Katee Sackhoff

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Katee Sackhoff
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Born Kathryn Ann Sackhoff
(1980-04-08) April 8, 1980 (age 34)
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1998–present

Kathryn Ann "Katee" Sackhoff (born April 8, 1980) is an American actress best known for playing Lieutenant Kara "Starbuck" Thrace on the Sci Fi Channel's television program Battlestar Galactica (2003–2009). She was nominated for four Saturn Awards for her work on Battlestar Galactica, winning the award for Best Supporting Actress on Television in 2005.

Sackhoff has also starred in the short-lived TV series The Fearing Mind (2000–2001) and The Education of Max Bickford (2001–2002); had recurring roles in the TV series Bionic Woman (2007), Robot Chicken (2007–2014), Nip/Tuck (2009), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2010-2011) and Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2012–2013); and had a lead role in the eighth season of 24 as Dana Walsh (2010). She currently stars in the A&E series Longmire as Deputy Sheriff Victoria "Vic" Moretti (2012–2014).

She has also had lead roles in the films Halloween: Resurrection (2002); White Noise: The Light (2007); Batman: Year One (2011); The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia, Sexy Evil Genius and Riddick (all 2013), and had a starring role in Oculus (film).

Early life[edit]

Sackhoff was born in Portland, Oregon, and grew up in St. Helens, Oregon. Her mother, Mary, worked as an ESL program coordinator, and her father, Dennis, is a land developer.[1]

Her brother Erick is co-owner of a vehicle modification shop near Portland.[2][3] She graduated from Sunset High School in Beaverton in 1998. She began swimming at an early age and by high school was planning to pursue a career in the sport until her right knee was injured. This led her to begin practicing yoga - which she continues today - and to pursue an interest in acting.[4]

Career[edit]

Sackhoff at the 2008 Wizard World Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Her first acting role was in the Lifetime movie Fifteen and Pregnant in which she played a teenager with a baby. The movie starred Kirsten Dunst and motivated her to move to Hollywood and pursue a career in acting after graduating high school. Sackhoff's first recurring role was Annie in MTV's Undressed, next gaining a supporting role as Nell Bickford in The Education of Max Bickford. Katee made her motion picture debut in My First Mister, and next appeared in film as Jenna "Jen" Danzig in Halloween: Resurrection.

Sackhoff's most notable role is as Kara "Starbuck" Thrace in the miniseries and follow-up TV series Battlestar Galactica, for which she won a Saturn Award in 2006 for Best Actress on Television. The actress's persona led the writers to develop the character of Starbuck as a more volatile and complex character. Galactica executive producer Ron Moore described her as having magnetism while producer David Eick expanded stating: "We saw this whole other side that was all because of Katee: vulnerability, insecurity, desperation. We started freeing ourselves up to explore the weakness of the character, because we knew Katee could express those things without compromising the character's strength."[5] Sackhoff said her performance was inspired by Linda Hamilton's portrayal of Sarah Connor in Terminator 2: Judgment Day: "I think that was the one character that I kind of looked to as far as body image and strength. I think I looked to her character and said, 'OK, that's kind of what you need to embody.'"[6] Toward the end of the filming of Battlestar Galactica, Sackhoff began feeling physically weak. Soon after filming wrapped, she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. After surgery to remove her thyroid, she required no radiation treatments and by February 2009 was in remission.[7] In 2007, Sackhoff was cast as the evil cyborg Sarah Corvus in the short-lived NBC series Bionic Woman. David Eick, executive producer for the show, stated, "She's a very special find. Those actors who can combine the qualities of strength and vulnerability—they usually call those people movie stars."[5] Sackhoff plays the female lead in the action/sci-fi movie The Last Sentinel and the supernatural thriller White Noise: The Light.

