Scott Stewart Bakula is an actor born in St. Louis, Missouri, USA on 9th October 1954, perhaps most famous for his roles on TV series’ “Quantum Leap” (1989-93), “Star Trek: Enterprise” (2001-2005) and “NCIS: New Orleans” (2014). He further starred in “Men of a Certain Age”, a comedy-drama series (2009-2011) and guest-starred in the TV series’ “Chuck” (2007-2012) and “Looking” (2014). Bakula is also a noted Broadway actor and a movie star.
Have you ever wondered how rich Scott Bakula is? According to sources, it has been estimated that Scott Bakula’s overall net worth is $10 million, mostly accumulated from his roles in TV series for which he has been rewarded several times, thus increasing his real worth. Although occasional, Scott’s appearances in movies and theatre plays have also added to his wealth.
Scott Bakula Net Worth $10 Million
Raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Scott showed an early interest in performing, and started by appearing in local church productions and by creating his own musical groups. Apart from his talent in acting, Bakula proved to be an excellent athlete. He played tennis, baseball and soccer, and was a member of the high school swim team. As the son of a lawyer, Scott first studied law and business in college before trying for his acting career.
Scott found his first work as an actor in 1976, after settling in New York City. After a few performances in off-Broadway shows and regional productions for a few years, Bakula debuted on Broadway in the musical “Marilyn: An American Fable” in 1983, by playing baseball legend Joe DiMaggio. His role in the successful off-Broadway production “Three Guys Naked from the Waist Down”, brought him attention, before Bakula transferred to Los Angeles soon after, and engaged in the TV sitcom “Designing Women” (1986).
Scott returned to New York during a Hollywood writers’ strike, to play in “Romance/Romance” (1987) and afterwards secured the lead role in “Quantum Leap”, a 1989 science fiction TV series. This performance earned him a Golden Globe Award and four Emmy Award nominations for Best Actor, along with five Viewers for Quality Television Awards for Best Actor in a Quality Drama Series. Other notable roles included those in “Major League: Back to the Minors” (1998) and “American Beauty” (1999).
Scott was next seen in the TV series “Star Trek: Enterprise” as Jonathan Archer, playing the captain of Earth’s interstellar ship, a role that brought him a Saturn Award for the Best Actor on Television. Later, in 2006, he reprised his role by doing a voice over for his character in “Star Trek: Legacy PC” and Xbox 360 video games. During 2008 he appeared in one episode of “Boston Legal : Glow in the Dark” and in a few episodes of “State of the Union” series. As for his movie career, Scott appeared in “The Informant” (2009), a dark comedy film as an FBI agent Brian Shepard, alongside Matt Damon. It was the same year that he acquired a role in the TV series “Chuck”, and became on of the lead characters in drama/comedy “Men of a Certain Age”. Scott’s net worth was rising steadily
In 2013 it was announced that he would appear in the HBO’s series “Looking”, and a year later he engaged in the “NCIS: New Orleans” series earning a People’s Choice Awards for Favourite Actor in a New TV Series.
Scott was married to Krista Neumann from 1981 to 1995 and from this marriage he has two children. He later married actress Chelsea Field in 1996 and became the father of two boys.
Appears as Captain Jonathan Archer on a silver dollar coin issued by Tuvalu on 3 November 2015, one of a 2-coin set celebrating the series Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) .
Parents are J. Stewart and Sally Bakula.
Currently lives in Los Angeles, California and has a farm in upstate New York.
He was awarded a Star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame for Acting/Entertainment.
Is a staunch Democrat.
Has approximately half German ancestry, with his other ancestry including Bohemian/Czech (from his great-grandfather), Austrian, English and Scottish. His paternal great-great-grandparents, Wenceslaus Bakula and Josephine Metick, were Czech immigrants.
Attended and graduated from Kirkwood High School in Kirkwood, Missouri in 1973. During high school, he was active in soccer, tennis and theatre. Attended the University of Kansas until his sophomore year when he left to pursue acting.
The surname Bakula is very common in Croatia and very rare in the Czech Republic. During the premiere of the first season of Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) in Croatia, some Croatian newspapers, like Slobodna Dalmacija, conducted a few interviews with Croatians named Bakula, especially with people from Dalmatia and Herzegovina, in an effort to determine Scott Bakula's origin. It is also possible, as a lot of Croats have lived in the Czech Republic for centuries, that Scott's ancestors are among them.
Coincidentally, his fictional character name, Captain Jonathan Archer, is similar to real-life Star Trek: Voyager (1995) novelist Nathan Archer.
