Though there was a popular Stargate movie, it was the TV version of the movie, Stargate SG-1, that created the concept's enduring fandom and made the Stargate SG-1 cast into huge stars.
Maybe science fiction franchises like Star Trek and Star Wars get all the headlines, but Stargate has a huge, huge fanbase. Though there was a popular Stargate movie, it was the TV version of the movie, Stargate SG-1, that created the concept’s enduring fandom and made the Stargate SG-1 cast into huge stars.
Stargate SG-1 premiered way back in 1997, finishing its run on television in 2007. It spawned multiple spinoffs and created a legacy and a franchise. A franchise which we hope will be back on television screens soon.
In the meantime, the cast that started it all, has moved on. Here’s what the Stargate SG-1 cast is doing now.
Stargate SG-1’s Main Cast
Now 54-years-old, Amanda Tapping lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband Alan Kovacs and her daughter Olivia. The couple was married in 1994 and they’re still going strong.
And every now and then, Amanda still gets together with her old friends from Stargate Command…
Amanda Tapping stopped acting in 2018 to focus on her directing career. She’s now one of the busier television directors in Hollywood. She’d directed recent episodes of shows such as Siren, The 100, Anne with an E, The Flash, and even an episode of Batwoman.
Amanda Tapping may return to acting soon though. She’s currently in negotiations to resurrect the show Sanctuary, on which she was once the star.
Michael Shanks final appearance in the Stargate franchise came in 2010. He has now moved on to other things.
First Michael Shanks jumped aboard the TV series Saving Hope, which ran for five seasons and was also seen in the TV mini-series Unspeakable and another series called Virgin River.
Most recently Michael Shanks was seen on the Netflix series Altered Carbon and another series Project Blue Book. It doesn’t seem, even with Stargate ending, that Michael Shanks has plans to slow down any time soon.
Christopher Judge is still a working actor, but these days he spends a lot of his time working as a voice actor. You’ve probably heard his voice in video games such as God of War or on the animated series Wacky Races.
His latest role came on the animated TV series Final Space. No doubt Christopher Judge would be ready, willing, and able if SG-1 were to ever make a comeback, but until that time, he looks and sounds to be continuing with a successful career outside the world of Stargate.
Now 70-years-old, Richard Dean Anderson retired (though not officially) from acting back in 2013. His last ever acting performance was on the now forgotten series Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23. Since then he has quit Hollywood and seems pretty happy in retirement.
Instead, the former Stargate SG-1 star keeps himself busy working with various environmental organizations across the globe. One organization is the Earth Rivers Expedition and he is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
Richard Dean Anderson also is active on a website in his name. While he doesn’t run the site, he is a frequent contributor, offering updates to his life, his family, and many of his daily dealings. Please check it out if you have any interest in seeing what Colonel O’Neill keeps himself busy with on Earth.
Don S. Davis
Don S. Davis first worked with Richard Dean Anderson on MacGuyver before joining him on the very first episode of Stargate SG-1 as General Hammond. He served through all of the show’s first seven seasons before stepping back to a part time recurring row in the last three seasons, due to health problems.
Unfortunately, those. health problems would worsen. Don S. Davis died of a heart attack on June 29, 2008.
Stargate SG-1 Supporting Cast
Ben Browder joined the cast of Stargate SG-1 in 2005 and was there for the show’s final two seasons. Browder was previously the lead on Farscape, so he knew a thing or two about leading a sci-fi franchise. He fit in immediately.
Browder seemed destined to be a huge star at the time, but that never really materialized. He’s still a working actor, but he’s never been the lead in anything significant since his time on Stargate SG-1. He was last seen in an episode of All Rise and he’s set to appear in the indie movie Ike Boys in 2021.
Beau Bridges, brother of Jeff Bridges, had a huge career in film and television before he joined the cast of Stargate SG-1 in 2005. After SG-1 was over he went right back to being the highly sought after actor he always was.
Now 78-years-old he’s not slowing down. Beau has appeared in 20 different movies since the show ended. Next up he’s set to appear in the movie One Night in Miami, an indie film directed by the star of HBO’s Watchmen, Regina King.
Corin Nemec joined the cast of Stargate SG-1 in 2002 and had a 30-episode character arc as Jonas Quinn on the show before his exit in 2004. Since then he’s stayed busy as a working actor, appearing in numerous movies and television shows, largely in smaller supporting roles.
He also has a small production company which he runs with his friend David Faustino (best known from Married… With Children). The duo produced the first album for the Austin based band Hollow and they produced a web series called Star-ving which was a spoof of the HBO series Entourage.
Now 48-years-old, Corin is also extremely active on Twitter and Instagram where he tweets about politics and every now and then tries to drum up support for a Stargate SG-1 revival.
Claudia Black joined the cast of Stargate SG-1 on a semi-regular basis towards the end of the show’s run. Her character, Vala Mal Doran, appeared in the series final three seasons and then reprised her role in the movies Stargate: The Ark of Truth and Stargate: Continuum, both of which wrapped up the Stargate franchise.
Now 47-years-old, Claudia Black continues to succeed in Hollywood. Her voice work with Rick and Morty is on-going and she has also recently returned to work in front of the screen. Black recently appeared on the TV series Roswell, New Mexico and will be seen in the upcoming movies Time Now and Deus.
Like everyone she spends a lot of her time these days involved in Democratic politics as evidenced by this photo…
She’s also involved with charity work, particularly the Life After Project, for which she recently did this photoshoot…
As long as there is voice work and an occasional TV series or two, it doesn’t look like we will see (or hear) the end of Claudia Black for the foreseeable future.
Maybe Hollywood will wake up and bring Stargate SG-1 back some day. Until then, the cast is busy doing other work, though perhaps for many of them they’ll never find anything as significant as stepping through the Stargate.