Katee Sackhoff

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Katee Sackhoff
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BornKathryn Ann Sackhoff
(1980-04-08) April 8, 1980 (age 33)
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Years active1998–present
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Katee Sackhoff
Katee sackhoff comic con cropped.png
BornKathryn Ann Sackhoff
(1980-04-08) April 8, 1980 (age 33)
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Years active1998–present

Kathryn Ann "Katee" Sackhoff (born April 8, 1980) is an American actress best known for playing Captain Kara "Starbuck" Thrace on the Sci Fi Channel's television program Battlestar Galactica (2003–2009). She was nominated for four Saturn Awards for her work on Battlestar Galactica, winning the award for Best Supporting Actress on Television in 2005.

Sackhoff has also starred in the short-lived TV series The Fearing Mind (2000–2001) and The Education of Max Bickford (2001–2002); had recurring roles in the TV series Bionic Woman (2007), Robot Chicken (2007–2012), Nip/Tuck (2009), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2010-2011) and Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2012–2013); and had a lead role in the eighth season of 24 as Dana Walsh (2010). She currently stars in the A&E series Longmire as Deputy Sheriff Victoria "Vic" Moretti (2012–present).

She has also had lead roles in the films Halloween: Resurrection (2002); White Noise: The Light (2007); Batman: Year One (2011); The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia, Sexy Evil Genius and Riddick (all 2013).

Early life[edit]

Sackhoff was born in Portland, Oregon, and grew up in St. Helens, Oregon. Her mother Mary was an ESL program coordinator and her father Dennis is a land developer.[1]

Her brother Erick is co-owner of a vehicle modification shop near Portland.[2][3] She graduated from Sunset High School in Beaverton in 1998. She began swimming at an early age and by high school was planning to pursue a career in the sport until her right knee was injured. This led her to begin practicing yoga - which she continues today - and to pursue an interest in acting.[4]


Sackhoff at the 2008 Wizard World Convention in Philadelphia

Her first role was in the Lifetime movie Fifteen and Pregnant in which she played a teenager with a baby. The movie starred Kirsten Dunst and motivated her to move to Hollywood and pursue a career in acting after graduating high school. Sackhoff's first recurring role was 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, and next appeared in film as Jenna "Jen" Danzig in Halloween: Resurrection.

Sackhoff's most notable role is as Kara "Starbuck" Thrace in the miniseries and follow-up TV series Battlestar Galactica, for which she won a Saturn Award in 2006 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. Galactica executive producer Ron Moore described her as having magnetism while producer David Eick 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."[5] Sackhoff said her performance was inspired by Linda Hamilton's portrayal of Sarah Connor in Terminator 2: Judgment Day: "I think that was the one character that I kind of looked to as far as body image and strength. I think I looked to her character and said, 'OK, that's kind of what you need to embody.'"[6] Toward the end of the filming of Battlestar Galactica, Sackhoff began feeling physically weak. Soon after filming wrapped, she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. After surgery to remove her thyroid, she required no radiation treatments and by February 2009 was in remission.[7] In 2007, Sackhoff was 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."[5] Sackhoff plays the female lead in the action/sci-fi movie The Last Sentinel and the supernatural thriller White Noise: The Light.

Sackhoff also appears as the main character in the Lifetime Original Movie How I Married My High School Crush.[8] She has also made guest appearances in Cold Case, ER, Law & 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. In 2011, she provided the voice for Black Cat 2099 in Spider-Man: Edge of Time. She voiced Sarah Essen in the DC Comics animated film, Batman: Year One. She appears in four episodes of the fifth season of the series Nip/Tuck playing a new doctor, Dr. Theodora Rowe.[9][10] However, for the sixth season Sackhoff was later replaced by Rose McGowan for the role due to scheduling conflicts.[11][12] Sackhoff headlined NBC's Dick Wolf-produced cop drama Lost and Found as Tessa, "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.[13] In 2009, she appeared as herself in "The Vengeance Formulation" episode of the CBS situation comedy The Big Bang Theory. In the episode, she is fantasized as Howard Wolowitz's dream girl.[14] She appears again in season 4, in the same role. Sackhoff appeared as a series regular in the eighth season of the TV series 24, playing Dana Walsh, a CTU data analyst with a secret. In February 2010, Sackhoff signed on to play the lead in an ABC crime drama pilot, Boston's Finest. ABC decided not to pick up the series.[15]

