Canadian import Scott Bairstow first came to the attention of public as Newt Call in the syndicated version of “Lonesome Dove: The Series” (1994-1995), a role he reprised on “Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years” (1995-1996). He gained further notice for playing Ned Grayson on the popular American television drama series “Party of Five” from 1998 to 2000. Bairstow also had regular roles on “Harsh Realm” (1999-2000) and “Wolf Lake” (2001-2002), and jointly nabbed a Western Heritage Award for his work on the TV film “Two for Texas” (1999). His film credits include “White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf” (1994), “Wild America.” (1997), “The Postman” (1997), “Dead in the Water” (2002), “Tuck Everlasting” (2002) and “The Bone Snatcher” (2003).
Bairstow has two sons with his ex-wife, Marty Rich.
Father of 2
Childhood and Family:
Scott Hamilton Bairstow was born on April 23, 1970, in Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada. His parents, Douglas and Diane Bairstow, both play with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, with Dough currently being their main oboe player. He was introduced to the arts early, and by age 10, he had started acting professionally. While in high school, Scott took musical theater classes with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
In 1994, Scott married Marty Rich, a woman he met at a party in LA at the Derby. They welcomed their first child, son Casey William Bairstow, in 1995. Their second son, Dalton Bairstow, was born in November 1998. The couple divorced in 2000 after having together for six years.
Scott Bairstow began his professional career at age 10 in his hometown of Canada by appearing in a children's show, “Okay, Let's Go.” When he was 17, he spent a summer in the United States as an apprentice at the esteemed Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts. Thanks to his performance in a stage production of “A Study in Scarlet” (1986), Bairstow eventually landed a New York agent, and he relocated to NYC in 1987 to pursue other opportunities. Once there, he found restaurant jobs and a work as a day player in the ABC soap opera “All My Children” (1987), and after a year, he decided to move back to Canada. He then starred as George Gibbs in a Manitoba staging of “Our Town” and directed several Gilbert and Sullivan productions.
Spotted by a talent scout, Bairstow was signed for a television pilot in Hollywood, but the series failed to find a home. Even so, he did score a one year development deal with ABC . In 1992, he returned to New York, but the ABC deal did not give work. He, however, managed to appear in three Dr. Pepper TV commercials. Bairstow moved to Los Angeles in 1993, and eventually made his American TV debut in “There Was a Little Boy” (1993), where he starred along with Cybill Shepherd and John Heard. The CBS drama was directed by Mimi Leder. It was soon followed by a supporting turn as Oliver in “Country Estates,” starring Tom Irwin, Barbara Williams and Jason London.
Bairstow's first television success arrived when he was cast as the lead character, Newt Call, on “Lonesome Dove: The Series “ (1994-1995), a television series adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning western novel of the same name by Larry McMurtry. The cast also included Christianne Hirt (as
Hannah Peale Call), Eric McCormack (as Col. Francis Clay Mosby), Paul Le Mat (as Josiah Peale), and Paul Johansson (as Austin Peale). He reprised the role in the follow up show “Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years” (1995-1996). Meanwhile, in 1994, Bairstow had his first major film role in the Ken Olin directed “White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf,” the sequel to the 1991 film “White Fang.” There he played the lead role of Henry Casey. The same year, he also appeared as Samuel Hartley in an episode of “ The X-Files” called “Miracle Man.”
In 1997, Bairstow starred with Eric Mabius and Tara Subkoff in the drama/thriller movie “Black Circle Boys,” directed and written by Matthew Carnahan, with Amy Jo Johnson and Mario López in the made for TV film “Killing Mr. Griffin” (NBC) and with Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Devon Sawa in William Dear's “Wild America.” He also co-starred in the post-apocalyptic epic movie “The Postman” (1997), which was directed by the film's star Kevin Costner with a screenplay adapted from the David Brin 1985 novel of the same name by Eric Roth and Brian Helgeland. The film received negative reviews from critics, and won five Razzie Awards, including Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Screenplay and Worst Actor. On TV, he appeared in an episode of “Oddville, MTV.”
In 1998, Bairstow starred with Jennifer Garner and Eion Bailey in the Fox short lived drama series “Significant Others.” He followed it up later with a notable supporting role on the hit teen drama “Party of Five.” He played Ned Grayson, a love interest for Julia (played by Neve Campbell), from 1998 to 2000. Still in 1998, he was cast as Son Holland in the TNT Western film “Two for Texas,” where he shared a Bronze Wrangler for Television Feature Film for his work. Costars in the film included Irene Bedard, Kris Kristofferson, Peter Coyote and Tom Skerritt. In 1999, Bairstow was cast in the starring role of Lt. Tom Hobbes, in Chris Carter's short lived series, “Harsh Realm,” which aired from October 8, 1999 to May 19, 2000. The same year, he also starred with Philip Briggs and Viveka Davis in the TV film “ My Last Love” and supported Ron Eldard, David Strickland and Leslie Stefanson in the comedy/drama film “Delivered” (1999), helmed by Guy Ferland.
Bairstow portrayed Tyler Creed in the supernatural drama series “Wolf Lake,” which ran on CBS from September 19, 2001 to May 1, 2002. He starred opposite Hart Bochner and Maria Luisa Cianni in the Betty Thomas directed TV film “Silicon Follies” (2001), played Cliff Truckee in the TV film “ Semper Fi” (2001), worked with Henry Thomas and Dominique Swain in the crime/thrilelr movie “Dead in the Water” (2002) and supported Taye Diggs, Dominique Swain and Mia Kirshner in he drama film “New Best Friend” (2002), for director Zoe Clarke-Williams.
After “Wolf Lake” departed the airwaves, Bairstow played Ethan in the TV series “ Breaking News” (2002), along with Tony Alcantar, Jason Schombing and Patricia Wettig. He also starred as Miles Tuck in Jay Russell's film, “Tuck Everlasting” (2002), guest starred in “ The Twilight Zone” (2002, as Lt. Jeffrey Freed) and “Touched by an Angel” (2003, as Zack). He also played Dr. Zack Straker in the horror film “The Bone Snatcher” (2003).
In May 2003, Bairstow was charged in Everett, Washington with second degree child rape for allegedly sexually assaulting a 12 year old girl, who is related to his former wife. Following a modified guilty plea to second degree assault, in January 2004, he was sentenced to four months in jail, one year community supervision, and was required to undergo a sexual deviancy evaluation. He was also ordered to have no contact with the girl for 10 years and to pay for any counseling she requires.
Bairstow resumed his career in 2006 by co-starring with Wendy Anderson and Ian Black in the made for TV film “ Android Apocalypse” (2006).
Western Heritage: Bronze Wrangler, Television Feature Film, “Two for Texas,” 1999