Michael Garrett Shanks was born in Vancouver on 15 December 1970. He grew up as a huge Star Wars and Star Trek fan.
He began with small roles in TV shows such as Madison, The Commish and Highlander.
In 1997, Michael auditioned for the role of Dr Daniel Jackson on Stargate SG-1, the TV spin-off of the original Stargate movie and got the role.
After five seasons of “Stargate SG-1”, Michael left the series but returned as a full-time member of the cast for season seven. He also voiced Thor, the Asgard leader and reprised his role as Dr. Daniel Jackson in several episodes of “Stargate: Atlantis” and “SGU Stargate Universe”.
He did a number of guest appearances on shows such as “Outer Limits”, “24”, “Elysium” and “Smallville”. But it was on the show “Andromeda” where he met Lexa Doig whom he married in 2003.
Currently, he stars as doctor Charlie Harris in “Saving Hope”.
His best friend is “Stargate SG-1” co-star Christopher Judge, who was a FACTS-guest in 2009.
Present at FACTS: 2013