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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 9 October 1954St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Birth NameScott Stewart Bakula
Nickname Bak
Height 5' 11¾" (1.82 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born on October 9, 1954 in St. Louis, Missouri, Scott Stewart Bakula came from a musical family. In the fourth grade, he started a rock band and wrote songs for them, he later sang with the St. Louis Symphony. He studied Law at the University of Kansas until his sophomore year when he left to pursue acting. In 1976, he was first hired professionally in the role of Sam in "Shenandoah" and went to New York. After several small roles on television, he starred opposite Dean Stockwell in the science fiction series Quantum Leap (1989). Bakula played Dr. Sam Beckett, a physicist who was trapped by a malfunction of his time machine to correct things gone wrong in the past. He won a Golden Globe in 1992 for Best Performance by an Actor in a TV series - Drama for Quantum Leap (1989) and was nominated for a Tony Award in 1988. He also starred in the prequel series Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) as Jonathan Archer, the captain of Earth's first long-range starship. Today, he lives in Los Angeles, California and has a farm in upstate New York.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: A. Nonymous

Spouse (2)

Chelsea Field (1996 - present) (2 children)
Krista Newmann (1981 - 1995) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (23)

Children: Chelsy Bakula (born 1984), Cody (born 1991 - adopted) with Krista Newmann; Wil (born 1995) and Owen (born 1999), with Chelsea Field.
Has appeared on the cover of the March 1995 issue of Playgirl Magazine. In the interview inside, illustrated with several photos of Scott baring his hairy chest, he stated that he wouldn't have a problem doing a nude scene in a movie.
The white streak in his hair appeared when he was four years old. He had been helping a neighbor paint, and his mother thought he had gotten paint in his hair.
His daughter, Chelsy Bakula, appeared in the Quantum Leap (1989) episode Quantum Leap: Memphis Melody - July 3, 1954 (1993).
Last name means "flower".
Is a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity while attending the University of Kansas.
Has speculated (half jokingly) that Jonathan Archer's middle name is Beckett. This is in reference to Dr. Sam Beckett, the character Bakula portrayed on Quantum Leap (1989).
The only actor to have two roles included in TV Guide's "25 Legends of Sci-Fi". One entry noted the character of Sam Beckett from Quantum Leap (1989), while the other entry noted all of the Captains from the various Star Trek series, which would of course include his role of Jonathan Archer from Star Trek: Enterprise (2001).
The song "Somewhere in the Night", which appeared in the Quantum Leap (1989) episode Quantum Leap: Piano Man - November 10, 1985 (1991), was sung by Bakula and can be found in a CD single format.
His 1988 Tony Award nomination was as Best Actor (Musical) for "Romance/Romance", written by Barry Harman. The winner in that category that year was Michael Crawford for "Phantom of the Opera", Scott was not the producers' first choice for the role but was chosen after Armand Assante turned it down. When Scott left "Romance/Romance" to do Quantum Leap (1989), he was replaced by Barry Williams for the remainder of the show's Broadway run.
Ran the Los Angeles Marathon on March 6, 2005 in 4 hours, 10 minutes and 41 seconds.
Has been directed by James Whitmore Jr. in episodes of four different series: Quantum Leap (1989), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1996), Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) and NCIS (2003).
His second wife Chelsea Field auditioned for the role of Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager (1995), which went to Kate Mulgrew.
His father-in-law (Chelsea Field's father) Will Botfield, once bought a horse named 'Lady In Red' from William Shatner.
Coincidentally, his fictional character name, Captain Jonathan Archer, is similar to real-life Star Trek: Voyager (1995) novelist Nathan Archer.
The surname Bakula is very common in Croatia and very rare in the Czech Republic. During the premiere of the first season of Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) in Croatia, some Croatian newspapers, like Slobodna Dalmacija, conducted a few interviews with Croatians named Bakula, especially with people from Dalmatia and Herzegovina, in an effort to determine Scott Bakula's origin. It is also possible, as a lot of Croats have lived in the Czech Republic for centuries, that Scott's ancestors are among them.
Best remembered by the public for his starring role as Doctor Sam Beckett in Quantum Leap (1989) and as Captain Jonathan Archer on Star Trek: Enterprise (2001).
Son of Sally and Stewart W. Bakula, a corporate lawyer.
Attended and graduated from Kirkwood High School in Kirkwood, Missouri in 1973. During high school, he was active in soccer, tennis and theatre. Attended the University of Kansas until his sophomore year when he left to pursue acting.
He is of approximately half German descent, with his other ancestry including Bohemian/Czech (from his great-grandfather), Austrian, English, and Scottish. His paternal great-great-grandparents, Wenceslaus Bakula and Josephine Metick, were Czech immigrants.
Is a staunch Democrat.
Has a younger brother and a younger sister.
Currently lives in Los Angeles, California and has a farm in upstate New York.

Personal Quotes (4)

When I used to do tours, I'd be anxious and nervous on the plane returning to New York. I now realize the reaction was because I was coming back unemployed. Actors are constantly being put to the test.
On how he got the role of Captain Jonathan Archer: Kerry McCluggage and Garry Hart were both at Universal when I did Quantum Leap (1989). We had a long and very good relationship. My production company was already at Paramount when they approached me. I was excited, but wanted to meet Rick Berman and Brannon Braga and read the pilot script. Once I read that and met with the guys it was kind of a no-brainer in terms of a role to play, a place to work, with great collaborators, and it would keep me at home for the next few years. (September/October 2006, Star Trek Magazine issue #1)
On the best thing about playing a Star Trek captain: I was very excited. I was a huge fan of the original Star Trek, and I'd never even dreamed that I would someday be captain of a starship... I'm a big fan of the future of space programs on this planet, especially if it's a space program that can proceed in a peaceful fashion, keeping weapons out of space. (September/October 2006, Star Trek Magazine issue #1)
I like fantasy. I've always been the kind of kid who likes to dream about other things I could be and exotic situations I could be in. I don't know what makes you that kind of person. Some people probably don't have time for fantasy. I probably have too much time for it.

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