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Scott Stewart Bakula (/ˈbækjʊlə/; born October 9, 1954)[1] is an American actor and director best known for his lead roles in two science-fiction television series: as Sam Beckett on Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
(for which he received four Emmy Award
Emmy Award
nominations and a Golden Globe Award), and as Captain Jonathan Archer
Jonathan Archer
on Star Trek: Enterprise. Bakula starred on the comedy-drama series Men of a Certain Age, and guest-starred in seasons two and three of NBC's Chuck as the title character's father Stephen J. Bartowski. From 2014 to 2015, he played entrepreneur Lynn in the only two seasons of the HBO
HBO
show Looking. In 2014, he began playing Special
Special
Agent Dwayne Cassius "King" Pride on NCIS: New Orleans.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television

5 Awards and nominations 6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Bakula was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Sally (née Zumwinkel) and J. Stewart Bakula, a lawyer.[1][2][3] He has a younger brother and a younger sister.[4] His surname comes from partial Czech ancestry.[2][5][6] He attended Jefferson College,[7][8] followed by the University of Kansas
University of Kansas
for a time, but left, saying:

...because I was offered a tour of Godspell, a national tour that was from St. Louis. I thought that sounded great, and I went to my parents and I said "I want to do this tour", and they said, "Go ahead, maybe it will get it out of your system. And you come back to school in a year or two, you come back." The tour was gonna start in August and the tour never started and school did, and then the tour fell apart, and there I was sitting at home. So I was left holding the bag, basically, and then had to decide where to go from there. And I applied, was applying to other schools. I was gonna go to a Mormon theatrical kind of school, and the more I looked at it the more I spent time examining the school side of it. I just realized what I really needed to do was just pick up, pack up and go to New York.[4]

Career[edit] Bakula moved to New York City
New York City
in 1976, where he made his Broadway debut playing baseball legend Joe DiMaggio
Joe DiMaggio
in Marilyn: An American Fable, and appeared in the well-received Off-Broadway production Three Guys Naked from the Waist Down; he would later appear in its Pasadena Playhouse production.[9] The success of Three Guys Off-Broadway brought him attention, and when his next show, the musical Nightclub Confidential, which co-starred his wife Krista Neumann, moved to Los Angeles, he moved there at the urging of his California agent, Maggie Henderson, and his New York agent, Jerry Hogan. As Bakula recalled in 2000,

I call [Henderson] up and said I got a show, I'm gonna be out there, I'm coming out in January. So it'll work out because it's time for pilot season and I'll be doing something so people can come and see me. ... And then I coincidentally had done a Disney Sunday Night ABC movie that was gonna come out some time in the winter. It was the time to go. Came out here on New Year's Day, 1986. The show I did turned out to be a big hit out here. It got me a lot of attention out here and I jumped onto the TV sitcom Designing Women
Designing Women
in the beginning and was able to do that pilot ... and things kind of took off.[10]

