The official Universal Television biography released during the run of Quantum Leap
In the innovative one-hour series Bakula stars as Sam Beckett, a scientist whose experiment with time travel goes awry and leaves him trapped between the fifties and the nineties, while he attempts to find his way back to the present day.
The New York Times says, "Scott Bakula has the most demanding and rewarding job on weekly television. Mr. Bakula jumps from one character to another with thoroughly impressive and charming aplomb ... this actor seems to revel in versatility."
For his performance, Bakula received a 1992 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series Drama. In addition to receiving two Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe nominations for his role in Quantum Leap, Bakula was honored with the Viewers For Quality Television Award for Best Actor in a Drama for two consecutive years.
While on hiatus from the series, Bakula keeps up his frenetic pace by working on both a feature film and a movie for television. Recently, he made his starring feature-film debut in the Paramount comedy, Necessary Roughness, portraying a 34-year-old freshman quarterback for a group of outlandish and unconventional college athletes.
The Los Angeles Times stated in their review of the film, "Scott Bakula scores ... Bakula has a laid-back quality that makes him a welcome, easy-to-take presence on the big screen." Bakula also stars in the NBC movie-of-the-week An Eye for an Eye, playing an undercover New York City cop who finds himself ostracized from the force when he takes a public stand against the death penalty.
Before making his mark on television, however, Scott was already a well-known theater actor. He won a 1988 Tony nomination for his starring role in the Broadway musical Romance / Romance.
Bakula made his feature film debut in 1990 opposite Kirstie Alley in Sibling Rivalry, directed by Carl Reiner.
Born in St. Louis, Bakula had originally planned to follow in his father's footsteps as a lawyer, before deciding on an acting career. Moving to New York in 1976 he made his Broadway debut as Joe DiMaggio in Marilyn: An American Fable. He went on to appear in the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway production of 3 Guys Naked From the Waist Down, which he later performed at the Pasadena Playhouse. Before his return to Broadway in Romance / Romance, Bakula appeared in both the Los Angeles and Boston productions of Nite Club Confidential.
An accomplished singer, sometime dancer, pianist and composer, Bakula's favorite role in life is undoubtedly husband and father. Currently he resides in Los Angeles with his wife and children.
Ask Bakula if he has any second thoughts about choosing to become an actor instead of a lawyer and you'll find the answer on a stage, screen or television near you.