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|Nickname:||Michael Shanks / Michael G. Shanks /|
|Known for:||Door to Door, Stargate SG-1: Children of the Gods, Suspicious River|
|Birth name:||Michael Garrett Shanks|
|Birthday:||15 December 1970, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Height:||6' (1.83 m)|
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TriviaLived with Vaitiare Bandera Bears an uncanny resemblance to his Stargate (1994) feature film counterpart James Spader, whose character, Dr. Daniel Jackson, he portrays on "Stargate SG-1" (1997). He was born in Vancouver and grew up in Kamloops, BC, Canada. Played hockey (defense) and rugby (flyhalf then wing) in high school. Was inspired to pursue an acting career while watching future "Stargate SG-1" (1997) co-star Richard Dean Anderson film an episode of "MacGyver" (1985). Played three different characters in a single episode of "Stargate SG-1" (1997): Dr. Daniel Jackson, Thor and Penegal in the second half of the Season Eight premiere 'New Order Part II'. His character, Remiel, killed Hector, played by Christopher Judge, in the "Andromeda" (2000) episode "Day of Judgement, Day of Wrath". In the "Stargate SG-1" (1997) episode "Moebius Part 2", his character, Dr. Daniel Jackson, was killed by Judge's character, Teal'c. His character, Dr. Daniel Jackson (and various versions of him), was killed in four different episodes during the eighth season of "Stargate SG-1" (1997) alone: "Avatar", "Reckoning Part 2" and "Moebius Part 2", He was also shot several times, severely injured and tortured during the season. Wife Lexa Doig gave birth to their second child together, a son named Samuel David on March 19, 2006. Michael announced it at a Vancouver Convention on March 25th. Coincidentally enough, there is another Michael Shanks (no relation) who is a real life archaeologist, while Michael Shanks the actor portrays an archaeologist on the television show Stargate SG-1. His "Stargate SG-1" (1997) character Daniel Jackson is close to six years older than he actually is.