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