She is best known for her role as Kara "Starbuck" Thrace on the Sci Fi Channel's television program Battlestar Galactica. She also starred in the eighth season of 24 as Dana Walsh, and as Deputy Sheriff Vic Moretti in the A&E series Longmire.
Sackhoff was born in Portland, Oregon, and grew up in St. Helens, Oregon. Her mother Mary was an ESL program coordinator and her father Dennis is a land developer. Her brother Erick is co-owner of a vehicle modification shop near Portland. She graduated from Sunset High School in Beaverton in 1998. She began swimming at an early age and by high school was planning to go pro until her right knee was injured. This led her to begin practicing yoga, which she continues today, and pursue an interest in acting. She performed in high school productions of Oliver!, Fiddler on the Roof and Bye, Bye Birdie. Her interest in acting compelled her to move to Hollywood, California, upon graduating from high school.
Her first role was in the Lifetime movie, Fifteen and Pregnant in which she played a teenager with a baby. The movie starred Kirsten Dunst and motivated her to move to Hollywood and pursue a career in acting after graduating high school. Sackhoff's first recurring role was Annie in MTV's Undressed, next gaining a supporting role as Nell Bickford in The Education of Max Bickford. Katee made her motion picture debut in My First Mister, and next appeared in film as Jenna "Jen" Danzig in Halloween: Resurrection.
Sackhoff's most notable role is as Kara "Starbuck" Thrace in the mini-series and followup TV series of Battlestar Galactica, for which she won a Saturn Award in 2005 for Best Actress on Television. The actress's persona led the writers to develop the character of Starbuck as a more volatile and complex character. Galactica executive producer Ron Moore described her as having magnetism while producer David Eick expanded stating: "We saw this whole other side that was all because of Katee: vulnerability, insecurity, desperation. We started freeing ourselves up to explore the weakness of the character, because we knew Katee could express those things without compromising the character's strength."
In 2007, Sackhoff was cast as the evil cyborg Sarah Corvus in the short-lived NBC series Bionic Woman. David Eick, executive producer for the show, stated, "She's a very special find. Those actors who can combine the qualities of strength and vulnerability—they usually call those people movie stars."
She appears in four episodes of the fifth season of the series Nip/Tuck playing a new doctor, Dr. Theodora Rowe. However, for the sixth season Sackhoff was later replaced by Rose McGowan for the role due to scheduling conflicts.
Sackhoff headlined NBC's Dick Wolf-produced cop drama Lost and Found which centered on Tessa (Sackhoff), "an offbeat female LAPD detective who, after butting heads with the higher-ups, is sent as a punishment to the basement to work on John Doe and Jane Doe cases." The pilot was filmed in January 2009. NBC decided not to pick up the series.
In 2009, she appeared as herself in "The Vengeance Formulation", an episode of the CBS situation comedy The Big Bang Theory. In the episode, she is fantasized as the character Howard Wolowitz's dream girl. She appeared again in season 4, in the same role.
In February 2010, Sackhoff signed on to play the lead in an ABC crime drama pilot, Boston's Finest. ABC decided not to pick up the series.
In 2011, Sackhoff guest starred in an episode of Workaholics as a homeless drug addict named Rachel. Sackhoff co-stars as the lead female role in Longmire, an A&E television series based on the novels by Craig Johnson. Sackhoff plays Sheriff's Deputy Vic Moretti. Sackhoff has been cast as Dahl, a Nordic mercenary hired to track down Vin Diesel's Riddick in Riddick. In August 2012, Katee became the co-host of the Schmoes Know Movies podcast on The Toadhop Network. One of her first shows was with guest Sean Astin.
Star Wars voice work
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Bo-Katan)
Notes and references
- ↑ Katee Sackhoff Film Reference biography. Filmreference.com. Retrieved on April 18, 2010.
- ↑ Katee Sackhoff, Yoga "Variety.com", July 11, 2006
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Catch a Rising Starbuck. By: Jensen, Jeff, Vary, Adam B., Entertainment Weekly, 10490434, 4/4/2008, Issue 985
- ↑ IMDB - Katee Sackhoff
- ↑ LMN.tv: Movie Details "How I Married My High School Crush"
- ↑ Katee Sackhoff: From Starbuck to Nip/Tuck
- ↑ 'Battlestar' and 'Caprica' notes, plus video of Katee on 'Nip/Tuck'
- ↑ Rose McGowan In, Katee Sackhoff Out On 'Nip/Tuck'
- ↑ nip_tuck: Casting: Both Katee Sackhoff and Rose McGowan to play Teddy Lowe?. Community.livejournal.com (2008-12-10). Retrieved on April 18, 2010.
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- ↑ Katee Sackhoff to Appear on The Big Bang Theory, TVGuide.com
- ↑ The Vengeance Formulation
- ↑ Katee Sackhoff Signs On to ABC Crime Drama. TVGuide.com.
- ↑ Exclusive Photos: Katee Sackhoff & More in Growl
- ↑ Mike Moody (20 August 2010). Katee Sackhoff to guest on 'Futurama'. Digital Spy. Digital Spy. Retrieved on August 20, 2010.
- ↑ CSI Books Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff. TVGuide.com. Retrieved on September 8, 2010.
- ↑ Goldberg, Lesley (March 25, 2011). 'Battlestar Galactica' Star Katee Sackhoff Lands A&E Pilot. The Hollywood Reporter.
- ↑ Radish, Christina (January 13, 2012). Katee Sackhoff Talks RIDDICK; Reveals the Wild Story on How She Got Cast. Collider.com. Retrieved on December 13, 2012.