Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Robert Picardo graduated from the William Penn Charter School. He entered Yale University as a pre-med student, not knowing that he would someday portray doctors in three separate productions: first as Dr. Dick Richard on the ABC series China Beach, then as…more
On Jan. 23, 2011, Robert made a guest appearance at Star Trek: The Exhibition in Louisville, KY, which features props from the various Trek series.
Robert's favorite actor to work with was Jack Lemmon.
Robert lost $167,500 to fellow Star Trek actor Levar Burton in a special charity episode of The Weakest Link.
In 2010, Robert participated in An Evening with Robert Picardo, a charity event that will benefit the CityRep Theatre in Oklahoma City, OK.
Robert was the special VIP guest at the 2010 Fandemonium.
Robert's main hobby is cooking.
Robert has a number short films on at Acme Brand Comedy website where he plays an Italian gigolo named Alphonso.
Robert's favorite episodes on Voyager were Someone to Watch Over Me, Latent Image and Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy.
Robert serves on the Planetary Society Advisory Council along with Astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
Robert's character ,The Doctor, was voted as most popular Voyager character on a 2011 Star Trek online poll.
Robert and Brannon Braga referred to his Star Trek character as Dr. Fancy Pants.
Robert wrote the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Life Line", which was the first and only Star Trek episode written by a regular cast member.
In 2002, Robert Picardo wrote a book called The Holograms Hand Book as a satire of the self-help book. His friend Jeff Yagher did the cartoons inside.
Robert Picardo sees his character on Stargate, Richard Woolsey, as a likable Dick Cheney.
Robert Picardo sells CDs to benefit the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the San Gabriel Valley chapter of Habitat for Humanity, the Planetary Society, and the Pasadena Playhouse.
In 1974, Picardo enrolled in the Circle in the Square Professional Theater Workshop.
Robert had originally tried for the role of Neelix on Star Trek Voyager.
Robert did guest voices for the animatronic show "Dinosaurs".
Robert's height is 5' 10" (1.78 m).
Robert performed with the Yale University Society of Orpheus & Bacchus - a cappella singing group - as an undergraduate.
Robert has been a member of the Board of Directors' Advisory Council of The Planetary Society, since the late 1990s.
Robert graduated from Penn Charter School in 1971.
Robert won the Viewers For Quality Television Founder's Award for his roles on The Wonder Years and China Beach.
Robert was nominated for an Emmy Award for his role as Mr. Cutlip on The Wonder Years.
Robert was nominated for an Ovation Award for his role on On the Twentieth Century.
Robert won a Drama-Logue Award for his role on The Normal Heart.
Robert's theater work includes A Class Act and On the Twentieth Century at the Pasadena Playhouse, Beyond Therapy and Geniuses at the L.A. Public Theater, and The Normal Heart at the Berkeley Repertory Theater.
In 1978, starring in the west coast run of Tribute in Los Angeles, Robert auditioned for film and television roles.
In 1978, Robert co-starred with Jack Lemmon in Tribute on Broadway.
In 1977, Bob debuted on Broadway in the lead role in Gemini.
In 1974, Robert graduated with a B.A. in Drama from Yale.
Robert Picardo: I think there was an impulse, a subconscious impulse to hold onto my own image. Once you've licensed your face away to a studio-owned television and movie franchise, there is a sense of a loss of control when they take your face and put it on book covers or make toys out of you… whatever. So, there was an impulse on my part to say, "Well, if I'm going to be part of a brand name, I might as well join the club and make myself into one, rather than fight it."
(on his character Alphonso from the Acme Comedy Theatre)
Robert Picardo: So I wanted to play a completely self-absorbed character who thought he was God's gift to women.
(on authoring his "self help" book)
Robert Picardo: It's a, if you're smarter than everyone else that you have to work with, it's how to get along with inferiors.
(on his Stargate character)
Robert Picardo: Also, he's not very much of a people person; he doesn't have very good interpersonal skills. He had to learn an awful lot, but mostly he had to learn to trust his senior officers. And he had to trust his own instincts and willingness to put the rulebook down and go with his gut, which was the hardest thing, I think, for him to do because he's a very intellectual person.
(on being in both Star Trek and Stargate Universe)
Robert Picardo: I am proud to be the only actor who's played a starring role in both of the major franchises. I am happy that the characters were distinct and different, and I'm really particularly happy that the Stargate fans accepted me – not only as a different character, if they were familiar with my work on Star Trek, but that they also grew to accept me as a leader.
Robert Picardo: I think probably I've had the most fun working on stage. The actor is most in control when you're working live. Even though you develop your performance under the supervision of a director, every night you are responsible for recreating your performance; so that, I think, is really the most exciting, especially for someone who started as a stage actor.
Robert Picardo: My dream is to go back to Broadway, and I'd love to create a role in Broadway musical. I'd love to play Willy Lowman in Death of A Salesman.
Robert Picardo: I think that the best thing that you can do once you achieve any level of success is to pay it forward and be as gracious and as easy to work with as you can be. Young actors should learn their craft, study and have great deal of self discipline.
