- Lived with Vaitiare Bandera
- Daughter, Tatiana (born late 1998) with Vaitiare Bandera.
- Bears an uncanny resemblance to his Stargate (1994) feature film counterpart James Spader, whose character, Dr. Daniel Jackson, he portrays on "Stargate SG-1" (1997).
- Favorite hockey team is the Vancouver Canucks.
- He was born in Vancouver and grew up in Kamloops, BC, Canada.
- His best friend is "Stargate SG-1" (1997) co-star Christopher Judge.
- Played hockey (defense) and rugby (flyhalf then wing) in high school.
- Vaitiare Bandera, the mother of his child, played his character's wife on "Stargate SG-1" (1997).
- Was inspired to pursue an acting career while watching future "Stargate SG-1" (1997) co-star Richard Dean Anderson film an episode of "MacGyver" (1985).
- Along with Richard Dean Anderson, he is one of only two actors to appear in the pilots of both "Stargate SG-1" (1997) and the spin-off series "Stargate: Atlantis" (2004).
- Daughter, Mia Tabitha Shanks, with Lexa Doig, born 13 September 2004.
- Played three different characters in a single episode of "Stargate SG-1" (1997): Dr. Daniel Jackson, Thor and Penegal in the second half of the Season Eight premiere 'New Order Part II'.
- Has appeared in four different productions with Don S. Davis: A Family Divided (1995) (TV), "Stargate SG-1" (1997), The Artist's Circle (2000) and Suspicious River (2000).
- His character, Remiel, killed Hector, played by Christopher Judge, in the "Andromeda" (2000) episode "Day of Judgement, Day of Wrath". In the "Stargate SG-1" (1997) episode "Moebius Part 2", his character, Dr. Daniel Jackson, was killed by Judge's character, Teal'c.
- Met his wife, Lexa Doig when he guest starred in the "Andromeda" (2000) Season One episode "Star-Crossed".
- His character, Dr. Daniel Jackson (and various versions of him), was killed in four different episodes during the eighth season of "Stargate SG-1" (1997) alone: "Avatar", "Reckoning Part 2" and "Moebius Part 2", He was also shot several times, severely injured and tortured during the season.
- Appeared with Torri Higginson in "Stargate SG-1" (1997) and "Stargate: Atlantis" (2004) who co-starred with his wife Lexa Doig in TekWar (1994) (TV), _"TekWar" (1994)_ , TekWar: TekLords (1994) (TV) and Jungleground (1995).
- Wife Lexa Doig gave birth to their second child together, a son named Samuel David on March 19, 2006. Michael announced it at a Vancouver Convention on March 25th.
- Had an emergency appendectomy when his appendix ruptured the day before filming was to begin on Stargate:SG1 Season 4 episode "Nemesis". The script had to be rewritten to explain his character's reduced role. The writers decided to have the character recovering from an appendectomy as well.
- Ironically enough, there is another Michael Shanks (no relation) who is a real life archaeologist, while Michael Shanks the actor portrays an archaeologist on the television show Stargate SG-1.
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