Date of Birth : Oct 27th 1953
Emmy Award-nominated American actor. He may be best known for his portrayals of Dr. Dick Richards on ABC’s China Beach, the Emergency Medical Hologram (EMH) also known as The Doctor, on UPN’s Star Trek: Voyager, as Joe “The Meat Man” Morton on Home Improvement, Coach Cutlip on The Wonder Years and as Richard Woolsey in Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis.
Known for his portrayals of Dr. Dick Richards in China Beach and The Doctor in Voyager, Picardo also lent his voice to portray his role as The Doctor on Activision’s Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force, the related expansion pack and Star Trek: The Experience’s Borg Invasion 4-D. He also played Lewis Zimmerman, the Doctor’s creator, and repeated the role in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Doctor Bashir, I Presume?”. Picardo also made a brief appearance in the feature film Star Trek: First Contact. He also played Coach Cutlip on the television series The Wonder Years, where he received an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series. Before he became The Doctor, in 1993, he became Joe “The Meat Man” Morton, in two episodes of Tim Allen’s ABC sitcom Home Improvement. He appeared in “A Sew, Sew Evening,” and “Blow-Up,” both in the series’ third season.
A long-time friend of Joe Dante, Picardo’s first appearance in his productions was for the 1981 werewolf film, The Howling, as Eddie Quist, which was his screen debut after being discovered on Broadway. In 1983 he had a supporting comedic role in Get Crazy, playing by-the-book fire inspector Connell O’Connell. He played a number of roles in Dante’s 1985 children’s sci-fi film Explorers, including two of the aliens, and later appeared in Dante’s The ‘Burbs, Looney Tunes: Back In Action, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Small Soldiers, where he had a minor role as Ralph, the scientist responsible for the creation of the X-1000 series munitions microprocessor that was central to the story, and Innerspace, in the memorable role as the Cowboy. Picardo is no stranger to playing roles under layers of prosthetic latex, having also played the swamp dwelling witch Meg Mucklebones in Ridley Scott’s film Legend. He also had a small role as a funeral director in John Landis’s Amazon Women on the Moon. He voices Pfish in two Pfish & Chip shorts as seen on Cartoon Network’s What-A-Cartoon! Show.