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St. Louis, Missouri
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Quantum Leap, Star Trek: Enterprise
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Bakula was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Sally and J. Stewart Bakula, a corporate lawyer. He graduated from Kirkwood High School in Kirkwood, Missouri in 1973 where he was a good student. During high school, he was active in soccer, tennis, and theatre. Also during high school, he had the lead roles in Godspell and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at First Presbyterian Church in Kirkwood. He also played Tevye in an Independent Theatre Production of Fiddler on the Roof at Kirkwood High. Bakula attended college at the University of Kansas, studying law, until his junior year. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta while attending the University.
Bakula left college to pursue acting, having been cast in the leading role of Godspell. After that show completed its run, he moved to New York and acted in Broadway shows such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Fiddler on the Roof. In 1983, Bakula, having previously appeared as a standby, made his Broadway debut playing Joe DiMaggio in Marilyn: An American Fable. His television debut came in commercials for Canada Dry and for de-caffeinated Folgers coffee.
His performance in the Broadway musical Romance/Romance and subsequent Tony Award nomination helped Bakula win the lead role opposite Dean Stockwell in the critically acclaimed television series Quantum Leap. In this science fiction series, Bakula played the time traveler Dr. Sam Beckett who was trapped by a malfunction of his time machine to correct things gone wrong in the past. His performance in this program would earn him a Golden Globe award (along with three nominations) and four Emmy nominations for Best Actor. Low ratings for this series caused its cancellation in 1993.
In 1995, Bakula appeared on the cover of Playgirl. In 1997, Bakula voiced Danny Cat in Cats Don`t Dance, a high-rated, but little-known, animated movie, singing in one number with Natalie Cole. In 1998, Bakula played the aging veteran pitcher Gus Cantrell in Major League: Back to the Minors, the final movie in the Major League (film) trilogy. He also played Jim Olmeyer, partner of Sam Robards` Jim Berkley, in the Academy Award-winning American Beauty in 1999.
Bakula, as Captain Jonathan Archer, meets U.S. Navy Sailors of the Year for the year 2001 on February 28, 2002, onboard the U.S. Naval vessel USS Enterprise (CVN-65), photo courtesy U.S. Navy. As Jonathan Archer in Star Trek: Enterprise, Bakula played the captain of Earth`s first long-range interstellar ship. In 2006, he reprised the role of Archer for the Star Trek Legacy PC and Xbox 360 video games as a voiceover. Bakula starred in the musical Shenandoah, a play which also provided his first professional theatrical role in 1976, at Ford`s Theatre, in 2006.
Bakula is heard singing "Pig Island" on Sandra Boynton`s children`s CD Philadelphia Chickens, which is labeled as being "For all ages except 43."
Some of Bakula`s other musical appearances include the Hollywood Bowl in 1996 and 2004, Carnegie Hall, a benefit performance of Stephen Sondheim`s Anyone Can Whistle in 1995, and the Kennedy Center Honors in 1993 and 2003, in honor of Sondheim and Carol Burnett, respectively. Bakula will perform various songs from his career for one night only at Ford`s Theatre on January 18, 2008.
Bakula married Krista Neumann in 1981. The couple had two children, Chelsy (born 1984), Cody (born 1991 - adopted) and divorced in 1995. In 1996, he began a relationship with actress Chelsea Field. The couple has two children: Wil and Owen.
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Kirkwood High School, Kirkwood, Missouri
University of Kansas for Law
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Scott Stewart Bakula
Scott Stewart Bakula (; born October 9, 1954) is an American actor known for his role as Sam Beckett on the television series Quantum Leap (for which he received four Emmy Award nominations and, in 1991, won a Golden Globe Award), for the role of Captain Jonathan Archer in Star Trek: Enterprise and currently portrays Special Agent Dwayne Cassius Pride on NCIS: New Orleans.
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(2001) TV commercial (PSA): Welcoming home USS Enterprise CVN-65 from Iraq war., (1984) TV commercial: Canada Dry., (1985) TV commercial: Folgers Coffee., (1983) TV commercial: Chevrolet Automobiles Chevroletion Time., (2011) TV commercial (PSA): "America's Vet Dogs".
J. Stewart Bakula
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