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Michael Garrett Shanks

(1970-12-15) December 15, 1970 (age 53)
Vancouver, Canada
Occupation Actor
Years active 1993–present
Lexa Doig
(m. 2003)
Children 3

Michael Garrett Shanks (born December 15, 1970) is a Canadian actor. He is best known for his role as Daniel Jackson in the long-running military science fiction television series Stargate SG-1 and as Dr. Charles Harris in the Canadian medical drama Saving Hope. He is also known for his work on low budget genre work filmed in Canada.

Early life

Shanks was born in Vancouver, and grew up in Kamloops, British Columbia. He attended the University of British Columbia and was in the BFA Acting Program from 1990 to 1994 and later appeared in several stage productions, serving a two-year apprenticeship with the prestigious Stratford Festival in Ontario. He made guest appearances on TV series like Highlander and University Hospital, appeared in the TV movie A Family Divided and had a small role in The Call of the Wild, before winning the role of Daniel Jackson on Stargate SG-1.


Stargate franchise

Shanks played archaeologist Dr. Daniel Jackson throughout the first five seasons of Stargate SG-1 before leaving the show at the end of its fifth season, citing creative differences concerning the under-use of his character and the direction of the show as a whole. He made several guest appearances throughout the sixth season playing his own character, as well as voicing the Asgard character Thor. Shanks returned for the seventh and subsequent seasons, winning the Leo Award for Best Lead Performance By A Male in a Dramatic Series in 2004 for the seventh season episode "Lifeboat". During the series' tenth and final season, he signed up for 16 of the 20 episodes, taking some time off in March 2006 for the birth of his third child (second with wife and occasional co-star Lexa Doig).

He appeared in both direct-to-DVD Stargate films released in 2008, Stargate: The Ark of Truth and Stargate: Continuum, and won the 2009 Leo Award for Lead Performance by a Male in a Feature Length Drama for Continuum.

In 2004, Shanks made a crossover appearance (as Daniel Jackson) in the Stargate Atlantis pilot, "Rising". He also appeared in the tenth and eleventh episodes of Atlantis' fifth and final season, and made a cameo appearance in the pilot of the third Stargate series Stargate Universe. He also appeared in the episodes "Human" and "Subversion".

Other appearances

In 2001, Shanks guest starred in the episode "Star-Crossed" in the Sci-Fi series Andromeda, during which he met his future wife, Lexa Doig. Coincidentally, they played two androids who fell in love with each other. In 2002, Shanks starred in the German/UK/South African co-production Sumuru, a science fiction B-movie, as astronaut Adam Wade. He also auditioned for the role of Shinzon in Star Trek: Nemesis.

In 2007, Shanks joined the Fox Network series 24, guest-starring as lobbyist Mark Bishop in a three-episode arc for season 6. In 2008–2009, Shanks had a recurring role on the second season of the USA Network spy series Burn Notice, playing Victor Stecker-Epps, a fellow burned spy and maniacal counterpoint to series lead Jeffrey Donovan's character. In 2008, Shanks had a guest starring role in one episode of the SciFi Channel series Eureka, as an alchemist somewhat responsible for the near destruction of the town due to a student's mixing chemicals in his lab and thereby creating the "Alchemist curse". He appeared in the episode "All That Glitters...", with a mention of his character in the episode "A Night At Global Dynamics".

Shanks was featured in a lead role in the SciFi Channel's adventure film, The Lost Treasure of the Grand Canyon as Jacob Thain opposite Beverly Hills, 90210 and Charmed alumna Shannen Doherty. The film premiered on the cable network on December 20, 2008. In 2010, Shanks appeared in an episode of Sanctuary, which stars fellow Stargate actor Amanda Tapping. In the same year he starred in the film Arctic Blast, a disaster film, as physicist Jack Tate.

Shanks' latest television guest roles were as archaeologist Carter Hall, DC Comics' superhero Hawkman, in the Smallville episode "Absolute Justice". He later reprised the role in the final episode of the ninth season.

Shanks then in guest spots during the tenth season episodes "Shield" and "Icarus" as well as appearing in Supernatural season 5 episode "99 Problems".

Shanks stars in the Canadian thriller Faces in the Crowd.

Shanks has also starred in the Fox comedy The Good Guys as the pompous leader of the Strike Force. In 2011, Shanks was the guest star in the third episode of the Showcase show Endgame, where he plays an amnesiac.

In 2012, Shanks returned to primetime as Charles "Charlie" Harris on Saving Hope, reuniting with Stargate SG-1 and Smallville co-star Erica Durance.

In 2019, Shanks played the role of Horace Axley on the second season of the Netflix science-fiction series Altered Carbon.

Personal life

Shanks' eldest daughter, Tatiana Shanks, (b. Aug 10 1998) is from his relationship with model and actress Vaitiare Bandera, who portrayed Sha're, his character's wife on Stargate SG-1.

On August 2, 2003, Shanks married actress Lexa Doig, whom he met in 2001 while guest-starring on the series Andromeda. (They would also work together on Stargate SG-1, when Doig was cast as Dr. Carolyn Lam, a recurring character in seasons nine and ten). They have two children.

