Star Trek: Enterprise star Scott Bakula turns 61 years old today, and thought we'd celebrate the occasion by taking a detailed look back at the actor's life and career. He was born to Sally and J. Stewart Bakula on October 9, 1954, in St. Louis, Missouri, and grew up there as well. During his youth in St. Louis, Bakula established himself as both a singer and actor with lead roles in productions of Godspell, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Man of La Mancha and Fiddler on the Roof. After moving to New York City, he made his Broadway debut playing Joe DiMaggio in Marilyn: An American Fable, and he received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in the Broadway musical Romance/Romance.

His next role, as the time-traveling Sam Beckett in the innovative television series Quantum Leap, made Bakula a household name. For his efforts, he earned a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series, as well as three additional Golden Globe nominations, four Emmy Award nominations and five honors from Viewers for Quality Television. 

Bakula has also appeared in numerous feature films, including Sam Mendes’ American Beauty, Clive Barker’s Lord of Illusions and Steven Soderbergh’s The Informant. His TV work includes guest spots, recurring roles and series regular roles in My Sister Sam, Gung Ho, Designing Women, Eisenhower & Lutz, Murphy Brown, Boston Legal, Chuck and The New Adventures of Old Christine.

As series lead Captain Jonathan Archer in Star Trek: Enterprise, he earned a People’s Choice Award nomination. Bakula, in an interview with in 2010, said this of his time on Enterprise:   

"It was a fantastic experience. I had a ball. We had some fantastically talented people on all sides of the camera. We had great actors, tremendously creative effects people and set people and makeup people and… It was fantastic. You were working with some of the most-talented people and groundbreakers in the industry, and I got to do it for four years." 

Since Enterprise, Bakula has appeared in such films and television shows as Chuck, Desperate Housewives, Men of a Certain Age, Behind the Candelabra (earning an Emmy nomination), Elsa & Fred and Basmati Blues. He currently stars as Dwayne Pride on the hit CBS series NCIS: New Orleans.

Bakula has continued working on stage, starring in such productions as No Strings at UCLA’s Geffen Playhouse and Shenandoah at the renowned Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, several times at the Hollywood Bowl and also at the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors. And, off-screen, he's married to actress Chelsea Field and has four children, Chelsy and Cody (with his first wife, Krista Newmann) and Wil and Owen (with Field). 

Please join in wishing Bakula a happy birthday.

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