Scott Stewart Bakula was born October 9th, 1954 and is an actor, singer and director. His primary lead roles were in two science-fiction television series: as Sam Beckett on Quantum Leap, and as Captain Jonathan Archer on Star Trek: Enterprise. For Quantum Leap he received four Emmy Award nominations and a Golden Globe Award. Bakula starred in the comedy-drama series Men of a Certain Age, and guest-starred in seasons two and three of NBC's Chuck as the title character's father Stephen J. Bartowski. From 2014 to 2015, he played entrepreneur Lynn in the only two seasons of the HBO show Looking. Since 2014, Bakula portrays Special Agent Dwayne Cassius "King" Pride on NCIS: New Orleans.

Bakula was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Sally and J. Stewart Bakula, a lawyer. He has a younger brother and a younger sister. His surname comes from partial Czech ancestry, translating literally to 'stick' (spelt bakuľa). He attended Jefferson College, followed by the University of Kansas for a time, but left, saying:

...because I was offered a tour of Godspell, a national tour that was from St. Louis. I thought that sounded great, and I went to my parents and I said, "I want to do this tour", and they said, "Go ahead, maybe it will get it out of your system. And you come back to school in a year or two, you come back." The tour was gonna start in August and the tour never started and the school did, and then the tour fell apart, and there I was sitting at home. So, I was left holding the bag, basically, and then had to decide where to go from there. And I applied, was applying to other schools. I was gonna go to a Mormon theatrical kind of school, and the more I looked at it the more I spent time examining the school side of it. I just realized what I really needed to do was just pick up, pack up and go to New York.

Bakula moved to New York City in 1976, where he made his Broadway debut playing baseball legend Joe DiMaggio in Marilyn: An American Fable, and appeared in the well-received Off-Broadway production Three Guys Naked from the Waist Down; he would later appear in its Pasadena Playhouse production. The success of Three Guys Off-Broadway brought him attention, and when his next show, the musical Nightclub Confidential, which co-starred his wife Krista Neumann, moved to Los Angeles, he moved there at the urging of his California agent, Maggie Henderson, and his New York agent, Jerry Hogan. As Bakula recalled in 2000:

I call Henderson up and said I got a show, I'm gonna be out there, I'm coming out in January. So, it'll work out because it's time for pilot season and I'll be doing something so people can come and see me. ... And then I coincidentally had done a Disney Sunday Night ABC movie that was gonna come out sometime in the winter. It was time to go. Came out here on New Year's Day, 1986. The show I did turned out to be a big hit out here. It got me a lot of attention out here and I jumped onto the TV sitcom Designing Women in the beginning and was able to do that pilot ... and things kind of took off.

In 1995, Bakula appeared on the cover of Playgirl. He voiced Danny Cat in the animated film Cats Don't Dance (1997), singing in one number with Natalie Cole. He played the ageing veteran pitcher Gus Cantrell in Major League: Back to the Minors (1998), the final movie in the Major League trilogy. He also played Jim Olmeyer, the same-sex partner of Sam Robards' Jim Berkley, in the film American Beauty (1999).

Bakula played Jonathan Archer, the captain of Earth's first long-range interstellar ship, on Star Trek: Enterprise from 2001 to 2005. In 2006, he reprised the role of Archer for the Star Trek: Legacy PC and Xbox 360 video games as a voice-over.

Bakula starred in the musical Shenandoah, a play which also provided his first professional theatrical role in 1976, at Ford's Theatre, in 2006. Bakula is heard singing "Pig Island" on Sandra Boynton's children's CD Philadelphia Chickens, which is labelled as being "For all ages except 43." Scott Bakula said that he might be starring as Sam in a Quantum Leap film as stated in TV Guide Magazine along with Dean Stockwell. At Comic-Con 2010, he announced that a script was being worked on and that while he would be in the movie, he would not have the main role.

In 2011, Bakula performed a voice cameo in the film Source Code as a slight nod to his character on Quantum Leap, with his catchphrase of "Oh, boy." and appeared in the feature-length documentary The Captains, which was written and directed by William Shatner, Bakula is interviewed by the original Star Trek captain about his life and career leading up to his performances as Captain Jonathan Archer in Star Trek: Enterprise. In the movie, Shatner interviews Bakula at his ranch in California where the pair ride horses and discuss the pitfalls that come with a career in television.

