“Science fiction fans are awesome. They love you so much that they'll watch anything you do, even if it's complete crap. I never dreamed that I would go to conventions and sit down and have coffee with a Klingon. It's so weird, but it's my life. I get recognized so much. It happens mostly when I'm in Starbucks. I always hear some guy behind me go, 'Dude you're never going to believe this. I'm at Starbucks and Starbuck's here!’” Katee Sackhoff
American actress Katee Sackhoff is recognized for her role of Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace on the miniseries and TV series “Battlestar Galactica” (2003; 2004-2009). She received a Saturn nomination for her work in the first and a Saturn Award for the latter. Sackhoff also played regular roles in “The Fearing Mind” (2000, as Lenore Fearing), “The Education of Max Bickford” (2001-2002, as Nell Bickford) and “24” (2010, as Dana Walsh) as well as recurring roles on “Undressed” (2000), “Nip/Tuck” (2009) and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2010-2011). She has also acted in such films as “My First Mister” (2001), “Halloween: Resurrection” (2002), “White Noise 2: The Light” (2007) and “The Last Sentinel” (2007).
Currently, Sackhoff lives in Los Angeles, California. She was once romantically involved with John Welbourn, who played offensive tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs. Sackhoff has three tattoos: a Japanese symbol for “choice” on the back of her neck, a crucifix on her left shoulder, and a Latin phrase on her right arm that means public property. She is a yoga practitioner. In her free time, Sackhoff enjoys watching films, playing pool, hanging out with friends and working out.
Childhood and Family:
Kathryn Ann Sackhoff was born on April 8, 1980, in Portland, Oregon. She is the youngest of two children of Dennis Sackhoff, a land developer, and Mary Sackhoff, a coordinator of a language program. Her brother's name is Erick.
Katee began swimming at an early age and planned to swim professional until she suffered a knee injury. An active student, she also took ballet, dance and drama at a very young age. She graduated from Sunset High School in Beaverton, Oregon, in 1998, where she performed in several productions, including “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Bye, Bye Birdie” and “Oliver.” After graduation, she moved to California and briefly attended Santa Monica College before concentrating on her acting career.
While waiting for a break in Los Angeles, Katee Sackhoff worked as a waitress. Her first professional acting debut arrived with a supporting role as Karen Gotarus, a teenager with a baby, in the Lifetime movie “Fifteen and Pregnant” (1998), which starred Kirsten Dunst, Park Overall and David Andrews. She then received a lead role in the MTV failed pilot “Locust Valley” (1999) and appeared in the original movie “Hefner: Unauthorized” (1999). She also guest starred in an episode of “Zoe” and played Claire in the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” episode “Starlight, Star Bright” (1999).
In 2000, Sackhoff joined the cast of the second season of MTV's “Undressed” in the recurring role of Annie. The same year, she landed her first regular role on the short lived Fox Family Channel series “The Fearing Mind,” where she was cast as the daughter of writer Bill Fearing. She had her next regular role on the NBC series “The Education of Max Bickford,” in which she played the supporting role of Nell. The show ran from September 23, 2001, until June 2, 2002.
Sackhoff made the jump to the big screen in “My First Mister” (2001), a dramatic comedy directed by Christine Lahti that starred Albert Brooks and Leelee Sobieski. She followed it up with the supporting role of Jen Danzing in the slasher film “Halloween: Resurrection” (2002). Directed by Rick Rosenthal, the film enjoyed moderate success. Also in 2002, the actress appeared as Jason's girlfriend in an episode of the hit medical series “ER” called “A Hopeless Wound.”
It was in 2003 that Sackhoff eventually landed her breakthrough role of Captain Kara Thrace - Starbuck on the TV miniseries remake of “Battlestar Galactica,” which broadcasted on the Sci-fi Channel. The three hour miniseries was a hit with audiences and became one of the three most successful original programs in the network's history. It was also nominated for Emmys for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special, Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special and Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special, and won a Visual Effects Society Award and a Saturn Award for Best Television Presentation. Sackhoff received a 2004 Saturn nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series for her performance on the show. Later, on December 8, 2003, Sackhoff guest starred as Holly in the episode “The Big Picture” of the NBC series “Boomtown,” starring Donnie Wahlberg, Neal McDonough and Mykelti Williamson. She went on to appear as Terri in an episode of “Cold Case” called “Volunteers,” which aired on March 7, 2004.
However, Sackhoff did not return to the television spotlight until she reprised her role of Captain Kara for the series “Battlestar Galactica,” opposite Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, Tricia Helfer, Grace Park, Michael Hogan, Tahmoh Penikett, Aaron Douglas, Alessandro Juliani, Michael Trucco and Kandyse McClure. She was on the series from October 18, 2004, to March 24, 2009, and took home a Saturn Award in 2006 for Best Supporting Actress on Television. She went on to earn Saturn nominations for Best Actress in a Television Program (2007) and Best Supporting Actress in Television (2009).
After her success with “Galactica,” Sackhoff portrayed the female lead in the supernatural thriller “White Noise 2: The Light” (2007) and “The Last Sentinel” (2007), opposite Don 'The Dragon' Wilson and Bokeem Woodbine. She also contributed her voice to the video game “Halo 3” (2007). Also that year, the actress was cast as Sarah Corvus, the first Bionic woman and a nemesis of Jaime, on the short-lived NBC series “Bionic Woman,” which ran from September until November 2007. She then played Captain Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace on the TV film version “Battlestar Galactica: Razor.”
2008 found Sackhoff featured in the marketing campaign for “Resistance 2” and guest staring in “Law & Order” (as Dianne Cary). She also played the recurring role of a doctor in four episodes of the FX drama “Nip/Tuck” (2009) and was cast in the starring role of Tessa Cooper in an unpicked pilot titled “Lost & Found” (2009).
After “Battlestar Galactica” left the airwaves, Sackhoff played the role of Dana Walsh on the Fox series “24” (2010). The same year, she filmed an ABC pilot called “Boston's Finest” (2010), in which she starred as Julia Scott, but the network did not pick up the series. She then provided the voice of Grrrl in an episode of “Futurama” titled “Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences” and began her three episode role of Detective Reed in CBS' “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”
Recently, in 2011, Sackhoff's voice could be heard as She-Hulk in an episode of “The Super Hero Squad Show” called “So Pretty When They Explode” and in “Robot Chicken,” a gig she began in 2007.
Sackhoff will play Joyce in “The Haunting in Georgia” (2011), opposite Chad Michael Murray and Abigail Spencer. She is also scheduled to star with Dawn Olivieri and Victor Webster in “Growl” (2011), an upcoming horror film directed and written by Sxv'leithan Essex.
Saturn: Best Supporting Actress on Television, “Battlestar Galactica,” 2006