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Also Known As: Scott Stewart Bakula Died:
Born: October 9, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: St. Louis, Missouri, USA Profession: actor, singer, producer, director

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An accomplished Tony Award-nominated stage actor, Scott Bakula earned his loyal small screen following through his starring role as the time-traveling, identity-shifting protagonist of the sci-fi series "Quantum Leap" (NBC, 1989-1993). Bakula was occasionally featured in films, including comedies "Necessary Roughness" (1991) and acclaimed dramas "American Beauty" (1999) and "Life as a House" (2001), but his rugged, all-American looks and "everymen" appeal generally made him a better fit for television work. He spent two seasons sparring with "Murphy Brown" (CBS, 1988-1998) and commanded leading roles on the "Star Trek" offering "Enterprise" (UPN, 2001-05), and as Ray Romano's mid-life crisis buddy on "Men of a Certain Age" (TNT, 2009-). Bakula's versatility led to over two decades of steady screen success, where he was equally appealing as square-jawed men of authority or charming, sensitive dreamboats in both comedies and dramas.

An accomplished Tony Award-nominated stage actor, Scott Bakula earned his loyal small screen following through his starring role as the time-traveling, identity-shifting protagonist of the sci-fi series "Quantum Leap" (NBC, 1989-1993). Bakula was occasionally featured in films, including comedies "Necessary Roughness" (1991) and acclaimed dramas "American Beauty" (1999) and "Life as a House" (2001), but his rugged, all-American looks and "everymen" appeal generally made him a better fit for television work. He spent two seasons sparring with "Murphy Brown" (CBS, 1988-1998) and commanded leading roles on the "Star Trek" offering "Enterprise" (UPN, 2001-05), and as Ray Romano's mid-life crisis buddy on "Men of a Certain Age" (TNT, 2009-). Bakula's versatility led to over two decades of steady screen success, where he was equally appealing as square-jawed men of authority or charming, sensitive dreamboats in both comedies and dramas.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Elsa and Fred (2014)
2.
3.
 Source Code (2011)
4.
 Informant, The (2009)
5.
 Blue Smoke (2007)
6.
7.
 What Girls Learn (2001) Nick
8.
 Life as a House (2001) Kurt Walker
9.
 In the Name of the People (2000) John Burke
10.
 Papa's Angels (2000) Grins Jenkins
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Milestones close milestones

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Began performing as a child
:
Played the lead roles in his high school productions of "Godspell" and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"
1976:
Moved to New York City
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Cast in a dinner theater production of "Shenandoah" in North Carolina
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Appeared in Off-Off Broadway and Off-Broadway musical revues
1983:
Made Broadway debut as Joe DiMaggio in the stage musical, "Marilyn: An American Fable"
1985:
Played a stand-up comedian in the acclaimed Off-Broadway musical, "3 Guys Naked from the Waist Down"
1986:
Moved to Los Angeles
1986:
Made TV-movie debut in "I-Man" (ABC)
1986:
Played the recurring role of Ted Shively, ex-husband of Annie Potts' Mary Jo, in the CBS sitcom "Designing Women"
1986:
First starring role in a series, the short-lived ABC sitcom, "Gung Ho"
1988:
Played an ambulance-chasing lawyer in the short-lived CBS sitcom, "Eisenhower & Lutz"
1988:
Returned to Broadway to play duel roles in "Romance/Romance"; earned a Tony nomination as Lead Actor in a Musical
1989:
Played time traveler Sam Beckett in the NBC series, "Quantum Leap"; began directing episodes during the 1991-1992 season; earned three Golden Globe nominations and four Emmy nominations for Best Actor
1990:
Feature acting debut in Carl Reiner's "Sibling Rivalry," starring Kirstie Alley
1991:
First starring role in a feature, "Necessary Roughness"
1993:
Joined the cast of CBS' "Murphy Brown" as Peter Hunt, a rival reporter and love interest for Candice Bergen's title character
1994:
Acted in Richard Rush's disappointing "Color of Night," starring Bruce Willis
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Formed Bakula Productions
1995:
Starred in Clive Barker's horror film, "Lord of Illusions"
1996:
Executive produced and starred in the short-lived CBS drama, "Mr. and Mrs. Smith"
1996:
Served as executive producer and star of the CBS TV-movie, "The Bachelor's Baby"
1997:
Provided the speaking and singing voice of Danny the Cat in the animated feature, "Cats Don't Dance"
1998:
Played a former ball player hired as a minor league manager in the sequel, "Major League: Back to the Minors"
1999:
Had a featured role as a gay neighbor in Sam Mendes' "American Beauty"
1999:
Played the lead role in the ABC miniseries, "Tom Clancy's NetForce"
2000:
Played a death-row inmate in the CBS TV-movie, "In the Name of the People"
2000:
Starred in the first original movie from the Animal Planet network, "The Trial of Old Drum"
2001:
Had a supporting role in the film, "Life as a House," starring Kevin Kline and Kristin Scott Thomas
2001:
Played Captain Jonathan Archer in the UPN series, "Star Trek: Enterprise"
2008:
Appeared as Chris Fulbright in the Tracey Ullman sketch comedy series, "State of the Union," on Showtime
2009:
Had a recurring role on NBC's "Chuck" as Stephen Bartowski, the title character's long lost father
2009:
Played an FBI agent, opposite Matt Damon as ADM executive turned whistleblower Mark Whitacre, in "The Informant"
2009:
Co-starred with Ray Romano and Andre Braugher in TNT's "Men of a Certain Age"
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Education

University of Kansas: Lawrence , Kansas -
Kirkwood High School: St. Louis , Missouri - 1973

Notes

On directing himself: "I actually love doing it. I love breaking down the etiquette on the set and to be able to go directly to the actors with what I think, instead of having to go through the director." --Scott Bakula to James Brady in Parade, February 5, 1995

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Krista Neumann. Actor. Married in 1981; filed for divorce after 14 years.
companion:
Chelsea Field. Actor. Mother of Bakula's younger children; met in 1993 when they co-starred in the feature "A Passion to Kill"; also acted together in "The Bachelor's Baby" (CBS, 1996) and "Tom Clancy's NetForce" (ABC, 1999).

Family close complete family listing

father:
Stewart Bakula. Lawyer.
mother:
Sally Bakula.
brother:
Brad Bakula.
sister:
Linda Bakula.
daughter:
Chelsea Bakula. Born in 1984; mother, Krista Neumann.
son:
Cody Bakula. Born in 1991; mother, Krista Neumann.
son:
Wil Botfield Bakula. Born c. December 1995; mother, Chelsea Field (nee Botfield).
son:
Owen Barrett Bakula. Born in July 1999.
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