Joe Flanigan was born in Los Angeles and raised near Reno, Nevada. He grew up on a small ranch he likens to a Dr. Doolittle set, where his mother collected animals of every variety, including rare white Ria's, Scottish Highland cattle, and Emu's. " A remarkably stupid animal, but they can spit you in the eye from about 20 yards". After 'serving a 4 year sentence' at boarding school in Ojai, California, he later studied art and history at the University of Paris a la Sorbonne and eventually graduated with a degree in history from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Following multifarious stints including being an Advance Man for the Vice President of the United States and working at Andy Warhol's Interview Magazine, Joe found himself fired, broke and uncertain of his next move. An actor friend and neighbor suggested acting and Joe ultimately ended up at Milton Katsela's Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. Financial pressure forced him to head quickly to Los Angeles in search of paying work. After starting with a number of commercials, Joe began to land roles in film and TV which included being a series regular on the last season of the Emmy nominated series Sisters on NBC, and CBS's First Monday. Additionally he has shot 11 network pilots/movies including USA's Thoughtcrimes, and scored numerous reoccurring and guest roles on Murphy Brown, Providence, Profiler, CSI Miami to name a few. He recently completed 100 episodes in the starring role of John Sheppard in Stargate Atlantis, which also won the People's Choice Award.
Joe resides in Malibu with his wife of 13 years, painter Katherine Kousi, and his three rowdy young boys, Aidan, Truman and Fergus. He is an avid surfer, gardner and not-so successfull bee-keeper.
It is from the CharityBuzz site where, to help a friend with ALS, Sarah Geary, he and David Hewlett are auctioning off a lunch with the two of them.
You can also bid on his skateboard: http://www.charitybuzz.com/auctions/joeflanigan/catalog_items/223702