In 2005 Michael Shanks and his his Stargate: SG-1 co-star, Christopher Judge formed Slacktwaddle Productions and began working on a '2007 Women of Scifi Calendar'. The Calendar features photos of some of scifi's most beautiful women, including Michael Shanks' real life wife Lexa Doig.
Many Stargate SG-1 fans were shocked by Michael's decision to leave the show after season 5. When the reasons for his departure became known, a global campaign was established to persuade the producers of the importance of the character Michael played and return him to the show. On November 8 th 2002, after more than a year of campaigning, the fans finally got their wish and it was announced that Michael would return as a full-time member of the Stargate SG-1 cast for season seven. Hank Cohen(President of MGM TV) said "We listened."
In 1997, Michael auditioned for the role of Dr. Daniel Jackson on Stargate SG-1. Michael auditioned with his spot-on impersonation of James Spader (who had played Daniel Jackson in the movie) and got the job. Brad Wright also said that he could "Do humor."
Michael welcomed his third child (Samuel David Shanks) with wife Lexa Doig on March 19.
Michael's natural hair color is blond.
Michael's natural eye color is blue.
Michael's astrological sign is Sagittarius.
Michael's Chinese sign is Dog.
Michael Shanks' parents have only two children, both boys, and Michael Shanks is the youngest son.
The fact Michael looks like James Spader (who played Daniel Jackson in the movie, Stargate) helped get him the part.
Michael's ancestry is Italian and Scottish. His surname ("Shanks") is Scottish.
Michael's favorite hockey team is the Vancouver Canucks.
Michael played hockey (defense) and rugby (flyhalf then wing) in high school.
Michael's character, Remiel, killed Hector, played by Christopher Judge, in the Andromeda episode "Day of Judgement, Day of Wrath". In the Stargate SG-1 episode "Moebius Part 2", his character, Dr. Daniel Jackson, was killed by Judge's character, Teal'c.
Michael's character, Dr. Daniel Jackson (and various versions of him), was killed in three different episodes during the eighth season of Stargate SG-1 alone: "Avatar", "Reckoning Part 2" and "Moebius Part 2", He was also shot several times, severely injured and tortured during the season.
Michael turned 35 years old on December 15 th 2005.
Michael stars on Stargate SG-1 as Daniel Jackson, and also supplies the voice of Thor on the same show.
Michael has two daughters and a son. His older daughter, Tatiana, was with Vatiare Bandera. Tatiana was born around the same time as Michael Shanks' SG-1 co-star Richard Dean Anderson's daughter, Wylie.
His second daughter, Mia, was with his wife Lexa Doig. Mia Tabitha Shanks was born in September 13, 2004.
Samuel David Shanks was born on March 19 2006.
Michael has appeared in the following theatre productions:
Love of the Nightingale
Lover's Labour Lost
Macbeth - Menteith
Merchant of Venice - Lorenzo
Wait Until Dark
Michael's height is 6' (1.83 m).
Michael originally was studying Commerce before deciding to study acting at the University of B.C. where he graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
After his graduation, he performed at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival for two seasons.
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.
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