Graduated from Kirkwood High School in Kirkwood, Missour in 1973. During high school, he was active in soccer, tennis and theatre. Attended college at the University of Kansas until his sophomore year when he left to pursue acting.
Children: Chelsy Bakula (b. 1984), Cody (b. 1991 - adopted) with Krista Newmann; Wil (b. 1995) and Owen (b. 1999), with Chelsea Field.
Has starred in five different series which were canceled: "Gung Ho" (1986), "Eisenhower & Lutz" (1988), "Quantum Leap" (1989), "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" (1996) and "Enterprise" (2001).
The only actor to have two roles included in TV Guide's "25 Legends of Sci-Fi," One entry noted the character of Sam Beckett from "Quantum Leap" (1989), while the other entry noted all of the Captains from the various Star Trek series, which would of course include his role of Jonathan Archer from "Enterprise" (2001).
His 1988 Tony nomination was as Best Actor (Musical) for "Romance/Romance," written by Barry Harman. The winner in that category that year was Michael Crawford for "Phantom of the Opera," Scott was not the producers' first choice for the role but was chosen after Armand Assante turned it down. When Scott left "Romance/Romance" to do "Quantum Leap" (1989), he was replaced by Barry Williams for the remainder of the show's Broadway run.
His daughter, Chelsy Bakula, appeared in the "Quantum Leap" (1989) episode "Quantum Leap: Memphis Melody - July 3, 1954 (#5.21)" (1993).
Has speculated (half jokingly) that Jonathan Archer's middle name is Beckett. This is in reference to Dr. Sam Beckett, the character Bakula portrayed on "Quantum Leap" (1989).
Best remembered by the public for his starring role as "Doctor Sam Beckett" in "Quantum Leap" (1989) and as "Captain Jonathan Archer" on Star Trek: "Enterprise" (2001).
Has been directed by James Whitmore Jr. in episodes of three different series: "Quantum Leap" (1989), "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" (1996), and "Enterprise" (2001).
The song, "Somewhere in the Night", which appeared in the "Quantum Leap: Piano Man - November 10, 1985 (#3.15)" (1991) episode of "Quantum Leap" (1989), was sung by Bakula and can be found in a CD single format.
Appeared on the cover of the March 1995 issue of Playgirl Magazine. In the interview inside, illustrated with several photos of Scott baring his hairy chest, he stated that he wouldn't have a problem doing a nude scene in a movie.
Coincidentally, his fictional character name, "Capt. Jonathan Archer", is similar to real-life "Star Trek: Voyager" (1995) novelist Nathan Archer.
His second wife Chelsea Field auditioned for the role of Captain Kathryn Janeway on "Star Trek: Voyager" (1995).
The surname Bakula is very common in Croatia and very rare in the Czech Republic. During the premiere of the first season of Star Trek: "Enterprise" (2001) in Croatia, some Croatian newspapers, like Slobodna Dalmacija, conducted a few interviews with Croatians named Bakula, especially with people from Dalmatia and Herzegovina, in an effort to determine Scott Bakula's origin. It is also possible, as a lot of Croats have lived in the Czech Republic for centuries, that Scott's ancestors are among them.
Ran the Los Angeles Marathon on March 6, 2005 in 4 hrs 10 mins 41 secs.