Michael Shanks
Michael Shanks
Celebrated Name: Michael Shanks
Real Name/Full Name: Michael Garrett Shanks
Gender: Male
Age: 53 years old
Birth Date: 15 December 1970
Birth Place: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nationality: Canadian
Height: 1.83 m
Weight: 67 kg
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Wife/Spouse (Name): Vaitiare Bandera, (divorced), Lexa Doig (m.2003 – present)
Children/Kids (Son and Daughter): Yes 3 ( Tatiana Shanks, Mia Tabitha Shanks, Samuel David Shanks)
Dating/Girlfriend (Name): N/A
Is Michael Shanks Gay? No
Profession: Actor, writer & director
Salary: N/A
Net Worth in 2024: $3 million
Last Updated: July 2024

Michael Garrett Shanks is a Canadian actor, writer, and director from British Columbia.  He is popularly known for his starring role in the television series “Stargate SG-1” as well his appearance in Hope. Some of the highlights of his career including Small Ville, Mega Snake, Red Riding Hood, and November Criminals. He made his screen debut in 1993 with an appearance in “Highlander”.

Maybe you know about Michael Shanks very well but do you know how old and tall is he and what is his net worth in 2024? If you do not know, we have prepared this article about details of Michael Shanks’s short biography-wiki, career, professional life, personal life, today’s net worth, age, height, weight, and more facts. Well, if you’re ready, let’s start.

Early Life & Biography

Michael Garret Shanks was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada. He grew up in Kamloops, British Columbia. He participated in the BFA acting program for 4 years and later on made several appearances in stage productions where he served a duration of 2 years apprenticeship with the prestigious Stratford Festival in Ontario.

During this period he managed to appear on TV Series like Highlander and University Hospital as a guest and also in A Family Divided a television movie and finally a small role in The Call of The Wild. He won the role of Daniel Jackson on Stargate SG-1.

Personal Life

Shanks married Vaitiare Bandera, a model and an actress who was featured as his wife on Stargate SG-1 Portraying Sha’re. They have a daughter together named Tatiana Shanks and they later on divorced. Shanks moved on and remarried Lexa Doig in 2003, the actress who they had met during his star role in the series Andromeda. They have blessed with two children together with a son, Samuel, and a daughter Mia Shanks.

He has a massive interest in playing ice hockey where he considered playing professionally. He participated in the Stargate SG-1 hockey team where he competed against Vancouver based production teams such as Small Ville. He played the part of a school hockey coach in the 2006 television film Under the Mistletoe where this role as the title character in the television film Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story.

Age, Height, and Weight

Being born on 15 December 1970, Michael Shanks is 53 years old as of today’s date 25th July 2024. His height is 1.83 m tall, and his weight is 67 kg.


Michael started his career journey when he played archaeologist Dr. Jackson in Stargate SG-1 throughout the first five seasons and left the show at the end of the fifth season. He cited creative differences in the concern underuse of his character and the direction of the show as a whole. Throughout the sixth season, he made several guest appearances though playing his own character and voiced the Asgard character, Thor.

He went back to play his previous role for the 7th and the subsequent season together. Though, during the final season which was the tenth episode, he took some time off the role for the sake of his third childbirth. In 2008 he appeared in two direct to DVD Stargate films, Stargate: The Ark of Truth, and Stargate: Continuum where he won an award.

He made a crossover appearance with his previous character in the Stargate Atlantis pilot, “Rising” where he appeared in the tenth & eleventh episodes till to the final season as well a cameo appearance in the pilot of the third Stargate series Stargate Universe. He was also featured in the episodes “Human” and “Subversion”.

Shanks has starred in other various films and an episode like Star Crossed in the sci-fi series Andromeda, Sumuru which was a German/UK/South African co-production as well as astronaut Adam Wade a science fiction B-movies and later on he auditioned for the role of Shinzon in Star Trek Nemesis.

Shanks have starred in the “The Good Guys” a Fox Comedy as the pompous leader of the Strike Force. In the third episode of the Showcase show Endgame, he guest-starred as an Amnesiac. On the return to primetime as Dr. Charles on saving hope, reuniting with Stargate SG-1 and Small Ville co-star Erica Durance.

Awards & Achievements

He won the Leo Award for Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series in 2004 for the seventh season episode “Lifeboat”. Later on, he won the 2009 Leo Award for the lead performance by a male in a feature-length Drama for Continuum.

Net Worth & Salary of Michael Shanks in 2024

Michael Shanks Net Worth
Michael Shanks Net Worth

As of July 2024, Michael Shanks has an estimated net worth of $3 million. He has appeared in several movies and television shows of which he has starred. He has also produced some of the films himself. All his earning is an addition to his wealth which has made him popular.  He has good earning and living a lavish lifestyle for his popularity and fame in the industry.

Michael is true evidence of its much better to fail to try than to not even get into the game. He has been entertaining us for several years, during which he has amassed great wealth.


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