Emmy Award-nominated actor Robert Picardo was born on October 27, 1953 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An Italian American, he graduated from William Penn Charter School in 1971. He originally entered Yale University as a pre-med student, but he later decided to pursue studies in acting. While at Yale, he became a member of the undergraduate a cappella singing group, the Society of Orpheus & Bacchus. In 1977, Picardo appeared on the Broadway production Gemini. The next year, he worked on another Broadway play, Tribute.
With over a hundred film and TV shows to his credit, Robert Picardo has taken the entertainment world by storm. He began with a recurring role on the sitcom Alice, and played a number of characters on the 1985 children’s sci-fi film Explorers. This was followed by a role on Ridley Scott’s Legend, before he appeared on shows like The Golden Girls, Benson, Amazing Stories and 21 Jump Street. From 1988 to 1991, he took on the role of Coach Cutlip on the series The Wonder Years. At the same time, he was playing Dr. Richard on episodes of China Beach, and was also on LA Law.
In 1990, Picardo voiced Johnnycab on the film Total Recall, and later portrayed the character Foster on Gremlins 2: The New Batch. He was next seen on Frame Up, The Witches of Eastwick, Samantha and episodes of Dinosaurs, Batman and Home Improvement. It was in 1995 that he gained fame playing The Doctor on Star Trek: Voyager. Prior to the 2001 finale of the series, he had roles on Star Trek: First Contact, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. During those years, Picardo had roles on Menno’s Mind, Small Soldiers, and Pfish and Chip. He later got a part on Ally McBeal, and was also in Frasier, Crossing Jordan, The Practice and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. He also did voice work for the shows Buzz Lightyear of Star Command and Grim and Evil. In 2003, he appeared on The Dead Zone and lent his voice to the film Looney Tunes: Back in Action. Other credits of Picardo include The West Wing, Justice League, The 4400, Masters of Horror, The O.C., Rocketboy, Stargate SG-1, Smallville, and Stargate: Atlantis, where he plays Richard Woolsey.
-In 2002, Robert Picardo wrote a book called The Holograms Hand Book as a satire of the self-help book
-Robert had originally tried for the role of Neelix on Star Trek Voyager
-Robert Picardo sees his character on Stargate, Richard Woolsey, as a likable Dick Cheney
-Robert won the Viewers For Quality Television Founder's Award for his roles on The Wonder Years and China Beach
-Robert was nominated for an Emmy Award for his role as Mr. Cutlip on The Wonder Years
-Robert was nominated for an Ovation Award for his role on On the Twentieth Century
-Robert won a Drama-Logue Award for his role on The Normal Heart
Oh, God! You Devil
Back to School
The Man Who Fell to Earth
Roses Are for the Rich
Amazon Women on the Moon
Gremlins 2: The New Batch
She Says She's Innocent
A Murderous Affair: The Carolyn Warmus Story
Revenge of the Nerds 4: Nerds in Love
Star Trek Voyager
Star Trek: First Contact
The Amati Girls
Looney Tunes: Back in Action
Masters of Horror: Homecoming
For the Stargate episode 'Prototype' Picardo got to work with actor Beau Bridges, an actor he'd admired for a long time. The feeling ended up being mutual, as Bridges gave Picardo the nickname 'Sure Shot Bob' for never forgetting his lines -- an ability Picardo gained on Voyager.
- If Picard can baldly go, why not Picardo?
(about Stargate vs Star Trek)
- I think that's not really fair, because I spent so much time on them. I like both shows. I actually think, and I probably get in trouble for this, I think that their humor is more successful on Stargate than we had it on Star Trek. I find it funnier, and even though I'm proud of the humor I brought to Voyager, I think overall they pull off comedy better than we did. But I will go toe to toe with them on philosophical issues and stuff like that. I think that was our strength.
- It's a thrill to play a villain - if the villain is interesting and if you're given enough freedom by the director to make interesting and unusual choices.