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Overview (4)

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Birth NameScott Stewart Bakula
Nickname Bak
Height 5' 11¾" (1.82 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Scott Stewart Bakula was born on October 9, 1954 in St. Louis, Missouri, to Sally (Zumwinkel) and J. Stewart Bakula, a lawyer. He is of German, as well as Czech, Austrian, Scottish and English ancestry. He comes 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.

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Family (3)

Spouse Chelsea Field (2009 - present)  (2 children)
Krista Newmann (1981 - 1995)  (divorced)  (2 children)
Children Bakula, Chelsy
Bakula, Cody
Bakula, Wil
Bakula, Owen
Parents Bakula, Stewart J.
Bakula, Sally

Trivia (30)

Children: Chelsy Bakula (born 1984) and Cody Bakula (born 1991 - adopted), with Krista Newmann; and Wil (born 1995) and Owen (born 1999), with Chelsea Field.
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 would not 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, such as 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, since 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 on Quantum Leap (1989) and as Captain Jonathan Archer on Star Trek: Enterprise (2001).
Attended Kirkwood High School in Kirkwood, Missouri, graduating in 1973. During high school, he was active in soccer, tennis, and theater. Attended the University of Kansas until his sophomore year, when he left to pursue acting.
Has approximately half-German ancestry, 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.
Currently resides in Los Angeles, California and has a farm in upstate New York.
He was awarded a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame for Acting/Entertainment at 6148 Delmar Boulevard in St. Louis, Missouri.
Appears as Captain Jonathan Archer on a silver dollar coin issued by Tuvalu on 3 November 2015, one in a two-coin set celebrating the series Star Trek: Enterprise (2001).
NCIS: New Orleans (2014) is his first television series to reach 100 episodes. Quantum Leap (1989) and Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) both fell just short of the milestone; "Leap" ran for 97 episodes, and "Enterprise" for 98.
His last name is pronounced "back-you-LUH".
His acting mentor is Dean Stockwell.
Best known by the public for his starring role as physicist - Dr. Sam Beckett - on Quantum Leap (1989).
Former movie child actor Dean Stockwell took him under his wing when Bakula was 34. Their friendship has lasted over 30 years.
Has highly praised Dean Stockwell for his stardom in acting.
Credits Dean Stockwell as his favorite acting mentor/best friend.
Pictured as the character Captain Archer on one of a set of 18 British commemorative postage stamps issued 13 November 2020, celebrating the "Star Trek" television and film franchise. Stamps were issued as 12 individual stamps, honoring captains and crew members; and 6 stamps in a single souvenir sheet, highlighting heroes and villains. All stamps were nondenominated and marked first class (76p on day of issue). Others honored by this set are William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, Jason Isaacs, Leonard Nimoy, Marina Sirtis, Alexander Siddig, Dominic Keating, Sonequa Martin-Green, Shazad Latif, Simon Pegg, Tom Hardy, Malcolm McDowell, David Warner, Alice Eve, and Idris Elba.

Personal Quotes (8)

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.
[2014, on Lord of Illusions (1995)] By the end of that movie, I was in about three hours of makeup, by the time they did the tattoo and the burn and the cut and the blood and the dirt and the contact lenses. You know, it just went on and on. And I had to get there that much earlier as it went on to get ready for that day's work... Clive Barker is just genius, and he's incredibly gifted in so many different ways. He can write and direct and paint and do all these different things, and he can do them all extremely well. I was in awe just being around him. He was and is a sweetheart of a guy. But it was a very difficult shoot. Very, very difficult, and very challenging. But great performances from a bunch of people, and... that was another one that we kind of thought was going to become a series of movies, but it never happened. There was a second film script that came out, and we were talking about it, they were trying to decide who was going to direct it, and there were all kinds of things that were close to going, but then there were other things that happened with the studio, et cetera, and it never came to fruition. But it was a great experience, and I just love Clive Barker.
[2014, on Designing Women (1986)] It was right around when I did that show that I got my first indication of what life was in Hollywood. I was doing a play out here, a musical called Nite Club Confidential, and it was this great show. So I'd go on auditions, and they'd say, "Oh, Scott, it's so nice to meet you!" and I'd say, "Oh, thanks!" And they'd go, "So, Nite Club Confidential!" And I'd be, like, "Oh, did you see it?" "Oh, no, no, we didn't see it. But we heard it was great!" And I realized, "Okay, I'm not in New York anymore, and this is a different world." Either they'd heard that it was great or they'd read that it was great, and that's why they were seeing me. Sylvie Drake wrote a great review, and all of a sudden I'm in all of these meetings, and I got the job on Designing Women. I just remember thinking, "Okay, so your work doesn't actually have to be seen." In New York, everybody goes to the theater, they see you, and they say, "Oh, I saw you, and you were unbelievable." Here, they just have to have heard you were good.
[on Star Trek: Enterprise (2001)] Oh, it was a fantastic experience. I had a ball. We had some fantastically talented people on all sides of the camera. We had great actors, tremendously creative effects people and set people and makeup people and... It was fantastic. You were working with some of the most talented people and groundbreakers in the industry, and I got to do it for four years.
[on the Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) finale] I have to say that when I first read the script I was off-put by it. I had a long talk with Rick (Berman) and Brannon (Braga) about it and they explained their idea and philosophy to me. I don't know that I ever... Gosh, the end of anything is always hard to write. It was a little odd, but that was their call.

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