SciFi Diner Classic Ep. 7
Our Interview with Robert Picardo from Voyager and Stargate
In our seventh episode of the SciFi Diner Classic, we interview Robert Picardo from Voyager and Stargate. Since we do a news and interview show, it goes without saying that the news portion of our episodes often date themselves fast. And while the interviews with the people that make Science Fiction happen remain relevant and in our opinion important, most listeners will not listen back 100 episodes and wade through old news just to get to the interview. So what the SciFi Diner Classic aims to do is to share these interviews with you. If you have been with us from the beginning, then bear with us as we introduce some of our newer listeners to voices from the past. We’re bringing you just the interview and nothing else.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Robert Picardo (“Bob”) graduated from the William Penn Charter School. He entered Yale University as a pre-med student, not knowing that he would someday portray doctors in three separate productions: first as Dr. Dick Richard on the ABC series “China Beach, “then as Dr. McCaskill in the theater production “In The Waiting Room” at the Mark Taper Forum, and now as The Doctor on “Star Trek: Voyager.”
While at Yale, Bob landed a role in Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass,” a musical theater piece originally commissioned for the 1972 opening of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In 1974, armed with a B.A. in Drama from Yale, he enrolled at the Circle in the Square Professional Theater Workshop (fellow alumni include Kevin Bacon and Ken Olin). He waited tables for a couple of years, and then his theatrical work prospered (in 1976) when he appeared in the David Mamet play “Sexual Perversity in Chicago,” and with Diane Keaton in “The Primary English Class.”
In 1977, Bob made his Broadway debut in the leading role in the comedy hit “Gemini” with Danny Aiello (picture from “Gemini”). He went on to co-star with Jack Lemmon (picture of Bob and Jack Lemmon) in Bernard Slade’s”Tribute” in 1978 on Broadway (picture of Bob and Catherine Hicks in “Tribute”) and in a west coast run which brought him to Los Angeles, where he decided to try out film and TV. Dr. Dick RichardHis work in theater also includes “Beyond Therapy” and “Geniuses” at the Los Angeles Public Theater, “The Normal Heart” at the Berkeley Repertory Theater, for which he won a Drama-Logue Award (picture of Bob and James Carpenter), “A Class Act” at the Pasadena Playhouse (picture of Bob and director Lonny Price), and “On the Twentieth Century,” for which Bob was nominated for an Ovation Award (picture of Bob and co-star Dan Butler).
The awards and recognition continued as Bob became involved in television. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his role as Mr. Cutlip on the ABC series “The Wonder Years.” Furthermore, Bob was awarded the Viewers For Quality Television Founder’s Award for his outstanding performances in “The Wonder Years” and as military surgeon Dr. Dick Richard on “China Beach.”
Bob’s extensive television work has included 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.”Mr. Ed CutlipHe has had recurring roles on “Stargate SG-1,” “The Lyon’s Den,” “Home Improvement,” “L.A. Law,” and “Alice,” and he has guest-starred in such series as “The Dead Zone,” “The Practice,” “Frasier,” “Crossing Jordan,” “Seven Days,” “Ally McBeal,” “Outer Limits,” “Early Edition,” “ER,” “Tales From The Crypt,” “Amazing Stories,” “Benson,” and “Taxi.” Bob recently appeared in the feature films “Looney Tunes: Back in Action” and “Small Soldiers,” and he starred in the feature film “Wagons East.” For a listing of his many other film and television appearances, go to his filmography.
Bob resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Linda, and two daughters.