Meet Michael Shanks – Actor Writer Producer

Michael Shanks Looking Fantastic

Meet Michael Garrett Shanks

Michael is a Canadian actor, director and writer.

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Michael Shanks in 2009

Michael Shanks Birth Date, Family, Career, Net Worth and Bio.


Michael loved sports and participated in many things and described himself as an over achiever. He was a member of the Student Council, joined the theatre group, played defence at hockey and fly-half and later wing at rugby. At 16 Michael had to decide whether profession Ice Hockey was for him and decision led him to  the University of British Columbia where he studied business. This industrious young man financed his studies through laboring and lumberjack work.

Michael Garrett Shanks did however return to the ice in two movies to play the Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe in “Mr. Hockey” and “Gordie Howe Story”.

Failing calculus while study business he switched to a course in Theatre and graduating March 1994 with a degree in Fine Arts

Whilst attending the University of British Columbia, Michael was in the BFA Acting Program from 1990 until 1994 and later appearing on stage in several productions.

Place Of Birth and Year Of Birth

 Born December 15, 1970 in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada.

Michael Shanks in swim gear
Ready for a dip

Michael and his younger brother grew up in Kamloops British Columbia.

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A relaxed Michael


At this stage nothing can be found on Michael’s parents.

Michael is married to Lexa Doid, the couple started dating after playing a couple of androids falling love in Andromeda and have been together since 2003. The were not planning on getting married Lexa is said to have stated it just happened. They went along to Diamonds Direct, picked out a ring and were married  in Vancouver at Brock House. They did not have a honeymoon, though Michael sarcastically commented “Every day with me is a honeymoon.”

Evidently they both have a dark sense of humor, keeping up and discussing  with current events. They prioritize communication which is a secret to the successful marriage.

San Diego Comic Con
Michael Shanks and wife Lexa at San Diego Comic Con

The couple have 2 children Mia Tabitha their daughter born 13th September 2004 and a son Samuel David born 19th March 2006.

Michael has a daughter from a previous relationship with Vaitiare Bandera. Tatiana Shanks was born August 1998  and the couple are also proud parents of Tatiana.

Lexa with Mia Tabitha and Samual Shanks
Lexa, Mia and Samual

Michael’s Career

Michael left University of British Columbia and spent two years in Ontario at Stratford Festival.

He then appears in TV Roles such as Madison, The Commish   and Highlander.

Landing the role of Dr. Daniel Jackson in 1997 on “Stargate SG-1” by auditioning for this TV Spin-off with an impersonation of James Spader who was Dr. Daniel Jackson in the original “Stargate” movie.

Michael Shanks as Daniel Jackson Stargate-1

Meet Michael’s Double

Michael’s stunt double Clint Carleton from Stargate SG1.

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Meet Clint Carlton Michael Shanks Double

He then took the role of Hamlet between seas0ns two and three of Stargate-1, Hamlet had a short run at the Stanley Theatre in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1999 before returning to Stargate-1.

Michael Shanks in Hamlet
Michael Shanks plays Hamlet

Michael left the Stargate SG-1 series after 5 seasons with the reason for leaving be a lock of use for the character he played, Daniel Jackson.

Michael returned to Stargate-1 as Daniel Jackson after a fan campaign started when it was announced he was leaving. Michael returned a year later and remained a full time member of the cast for 7 seasons.

During the year he was away from the show Michael starred in “Suddenly Naked”, Saving Hope, Suspicious River, All Around Town, Door to Door, Outer Limits, Andromeda, Sumuru. He also took time to meet fans in Australia, Europe and US.

 Michael directed and wrote for the show. He directed Season 4 episode “Double Jeopardy” the experience being reported as bitter sweet, the experience has not discouraged him from it.

As Michael had already received a story credit for “Evolution,Part 1”,  he further stretched his creativity in Season 7 writing the episode “Resurrection”.