In September 2011, Bakula starred in Terrible Advice by Saul Rubinek at the Menier Chocolate Factory. In April to May 2012, Bakula guest-starred in the last five episodes of Desperate Housewives as Bree Van de Kamp's criminal defence lawyer and third husband. In April 2013, he made a guest appearance on Two and a Half Men as a car dealer. In August 2013, it was announced Bakula would have a recurring role in the first season of HBO's new series, Looking. He also appeared in the film Geography Club (2013).

Bakula married Krista Neumann in 1981 and had two children, Chelsy and Cody. They divorced in 1995. He married actress Chelsea Field in 2009 and they have two children, Wil Botfield and Owen Barrett.

Bakula says he was "...hardly ever home for four and a half seasons" of Quantum Leap, so he chose to prioritize his family life on later projects. His Star Trek: Enterprise contract required that filming be completed by 6 PM every Wednesday so he could have dinner with his family. During the filming of NCIS: New Orleans, he returns home to Los Angeles every weekend to spend time with his wife.

Film Career:
  • 1990 Sibling Rivalry
  • 1991 Necessary Roughness
  • 1994 Colour of Night
  • 1994 A Passion to Kill
  • 1995 Lord of Illusions
  • 1995 My Family
  • 1997 Cats Don't Dance
  • 1998 Major League: Back to the Minors
  • 1999 American Beauty
  • 2000 Above Suspicion
  • 2000 Luminarias
  • 2001 Life as a House
  • 2002 Role of a lifetime
  • 2009 The Informant!
  • 2011 Source Code
  • 2011 The Captains
  • 2013 Geography Club
  • 2013 Enter the Dangerous Mind
  • 2014 Elsa & Fred
  • 2016 Me Him Her
  • 2016 Summertime
  • 2017 Basmati Blues

Television Career:
  • 1986 My Sister Sam
  • 1986 The Disney Sunday Movie
  • 1986–1987 Gung Ho
  • 1986–1988 Designing Women
  • 1987 CBS Summer Playhouse
  • 1987 The Last Fling
  • 1987 Matlock
  • 1988 Eisenhower and Lutz
  • 1989–1993 Quantum Leap
  • 1992 In the Shadow of a Killer
  • 1993 Mercy Mission: The Rescue of Flight 771
  • 1993 For Goodness Sake
  • 1993–1996 Murphy Brown
  • 1994 Nowhere to Hide
  • 1994 Men, Movies & Carol
  • 1994 Dream On
  • 1995 The Invaders
  • 1995 Prowler
  • 1996 The Bachelor's Baby
  • 1996–1997 Mr. & Mrs. Smith
  • 1998 Adventures from the Book of Virtues
  • 1999 Mean Streak
  • 1999 NetForce
  • 2000 Father Can't Cope
  • 2000 In the Name of the People
  • 2000 Papa's Angels
  • 2000 The Trial of Old Drum
  • 2001 A Girl Thing
  • 2001 Late Boomers
  • 2001 What Girls Learn
  • 2001–05 Star Trek: Enterprise
  • 2003 The Ticket
  • 2006–2010 The New Adventures of Old Christine
  • 2007 American Body Shop
  • 2007 Blue Smoke
  • 2008 Boston Legal
  • 2008 State of the Union
  • 2009 Guys and Dolls at the Hollywood Bowl
  • 2009–2010 Chuck
  • 2009–2011 Men of a Certain Age
  • 2012 Desperate Housewives
  • 2012 Family Guy
  • 2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • 2012 Table for Three
  • 2013 Behind the Candelabra
  • 2013 NFL Training Video: How Not to Murder People
  • 2013 Two and a Half Men
  • 2013 Untitled Bounty Hunter Project
  • 2014 Caper
  • 2014–2015 Looking
  • 2014–2017 NCIS
  • 2014–Present NCIS: New Orleans
  • 2016 Brothers Take New Orleans
  • 2017 Cash Cab
  • 2017 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • 2019 The Simpsons