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Robert  Picardo

Robert Picardo is a graduate of Yale University and has been a well-known actor on stage, screen, and television for over thirty years. Mr. Picardo is recognized around the globe for his popular role as the Holographic Doctor on Star Trek: Voyager. He also starred as Commander Woolsey on Stargate Atlantis, making him the only actor to play regular roles on both of television's most enduring science fiction franchises. He is also well known for his roles on China Beach and The Wonder Years (for which he received an Emmy nomination) and countless guest star appearances on other shows.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Bob graduated from the William Penn Charter School. He entered Yale University as a pre-med student, unaware that he would one day portray doctors in two primetime television series: Dr. Dick Richard on the landmark Vietnam drama China Beach and the holographic doctor on Star Trek: Voyager. While at Yale, Bob landed the role of the Gospel Preacher in Leonard Bernstein's "Mass" and recreated the role in the European premiere of the work in Vienna. Maestro Bernstein encouraged Bob to pursue his passion to perform and, armed with a B.A. in Drama from Yale, he enrolled at the Circle in the Square Theater Workshop (fellow alumni include Kevin Bacon and Phillip Seymour Hoffman). Soon, his theater work began to prosper. In 1976, he appeared in David Mamet's "Sexual Perversity in Chicago," followed by "The Primary English Class" with Diane Keaton. In 1977, Bob made his Broadway debut in the lead role in the comedy hit "Gemini" with Danny Aiello. The following year, he co-starred as Jack Lemmon's combative son in Bernard Slade's "Tribute" on Broadway and in a west coast run, which brought him to Los Angeles. Other theater work includes "Beyond Therapy" and "Geniuses" at the Los Angeles Public Theater, "The Normal Heart" at the Berkeley Repertory Theater (Drama-Logue Award), "A Class Act" at the Pasadena Playhouse, "On the Twentieth Century," (Ovation nomination),"Broken Glass" at the Victory Theater and "Cabaret" for Reprise.

Bob was nominated for an Emmy Award for his role as Mr. Cutlip on the ABC series The Wonder Years and was awarded the Viewers For Quality Television Founder's Award for his outstanding performances for that role and his military surgeon, Dr. Dick Richard, on China Beach. Bob's extensive television work includes a starring role opposite Helena Bonham-Carter in NBC's movie-of-the-week Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald, the HBO movie White Mile, and the NBC mini-series Deadly Matrimony. In 1995, he began a seven-year run as the well-loved Doctor on Star Trek: Voyager two episodes of which he also directed. He has guest starred on countless television series including Taxi, St. Elsewhere, L.A. Law, Home Improvement, The Outer Limits, Ally Mcbeal, Frasier, Crossing Jordan, Stargate SG-1, Cold Case, The Closer, Smallville, Pushing Daisies, Chuck, CSI: NY, Justified, United States of Tara, Body of Proof, Castle, Harry's Law, The Client List, Happy Endings and The Mentalist. He starred as Commander Woolsey in the final season of Stargate Atlantis.

Bob has appeared in over thirty films including The Howling, Legend, Innerspace, Star Trek: First Contact and Small Soldiers. He starred in the psychological thriller Sensored and the family comedy Beethoven's Christmas Adventure.

Bob is a member of the Hard Hat Council of his local chapter of Habitat for Humanity and a long-time member of the advisory board of The Planetary Society. He and his wife Linda have two daughters, Nicky and Gina.