He was cast in two short-lived series: Gung Ho and Eisenhower & Lutz. During a Hollywood writers' strike, he returned to New York to star in Romance/Romance,[10] and then afterward landed the lead role opposite co-star Dean Stockwell
Dean Stockwell
in the science fiction television series Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
(1989-1993). Bakula played time traveler Dr. Sam Beckett, who was trapped by a malfunction of his time machine to correct things gone wrong in the past.[11] His performance in the show earned him a Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
(along with three nominations) and four Emmy Award
Emmy Award
nominations for Best Actor, as well as five consecutive Viewers for Quality Television Awards for Best Actor
Actor
in a Quality Drama Series.[citation needed] In 1995, Bakula appeared on the cover of Playgirl. He voiced Danny Cat in the animated film Cats Don't Dance
Cats Don't Dance
(1997), singing in one number with Natalie Cole. He played the aging veteran pitcher Gus Cantrell in Major League: Back to the Minors (1998), the final movie in the Major League trilogy. He also played Jim Olmeyer, the same-sex partner of Sam Robards' Jim Berkley, in the film American Beauty (1999). As Jonathan Archer
Jonathan Archer
on Star Trek: Enterprise, Bakula played the captain of Earth's first long-range interstellar ship. In 2006, he reprised the role of Archer for the Star Trek: Legacy PC and Xbox 360
Xbox 360
video games as a voice-over. Bakula starred in the musical Shenandoah, a play which also provided his first professional theatrical role in 1976, at Ford's Theatre, in 2006. Bakula is heard singing "Pig Island" on Sandra Boynton's children's CD Philadelphia Chickens, which is labeled as being "For all ages except 43." Scott Bakula
Scott Bakula
said that he might be starring as Sam in a Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
film as stated in TV Guide Magazine along with Dean Stockwell. At Comic Con 2010, he announced that a script was being worked on and that while he would be in the movie, he would not have the main role.[12] Bakula performed various songs from his career for a one-night-only performance entitled An Evening with Scott Bakula
Scott Bakula
at Sidney Harman Hall on January 18, 2008, as a benefit for the restoration of the historic Ford's Theater.[13] Bakula had three appearances in 2008. He appeared as Atty. Jack Ross in an episode of Boston Legal, "Glow in the Dark", which aired on February 12, 2008 on the ABC network.[14] From March 4 – April 20, he starred as Tony Hunter in the world premiere of Dancing in the Dark at The Old Globe in San Diego, California. Dancing in the Dark is based on the movie The Band Wagon (1953), which starred Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
and Cyd Charisse.[15] Bakula appeared as the character Chris Fulbright in the five-episode run of the Tracey Ullman
Tracey Ullman
sketch comedy series State of the Union on Showtime.

Bakula at Saturn Awards, 2012

Bakula appeared in the dark comedy film The Informant!
The Informant!
(2009) as Brian Shepard, an FBI agent working with the title character Mark Whitacre, (played by Matt Damon).[16] In April 2009, he began a recurring role on the television series Chuck as Stephen J. Bartowski, the eponymous character's long-lost father. From July 31 to August 2, 2009, he starred as Nathan Detroit in three performances of Guys and Dolls
Guys and Dolls
at the Hollywood Bowl. Beginning in December 2009, Bakula began appearing as Terry, one of the three lead characters, along with Ray Romano (Joe) and Andre Braugher
Andre Braugher
(Owen), in TNT's hour-long comedy/drama Men of a Certain Age. In 2011, Bakula performed a voice cameo in the film Source Code
Source Code
as a slight nod to his character on Quantum Leap, with his catchphrase of "Oh, boy."[17] and appeared in the feature-length documentary The Captains, which was written and directed by William Shatner, Bakula is interviewed by the original Star Trek
Star Trek
captain about his life and career leading up to his performances as Captain Jonathan Archer
Jonathan Archer
in Star Trek: Enterprise. In the movie, Shatner interviews Bakula at his ranch in California where the pair ride horses and discuss the pitfalls that come with a career in television.[18] In September 2011, Bakula starred in Terrible Advice by Saul Rubinek at the Menier Chocolate Factory.[citation needed] In April to May 2012, he guest starred in the last five episodes of Desperate Housewives as Bree Van de Kamp's criminal defense lawyer and third husband. In April 2013, he made a guest appearance on Two and a Half Men as a car dealer. In August 2013, it was announced Bakula would have a recurring role in the first season of HBO's new series, Looking.[19] He also appeared in the film Geography Club (2013). In February 2014, Bakula was cast as the lead in a backdoor pilot for the current NCIS spin-off series, NCIS: New Orleans, which began as a two-part episode of its parent series in the spring season of 2014.[20] The third season of NCIS: New Orleans premiered on September 20, 2016. In 2016 Bakula appeared as a guest judge on the HGTV show Brothers Take New Orleans with Property Brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott.[21] He made a cameo appearance on the season 12 opener of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia as himself. Personal life[edit] Bakula married Krista Neumann in 1981 and had two children, Chelsy and Cody. They divorced in 1995.[1] He married actress Chelsea Field in 2009 and they have two children, Wil Botfield and Owen Barrett.[1] Bakula says he was "...hardly ever home for four and a half seasons" of Quantum Leap, so he chose to prioritize his family life on later projects. His Star Trek: Enterprise contract required that filming be completed by 6 PM every Wednesday so he could have dinner with his family. During filming of NCIS: New Orleans, he returns home to Los Angeles every weekend to spend time with his wife.[22] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1990 Sibling Rivalry Harry Turner