Under the Mistletoe

A break in mid-season filming of Stargate-1, Michael completed a film for Lifetime Network “Under the Mistletoe”, which aired in December 2006 and was a made-for-TV film. This film starred Michael Shanks, Jaime Ray Newman and Burkely Duffield.

Under the Mistletoe cast
Michael Shanks, Jaime Ray Newman and Burkely Duffield in “Under the Mistletoe”

Net Worth

Estimated in 2021 at $3.5mil


Michael Shanks in Saving Hope

Michael in Saving Hope

The Big Heart of Michael Garrett Shanks

The official website of Michael Shanks is launching it’s fifth annual online auction was held in 2009. The Multiple Sclerosis Society Canada being the  charity supported by SG-1 actors Michael Shanks and his wife, Lexa Doig is the receiver of profits from the Auction.

Sam, Michael and Lexa’s son has got on board and has his own fundraiser for Covenant House Vancouver for homeless youths.

This he has done through his Sleep Out Event. Sam has stated “I’m Sleeping Out, so homeless youth don’t have to!”

Lets Take A Look At What Michael Has Starred In.

Michael made guest appearances in ‘Highlander: The Series’ and  ‘University Hospital’ and then appeared in the TV movie ‘A Family Divided’.

The Call of The Wild:Dog Of The Yukon, Stargate SG-1, The Outer Limits, Escape from Mars, Andromeda, All Around Town, Door to Door, Stargate Atlantis, Swarmed, Under The Mistletoe,

Mega Snake, 24, Eureka, The Lost Treasure Of The Grand Canyon, Stargate: The Ark of Truth, Stargate: Continuum, Desperate Escape,  Living Out Loud, Sanctuary, Tower Prep, Smallville, Supernatural, Flashpoint, Christmas Lodge, The Pastor’s Wife, Saving Hope, Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howie Story, Hearts of Spring, Christmas Home Coming, The Detectives, Unspeakable, Virgin River, The College Admissions Scandal, Altered Carbon, Project Blue Book.

Suspicious River, Mr Fortune’s Smile, The Artist’s Circle, Suddenly Naked (aka Show and Tell), SF Seeks, Sumuru, Mega Snake, Judicial Indiscretion, Artic Blast, Riding Hood, Tactical Force, Faces In A Crowd, Elysium, 13 Eerie, The Bouquet.

Michael Shanks’ Quotes

“I think that you can take things personally or get hurt feelings as a result of something not working out just because your psyche said it should or you deserve it, or whatever it is.”

“In the meantime, I just have to create those realistic goals about the fact that I don’t have a ton of options as an actor who’s been on a science fiction show for 8 years.”

“There was concern whether SCI FI would want the show back with all the recent changes. But now, the changes have made it feel fresh, like starting over.”

“I’ve always found ways to bend the rules.”

“It’s absolutely true that it’s almost impossible to play a character without having any affection for him.”


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Meet Michael Shanks - Actor Writer Producer 21A Taste of Characters Michael Has Portrayed

Red Riding Hood he plays the part of  a character named Adrien Lazar, local affluent blacksmith who is the father of Red Riding Hood’s love interest.

Michael in Stargate1
As Lazar the Blacksmith

Michael in The Detective – check out the video

Michael Shank in The Detective

Michael Shanks The Detective
Michael Starring in The Detective
Michael as Hawkman
Michael Starring in Altered Carbon
Photo of Michael Shanks in Altered Carbon

Blessed With The Passing Of Time

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Michael Shanks in stripes

Acting Awards

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA

Michael has won award in 2001, 2004 and 2005  for Best Support Actor in Stargate SG-1 (1997)

  Acting Award for Stargate SG-1 (1997)


In 2014 Michael took out the Best Performance by an Actor as Leading Role in  Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story (2013)

Canadian Screen Awards, CA

Leo Awards

Michael won other numerous awards  as noted by IMDb.

(Award info supplied by IMDb)

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