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Paul McGillion (born January 5, 1969) is a Scottish actor, who has worked in television, film and theatre. He is best known for his role on the television series Stargate Atlantis as Dr. Carson Beckett.
McGillion at the 2011 Phoenix Comicon
McGillion was born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland. His family moved to Canada when he was two years old. McGillion returned to Scotland with his family during his early teens, for a few years, while his father worked on the Shetland oil rigs. He is the sixth of seven children. He has a degree in teaching and while studying at Brock University, was part of their national championship-winning wrestling team. After graduating, McGillion began his career teaching theatre in Toronto, squeezing in time to attend auditions. He finally made the move to Vancouver, where he has worked extensively in film, TV and theatre.
McGillion taught scene study at the Vancouver Film School in 1998 and 1999. McGillion played young Ernest Littlefield in Stargate SG-1's first season, in the episode "The Torment of Tantalus", the first Tau'ri to have passed through the Stargate after its burial. In 2004, McGillion was cast in the science fiction series Stargate Atlantis as the Scottish medical doctor, Carson Beckett. He was initially cast as a recurring guest, but his character appeared so frequently in the show's first season, he was promoted to main character for seasons two and three. Dr. Beckett went back to a recurring character for seasons four and five, where he appears as the clone of the now-deceased Beckett.
McGillion has appeared in films, The Traveler with Val Kilmer, Confined with Emma Caulfield, and The Deal with Christian Slater. And has starred in the 2003 multi-award winning film See Grace Fly. He stars in the short film A Fine Young Man, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews and won the Leo Awards for Best Short Film and Lead Actor for McGillion.
McGillion expressed great interest in auditioning for the role of Montgomery Scott in the 2009 eleventh Star Trek film. “I grew up watching Star Trek and Scotty was my favourite character. It would be a great honour to follow in James Doohan’s footsteps," McGillion said. He had the endorsement of Chris Doohan, the son of original Scotty actor James Doohan, to play the role of Scotty in the film. Though the part ultimately went to Simon Pegg, McGillion still appeared in the film in a different role.
McGillion appeared as the husband of a dying patient, in season 5 episode 8 of the TV series The Good Doctor.
|1995||The Final Goal||Jeff Conway|
|Crying Freeman||Detective Andrews|
|1996||Have You Seen My Son||Mr. McQuinn|
|She Woke Up Pregnant||Marshall|
|1999||A Cooler Climate||Young Police Officer|
|Dangerous Attraction||Phillip Broger|
|My 5 Wives||Paul the Waiter/Danny|
|2001||NTSB: The Crash of Flight 323||Joe|
|Love and Treason||Richard Keith|
|Replicant||Hal the Captain|
|2003||A Guy Thing||Curt|
|Lonesome Joe||Coffee Shop Man|
|See Grace Fly||Dominic McKinley|
|Thanksgiving Family Reunion||Sheriff Kirkland|
|2005||The Deal||Richard Kester|
|2006||Engaged to Kill||Lester Denton||TV movie|
|A Dog's Breakfast||Ryan|
|2007||Beyond Loch Ness||Michael Marshall||TV movie|
|2008||Mom, Dad and Her||Ben||TV movie|
|2009||Star Trek||Barracks Leader|
|2010||The Traveler||Deputy Jerry Pine|
|Christmas Magic||Scott Walker||TV movie|
|2016||Tomboy, a Revenger's Tale||Paul Wincott||Post-production|
|Hello Destroyer||Ron Burr|
|2018||Skyscraper||On Scene Commander|
|1994||The Commish||Officer Lee Burnett||"Ghost"|
|1997||The X-Files||Agent Comox, Fred Neiman||2 episodes|
|Stargate SG-1||Young Ernest Littlefield||"The Torment of Tantalus"|
|1999||The Sentinel||Boz Tate||"Love Kills"|
|Mercy Point||Private Bane|
|Viper||John Kane||"Seminar from Hell"|
|2000||Seven Days||Brandon||"Playmates and Presidents"|
|2001||Da Vinci's Inquest||Constable Kozak|
|2002||Just Cause||Earl Wenk|
|The Twilight Zone||George||"It's Still a Good Life"|
|Jake 2.0||Earl Wenk|
|2004||Cold Squad||4 episodes|
|Stargate: Atlantis||Dr. Carson Beckett||53 episodes|
|Stargate: Atlantis||Dr. Carson Beckett||2 episodes|
|2008||Stargate: Atlantis||Dr. Carson Beckett||4 episodes|
|2009||Stargate: Atlantis||Dr. Carson Beckett||"Enemy at the Gate"|
|24||Levinson||"Day 7: 6:00 a.m.-7:00 a.m."|
|Supernatural||Jim Grossman||"Fallen Idols"|
|2010||Sanctuary||Terrance Wexford||4 episodes|
|2012||Once Upon a Time||Knave of Hearts||2 episodes|
|Endgame||Sebastian Wilks||"Deadman Talking"|
|Fringe||Edwin Massey||"The Recordist"|
|2013||Cult||Glen Nash||"The Prophecy of St. Clare"|
|2015||Supernatural||Peter Harper||"There's No Place Like Home"|
|The Whispers||Paul Wheeler||"Meltdown"|
|When Calls the Heart||Floyd Conklin||"Heart and Soul"|
|2018||The Flash||Earl Cox||3 episodes|
|2018||Frontier||Major Vinnicombe||3 episodes|
- "Paul McGillion Website". Archived from the original on 2013-11-12.
- The Sunday Post: News Archived 2008-02-15 at the Library of Congress Web Archives
- GateWorld - McGillion up for 'Star Trek' role
- "McGillion to appear in Star Trek XI". GateWorld. 2007-12-14. Archived from the original on 2007-12-16. Retrieved 2007-12-15.