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Scott Bakula Biography

Birth Name:
Scott Stewart Bakula
Birth Place:
St Louis, Missouri, United States
Profession
Actor, producer

Fast Facts

  • 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

Awards

  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 1993Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1993Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: nominated
  • 1992Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: winner
  • 1991Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1991Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: nominated
  • 1990Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: nominated

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