago, so it's easier than 'Hello, stranger, nice to meet you. By the way, I'll be taking your clothes off.' There's always an awkwardness on day one."

In addition to his role as Dr. Daniel Jackson in Stargate SG-1, Shanks wrote and directed episodes and provided the voice for the alien character Thor. After Stargate SG-1 finished its record-breaking ten-year run as a regular television show, Shanks reprised his role as Dr. Daniel Jackson in two direct-to-video Stargate SG-1 movies. He's also played the character in the spin-offs Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe.

Shanks is married to actress Lexa Doig and is the father of three.

24 credits Edit

Selected filmography Edit

  • Faces in the Crowd (2011)
  • Red Riding Hood (2011)
  • Arctic Blast (2010)
  • Desperate Escape (2009)
  • Living Out Loud (2009)
  • The Lost Treasure of the Grand Canyon (2008)
  • Stargate: Continuum (2008)
  • Stargate: The Ark of Truth (2008)
  • Judicial Indiscretion (2007)
  • Under the Mistletoe (2006)
  • Swarmed (2005)
  • Door to Door (2002)
  • All Around the Town (2002)
  • Suddenly Naked (2001)
  • Suspicious River (2000)
  • Escape from Mars (1999)
  • A Family Divided (1995)

Television appearances

  • "Endgame" (2011)
  • "The Good Guys" (2010)
  • "Tower Prep" (2010)
  • "Stargate Universe" (2009, 2010)
  • "Supernatural" (2010)
  • "Smallville" (2010)
  • "Sanctuary" (2009)
  • "Burn Notice" (2008, 2009)
  • "Stargate Atlantis" (2004, 2008)
  • "Eureka" (2007)
  • "24" (2007)
  • "Stargate SG-1" (1997-2007)
  • "CSI: Miami" (2005)
  • "Andromeda" (2001, 2003)
  • "The Twilight Zone" (2002)
  • "The Outer Limits" (1998, 2000)
  • "NYPD Blue" (1995)
  • "Highlander "(1993)

Audio narrations Edit

  • Stargate: SG-1 - Shell Game (2008)
  • Stargate: SG-1 - The Gift Of The Gods (2008)
  • Local Custom (2005)

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