Michael Shanks

Michael Shanks

Highest Rated: 60% Door to Door (2002)

Lowest Rated: 0% Faces in the Crowd (2011)

Birthday: Dec 15, 1970

Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Michael Shanks is a Canadian-born TV actor, writer, and director best known for his role as archeologist Dr. Daniel Jackson on the popular science fiction series "Stargate SG-1." A Vancouver native, Shanks earned his BFA in theater from the University of British Columbia and apprenticed at Ontario's famed Stratford Shakespearean Festival. In the early 1990s, as Shanks entered the film and television industry, many syndicated and cable television series were filmed in Canada as a result of the country's comparatively low production costs; Shanks soon began appearing on Canadian-made TV series like "Highlander," based on the popular 1986 action film and its sequels, and reboots of the classic science-fiction anthologies "The Outer Limits" and "The Twilight Zone" before gaining his breakout role on "Stargate SG-1" in 1997. Shanks's character, Dr. Daniel Jackson, was an Egyptologist who joined the Stargate team as an archaeologist and translator. A major character for the show's first five seasons, Shanks left the series in 2002, but returned as a full cast member after only one season off and continued in the role until the show finally ended in 2007. Following the end of "Stargate SG-1," Shanks appeared as a corrupt Washington lobbyist in the sixth season of the action drama "24" and as an antagonist to disgraced former spy Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) in the stylish espionage series "Burn Notice."


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet 44% Welcome Home Warrior Master Sergeant Jim Mullins (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet 20% Hearts of Spring Andy Sommers (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet 33% The Bouquet Sam (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 53% Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story Gordie Howe (Character) - 2013
10% 39% Red Riding Hood Adrien Lazar (Character) $37.7M 2011
0% 34% Faces in the Crowd Bryce (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet 30% The Pastor's Wife Matthew Winkler (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet 31% Tactical Force Demetrius (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet 42% Christmas Lodge Jack (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet 23% Arctic Blast Jack Tate (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet 0% Desperate Escape Michael Coleman (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 39% Living Out Loud Brad Marshall (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 15% Lost Treasure of the Grand Canyon Jacob Thain (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 79% Stargate: The Ark of Truth Dr. Daniel Jackson (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 79% Stargate: Continuum Dr. Daniel Jackson (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Megasnake Les Daniels (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 0% Judicial Indiscretion Jack Sullivan (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 17% Mega Snake Unknown (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 67% Under the Mistletoe Kevin Harrison (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 19% Swarmed Kent Horvath (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 13% Sumuru Adam Wade (Character) - 2003
60% 83% Door to Door John (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 39% Mary Higgins Clark's All Around the Town Justin Donnelly (Character) - 2002
50% 63% Suddenly Naked Danny Blair/Donny Blitzer (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 27% Escape From Mars Bill Malone (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 80% Stargate SG-1: Children of the Gods Dr. Daniel Jackson (Character) - 1997


No Score Yet No Score Yet Unspeakable Will Sanders (Character) 2019
No Score Yet 80% Saving Hope Charles Harris (Character),
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Marilyn Denis Show Guest 2015
No Score Yet 86% Flashpoint David Fleming (Guest Star) 2011
78% 77% Smallville Carter Hall/Hawkman (Guest Star) 2010
71% No Score Yet The Good Guys Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
93% 83% Supernatural Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
70% 72% Stargate Universe Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
88% 95% Burn Notice Victor (Guest Star) 2008-2009
No Score Yet 92% Stargate SG-1 Dr. Daniel Jackson (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
87% 84% 24 Mark Bishop (Guest Star) 2007
No Score Yet 66% CSI: Miami Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Andromeda Unknown (Guest Star) 2003 2001
67% No Score Yet The Twilight Zone Unknown (Character) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Outer Limits Dr. Will Olsten (Character) 2000 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Commish Sean (Guest Star) 1993


Daniel Jackson says: I thought there were no fish in your pond.