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Scott Bakula is best known for his starring role as Dr. Sam Beckett on the popular television series Quantum Leap.
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Actor Scott Bakula was born on October 9, 1954, in St. Louis, Missouri. A seasoned actor, Bakula is perhaps best known for his work on television, starring in such series as Quantum Leap, Star Trek: Enterprise and Men of a Certain Age.
Born on October 9, 1954, in St. Louis, Missouri, Scott Stewart Bakula developed an interest in performing at an early age, appearing in local church productions and creating his own musical groups. In school, he also proved to be a strong athlete. Bakula played tennis, soccer and baseball. During his time at Kirkwood High School, he was a member of the swim team. He also loved to water-ski.
The son of a lawyer, Bakula first studied business and law in college before pursuing his passion for theater. He moved to New York City to further his career in 1976, where he found work on the stage. After performing off-Broadway and in regional productions for several years, Bakula made his Broadway debut in 1983 in the musical Marilyn, playing the star's second husband, baseball great Joe DiMaggio.
Breaking into television, Bakula spent time out in California. He filmed guest spots on such shows as My Sister Sam and Designing Women. He starred in two short-lived series, Gung Ho and Eisenhower & Lutz, before returning to Broadway. In 1988, Bakula won raves for his performance in Romance/Romance. One critic said, "Bakula has the leading man qualities of Cary Grant or Gregory Peck," and noted his "egregious good looks" and "ingratiating smile." The actor received a Tony Award nomination for his work on the show, which featured two different musicals.
Following the success of Romance/Romance, Scott Bakula was cast in a new television series, Quantum Leap, opposite veteran character actor Dean Stockwell. He played Sam, a scientist who was transported into another time, another place and another person's body in each episode. He earned numerous accolades for his work on the series, including a Golden Globe Award and four Emmy Award nominations. The show also proved to be quite popular with television audiences, lasting for five seasons. In addition to starring in the series, Bakula worked behind the camera, serving as a director for several episodes.
During the run of Quantum Leap, Bakula also took on some film roles. He appeared in the 1990 comedy Sibling Rivalry with Kirstie Alley, Bill Pullman and Carrie Fisher. The following year, Bakula again showed his humorous side, in the sports comedy Unnecessary Roughness. He tackled more movie parts after Quantum Leap ended in 1993, but none matched his television success.
For several years, Bakula had a recurring role on the hit sitcom Murphy Brown, playing Candice Bergen's love interest. He then starred in his own show, the short-lived spy series Mr. & Mrs. Smith, from 1996 to 1997. Bakula had better luck with science-fiction fare, starring in Star Trek: Enterprise beginning in 2001. In this prequel to the original Star Trek series, he played Captain Jonathan Archer and commanded the spaceship Enterprise in its early days.
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