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12-Dec-2017 22:08

Christopher Judge is distinctive even when he’s out of character as the alien Teal’c on “Stargate SG-1,” given his brawny, 6-foot-2 frame and impressively rich baritone.

Ironically, viewers didn’t get to hear much of his voice during the early years of the science-fiction adventure, when his character with the stylish Jaffa species logo on his forehead was limited to a few words of wisdom. As the series marks its 200th episode Friday, part of its 10th season, Teal’c has become a real talker.

Suffice to say I was pretty much useless at work on Monday.The explosion of dialogue created challenges for Judge, who’s been with the show since it started on Showtime and moved to the Sci Fi Channel.A Los Angeles native, Judge attended the University of Oregon on a football scholarship and was a three-time All-American.He made guest appearances on TV series like Highlander and University Hospital, appeared in the TV movie A Family Divided and had a small role in The Call of the Wild, before winning the role of Daniel Jackson on Stargate SG-1. Daniel Jackson throughout the first five seasons of Stargate SG-1 before leaving the show at the end of Stargate SG-1's fifth season, citing creative differences concerning the under-use of his character and the direction of the show as a whole.

He made several guest appearances throughout the sixth season playing his own character, as well as voicing the Asgard character Thor.

Shanks was born in Vancouver, and grew up in Kamloops, British Columbia.