Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping and Other 'Stargate SG-1' Cast Members 23 Years after the First Episode Aired
It was one of the most remarkable entries in the “Stargate” franchise, and it enjoyed immense popularity in its ten years on air, positioning it as a Sci-Fi classic of the 2000s.
“Stargate SG-1” proved to be the best follow-up to the 1994 film “Stargate,” which brought to live an expanded universe that has spread to not only movies but also to comic books and video games, proving to have a lasting legacy with the public.
The first TV sequel to the original film remains one of the most recognizable entries in the media franchise, with several of its characters returning for subsequent series and video games.
The showrunners had a great eye when choosing the selected group of actors that went on to portray the SG-1 team, inviting us to accompany them in the most unimaginable adventures in outer space.
Here is a little about what went on in the careers of the main cast of “Stargate SG-1” in the 23 years that have gone by since the series debuted in 1997.
RICHARD DEAN ANDERSON
The 69-year-old actor played Colonel Jack O’Neill, the leader of the SG-1 mission, which uses the alien technology of the “Stargate” to explore the universe and protect Earth from threats.
Following the end of the series, the “MacGyver” star made a couple of guest appearances in “Saturday Night Live” (2009) before reprising his role as O’Neil in “SGU Stargate Universe” (2009-2010).
In 2011 he briefly recurred in the TV series “Kate” (2011), and reprised his role as MacGyver in the mini-series “Mercedes-Benz: MacGyver and the new Citan” in 2012. His last role to date was playing himself in “Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23” (2013).
The 54-year-old actress played Major Samantha Carter, an astrophysicist who begins as part of the SG-1 team and eventually comes to command it.
Taping reprised her role in both “Stargate: Atlantis” (2005-2009) and “SGU Stargate Universe” (2009-2010), apart from starring in “Sanctuary” (2007 / 2008-2011) and “Riese” (2009-2010).
Most recently, she starred in “Supernatural” (2012-2018) and “Travelers” (2017-2018). She has also directed several TV shows, starting with one episode of “Stargate SG-1” in 2004.
The 49-year-old actor played Dr. Daniel Jackson, a prominent Egyptologist who joins the SG-1 mission out of his curiosity over the mysterious origins of the Egyptian Pyramids.
Shanks went on to reprise his role in “Stargate: Atlantis” (2004-2008) and “SGU Stargate Universe” (2009-2010), also landing roles in “Smallvile” (2010) and “Saving Hope” (2012-2017).
Most recently, he starred in the drama series “Unspeakable” (2019). He was also in the TV movie “The College Admissions Scandal” (2019), loosely based in the scandal involving actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman.
The 55-year-old actor played Teal’c, the former and defected second in command of the evil Goua’uld Lord Apophis, an enemy of Earth. Teal’c joins the SG-1 to combat Apophis as one of the good guys.
Judge played a minor role in “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012) and has gone on to appear in Sci-fi films like “Flashes” (2014), “Reaper” (2014), “LA Apocalypse” (2015), “Before the Border” (2015), and “Nobility” (2017).
As a voice actor, Judge also voiced the character Brick in the animated TV series “Wacky Races” (2017-2018), a reboot of the classic Hannah-Barbera show from the 60s.
DON S. DAVIS
The late actor played Major General George Hammond, the man in charge of the Stargate Command. He briefly retires from the military to spend time with his family, but his services are required again in the last seasons.
Davis went on to appear in films like “Beneath” (2007), “Far Cry” (2008), “The Uninvited” (2009), and “Woodshop” (2010).
On the small screen, he guest-starred in “Supernatural” (2007), “The Guard” (2008), apart from returning for a posthumous appearance as Major Garland Briggs in “Twin Peaks” 2017. He passed away in 2008, at the age of 65.