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Scott Bakula

Scott Bakula has been recognized for his work in a variety of mediums, from feature films to television to the musical theatre and more. He most recently graced the stage of the famed Hollywood Bowl, starring as Nathan Detroit in a limited run of the musical Guys and Dolls.

Bakula next stars in the TNT series Men of a Certain Age, with Ray Romano and Andre Braugher. Premiering on December 8, 2009, the series focuses on three guys who have been buddies since college and who are now each experiencing their own form of mid-life crises. In addition, Bakula has had recurring roles on two hit series: the CBS sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine, playing young Christine's father; and NBC's action comedy Chuck, as the title character's estranged dad.

He previously served a four-year mission as Captain Jonathan Archer in Star Trek: Enterprise, the latest television series in the Star Trek franchise. The show chronicled the original voyage of the Starship Enterprise and its first commander, Bakula's Captain Archer, and his crew. For his work on Enterprise, Bakula received a People's Choice Award nomination for Favorite Male Performer in a New Television Series.

Television fans also know Bakula for his five-year stint on the innovative series Quantum Leap. For his multi-faceted portrayal of time traveler Sam Beckett, he won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama Series, in addition to earning four Emmy Award nominations, three more Golden Globe Award nominations, and four Best Actor Awards from the Viewers for Quality Television. Bakula also directed three episodes of the series. Quantum Leap still remains one of the most popular series in syndication around the world. There is also a Quantum Leap soundtrack album, which features songs performed by Bakula in several episodes of the show.

Bakula also starred in and executive produced the Showtime movie What Girls Learn, the CBS telefilm Papa's Angels and the CBS movie The Bachelor's Baby. Among his other longform television credits are the Showtime projects A Girl Thing and Mean Streak; the Lifetime movie Blue Smoke, based on Nora Roberts' bestseller; the television adaptation of Tom Clancy's NetForce; and the miniseries The Invaders, to name only a few. He also recently guest starred on Boston Legal and has had recurring or regular roles on such series as Tracey Ullman's State of the Union, Designing Women and Murphy Brown, among others.

On the big screen, Bakula has been seen in a broad range of feature films, including Irwin Winkler's Life as a House; the indie film Role of a Lifetime; 1999's Oscar-winning Best Picture American Beauty, for director Sam Mendes; Major League: Back to the Minors; Clive Barker's supernatural thriller Lord of Illusions; Mi Familia (My Family); A Passion to Kill; Color of Night, with Bruce Willis; the football comedy Necessary Roughness; and Carl Reiner's Sibling Rivalry, which marked Bakula's feature film debut. He was also heard as the voice of Danny the cat in the animated musical Cats Don't Dance.

Born in St. Louis, Bakula moved to New York in 1976 where he began his career on the stage. He made his Broadway debut in 1983, starring as Joe DiMaggio in Marilyn: An American Fable. In 1988, he was honored with a Tony nomination for his starring role in the Broadway musical Romance/Romance.

Throughout his career, Bakula has continued to return to the stage, recently starring in Dancing in the Dark at San Diego's Old Globe Theater, and Jane Anderson's Quality of Life at the Geffen Playhouse. His other recent theater credits include No Strings at UCLA's Freud Playhouse, and a production of the Tony Award-winning musical Shenandoah at the historic Ford's Theater in Washington, DC. His other stage credits include the critically acclaimed off- Broadway and Los Angeles productions of Three Guys Naked from the Waist Down and the Los Angeles and Boston productions of Nite Club Confidential.

Bakula's singing talents have also been showcased in performances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center Honors, and at the Hollywood Bowl.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2009.
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Scott Bakula Facts

Birth Name Scott Stewart Bakula
BirthdayOctober 9, 1954 (69)
BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri, USA
Height6' (1m83)  How tall is Scott Bakula compared to you?
Awards1992 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Television Series - Drama (for Quantum Leap)

Selected Filmography

American Beauty
Broken Bow, Part 1 & 2
A Night In Sickbay
Behind the Candelabra
Quantum Leap: Complete Series
Star Trek: Enterprise: The Complete Series
NCIS: New Orleans: Season 2
NCIS: New Orleans: Season 1
NFL Training Video: How Not to Murder People
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