RICHARD DEAN ANDERSON stars in STARGATE SG-1 as Colonel Jonathan "Jack" O'Neill, commanding officer of the SG-1 team of explorers that travel to distant worlds through an ancient portal called the Stargate. An exceptional and gifted airman, O'Neill uses his extensive military training and keen intuition to lead his team on their many otherworldly adventures.
Anderson is internationally known for his title role in the television series MacGyver, which ran for seven successful seasons on ABC and now airs in syndication worldwide. Anderson and his producing partner, Michael Greenburg, operating under their production company banner, Gekko Film Corp., executive produced the two MacGyver television movies that followed, Trail to Doomsday and Lost Treasure of Atlantis.
Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Anderson's first career goal was to become a professional hockey player. However, after breaking both arms in separate collisions on the ice, he decided to seek other career options. As the son of a jazz musician father and contemporary artist mother, his interests naturally turned to the humanities.
After completing a grueling cross-country bicycle trip to Alaska, Anderson began studying drama at St. Cloud State College and Ohio University. Relocating to Los Angeles, he "paid his dues" working as a street mime, a writer/director/performer at Marineland and a jester-singer-mime-juggler at a 16th Century Renaissance-style cabaret.
In 1976, Anderson was cast as Dr. Jeff Webber on ABC's daytime drama General Hospital. This role, which he played for five years, helped launch his career. He subsequently starred in the series Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Emerald Point, N.A.S. Just prior to STARGATE SG-1, Anderson executive produced and starred in his favorite project to date, the highly acclaimed television series Legend.
Back by popular demand, this season, Michael Shanks returns to the role of Daniel Jackson, which he portrayed for the show's first five seasons.
The younger of two brothers, Shanks was born in Vancouver and raised in Kamloops, British Columbia. He discovered acting while studying business at the University of British Columbia. Needing a few arts credits to earn his degree, Shanks decided to take several acting classess. It was at this point Shanks realized he had indeed found his true passion in acting. After he finished college with a B.A. in Fine Arts, Shanks traveled to Ontario, Canada, where he spent two seasons with the world-renowned Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Shanks appeared in stage productions of Amadeus, Macbeth, The Merry Wives of Windsor, King Lear and The Merchant of Venice. His other theater credits include Love of the Nightingale, Translations, Wait Until Dark and Loves Labors Lost.
Tapping was born in Rochford, England and raised in Toronto, Canada with her three brothers. She has guest starred on such television series as The X-Files, Due South, Forever Knight, Kung-Fu: The Legend Continues, The Newsroom, Millennium and The Outer Limits. In addition, she was a series regular on the Disney series Flash Forward. Her other television credits include Lessons in Love, Remembrance, The Haunting of Lisa, and Degree of Guilt.
Her feature film credits include Booty Call, Rent A Kid, Getting a Life and Black Top. She recently starred in The Void with Malcolm McDowell and Adrian Paul. She has also had a cameo in Life or Something Like It, and just starred in the independent feature Stuck.
Although Judge seemed pre-destined to have a career in football after receiving a football scholarship from the University of Oregon, becoming a three time All-American and playing in the Hula Bowl, he always knew he wanted to be an actor.
While in Oregon, Judge entered a contest to host the West Coast FOX KLSR Morning Show. His witty five-minute monologue helped him beat out thousands of other hopefuls for the job. This break led him to several guest starring appearances on such television comedies as Martin, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Lush Life and The Jamie Foxx Show. His other television credits include Francis Ford Coppola's First Wave, Freedom, The Burning Zone, Wise Guy, 21 Jump Street, MacGyver and Gabriel's Fire. He also appeared as a series regular on Sirens.
Davis is a character actor, a painter, a woodcarver, a designer, a former theatre professor, and was a Captain in the United States Army during the sixties.
He began working in the film industry while teaching at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada in the early 1980's. He left teaching to pursue acting full time in 1987. He has appeared in numerous feature films including The Fan, Alaska, A League of their Own, Nook, Hero, Needful Things, Mystery Date, Look Who's Talking, Con Air and The Sixth Day.
Since that time she has had lead roles in the television movies Quarantine with Nastassja Kinski, Race Against Fear, Hunt In Full Cry with Rosanna Arquette, Dead Man's Gun with John Ritter, Badge Of Betrayal with Harry Hamlin and Michele Greene, Deceived By Trust with Stephanie Kramer, Tailhook with Gail O'Grady and Hal Holbrook, and the miniseries Soul Survivor with Billy Zane. Recent series guest star roles include Beggars And Choosers, The Chris Isaak Show, Traders, Viper, The X-Files, The Commish, Davinci's Inquest, First Wave, multiple episodes of The Outer Limits, and a recurring role on the FOX series Profit. She has also appeared in the feature films Warriors of Virtue, Magic In The Water with Mark Harmon, Mastermind with Patrick Stewart, Andre with Keith Carradine, Exhuming Mr. Rice with David Bowie and The Company Man with Brian Bosworth.
Best known for his television series Parker Lewis Can't Lose, which ran for three seasons on FOX, Nemec received critical acclaim for his gripping performance in the title role of the Emmy-nominated miniseries I Know My First Name is Steven. A television veteran, Nemec also starred in Stephen King's The Stand and Webster. He has made guest appearances on NYPD Blue, Beverly Hills 90210 and Tales from the Crypt. Nemec has also done extensive feature film work, including Operation Dumbo Drop with Danny Glover and Ray Liotta, and Drop Zone opposite Wesley Snipes.
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