Fast Facts

  • Raised near Reno, NV, where his parents owned a ranch.
  • Had his first taste of the limelight at 14 when he starred as Stanley Kowalski in a school production of A Streetcar Named Desire.
  • Spent his junior year of college in France.
  • Some of his post-collegiate jobs included working as a White House advance man and as a magazine writer.
  • Studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. 
  • First TV series role was on the NBC drama Sisters.
  • Had never seen an episode of Stargate SG-1 until he was cast for the pilot of the spin-off Stargate Atlantis.
  • Developed the story for the Atlantis episode "Epiphany," in which his character is stuck on a planet where time speeds up.
  • Works with Waterkeeper Alliance, an environmental organization that protects bodies of water from pollution.
  • Raises his own honeybees and has an organic vegetable garden. 
  • Was a competitive skier for many years, and also enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking, skateboarding and surfing.


  • John Flanigan — Father
  • Katherine Kousi — Wife
  • Truman Flanigan — Son
  • Nancy Flanigan — Mother
  • Aidan Flanigan — Son
  • Fergus Flanigan — Son


  • University of Colorado, Boulder, CO (BA in History)


  • Birth Place: Los Angeles, CA
  • Profession: Actor

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