1991 Necessary Roughness Paul Blake

1994 Color of Night Bob Moore

A Passion to Kill Dr. David Lawson

1995 Lord of Illusions Harry D'Amour

My Family David Ronconi

1997 Cats Don't Dance Danny Voice

1998 Major League: Back to the Minors Gus Cantrell

1999 American Beauty Jim Olmeyer

2000 Above Suspicion James Stockton

2000 Luminarias Joseph

2001 Life as a House Officer Kurt Walker

2002 Role of a lifetime Bobby Cellini / Buck Steele

2009 The Informant! FBI Special
Special
Agent Brian Shepard

2011 Source Code Colter's Father Voice

The Captains Himself

2013 Geography Club Carl Land

Enter the Dangerous Mind Kevin

2014 Elsa & Fred Raymond Hayes

2016 Me Him Her Mr. Ehrlick

2016 Summertime Paul's Father

2017 Basmati Blues Eric

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1986 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Jeffrey Wilder Episode: "I-Man"

My Sister Sam Peter Strickland Episode: "Teacher's Pet"

1986–87 Gung Ho Hunt Stevenson 9 episodes

1986–88 Designing Women Ted Shively 5 episodes

1987 CBS Summer Playhouse Dr. Sanderson Episode: "Infiltrator"

Matlock Jeb Palmer 2 episodes

The Last Fling Drew Television film

1988 Eisenhower and Lutz Barnett M. "Bud" Lutz, Jr. 13 episodes

1989–93 Quantum Leap Dr. Sam Beckett 97 episodes; director of 3 episodes

1992 In the Shadow of a Killer Det. David Mitchell Television film

1993 Mercy Mission: the Rescue of Flight 771 Jay Parkins Television film

1993 For Goodness Sake Henry Short

1993–96 Murphy Brown Peter Hunt 13 episodes

1994 Nowhere to Hide Kevin Nicholas Television film

1994 Men, Movies & Carol Himself

1994 Dream On Aaron Hendrick, Kidnapper #1 2 episodes

1995 The Invaders Nolan Wood Miniseries

1995 Prowler Jack Harcher Television film

1996 The Bachelor's Baby Jake Henry Television film

1996–97 Mr. & Mrs. Smith Mr. Smith 13 episodes

1998 Adventures from the Book of Virtues Elbegast the Robber Knight

1999 NetForce Alex Michaels Television film

1999 Mean Streak Det. Lou Mattoni

2000 In the Name of the People John Burke

Papa's Angels Grins Jenkins

2000 Father Can't Cope Wes Harrison Television Film

2000 The Trial of Old Drum George Graham Vest Television Film

2001 A Girl Thing Paul Morgan

2001–05 Star Trek: Enterprise Captain Jonathan Archer 98 episodes

2001 A Girl Thing Paul Morgan

2001 What Girls Learn Nick Television film

2001 Late Boomers Teddy Barnett Television film

2003 The Ticket Dunniger Short

2006–10 The New Adventures of Old Christine 'Papa Jeff' Hunter 4 episodes

2007 American Body Shop Maury Episode: "Juicy Lou's"

Blue Smoke John Minger Television film

2008 Boston Legal Jack Ross Episode: "Glow in the Dark"

State of the Union Chris Fulbright 4 episodes

2009 Guys and Dolls
Guys and Dolls
at the Hollywood Bowl Nathan Detroit Video

2009–10 Chuck Stephen J. Bartowski 7 episodes

2009–11 Men of a Certain Age Terry Elliott 22 episodes

2012 Desperate Housewives Trip Weston 5 episodes

Law & Order: Special
Special
Victims Unit Kent Webster Episode: "Vanity's Bonfire"

Family Guy Scott Bakula Episode: "Burning Down the Bayit"

2012 Table for Three Robert Morton Television film

2013 Behind the Candelabra Bob Black Television film

Two and a Half Men Jerry Episode: "Bazinga! That's From a TV Show"

2013 Untitled Bounty Hunter Project Pete Television film

2013 NFL Training Video: How Not to Murder People Referee Short

2014 Caper Pete Blue

2014–15 Looking Lynn 8 episodes

2014–17 NCIS Dwayne Pride 4 episodes

2014–present NCIS: New Orleans 71 episodes

2016 Brothers Take New Orleans Himself Episode: "Welcome to the Big City"

2017 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Himself Episode: "The Gang Turns Black"

