Scott Bakula was born in 1954 in St. Louis, Missouri, to Sally Zumwinkel and J. Stewart Bakula. “Bakula” apparently means flower in Croatia. Yet Scott is of German, Czech, Austrian, English and of course Scottish descent. In the 4th grade, he started a rock band and later sang with the St. Louis Symphony. Then he studied Law at the University of Kansas until his sophomore year when he left to pursue acting.
He has been married and divorced in a marriage that produced two offspring. He has subsequently re-married and fathered two more children. Today, he lives in Los Angeles, California and has a farm in upstate New York. He is a staunch Democrat, purported to be worth 10 million dollars.
In 1976, he was first hired professionally in the role of Sam in “Shenandoah”. Later he was nominated for a Tony Award for Romance/Romance in 1988. After several small roles on television, he starred opposite Dean Stockwell in the science fiction series Quantum Leap (1989). Scott played Dr. Sam Beckett, a physicist who was trapped by a malfunction of his time machine to correct things gone wrong in the past. He won a Golden Globe in 1992 for Best Performance by an Actor in a TV series. He also starred in the prequel series Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) as Jonathan Archer, the captain of Earth’s first long-range starship.
I first discovered Scott Bakula as a TV viewer when he did QUANTUM LEAP. He was a leading man, who because of some silly plot contrivance played all sorts of characters. His portrayal of a woman in one episode is a study in commitment versus credibility. As a result he was hilarious in the role. I got to work with him in a film by Greg Nava called MI FAMILIA, the saga of a Mexican family finding its way into American life. Nava had previously helmed the critically successful film EL NORTE about another Mexican family on its journey north to the USA. I was the father of the son’s American girlfriend, played by Dee Dee Pfeifer (sister of you-know-who). Scott played a priest who was pastor to the family. The film also starred Jimmy Smits, Esai Morales and James Olmos, with Jennifer Lopez in a minor role.
Then a very odd thing happened. The night after I was wrapped, and after a few celebratory bourbons, I woke up to find Scott Bakula in my bed. Shocked, I asked him what he was doing there. “Lets talk in the morning,” came the reply; “I’m tired.” “Me too.” I said. “Goodnight.” And we both fell asleep. Nursing a small hangover, I got up the next morning, to find the bed empty. Eager to find out how Scott had ended up at my house, I went into the kitchen expecting to find him, but he wasn’t there! He must have gotten up in the night and left. Or had the whole thing been a dream? It was very confusing to me. I hasten to add there was no sexual component to the event. It was definitely not a “close encounter of the third kind!”
I recounted this to friends, whose only recommendation was to lay off the Jack Daniels. Or to seek therapy, as I was clearly delusional. I did neither, but the dream remained startlingly real for days.
Then I was cast opposite Scott in his TV series, STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE to play “Surak,” the Moses of the Vulcan. I was very curious to see if he had any recollection of his stay at my house. And yet, I was leery about asking him for fear that he might call Security and have a Restraining Order slapped on me. Good sense prevailed; so the two of us worked our way through days/daze of dialogue with our characters gazing out at a dying planet ablaze with volcanoes. (This was all done with green screen, so I had no idea what I was looking at on set. It wasn’t until the episode aired that I actually saw what the hell I was talking about. There I stood with pointy ears and a fright wig, gazing out at a sea bubbling with sulphurous fumes, while I was oozing green blood. Did I mention that Surak was a “Vulcan?”)
Now I see that Scott has a new NCIS series based in New Orleans. So it was with some surprise that I woke up the other night to find him in bed with some man. “NCIS has come along way,” I thought. Or was I having a flashback? “You’ve got to lay off the Jack.” I promised myself. Turns out he is not only doing the NCIS thing, he is also playing a gay character in an HBO series called LOOKING.
I was outraged. No! Not because he was in bed with another man. Who gives a shit what he does for a living? But because with 10 million already in the bank and the lead in a major TV series, he took away a plumb part from hard working and desperate septuagenarians like myself! ME, who has had a bona fide screen time in bed with a man! (QUEER AS FOLK). And who could have used the money. Come on Scott, as a Democrat, it’s time to share the wealth!