Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks


12/15/1970, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Birth Name

Michael Garrett Shanks



Also Known As

Michael Garrett Shanks
out of 10
User Rating
532 votes


Michael Shanks was born in Vancouver and grew up in Kamloops, BC, Canada.

Michael was studying for a Business Degree at the University of British Columbia when he failed calculus. This was one of the reasons Michael left uni with a BA in Fine Arts, which included several…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

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    • Michael Shanks: (about playing Victor on Burn Notice) It's one of those roles where I get to chew every bit of scenery in town, which is always fun to play. When you have that kind of artistic license to go big or go home, it can be a bit of a romp. From the point of view of having spent the last 10 months in less than ideal weather conditions, I was happy to be outside filming in South Beach, for example, on my first day. I'd been to Tampa, and I'd been to Orlando, but I hadn't been to Miami, so to go there to work, to see the city that way, to have your first day be right down on Ocean Drive and to be filming in the sand of South Beach for a scene, I don't think you can beat that.

    • Michael Shanks: As I did it, I began to realize that my instincts, and everything that I sort of naturally possess - where my brain tended to go when I was working always was more the director place than even the actor place, always looking at the overall big picture instead of just your part in it.

    • Michael Shanks: (describing his character on Stargate SG-1) Daniel is a dreamer, an idealist. He has a boyish curiosity and a love of humanity and life. He's driven to search out the best in people, and he has a very romantic viewpoint when it comes to history, life, love and people. He's the consummate optimist. He's always looking for answers - for what made us who we are today, what we've learned, what we can learn from others around us. At the same time looking for a home he can call his own, a place where he can hang his hat.

    • Michael Shanks: I get to do all this cool stuff I've always wanted to do and pretend it's real, and I get paid for it!
      (Michael Shanks, FanOdyssey, June 2003)

    • Michael Shanks: It's absolutely true that it's almost impossible to play a character without having any affection for him.

    • Michael Shanks: You know, I did actually find a Daniel Jackson action figure based on the feature film, except he had this brown shirt and a baseball cap, which the character never actually wears in the movie, and on the box cover is James Spader's face with this huge arm with the machine gun.

    • Michael Shanks: It's fun to play a character who doesn't deal well with adversity and has to make up for his mistakes as he goes.

  • Michael is one of those rare talents that you find on a series; he puts heart and soul into his roles. He will go far in this business.

    My review is on Michael who if you have seen eps such as Legacy, Need, Lifeboat to name a few is a very talented actor and puts heart and soul into the work he does.

    If you see the eps Double Jeopardy that is also the first time Michael directed an eps and you can also tell he would be a very talented director if he wanted to put his talents there also. A very difficult eps to direct but the man pulled it off.

    And he has also written an eps called Resurrection and even helped out with story ideas like in Evolution.

    All in all a very talented man who will go far in show business.moreless
  • Great actor!

    I've really only seen Michael Shanks in his role in Stargate SG-1 and he really brings out Daniel Jackson. He really seems like the nerdy science guy, but almost seems to macho for it...I will say he is quite a good looking guy, and a great actor. I would love to see him more shows and movies and I really haven't seen him in anything other than the Stargates. He really is a good actor though and he also is a good writer. His talents really do go to waster because he really hasn't been in too much. His 9 season run on Stargate are coming to a close and he has done a magnificent job and I really can't wait to see him in something else. EDIT: He was awesome in 24, though it was weird to see him as a Russian spy. Also, he did great in Burn Notice. Its a great character that he plays and he does very well in portraying him. Hopefully he'll get more roles!moreless