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Paul McGillion in Phoenix, Arizona in May 2011.
January 5, 1969 |
Paul McGillion (born January 5, 1969) is a Vancouver-based actor who has worked in television, film and theatre since 1990. He is best known for his role on the television series Stargate Atlantis as Dr. Carson Beckett.
McGillion was born in Paisley, Scotland. His family moved to Canada when he was only 2. When Paul was 11 the family moved back to Scotland for three years while his father worked on the Shetland oil rigs. He is the sixth of seven children.  Paul has a degree in teaching and while studying at Brock University, was part of their national championship winning wrestling team. After graduating the actor began his career teaching theatre in Toronto, squeezing in time to attend auditions, he finally made the move to Vancouver where he’s worked extensively in film, TV and theatre.
He taught scene study at the Vancouver Film School in 1998 and 1999. In 2004, McGillion took a role on the science fiction series Stargate Atlantis as the Scottish medical doctor, Carson Beckett. He was initially cast as a recurring guest, but his character appeared so frequently in the show's first season that he was promoted to main character for seasons two and three, and reverts to a recurring character for seasons 4 and 5 where he appears as the clone of the now-deceased Beckett. McGillion also played the part of young Ernest Littlefield in Stargate SG-1's first season episode "The Torment of Tantalus", the first Tau'ri to have passed through the Stargate after its burial. Paul Mc Gillion has also appereared in ‘The Traveler’ with Val Kilmer, ‘Confined’ with Emma Caulfield, ‘The Deal’ with Christian Slater and the multi-award winning ‘See Grace Fly’ as well as short film ‘A Fine Young Man’ which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews and recently won Leo Awards for Best Short Film and Lead Actor for Paul.
He expressed great interest in auditioning for the role of Montgomery Scott in the eleventh Star Trek film. “I grew up watching Star Trek and Scotty was my favourite character. It would be a great honour to follow in James Doohan’s footsteps," he said. McGillion also had the endorsement of Chris Doohan, the son of original Scotty actor James Doohan, to play the role of Scotty in the film. Though the part ultimately went to Simon Pegg, McGillion still appeared in the film in a different role.
He appeared in Season 7 of 24 as Dr. Levinson, a doctor who tried to extract a dangerous pathogen from Jack Bauer's bloodstream after all the canisters containing pathogen had either been destroyed or secured by FBI, but died when Bauer was being moved to another location and Bauer broke free, killing Levinson and his orderlies.
|1995||The Final Goal||Jeff Conway|
|Crying Freeman||Detective Andrews|
|1996||Have You Seen My Son||Mr. McQuinn|
|She Woke Up Pregnant||Marshall|
|1999||A Cooler Climate||Young Police Officer|
|Dangerous Attraction||Phillip Broger|
|My 5 Wives||Paul the Waiter/Danny|
|2001||NTSB: The Crash of Flight 323||Joe|
|Love and Treason||Richard Keith|
|Replicant||Hal the Captain|
|2003||A Guy Thing||Curt|
|Lonesome Joe||Coffee Shop Man|
|See Grace Fly||Dominic McKinley|
|Thanksgiving Family Reunion||Sheriff Kirkland|
|2005||Stargate: Atlantis||Dr. Carson Beckett||(2005–2009)|
|The Deal||Richard Kester|
|2006||Engaged to Kill||Lester Denton||(Television)|
|A Dog's Breakfast||Ryan|
|2007||Beyond Loch Ness||Michael Marshall||(Television)|
|2008||Mom, Dad and Her||Ben||TV film|
|2009||Star Trek||Barracks Leader||Movie|
|2010||The Traveler||Deputy Jerry Pine|
|2011||Christmas Magic||Scott Walker||TV Movie|
|1994||The Commish||Officer Lee Burnett||episode Ghost|
|1997||The X Files||Agent Comox, Fred Neiman||(1995, 1997)|
|Stargate SG-1||Young Ernest Littlefield||Episode "The Torment of Tantalus"|
|1999||The Sentinel||Boz Tate|
|Mercy Point||Private Bane|
|2000||Seven Days||Brandon||episode "Playmates and Presidents"|
|2001||Da Vinci's Inquest||Constable Kozak|
|2002||Just Cause||Earl Wenk|
|2003||Smallville||Lex' Lackey||episode "Insurgence"|
|The Twilight Zone||George||It's Still a Good Life|
|Jake 2.0||Earl Wenk|
|2004||Cold Squad||Dwayne Douglas Smith, Neil Cranston||(1998, 2002, 2004)|
|2007||Sanctuary||Terrance Wexford||episode 1.6|
|Stargate: Atlantis||Dr. Carson Beckett||two episodes: "The Kindred Part 1" and "The Kindred Part 2"|
|2008||Stargate: Atlantis||Dr. Carson Beckett||four episodes: "The Seed," "Whispers," "Outsiders," "Identity"|
|2009||Stargate: Atlantis||Dr. Carson Beckett||episode "Enemy at the Gate"|
|24||Levinson||Day 7: 6:00 a.m.-7:00 a.m.|
|2009||Supernatural||Jim Grossman||episode "Fallen Idols"|
|2010||Sanctuary||Terrance Wexford||episode "Kali"|
|V||Lawrence Parker||episode "Fruition"|
|2012||Once Upon a Time||Knave of Hearts||episodes "Hat Trick" and "Queen of Hearts"|
|Endgame||Sebastian Wilks||episode "Deadman Talking"|
|Fringe||Edwin Massey||episode "The Recordist"|
|2013||Cult||Glen Nash||episode "The Prophecy of St. Clare"|
He was in the TV movie Christmas Magic with Lindy Booth in 2011. He was in the 2014 UP Channel movie, "Far From Home", playing the part Graham Westlake.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Paul McGillion.|
- Paul McGillion's Official Site
- Paul McGillion at the Internet Movie Database
- Paul McGillion Interview www.sci-fi-online.com interview.
- Paul McGillion Interview at GateWorld GateWorld interview.