Michael Shanks

Actor, Director
Michael Shanks is a Canadian-born TV actor, writer, and director best known for his role as archeologist Dr. Daniel Jackson on the popular science fiction series "Stargate SG-1". A Vancouver native, Shanks earned his ... Read more »
Born: 12/14/1970 in Vancouver, British Columbia, CA

Filmography

Actor (30)

Stargate: The Ark of Truth 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Daniel Jackson (Actor)

Tactical Force 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Elysium 2013 (Movie)

CCB Agent (Actor)

Mr. Hockey: the Gordie Howe Story 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Saving Hope 2011 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pastor's Wife 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Faces in the Crowd 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Red Riding Hood 2011 (Movie)

Adrien Lazar (Actor)

The Good Guys 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Living Out Loud 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Behind the Mythology of Stargate SG-1 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Host

Stargate SG-1 1997 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Commish 1993 - 1994, 1997 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Beyond the Stargate: Secrets Revealed 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

From Stargate to Atlantis: A Sci Fi Lowdown 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Swarmed 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mary Higgins Clark's All Around the Town 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Stargate SG-1: The Lowdown 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Host

Suddenly Naked 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sumuru 2003 (Movie)

Adam Wade (Actor)

The Test 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Suspicious River 2000 (Movie)

Ball Cap Man (Actor)

Highlander: The Series 1992 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Escape From Mars (TV Show)

Actor

Judicial Indiscretion (TV Show)

Actor

Mega Snake (TV Show)

Actor

Stargate: Continuum (TV Show)

Actor

Under the Mistletoe (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Michael Shanks is a Canadian-born TV actor, writer, and director best known for his role as archeologist Dr. Daniel Jackson on the popular science fiction series "Stargate SG-1". A Vancouver native, Shanks earned his BFA in theater from the University of British Columbia and apprenticed at Ontario's famed Stratford Shakespearean Festival. In the early 1990s, as Shanks entered the film and television industry, many syndicated and cable television series were filmed in Canada as a result of the country's comparatively low production costs; Shanks soon began appearing on Canadian-made TV series like "Highlander", based on the popular 1986 action film and its sequels, and reboots of the classic science-fiction anthologies "The Outer Limits" and "The Twilight Zone" before gaining his breakout role on "Stargate SG-1" in 1997. Shanks's character, Dr. Daniel Jackson, was an Egyptologist who joined the Stargate team as an archaeologist and translator. A major character for the show's first five seasons, Shanks left the series in 2002, but returned as a full cast member after only one season off and continued in the role until the show finally ended in 2007. Following the end of "Stargate SG-1", Shanks appeared as a corrupt Washington lobbyist in the sixth season of the action drama "24" and as an antagonist to disgraced former spy Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) in the stylish espionage series "Burn Notice".

Relationships

Vaitiare Bandera

Companion
Tahitian appeared on "StarGate SG-1" mother of Shanks' daughter no longer together

Lexa Doig Actor

Wife

Tatiana Shanks

Daughter
mother, Vaitiare Bandera

EDUCATION

University of British Columbia

Vancouver , British Columbia 1994

Milestones

2001

Was featured in "Suddenly Naked", directed by Anne Wheeler

2000

Had bit role in the Canadian-made feature "Suspicious River"

1995

Was a company member of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival

1993

Had guest roles on "Highlander" and "The Commish"

Raised in Kamloomps, British Columbia

Cast as Daniel Jackson on the Showtime sci-fi series "StarGate SG-1", based on the hit movie; also made directorial debut with the "Double Jeopardy" episode

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