Kathryn Ann "Katee" Sackhoff is an American actress known for playing Captain Kara "Starbuck" Thrace on the Sci Fi Channel's Peabody Award-winning television program Battlestar Galactica. In 2004 she was nominated for a Saturn Award in the "Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series" category for her work in the Battlestar Galactica miniseries. In May 2006, she won the Saturn Award for the same role. She will star in the eighth season of 24 as a series regular.
Katee Sackhoff’s sex appeal is nothing if not versatile. Before taking on the role of Starbuck on Battlestar Galactica, Katee says she was always portrayed as a sweet, innocent little blonde girl from Oregon. Now she’s being drooled over by sci-fi nerds as a go-to tough girl. It’s a testament to Katee’s fun personality and physical attractiveness that she can appeal to such diametrically opposed male fantasies.
Katee herself doesn’t like the kind of complications that can come from being so appealing. For example, Katee doesn’t approve of the love triangles Starbuck gets tangled in with her Galactica crewmates. “I wish she would just be with one of them and call it a day,” she jokes. Although she doesn’t go into details about her private life, Katee is reported to be seeing Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle John Welbourn.
When asked if she had to keep the fate of starbuck a secret
I did. Isn't that horrible? I called David about on day two crying, going, "I can't do this. I'm lying to my family and they're all so upset." Everyone thinks that their show is going to get canceled. I was like, "You guys can't do this to me. You're going to have to tell some people." So they told Eddie [James Olmos] and I knew that once they told Eddie, he would tell everybody.
when asked if she was a fan of the original "Bionic Woman":
I wasn't born. Like "Battlestar Galactica", I'm just going to remake old shows for a living. I keep saying that next is "A-Team" and I'm going to play 'Face'. Just for sh!ts and giggles
when asked what she would like to see happen to Starbuck in season 4:
We'd shot maybe one episode of the last season, and "TV Guide" asked me, can you tell us anything about the series, and I said as a joke, "Yeah, I'm a Cylon, and I die." And then seven episodes [later] I get a phone call from David and [executive producer] Ron [Moore] going, "Just so you know, we love you, but we're going to kill you." So I want to say I have no idea what's going to happen, and I just hope that it leaves the fans happy.
First appearing in a series of commercials, TV movies and shows, Sackhoff got her first recurring role as 'Annie' in MTV's Undressed, next gaining a supporting role as Nell Bickford in The Education of Max Bickford. Katee made her motion picture debut in My First Mister, next appearing in film as Jenna "Jen" Danzig in Halloween: Resurrection.
Sackhoff appeared in her most notable role as Kara "Starbuck" Thrace in the mini-series and followup TV series of Battlestar Galactica, for which the actress won a Saturn Award in 2005 for Best Actress on Television. The actress's persona led the writers to develop the character of Starbuck as a more volatile and complex character. What executive produce Ron Moore described as magnetism, David Eick, producer, expanded stating, "We saw this whole other side that was all because of Katee—vulnerability, insecurity, desperation. We started freeing ourselves up to explore the weakness of the character, because we knew Katee could express those things without compromising the character's strength."
Sackhoff was next cast as the evil cyborg Sarah Corvus in the short-lived NBC series, Bionic Woman. David Eick, executive producer for the show, stated, "She's a very special find. Those actors who can combine the qualities of strength and vulnerability—they usually call those people movie stars."
Sackhoff plays the female lead in the action/scifi movie The Last Sentinel and the supernatural thriller White Noise 2: The Light.
The actress appears as the main character in the Lifetime Original Movie How I Married My High School Crush, as well as guest appearances in Cold Case, ER, Law and Order, and Robot Chicken.
Sackhoff provided the voice of a female marine in the video game Halo 3 and is also featured in the viral marketing campaign for Resistance 2.
She appears in four episodes of the fifth season of the hit FX series Nip/Tuck, playing a new doctor, Dr. Theodora Rowe. Sackhoff was later replaced by Rose McGowan for the role.
Sackhoff headlined NBC's Dick Wolf-produced cop drama Lost and Found, which centered on Tessa (Sackhoff), "an offbeat female LAPD detective who, after butting heads with the higher-ups, is sent as a punishment to the basement to work on John Doe and Jane Doe cases." The pilot was filmed in January 2009. NBC decided not to pick up the series.
Sackhoff will appear as a series regular in the eighth season of the hit television series 24, playing Dana Walsh, a CTU data analyst with a secret.
Katee Sackhoff Quotes
“I get some very nice fan letters. Someone actually sent one to my parents, with another letter inside for me. Kinda weird.”
"I was addicted to the original Star Trek" when I was growing up, because of my dad. We grew up in St. Helen, Oregon and we weren`t allowed to watch a lot of TV. I don`t think we even had more than three channels, so it was basically watch "Dynasty" with my mom, watch "Star Trek" with my dad, or watch the mating rituals of beavers on OPB [Oregon Public Broadcasting]. So my brother and I watched "Star Trek." "
“Every sex scene is always, without a doubt, terribly funny.”
* Lenore Fearing, The Fearing Mind, Fox Family Channel, 2000
* Nell Bickford, The Education of Max Bickford, CBS, 2001
* Lieutenant Kara "Starbuck" Thrace, Battlestar Galactica, Sci-Fi Channel, 2004
* Lieutenant Kara "Starbuck" Thrace, Battlestar Galactica, Sci-Fi Channel, 2003
* Karen Gotarus, Fifteen and Pregnant, Lifetime, 1998
* Mary, Hefner: Unauthorized (also known as Hugh Hefner: The TrueStory), USA Network, 1999
* Susan, "Sympathy for Jack," Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane, The WB,1999
* Claire, "Starlight, Star Bright," Chicken Soup for the Soul, PAX,1999
* Annie, Undressed, MTV, four episodes, 2000
* N.F.'s girlfriend, "A Hopeless Wound," ER, NBC, 2002
* Holly, "The Big Picture," Boomtown, NBC, 2003
* Terry Maxwell in 1969, "Volunteers," Cold Case, CBS, 2004
* Claire Shaw, Locust Valley (pilot), MTV, 1999
* Battlestar Galactica: The Lowdown (special), Sci-Fi Channel, 2003
* Ashley, My First Mister, Paramount, 2001
* (As Katee Sachoff) Jenna "Jen" Danzig, Halloween: Resurrection, Dimension Films/Universal, 2002
* Herself, Halloween: Resurrected, 2002
* People Weekly, April 22, 2002, p. 109
* Starburst Special, November, 2003, pp. 40-45; August, 2004, pp. 108-111
* TV Zone, October, 2004, pp. 38-40
Birthname: Kathryn Ann Sackhoff
Hookups: Offensive Tackle John Welbourne
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Assets: frakking geek cred
Vices: Text messaging
Hobbies: Yoga, Running
Country of Origin: United States