Sackhoff is set to star in the action-werewolf thriller Growl.[16] She also made a special appearance in the Futurama episode "Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences".[17] In the fall of 2010, Sackhoff joined the cast of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Detective Reed, a smart investigator who does not do well with sensitivity.[18] In 2011, Sackhoff guest starred in an episode of Workaholics as a homeless drug addict named Rachel. Sackhoff co-stars as the lead female role in Longmire, an A&E television series based on the novels by Craig Johnson. Sackhoff plays Sheriff's Deputy Vic Moretti.[19][20] Sackhoff has been cast as Dahl, a mercenary hired to track down Vin Diesel's Riddick in Riddick.[21]

In August 2012, Katee became the co-host of the Schmoes Know Movies podcast on The Toadhop Network. One of her first shows was with guest Sean Astin.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Sackhoff is engaged to her boyfriend of seven years, film producer Scott Niemeyer.[23]



2001My First MisterAshley
2002Halloween: ResurrectionJen
2007White Noise: The LightSherry Clarke
2007Last Sentinel, TheThe Last SentinelGirl
2011Batman: Year OneDet. Sarah Essen (voice)Video
2012Campus KillerSuzanne
2013Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia, TheThe Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of GeorgiaJoyce
2013Sexy Evil GeniusNikki Franklyn


1998Fifteen and PregnantKaren GotarusTV film
1999Locust ValleyClaire ShawTV film
1999Zoe, Duncan, Jack and JaneSusanEpisode: "Sympathy for Jack"
1999Chicken Soup for the SoulClaireEpisode: "Starlight, Star Bright"
1999Hefner: UnauthorizedMaryTV film
2000UndressedAnnie4 episodes
2000–2001Fearing Mind, TheThe Fearing MindLenore Fearing13 epiosdes
2001–2002Education of Max Bickford, TheThe Education of Max BickfordNell Bickford22 episodes
2002ERJason's GirlfriendEpisode: "A Hopeless Wound"
2003Battlestar GalacticaKara "Starbuck" ThraceTV miniseries
2003BoomtownHollyEpisode: "The Big Picture"
2004Cold CaseTerri Maxwell (1969)Episode: "Volunteers"
2004–2009Battlestar GalacticaKara "Starbuck" Thrace71 episodes
2007Wedding Wish, TheThe Wedding WishSara JacobTV film
2007Halo 3Female Marine 3 (voice)Video game
2007Bionic WomanSarah Corvus5 episodes
2007Battlestar Galactica: RazorCapt. Kara "Starbuck" ThraceTV film
2007–2012Robot ChickenVarious (voice)6 episodes
2008Resistance 2Cassie Aklin (voice)Video game
2008Law & OrderDianne CaryEpisode: "Knock Off"
2009Lost and FoundTessa CooperTV film
2009Nip/TuckDr. Theodora "Teddy" Rowe4 episodes
2009Big Bang Theory, TheThe Big Bang TheoryKatee SackhoffEpisode: "The Vengeance Formulation"
2010Boston's FinestJulia ScottTV film
201024Dana Walsh20 episodes
2010FuturamaGrrrl (voice)Episode: "Lrreconcilable Ndndifferences"
2010Big Bang Theory, TheThe Big Bang TheoryKatee SackhoffEpisode: "The Hot Troll Deviation"
2010–2011CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationDet. Frankie Reed3 episodes
2011Super Hero Squad Show, TheThe Super Hero Squad ShowShe-Hulk (voice)Episode: "So Pretty When They Explode!"
2011Spider-Man: Edge of TimeBlack Cat 2099 (voice)Video game
2011WorkaholicsRachelEpisode: "Karl's Wedding"
2012–2013Star Wars: The Clone WarsBo-Katan (voice)4 episodes
2012–presentLongmireVictoria "Vic" Moretti23 episodes


YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
2003Saturn AwardBest Supporting Actress in a Television SeriesBattlestar GalacticaNominated
2005Saturn AwardBest Supporting Actress in a Television SeriesBattlestar GalacticaWon
2006Saturn AwardBest Actress on TelevisionBattlestar GalacticaNominated
2008Saturn AwardBest Supporting Actress in a Television SeriesBattlestar GalacticaNominated
2010Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actress: Action24Nominated


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