He met Lexa on the set of the Andromeda episode "Star-Crossed", and they married on August 2, 2003. They had a daughter (Mia Tabitha) born on September 13, 2004 and a son (Samuel David) born on March 19, 2006. He also has a daughter (Tatiana Shanks) with Vaitiare Bandera. His favorite villain is Anubis, because he's so oily. He is also the only main actor other than Corin Nemec to have both his characters, Daniel Jackson and Thor, meet Anubis in person.
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- From Seasons 1 to 5, Shanks appeared in the opening credits, second after Richard Dean Anderson but after rejoining the show in Season 7, Shanks was given the "And.." credit which lasted up to the final episode in Season 10. It should be noted that this credit is something he shares with British-born Canadian actor, David Hewlett (Meredith Rodney McKay) who like Shanks is also credited as "And" on the spin-off series, Stargate Atlantis.
- Shanks made his directional debut with the Stargate SG-1 Season 4 episode, "Double Jeopardy".
- Shanks should not be confused with his namesake, the real-life archaeologist Michael Shanks.
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