Yale alumnus Robert Picardo made his off-Broadway debut in David Mamet's one-act play Sexual Perversity in Chicago. That was in 1975; two years later, Picardo was first seen on Broadway in Gemini. He launched his TV career in the 1980 miniseries The Dream Merchants, and in 1981 made his first film, The Howling--one of several assignments for director Joe Dante. During his early TV years, he was all too often cast in "first husband" or "wrong boyfriend" supporting roles. Things improved in 1986, when he was hired to play the much-feared high school gym teacher Coach Cutlip in the weekly dramedy The Wonder Years. He went on to co-star as Dr. Dick Richard in the highly acclaimed Vietnam-era series China Beach (1989-91). A busy voiceover artist, Picardo has supplied a variety of vocal characterizations for such series as Dinosaurs and Batman. Undoubtedly you'll be reading even more about Robert Picardo in the future, by virtue of his being cast as the holographic Doc Zimmerman on TV's Star Trek: Voyager(1995- ). In the post Star Trek years, Picardo would find ongoing success on shows like The Lyon's Den, Stargate SG-1, and Stargate Atlantis.
Biography by Hal Erickson
- Entered Yale University as a pre-med student before becoming interested in acting his sophomore year.
- After graduating from college, he studied acting at the Circle in the Square Theater School in New York.
- Made Broadway debut in the 1977 production of Gemini.
- Is the only Star Trek regular to have written an episode (Star Trek: Voyager's sixth season episode "Life Line").
- In the late 1980s, appeared simultaneously on two ABC series: the war drama China Beach and the ABC coming-of-age classic Wonder Years.
- Released a CD of parody songs in 2001.
- Is a member of the Planetary Society, a not-for-profit astronomy organization.