Ran the Los Angeles Marathon on March 6, 2005 in 4 hours, 10 minutes and 41 seconds.
His 1988 Tony Award nomination was as Best Actor (Musical) for "Romance/Romance", written by Barry Harman. The winner in that category that year was Michael Crawford for "Phantom of the Opera", Scott was not the producers' first choice for the role but was chosen after Armand Assante turned it down. When Scott left "Romance/Romance" to do Quantum Leap (1989), he was replaced by Barry Williams for the remainder of the show's Broadway run.
The only actor to have two roles included in TV Guide's "25 Legends of Sci-Fi". One entry noted the character of Sam Beckett from Quantum Leap (1989), while the other entry noted all of the Captains from the various Star Trek series, which would of course include his role of Jonathan Archer from Star Trek: Enterprise (2001).
Has speculated (half jokingly) that Jonathan Archer's middle name is Beckett. This is in reference to Dr. Sam Beckett, the character Bakula portrayed on Quantum Leap (1989).
Is a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity while attending the University of Kansas.
The white streak in his hair appeared when he was four years old. He had been helping a neighbor paint, and his mother thought he had gotten paint in his hair.
Has appeared on the cover of the March 1995 issue of Playgirl Magazine. In the interview inside, illustrated with several photos of Scott baring his hairy chest, he stated that he wouldn't have a problem doing a nude scene in a movie.
[2014, on Designing Women (1986)] It was right around when I did that show that I got my first indication of what life was in Hollywood. I was doing a play out here, a musical called Nite Club Confidential, and it was this great show. So I'd go on auditions, and they'd say, "Oh, Scott, it's so nice to meet you!" and I'd say, "Oh, thanks!" And they'd go, "So, Nite Club Confidential!" And I'd be, like, "Oh, did you see it?" "Oh, no, no, we didn't see it. But we heard it was great!" And I realized, "Okay, I'm not in New York anymore, and this is a different world." Either they'd heard that it was great or they'd read that it was great, and that's why they were seeing me. Sylvie Drake wrote a great review, and all of a sudden I'm in all of these meetings, and I got the job on Designing Women. I just remember thinking, "Okay, so your work doesn't actually have to be seen." In New York, everybody goes to the theater, they see you, and they say, "Oh, I saw you, and you were unbelievable." Here, they just have to have heard you were good.
[2014, on Lord of Illusions (1995)] By the end of that movie, I was in about three hours of makeup, by the time they did the tattoo and the burn and the cut and the blood and the dirt and the contact lenses. You know, it just went on and on. And I had to get there that much earlier as it went on to get ready for that day's work... Clive Barker is just genius, and he's incredibly gifted in so many different ways. He can write and direct and paint and do all these different things, and he can do them all extremely well. I was in awe just being around him. He was and is a sweetheart of a guy. But it was a very difficult shoot. Very, very difficult, and very challenging. But great performances from a bunch of people, and... that was another one that we kind of thought was going to become a series of movies, but it never happened. There was a second film script that came out, and we were talking about it, they were trying to decide who was going to direct it, and there were all kinds of things that were close to going, but then there were other things that happened with the studio, et cetera, and it never came to fruition. But it was a great experience, and I just love Clive Barker.
I like fantasy. I've always been the kind of kid who likes to dream about other things I could be and exotic situations I could be in. I don't know what makes you that kind of person. Some people probably don't have time for fantasy. I probably have too much time for it.
On the best thing about playing a Star Trek captain: I was very excited. I was a huge fan of the original Star Trek, and I'd never even dreamed that I would someday be captain of a starship... I'm a big fan of the future of space programs on this planet, especially if it's a space program that can proceed in a peaceful fashion, keeping weapons out of space. (September/October 2006, Star Trek Magazine issue #1)
On how he got the role of Captain Jonathan Archer: Kerry McCluggage and Garry Hart were both at Universal when I did Quantum Leap (1989). We had a long and very good relationship. My production company was already at Paramount when they approached me. I was excited, but wanted to meet Rick Berman and Brannon Braga and read the pilot script. Once I read that and met with the guys it was kind of a no-brainer in terms of a role to play, a place to work, with great collaborators, and it would keep me at home for the next few years. (September/October 2006, Star Trek Magazine issue #1)
When I used to do tours, I'd be anxious and nervous on the plane returning to New York. I now realize the reaction was because I was coming back unemployed. Actors are constantly being put to the test.