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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 15 December 1970Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Birth NameMichael Garrett Shanks
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Michael Shanks was born on December 15, 1970 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada as Michael Garrett Shanks. He is an actor and writer, known for Stargate SG-1 (1997), Elysium (2013) and Stargate: Continuum (2008). He has been married to Lexa Doig since August 2, 2003. They have two children.

Spouse (1)

Lexa Doig (2 August 2003 - present) (2 children)

Trivia (26)

Lived with Vaitiare Hirshon
Eldest child is a daughter, Tatiana (born late 1998) with Vaitiare Hirshon.
Bears a resemblance to his Stargate (1994) feature film counterpart James Spader, whose character, Dr. Daniel Jackson, he portrays on Stargate SG-1 (1997).
Favorite hockey team is the Vancouver Canucks.
He was born in Vancouver and grew up in Kamloops, BC, Canada.
His best friend is Stargate SG-1 (1997) co-star Christopher Judge.
Played hockey (defense) and rugby (flyhalf then wing) in high school.
Vaitiare Hirshon, the mother of his child, played his character's wife on Stargate SG-1 (1997).
Was inspired to pursue an acting career while watching future Stargate SG-1 (1997) co-star Richard Dean Anderson film an episode of MacGyver (1985).
Daughter, Mia Tabitha Shanks, with Lexa Doig, born 13 September 2004.
Played three different characters in a single episode of Stargate SG-1 (1997): Dr. Daniel Jackson, Thor and Penegal in the second half of the Season Eight premiere 'New Order Part II'.
Has appeared in four different productions with the late Don S. Davis: A Family Divided (1995), Stargate SG-1 (1997), The Artist's Circle (2000) and Suspicious River (2000).
His character, Remiel, killed Hector, played by Christopher Judge, in the Andromeda (2000) episode "Day of Judgement, Day of Wrath". In the Stargate SG-1 (1997) episode "Moebius Part 2", his character, Dr. Daniel Jackson, was killed by Judge's character, Teal'c.
Met his wife, Lexa Doig when he guest starred in the Andromeda (2000) Season One episode "Star-Crossed".
His character, Dr. Daniel Jackson (and various versions of him), was killed in four different episodes during the eighth season of Stargate SG-1 (1997) alone: "Avatar", "Reckoning Part 2" and "Moebius Part 2", He was also shot several times, severely injured and tortured during the season.
Appeared with Torri Higginson in Stargate SG-1 (1997) and Stargate: Atlantis (2004) who co-starred with his wife Lexa Doig in TekWar (1994), TekWar (1994), TekWar: TekLords (1994) and Jungleground (1995).
Wife Lexa Doig gave birth to their second child together, a son named Samuel David on March 19, 2006. Michael announced it at a Vancouver Convention on March 25th.
Had an emergency appendectomy when his appendix ruptured the day before filming was to begin on Stargate SG-1 Season 3 episode "Nemesis". The script had to be rewritten to explain his character's reduced role. The writers decided to have the character recovering from an appendectomy as well.
Coincidentally enough, there is another Michael Shanks (no relation) who is a real life archaeologist, while Michael Shanks the actor portrays an archaeologist on the television show Stargate SG-1.
Grew up as a huge Star Wars and Star Trek fan. Michael was also a fan of the cult television series, Xena: Warrior Princess.
His Stargate SG-1 (1997) character Daniel Jackson is close to six years older than he actually is.
Auditioned for the part of Praetor Shinzon in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002).
He has played the same character, Dr. Daniel Jackson, in three different television series: Stargate SG-1 (1997), Stargate: Atlantis (2004) and SGU Stargate Universe (2009).
He has worked with Erica Durance in three different series: Stargate SG-1 (1997), Smallville (2001) and Saving Hope (2012).
He has worked with Christopher Heyerdahl in three different series: Stargate SG-1 (1997), Stargate: Atlantis (2004) and Sanctuary (2008).
He has worked with Brent Stait in three different series: Stargate SG-1 (1997), Andromeda (2000) and Smallville (2001).

Personal Quotes (1)

[about his character Daniel's relationship with his love interest Janet began] "There seems to be this funny beat that they seemed to have this off-camera familiarity with each other. So we started playing with it. And it became an ongoing thread throughout the show. So whenever we did a scene together, we'd throw in an extra look or an extra glance. I'll let you guys fill in the blank of where it went from there."

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