Sackhoff also appears as the main character in the Lifetime Original Movie How I Married My High School Crush.[8] She has also made guest appearances in Cold Case, ER, Law & Order, and Robot Chicken. Sackhoff provided the voice of a female marine in the video game Halo 3 and is also featured in the viral marketing campaign for Resistance 2. In 2011, she provided the voice for Black Cat 2099 in Spider-Man: Edge of Time. She voiced Sarah Essen in the DC Comics animated film, Batman: Year One. She appears in four episodes of the fifth season of the series Nip/Tuck playing a new doctor, Dr. Theodora Rowe.[9][10] However, for the sixth season Sackhoff was later replaced by Rose McGowan for the role due to scheduling conflicts.[11][12] Sackhoff headlined NBC's Dick Wolf-produced cop drama Lost and Found as Tessa, "an offbeat female LAPD detective who, after butting heads with the higher-ups, is sent as a punishment to the basement to work on John Doe and Jane Doe cases." The pilot was filmed in January 2009. NBC decided not to pick up the series.[13] In 2009, she appeared as herself in "The Vengeance Formulation" episode of the CBS situation comedy The Big Bang Theory. In the episode, she is fantasized as Howard Wolowitz's dream girl.[14] She appears again in season 4, in the same role. Sackhoff appeared as a series regular in the eighth season of the TV series 24, playing Dana Walsh, a CTU data analyst with a secret. In February 2010, Sackhoff signed on to play the lead in an ABC crime drama pilot, Boston's Finest. ABC decided not to pick up the series.[15]

Sackhoff is set to star in the action-werewolf thriller Growl.[16] She also made a special appearance in the Futurama episode "Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences".[17] In the fall of 2010, Sackhoff joined the cast of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Detective Reed, a smart investigator who does not do well with sensitivity.[18] In 2011, Sackhoff guest starred in an episode of Workaholics as a homeless drug addict named Rachel. Sackhoff co-stars as the lead female role in Longmire, an A&E television series based on the novels by Craig Johnson. Sackhoff plays Sheriff's Deputy Vic Moretti.[19][20] Sackhoff has been cast as Dahl, a mercenary hired to track down Vin Diesel's Riddick in Riddick.[21]

In August 2012, Katee became the co-host of the Schmoes Know Movies podcast on The Toadhop Network. One of her first shows was with guest Sean Astin.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Sackhoff is engaged to her boyfriend of seven years, film producer Scott Niemeyer.[23]

She co-founded the charity web site "Acting Outlaws"[24] with former Battlestar Galactica co-star Tricia Helfer.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 My First Mister Ashley
2002 Halloween: Resurrection Jen
2007 White Noise: The Light Sherry Clarke Main role
2007 Last Sentinel, TheThe Last Sentinel Girl
2011 Batman: Year One Det. Sarah Essen (voice) Video
2012 Campus Killer Suzanne
2013 Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia, TheThe Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia Joyce
2013 Sexy Evil Genius Nikki Franklyn
2013 Riddick Dahl
2014 Oculus Marie Russell
2014 Tell Beverley

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Fifteen and Pregnant Karen Gotarus TV film
1999 Locust Valley Claire Shaw TV film
1999 Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane Susan Episode: "Sympathy for Jack"
1999 Chicken Soup for the Soul Claire Episode: "Starlight, Star Bright"
1999 Hefner: Unauthorized Mary TV film
2000 Undressed Annie 4 episodes
2000–2001 Fearing Mind, TheThe Fearing Mind Lenore Fearing 13 epiosdes
2001–2002 Education of Max Bickford, TheThe Education of Max Bickford Nell Bickford 22 episodes
2002 ER Jason's Girlfriend Episode: "A Hopeless Wound"
2003 Battlestar Galactica Kara "Starbuck" Thrace TV miniseries
2003 Boomtown Holly Episode: "The Big Picture"
2004 Cold Case Terri Maxwell (1969) Episode: "Volunteers"
2004–2009 Battlestar Galactica Kara "Starbuck" Thrace 71 episodes
2007 Wedding Wish, TheThe Wedding Wish Sara Jacob TV film
2007 Bionic Woman Sarah Corvus 5 episodes
2007 Battlestar Galactica: Razor Capt. Kara "Starbuck" Thrace TV film
2007–2014 Robot Chicken Various (voice) 6 episodes
2008 Law & Order Dianne Cary Episode: "Knock Off"
2009 Lost and Found Tessa Cooper TV film
2009 Nip/Tuck Dr. Theodora "Teddy" Rowe 4 episodes
2009, 2010 Big Bang Theory, TheThe Big Bang Theory Katee Sackhoff 2 episodes
2010 Boston's Finest Julia Scott TV film
2010 24 Dana Walsh 20 episodes
2010 Futurama Grrrl (voice) Episode: "Lrreconcilable Ndndifferences"
2010–2011 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Det. Frankie Reed 3 episodes
2011 Super Hero Squad Show, TheThe Super Hero Squad Show She-Hulk (voice) Episode: "So Pretty When They Explode!"
2011 Workaholics Rachel Episode: "Karl's Wedding"
2012–2013 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Bo-Katan (voice) 4 episodes
2012–2014 Longmire Victoria "Vic" Moretti 33 episodes