Cash Cab Himself Celebrity Edition

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result

1990 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor
Actor
in a Drama Series Quantum Leap Nominated

Viewers for Quality Television Best Actor
Actor
in a Quality Drama Series Won

1991 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor
Actor
– Television Series Drama Nominated

Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor
Actor
in a Drama Series Nominated

Viewers for Quality Television Best Actor
Actor
in a Quality Drama Series Won

1992 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor
Actor
– Television Series Drama Won

Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor
Actor
in a Drama Series Nominated

Viewers for Quality Television Best Actor
Actor
in a Quality Drama Series Won

1993 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor
Actor
– Television Series Drama Nominated

Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor
Actor
in a Drama Series Nominated

Viewers for Quality Television Best Actor
Actor
in a Quality Drama Series Won

1994 Best Specialty Player Murphy Brown Won

2002 Saturn Awards Best Actor
Actor
on Television Star Trek: Enterprise Nominated

2003 Nominated

2004 Nominated

2013 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor
Actor
in a Miniseries or a Movie Behind the Candelabra Nominated

2015 People's Choice Awards Favorite Actor
Actor
in a New TV Series NCIS: New Orleans Nominated

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Star Trek
portal Film portal Television portal Theatre portal Drama portal United States portal

References[edit]

^ a b c d " Scott Bakula
Scott Bakula
Biography (1954?-)". FilmReference.com. Retrieved November 16, 2012.  ^ a b " Actor
Actor
Scott Bakula
Scott Bakula
takes the city by storm to launch his new movie". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. April 17, 1998.  ^ "Zumwinkel, Edwin F". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. November 4, 2008.  ^ a b "Complete, Unexpurgated Transcript of the Scott Bakula
Scott Bakula
Interview from the SCI FI Program Sciographpy: Quantum Leap". Quantum Leap official site (Sci Fi Channel). August 13, 2000. Archived from the original on July 14, 2006.  ^ " Scott Bakula
Scott Bakula
wants you to know how to pronounce his name". Page Six. Retrieved 17 December 2014.  ^ "Ancestry of Scott Bakula
Scott Bakula
(1954-)". Retrieved 17 December 2014.  ^ "Scott Bakula". TV Guide.  ^ "Back Home With Scott Bakula". Webster-Kirkwood Times Online. June 21, 2002.  ^ " Scott Bakula
Scott Bakula
Biography". Archival Universal Television
Universal Television
official biography via Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
official site (Sci Fi Channel). Archived from the original on July 12, 2006.  ^ a b "Complete, Unexpurgated Transcript", p. 3 ^ O'Connor, John J. (November 22, 1989). "Review/Television; An Actor's 'Quantum Leap' Through Times and Roles". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-12.  ^ " Scott Bakula
Scott Bakula
says Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
movie is in the works".  ^ "'An Evening with Scott Bakula' at Ford's Theatre
Ford's Theatre
Jan.18". DC.BroadwayWorld.com. 2007-12-05. Retrieved 2012-11-17.  ^ "Daily News Releases". Abcmedianet.com. Archived from the original on May 31, 2008. Retrieved 2012-11-17.  ^ "''Dancing in the Dark''" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-11-17.  ^ The Informant opening[dead link] ^ Meredith Woerner (2011-04-04). "Duncan Jones tells us what really happened at the end of Source Code". io9. Retrieved 4 August 2011.  ^ "Exclusive Clips from William Shatner's 'The Captains'". Trekmovie.com.  ^ Nellie Andreeva (2013-08-23). " Scott Bakula
Scott Bakula
Joins HBO's Michael Lannan Dramedy Series, Now Titled 'Looking'". Retrieved 2014-03-09.  ^ "'NCIS' scoop: Scott Bakula
Scott Bakula
to star in new spinoff". EW.com. Retrieved 17 December 2014.  ^ http://www.hgtv.com/design-blog/shows/brothers-take-new-orleans-premiere-sneak-peek ^ "NCIS: New Orleans' Scott Bakula
Scott Bakula
on Why He Puts His Family First". 24 November 2015. 

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via Quantum Leap official site (Sci Fi Channel). Archived from the original on July 12, 2006. 

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