- Started a rock band called Insurrexion at the age of 10; he was the drummer, lead singer and occasional songwriter.
- Played soccer and tennis in high school, lettering seven times, and was president of his varsity club.
- Studied law for a short time at the University of Kansas, planning to follow in the footsteps of his father and brother, both attorneys.
- Secured his Actors Equity card in 1976 with a role in the traveling company of Shenandoah; made his Broadway debut seven years later in the musical Marilyn: An American Fable.
- Early in his career, appeared in commercials for Canada Dry ginger ale and Folgers Coffee.
- Wrote the song "Somewhere in the Night" for the NBC sci-fi series Quantum Leap, which provided his breakthrough role in the character of Sam Beckett.
- Made his big-screen debut in Carl Reiner's 1990 comedy Sibling Rivalry, costarring Kirstie Alley and Bill Pullman.
- An avowed Star Trek fan, Bakula further cemented his sci-fi status when he landed the role of Captain Jonathan Archer on UPN's Star Trek: Enterprise (2001-05).
- In 2012, appeared in the final episodes of Desperate Housewives as the lawyer of Marcia Cross' character; the two had previously worked together in 1990, when Cross guest starred on Bakula's series Quantum Leap.
- 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 1993, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 1992, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Winner
- 1993, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
- 1991, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
- 1988, Tony — Actor (Musical): Nominee
- 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
- 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
- Wil Bakula — Son
- J. Stewart Bakula — Father
- Sally Bakula — Mother
- Owen Bakula — Son
- Cody Bakula — Son
- Brad Bakula — Brother
- Chelsea Field — Wife
- Chelsy Bakula — Daughter
- Krista Neumann — Ex-wife
- Linda Bakula — Sister
- Attended University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS; attended Jefferson College, Hillsboro, MO
Season 2, Episode 2
- Birth Name: Scott Stewart Bakula
- Birth Place: St Louis, MO
- Birthday: October 9, 1954, Libra
- Profession: Actor, Producer
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