Shanks enjoys playing ice hockey, and once considered playing professionally. He was on the Stargate SG-1 hockey team, competing against the teams of other Vancouver-based productions such as Smallville, and also displayed his aptitude for the sport in the 2006 television film Under the Mistletoe, in which he played the part of a school hockey coach. This aptitude was also highlighted in his 2013 role as the title character in the television film Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story.



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Suspicious River Ball cap man
Mr Fortune's Smile James
2001 The Artist's Circle Artist Short film
Suddenly ... (aka Show and Tell) Danny Blair/Donny Blitzer
2002 SF Seeks Not released
2003 Sumuru Adam Wade
Dismiss Yourself Jonny Label
2007 Mega Snake Les
Judicial Indiscretion Jack Sullivan
2010 Arctic Blast Jack Tate
Red Riding Hood Adrien Lazar
2011 Tactical Force Demetrius Direct-to-video film; originally titled Hangar 14
Faces in the Crowd Bryce
Elysium Technician #3
13 Eerie Professor Tomkins
2012 The Bouquet Sam
2022 Time Cut Gil Post-production
0TBA Never Forget Hook Short film


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Highlander: The Series Jesse Episode: "The Zone"
1995 A Family Divided Todd Television film
1997 The Call Of The Wild: Dog Of The Yukon A gambler Television film
1997–2007 Stargate SG-1 Daniel Jackson / Machello / Voice of Thor Main role
1998, 2000 The Outer Limits Melburn Ross / Dr. Will Olsten Episode: "Mary 25" / Episode: "Manifest Destiny"
1999 Escape from Mars Bill Malone, Mission Architect Television film
2001 Andromeda Balance of Judgment/Gabriel Episode: "Star-Crossed", "Day of judgement, Day of Wrath"
2002 All Around the Town [fr] Justin Donnelly Television film
Door to Door John Brady Television film
2004 Stargate Atlantis Daniel Jackson 3 episodes
2005 Swarmed Kent Horvath Television film
2006 Under the Mistletoe Kevin Harrison Television film
2007 Mega Snake Les Daniels Television film
24 Mark Bishop 3 episodes
Eureka Christopher Dactylos Episode: "All That Glitters..."
2008 The Lost Treasure of The Grand Canyon Jacob Thain Television film
Stargate: The Ark of Truth Daniel Jackson Television film
Stargate: Continuum Daniel Jackson Television film
Desperate Escape Michael Coleman Television film
Burn Notice Victor 4 episodes
Living Out Loud Brad Marshall Television film
2009 Sanctuary Jimmy Episode: "Penance"
2010 Tower Prep Dr. Literature Episode: "Book Report"
Smallville Hawkman / Carter Hall 4 episodes
Supernatural Rob Episode: "99 Problems"
2011 Flashpoint David Fleming Episode: "Blue on Blue"
Christmas Lodge Jack Rand Television film
The Pastor's Wife Matthew Winkler Television film
2012–2017 Saving Hope Charlie Harris Main role
2013 Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story Gordie Howe Television film
2016 Hearts of Spring Andy Television film
2017 Christmas Homecoming Sgt. Jim Mullins Television film
2018 The Detectives Det. Doug Morrison Episode: "The Last Fare"
2019 Unspeakable Will Sanders 8 episodes
Virgin River Paul Episode: "Unexpected Ending"
The College Admissions Scandal Rick Singer Television film
Heritage Minutes: D-Day Major Archie MacNaughton Canadian history short film
2020 Altered Carbon Horace Axley Recurring role
Project Blue Book Air vice-marshal Christopher Thomas Episode: "Broken Arrow"
2022 The Good Doctor Paul Episode: "A Big Sign"


Year Title Notes
2001 Stargate SG-1 Episode 4.21: "Double Jeopardy"
2014 Saving Hope Episode 3.04: "Stand By Me"
2016 Saving Hope Episode 4.14: "You Can't Always Get What You Want"
2017 Saving Hope Episode 5.14: "We Need to Talk About Charlie Harris"


Year Title Notes
2003 Stargate SG-1 Episode 7.11 "Evolution: Part 1"
2004 Stargate SG-1 Episode 7.19: "Resurrection"

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Stargate SG-1: The Alliance Dr. Daniel Jackson (voice) Cancelled


Directors-The Wild Boys
The Directors "The Wild Boys" – Colin Cunningham, Shanks, and Peter DeLuise December 10, 2004

Stratford Festival

Year Title Character Production
1995 & 1996 The Merchant of Venice Lorenzo Stratford Festival, Stratford, Ontario
King Lear Cast
The Merry Wives of Windsor
Macbeth Mentieth

University of British Columbia

Play Role Location
Love's Labours Lost Don Armado Frederic Wood Theatre
Dombey & Son Walter Gray
Leonce & Lena Leonce
Love of the Nightingale Tereus
Translations Lt. Yolland
You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown Schroeder Summer Players, Dorothy Somerset Studio
Wait Until Dark Roat
Loot Dennis
Sure Thing Clarke Vancouver Men's Festival
Hopscotch Will
The Lion in Winter

Arts Club

Year Title Character Production
1998 Hamlet Hamlet Stanley Theatre Arts Club, Vancouver, B.C.

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