Michael Garrett Shanks (born December 15, 1970) is a Canadian actor, writer and director best known for his role as Dr. Daniel Jackson in the long-running Canadian-American military science fiction television series Stargate SG-1. More recently, Shanks has been playing Dr. Charles Harris on the Canadian medical drama, Saving Hope.

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 Stargate SG-1's 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 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, and 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 Dr. Charles "Charlie" Harris on Saving Hope, reuniting with Stargate SG-1 and Smallville co-star Erica Durance.

Personal life

Shanks' eldest child is Tatiana (b. August 10, 1998), 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, in which she starred. (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 together: daughter Mia Tabitha Shanks (b. September 13, 2004) and son Samuel David Shanks (b. March 19, 2006).

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 TV movie 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 film Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story.



YearTitleRoleOther notes
1995A Family DividedTodd
1997The Call Of The Wild: Dog Of The YukonA gambler
1997-2007Stargate SG-1Dr. Daniel Jackson / Voice of Thor / Machello
1999Escape from MarsBill Malone, Mission Architect
2000The Artist's CircleArtist
2002All Around the TownJustin Donnelly
2002Door to DoorJohn Brady
2005SwarmedKent Horvath
2005Stargate SG-1: The Alliance (Cancelled)Dr. Daniel Jackson (voice)Video Game – cancelled
2006Under the MistletoeKevin Harrison
2007Mega SnakeLes Daniels
200724Mark Bishop
2008Stargate: The Ark of TruthDr. Daniel Jackson
2008Stargate: ContinuumDr. Daniel Jackson
2008The Lost Treasure of The Grand CanyonJacob Thain
2008Desperate EscapeMichael Coleman
2008-2009Burn NoticeVictor
2009Living Out LoudBrad Marshall
2009Arctic BlastJack Tate
2010Tower PrepDr. LiteratureEpisode: Book Report
2011Tactical ForceDemetrius
2011Faces in the CrowdBryce
2011FlashpointDavid FlemingEpisode: Blue on Blue
2011The Pastor's WifeMatthew Winkler
2011Christmas LodgeJack Rand
2012–presentSaving HopeCharlie Harris
2013Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe StoryGordie Howe
2016Hearts of SpringAndy


2000Suspicious RiverBall cap man
2000Mr Fortune's SmileJames
2001Suddenly Naked (aka Show and Tell)Danny Blair/Donny Blitzer
2002SF Seeks (not released)
2003SumuruAdam Wade
2007Mega SnakeLes
2007Judicial IndiscretionJack Sullivan
2008Stargate : The Ark of TruthDr Daniel Jackson
2008Stargate : ContinuumDr Daniel Jackson
2010Red Riding HoodAdrien Lazar
2011Tactical Force (formerly Hangar 14)Demetrius
2011The Pastor's WifeMatthew Winkler
2011ElysiumTechnician #3
201113 EerieProfessor Tomkins
2012The BouquetSam


YearTitleOther notes
2001Stargate SG-1TV Series (episode 4.21 "Double Jeopardy")
2014Saving HopeTV Series (episode 3.04 "Stand By Me")


YearTitleOther notes
2003Stargate SG-1(TV Series) (story) (episode 7.11 "Evolution: Part 1")
2004(TV Series) (episode 7.19 "Resurrection")


Stratford Festival, Ontario

1998HamletHamletStanley Theatre Arts Club, Vancouver


Merchant of VeniceLorenzoStratford Festival, Ontario


King LearCastStratford Festival, Ontario


AmadeusCastStratford Festival, Ontario


MacbethMentiethStratford Festival, Ontario


Merry Wives of WindsorCastStratford Festival, Ontario

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Leonce & LenaLeonceUniversity of British Columbia

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You're A Good Man, Charlie BrownSchroederUBC Summer Players

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Wait Until DarkRoatUBC Summer Players

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Dombey & SonWalter GrayUniversity of British Columbia

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Sure ThingClarkeVancouver Men's Festival
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TranslationsLt. YollandUniversity of British Columbia

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