Actor Michael Shanks

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on September 24, 2006

I would like to know about Michael Shanks, who plays Dr. Daniel Jackson on Stargate SG-1.
—D. Vardeman, Waco, Texas

Canadian-born Shanks, 35, attended the University of British Columbia and was inspired to become an actor after seeing the early-1990s TV series MacGyver, starring Richard Dean Anderson—who, years later, would become Shanks' co-star in the futuristic space drama Stargate SG-1. Shanks, who also has appeared in episodes of The Commish, Highlander and NYPD Blue, lives in Vancouver, B.C., with his wife, actress Lexa Doig, who starred in the sci-fi series Andromeda.