Video Games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Halo 3 Female Marine 3 (voice) Video game
2008 Resistance 2 Cassie Aklin (voice) Video game
2011 Spider-Man: Edge of Time Black Cat 2099 (voice) Video game
TBA EVE: Valkyrie Rán Kavik Voice Acting

Awards/Nominations[edit]

Awards
Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2003 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series Battlestar Galactica Nominated
2005 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series Battlestar Galactica Won
2006 Saturn Award Best Actress on Television Battlestar Galactica Nominated
2008 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series Battlestar Galactica Nominated
2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Action 24 Nominated

References[edit]

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  2. Uno, Wesley (December 18, 2008). "At Portland Speed Industries, car dreams become a reality". The Oregonian. Retrieved February 21, 2012. 
  3. "Staff – Portland Speed Industries". Tunedbypsi.com. Retrieved September 9, 2012. 
  4. Katee Sackhoff: Yoga Variety. July 11, 2006
  5. 5.0 5.1 Jensen, Jeff and Vary, Adam B. (April 4, 2008). "Catch a Rising Starbuck". Entertainment Weekly. Issue 985
  6. "T2 Inspired Sackhoff's Starbuck". Sci Fi Wire (Sci Fi Channel). July 10, 2003. Archived from the original on August 4, 2003. 
  7. "Interview: Starbuck Steps It Up". Dose.ca. February 6, 2009. Retrieved April 18, 2010. 
  8. "How I Married My High School Crush". LMN.tv. Retrieved August 20, 2011. 
  9. "Katee Sackhoff: From Starbuck to Nip/Tuck". TV Guide. [dead link]
  10. "'Battlestar' and 'Caprica' notes, plus video of Katee on 'Nip/Tuck'". Chicago Tribune. February 6, 2009. Retrieved August 20, 2011. 
  11. Maerz, Melissa (September 12, 2008). "Rose McGowan In, Katee Sackhoff Out On 'Nip/Tuck'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 20, 2011. 
  12. "nip_tuck: Casting: Both Katee Sackhoff and Rose McGowan to play Teddy Lowe?". Community.livejournal.com. December 10, 2008. Retrieved April 18, 2010. 
  13. [1][dead link]
  14. Stanhope, Kate. "Katee Sackhoff to Appear on The Big Bang Theory". TV Guide. 
  15. "Katee Sackhoff Signs On to ABC Crime Drama". TV Guide. 
  16. "Exclusive Photos: Katee Sackhoff & More in Growl". Shocktillyoudrop.com. June 1, 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2011. 
  17. Moody, Mike (August 20, 2010). "Katee Sackhoff to guest on 'Futurama'". Digital Spy. Retrieved August 20, 2010. 
  18. "CSI Books Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff". TV Guide. Retrieved September 8, 2010. 
  19. "Pilot Scoop: Katee Sackhoff, Smallville Vet, Others Join A&E's Longmire". TVLine. 
  20. Goldberg, Lesley (March 25, 2011). "'Battlestar Galactica' Star Katee Sackhoff Lands A&E Pilot". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  21. Radish, Christina (January 13, 2012). "Katee Sackhoff Talks RIDDICK; Reveals the Wild Story on How She Got Cast". Collider.com. Retrieved December 13, 2012. 
  22. "Radio Worth Watching: Schmoes Know Movies Episodes Guide". The Toad Hop Network. Retrieved September 9, 2012. 
  23. Scharf, Lindzi (December 3, 2012). "Battlestar Galactica Star Katee Sackhoff Is Engaged! See Her Ring". InStyle. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  24. "Who We Are". The Acting Outlaws. Retrieved November 23, 2010. 

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