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A veteran of the first exploratory team from the movie Stargate, Dr. Daniel Jackson is an anthropologist, linguist and expert in ancient and current cultures; he speaks more than 20 languages, including ancient Egyptian. He had originally been contracted by the military to decipher a mysterious hieroglyphic cartouche. His subsequent translation of it allowed Earth's first discovered stargate to be opened. As a member of SG-1, Jackson's humanistic approach was often in conflict with Col. Jack O'Neill's militaristic style.
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Michael Shanks

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Daniel Jackson



Coming off a lauded recurring role in the hit USA series Burn Notice, Shanks is best known as fan favorite scientist Dr. Daniel Jackson in the long-running Showtime/Sci Fi Channel series Stargate SG-1, and their two franchise films:  Stargate: The Ark of Truth and Stargate: Continuum.  He periodically reprises his Jackson role on spinoff Stargate Atlantis, and will do the same for the new Stargate Universe.

Recent credits include several telefilms for Lifetime, Hallmark, and the Sci Fi Channel, and a recurring role on FOX’s Emmy-winning hit 24.  Shanks has also starred on Eureka, CSI: Miami, and the Emmy-winning MoW Door to Door opposite William H. Macy.

A native of Kamloops, British Columbia, near Vancouver, Michael Shanks studied commerce before deciding to pursue acting at the University of British Columbia, from which he graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He went on to perform for two seasons at the renowned Stratford Shakespeare Festival, essaying such roles as Lorenzo in The Merchant of Venice and Menteith in Macbeth as well as roles in King Lear and The Merry Wives of Windsor. His other theater credits include Amadeus, Love of the Nightingale, Translations and Wait Until Dark.

Shanks made his TV debut in an episode of Highlander, "The Zone," and went on to guest-star on such series as The Commish and SCI FI's The Outer Limits (the episodes "Mary 25" and "Manifest Destiny"). He played a college student who helped commit a shocking crime with his fraternity brothers in A Family Divided, his telefilm debut, and has appeared in films released internationally, including Suspicious River and Suddenly Naked.

Among his science-fiction credits are the telefilm Escape from Mars and guest appearances on UPN's The Twilight Zone revival series and the Andromeda episodes "Star-Crossed" and "Day of Judgement, Day of Wrath," alongside Christopher Judge. Shanks directed the Stargate SG-1 episode "Double Jeopardy" and wrote the screenplay for "Resurrection."

In addition, Shanks provides the voice of the Asgard supreme commander, Thor.