(on what he likes about going home)
Robert Picardo: They make the best sandwiches in the world. I know everyone knows that. Tony Luke is my particular favorite. There are a million great sandwiches in Philadelphia and I can only go home so often because I'd gain too much weight.
(on how Star Trek Voyager ended)
Robert Picardo: I agree with a lot of the fan criticisms that, after seven years of build-up, it's suddenly, "Whoop, we're home. There we are. We're here. Good-bye." The arrival moment to the end of the credit roll was extraordinarily – what's the word? – compressed.
(on which episodes he liked doing)
Robert Picardo: What's interesting is the ones that I remember being the most challenging and interesting to do are the ones, that when I see them, hold up best as well.
(on winning a 2011 online poll for best Voyager character)
Robert Picardo: Voyager boasted an extraordinary ensemble of actors and I am flattered and humbled by this news.
(On fellow Star Trek actor Tim Russ)
Robert Picardo: Actually, Tim Russ is very funny, too. He's a great practical joker and certainly made us all laugh, but the Tuvok character didn't leave a whole lot of room for humor.
(on why he didn't have his head)
Robert Picardo: But I think, frankly, I would have looked too much like a Patrick Stewart wannabe if I'd shaved it all off for Voyager. Also, being named Picardo, which sounds so close to Patrick's character, Picard, would have been one clue too many as to whose wake I was trying to steal.
(on why The Doctor never got a name)
Robert Picardo: And then they continued to play that joke on and off for all seven seasons, because I think the idea of an indecisive computer program is an intrinsically funny one. Once I'd been given permission to choose a name, the fact that I couldn't quite decide on one was really a funny running gag.
(on talk of a Voyager reunion)
Robert Picardo: The only talk of a Voyager reunion project that I hear about is when the guys from Voyager get together. We get together twice a year to have dinner, and we've done that since the show ended.
Robert Picardo: (about what is fulfilling in his life) I would have to say being a father and a husband - they remain the most fulfilling things. Next to that I would point to very challenging work on stage. Those have been the times that I remember feeling most gratified as an artist as they are the most technical demanding.
Robert Picardo: It's a thrill to play a villain - if the villain is interesting and if you're given enough freedom by the director to make interesting and unusual choices.
Robert Picardo: I have to be careful about saying this at Star Trek conventions. I do think there is kind of a looseness, a free-wheeling quality to Stargate that really appeals to me. They do humor, by and large, better than we did it on Star Trek.
Robert Picardo: Woolsey's a bureaucrat. And to me, what makes it so much fun for me secretly is we've had it clearly demonstrated in our current administration how bureaucrats telling the military what to do, when they have no military experience of their own, can lead to some serious disaster.
Robert Picardo: (on how he got his character on Stargate SG-1) I was up in Vancouver working on another show. I was up doing The Outer Limits and I got a call from my agent saying, "How do you like the weather up there?" And I said, "What do you mean?" And he said, "You've been offered a one-day guest star on Stargate SG-1."
Robert Picardo: First of all, when you hair starts jumping off your head in your mid 20s you know that you have bureaucrats in your future. (laughs) I think that my stock in trade as an actor has been playing what is often called 'the guy you love to hate.' Which is the character that makes an initial bad impression.
Robert Picardo: I have an admiration for people in the medical profession that goes back to childhood. My pediatrician was a very benign and likable character to me. He was an older Italian gentleman, always had a big smile - very gentle, very friendly. I always remembered that. So, I think my early ambition to be a doctor was specifically based on my impression of him. I thought about being a pediatrician. That is what I thought I wanted to do.
Robert Picardo: My performing the song parodies began as an impulse on my part to entertain the fans at conventions. I thought that if I made it fun for me, it would be fun for them. I think a lot of actors burn out on the Q and A aspect of Star Trek stage appearances. They can just become quite by rote. My initial notion was, if I worked at something that amused me and felt sort of creative and like I was having a fun time, the fans would respond to it. So, my first song parody which was, "What's My Name?" grew out of the fact that I played a character on national television that had no name and that they've made an actual story-point out of him trying to decide on a name. It seemed amusing to me that a computer program could be indecisive.
Robert Picardo: (about Stargate vs Star Trek) I think that's not really fair, because I spent so much time on them. I like both shows. I actually think, and I probably get in trouble for this, I think that their humor is more successful on Stargate than we had it on Star Trek. I find it funnier, and even though I'm proud of the humor I brought to Voyager, I think overall they pull off comedy better than we did. But I will go toe to toe with them on philosophical issues and stuff like that. I think that was our strength.
Robert Picardo: I have been asked that by a Star Trek fan in Texas - The woman asked me, how my head got so shiny. I couldn't believe it. So, I said: "I don't know, ma'am. How did your butt get so big?" (laughs) No, I didn't. I'm sorry. I didn't say that at all. I'm kidding. Please, strike that from the record!
Robert: I am always amazed when I travel abroad that Stargate has become huge. It's huge in Britain. It's far eclipsed Star Trek. It's now huge in Germany. I understand they're making big inroads in other countries.
Robert: If Picard can baldly go, why not Picardo?
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