Scott Bairstow

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Scott Bairstow
Scott Hamilton Bairstow

(1970-04-23) April 23, 1970 (age 51)
Other namesBair
  • Actor
  • director
  • writer
  • musician
Years active1980–2006
Marty Rich
(m. 1994; div. 2000)

Scott Hamilton Bairstow (born April 23, 1970) is a Canadian former actor known for his roles as Newt Call on the syndicated western television drama Lonesome Dove: The Series and as Ned Grayson on the American television drama series Party of Five. He was born in Steinbach, Manitoba, to Douglas and Diane Bairstow, professional classical musicians.


Bairstow first appeared on television at the age of 10, in a show called Let's Go. He moved to New York City when he was 17 and landed a part on the soap opera All My Children playing "Stuart Chandler" in flashback scenes to the character's youth. He had the lead role opposite Cybill Shepherd in the TV film There Was a Little Boy (1993) and has also appeared opposite such well-known actors as Kevin Costner in The Postman (1997) and Kris Kristofferson in Two for Texas (1998).[1] He also played "Marty Stouffer" in Wild America opposite Devon Sawa and Jonathan Taylor Thomas (1997).

In addition to his roles on Party of Five and The X-Files episode "Miracle Man" (1994), Bairstow starred as the lead character, Newt Call, in the syndicated western television series Lonesome Dove: The Series and Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years. He also played the lead, Lt. Tom Hobbes, in Chris Carter's short-lived series Harsh Realm.[1] In 2003, Bairstow guest-starred on the two-part series finale of Touched by an Angel, playing a handyman named Zach and, later in the episode, "God". He played in Tuck Everlasting in 2002 as Miles Tuck.

Personal life[edit]

Bairstow was married to Marty Rich from 1994 to 2000, and has two sons, Casey (b. 1995) and Dalton (b. 1998).

In May 2003, Bairstow was charged in Everett, Washington with second-degree child rape for allegedly sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl, who is related to Bairstow's former wife, and later asking her to keep quiet about it.[2] In December 2003, he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge—second-degree assault. Bairstow entered an Alford plea, under which he maintained his innocence but conceded that he would likely be convicted by a jury if the case went to trial. He was sentenced to four months in jail, one year's community supervision, and was required to undergo a sexual deviancy evaluation. He was also ordered to have no contact with the girl for 10 years and to pay for any counseling she requires.[3]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
1994 White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf Henry Casey
1997 Black Circle Boys Kyle Sullivan
1997 Wild America Marty Stouffer Jr.
1997 The Postman Luke
1999 To Live For also called My Last Love Michael TV Movie
1999 Delivered Canyon
2002 Dead in the Water Danny
2002 New Best Friend Trevor
2002 Tuck Everlasting Miles Tuck
2003 The Bone Snatcher Dr. Zack Straker
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1993 There Was a Little Boy Jesse TV movie
1993 Country Estates Oliver TV movie
1994 The X-Files Samuel Hartley Episode: "Miracle Man"
1994–1995 Lonesome Dove: The Series Newt Call Main role, 21 episodes
1995–1996 Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years Newt Call Main role, 22 episodes
1997 Killing Mr. Griffin Mark Kinney TV movie
1997 Oddville, MTV 1 episode
1998 Two for Texas Son Holland TV movie
1998 Significant Others Henry Callaway Main role, 6 episodes
1998–2000 Party of Five Ned Grayson Recurring role, 20 episodes
1999–2000 Harsh Realm Lieutenant Thomas Hobbes Main role, 9 episodes
2001 Silicon Follies TV movie
2001 Semper Fi Cliff Truckee TV movie
2001–2002 Wolf Lake Tyler Creed Main role, 9 episodes
2002 Breaking News Ethan TV series
2002 The Twilight Zone Lieutenant Jeffrey Freed Episode: "Hunted"
2003 Touched by an Angel Zack Episode: "I Will Walk with You: Part 1"
Episode: "I Will Walk with You: Part 2"
2006 Android Apocalypse Jute TV movie


  1. ^ a b Scott Bairstow bio Archived 2007-03-08 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Jennifer Langston, "Actor pleads not guilty to charge of child rape," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, June 4, 2003.
  3. ^ M.L. Lyke, "Actor sentenced to four months," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, January 17, 2004.

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