Flanigan at Comic Con 2007
|Born||Joseph Dunnigan III
January 5, 1967
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Spouse(s)||Katherine Kousi (m. 1996; div. 2014)|
Flanigan was born Joseph Dunnigan III in Los Angeles. He has said that his father left his mother, Nancy, soon after he was born and that his surname was changed to Flanigan after he was adopted by his stepfather, business executive John Flanigan. When he was six years old, his family moved to a small ranch near Reno, Nevada.
From the age of 14, Flanigan attended a boarding school in Ojai, California, where he appeared in the school production of A Streetcar Named Desire. He later earned a history degree at the University of Colorado where he appeared in the play Coriolanus. On the advice of a friend, he took acting to overcome his shyness but did not plan to pursue a career in acting. As part of the Junior Year Abroad program, Flanigan spent a year studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, where he learned French.
After graduation, he pursued a writing career. He worked on Capitol Hill and then briefly for several New York City publications, including Town & Country and Interview magazine. On the advice of some of his friends, he studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse, was coached by Gerald Gordon, and then moved back to Los Angeles in 1994 to pursue an acting career.
Flanigan had guest roles in numerous television series including Profiler, First Monday, and Sisters, until he got his breakthrough with his role on Stargate Atlantis as Lt. Colonel John Sheppard. He lived in Vancouver, Canada, where the series was filmed during the week, and flew to Los Angeles during the weekends where his wife and children resided. He additionally wrote for the series and created the stories for the Stargate Atlantis second season episode "Epiphany" and the fourth season episode "Outcast".
In September 2007, scifi.com's SciFi Wire service reported that, "Talent agency UTA filed suit on Sept. 24 against Stargate Atlantis star Joe Flanigan in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming that the actor owes $99,225 in commissions, according to The Hollywood Reporter; Flanigan's manager, John Carrabino, told the trade paper about the lawsuit: 'I had no idea they did this. This is the first time I'm hearing about this.'" UTA filed a similar lawsuit against actor Wesley Snipes who was equally surprised. This suit was settled in December 2008.
Flanigan took two prizes in the Waterkeepers' Alliance downhill skiing competition at Lake Louise in January 2006, an event fellow Stargate lead Richard Dean Anderson has attended as well. He currently resides in Malibu, California.
|1994||Family Album||Lionel Thayer||TV Movie|
|1995||Deadline for Murder: From the Files of Edna Buchanan||Scott Cameron||TV Movie|
|A Reason to Believe||Eric Sayles|
|1997||Tell Me No Secrets||Adam Stiles||TV Movie|
|The First to Go||Peter Cole|
|1998||Man Made||Tom Trey Palmer||TV Movie|
|1999||The Other Sister||Jeff Reed|
|The Force||TV Movie|
|2000||Sherman's March||Pete Sherman||TV Movie|
|2002||Farewell to Harry||Nick Sennet|
|2003||Thoughtcrimes||NSA Agent Brendan Dean|
|111 Gramercy Park||Jack Philips||TV Movie|
|2011||Change of Plans||Jason Danville||TV Movie|
|Good Day For It||Deputy Doug Brady|
|Ferocious Planet||Colonel Sam Synn||TV Movie|
|2012||Six Bullets||Andrew Fayden|
|The Secret Lives of Wives||Jared||TV Movie|
|2013||FANomenon||Himself||TV Movie Documentary|
|1995–1996||Sisters||Brian Kohler-Voss||Recurring role (15 episodes)|
|1997||Murphy Brown||Scott Hamon||Episode: "From Here To Jerusalem"|
|1998||Dawson's Creek||Vincent||Episodes: "Tamara's Return" and "Full Moon Rising"|
|Cupid||Alex DeMouy||Episodes: "Meat Market", "Pick-Up Schticks", "Heart of the Matter" and "End of an Eros"|
|1999||Providence||Dr. David Marcus||Episodes: "Blind Faith", "Taste of Providence", "You Bet Your Life" and "Pig in Providence"|
|2000||Profiler||Dr. Tom Arquette||Episodes: "Besieged", "Proteus", "Paradise Lost" and "The Long Way Home"|
|2002||First Monday||Julian Lodge||Main role (13 episodes)|
|Birds of Prey||Detective Claude Martin||Episode: "Prey for the Hunter"|
|Judging Amy||Tobin Hayes||Episode: "Damage Control"|
|2003||Tru Calling||Andrew Webb||Episode: "Brother's Keeper"|
|2004||CSI: Miami||Mike Sheridan||Episode: "Slow Burn"|
|2004–2009||Stargate Atlantis||Major/Lt. Col. John Sheppard||Main role (100 episodes)|
|2006||Stargate SG-1||Lt. Col. John Sheppard||Episode: "The Pegasus Project"|
|2007–2008||Women's Murder Club||FBI Agent John Ash||Episodes: "To Drag & To Hold" and "FBI Guy"|
|2009||Warehouse 13||Jeff Weaver||Episode: "Elements"|
|2011||Fringe||Robert Danzig||Episode: "Neither Here Nor There"|
|2012||Metal Hurlant Chronicles||Hondo||Episode: "Master of Destiny"|
|2013||Major Crimes||Rick Marlow||Episode: "All In"|
|2005||Stargate Atlantis||Episode: "Epiphany"||Story|
|2008||Stargate Atlantis||Episode: "Outcast"||Story|
|1994||Surgical Strike||Reed||Video Game|
|2013||Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel||Elliot Salem||Video Game|
- Reno Gazette Journal, March 9, 2008.
- KTLA Morning Show interview, June 22, 2007.
- Joe Flanigan on Weblo.com
- Joe Flanigan, Burbank Stargate convention, July 2005.
- SciFi.com Bio
- Luba, Frank. "Stargate cast members ready for new portals." The Province, June 17, 2007.
- John Sheppard Bio, SCIFI.COM; accessed May 18, 2015.
- Gerald Gordon website; accessed May 18, 2015.
- KTLA Morning Show interview - June 22, 2007
- Simmons, Leslie. "UTA Sues 'Stargate' Actor," The Hollywood Reporter, September 25, 2007.
- About Face (book), aboutfacebookproject.com; accessed May 18, 2015.
- The Smile Train: The World's Leading Cleft Charity; accessed May 18, 2015.
- Gosling, Sharon (July 2005). "Foreword by Joe Flanigan". Stargate Atlantis: The Official Companion Season 1. London, UK: Titan Books. p. 7. ISBN 1-84576-116-2.
- "Gateworld Forum". Gateworld.net. Retrieved 2006-10-30.
- "A profile of Joe Flanigan at PMC Magazine". 2011-03-01. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
- "TMZ". TMZ. Retrieved 2014-09-23.
- Burroughs, Alexandra. "Avalanche of stars descends on Lake Louise" Calgary Herald, December 28, 2005.
- "Watch the trailer for Joe Flanigan’s Ferocious Planet!". Gateworld.net. Retrieved 2011-03-08.
- IMDb - Six Bullets (2012)
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