Katee Sackhoff is an award winning American actress and producer best known for her role as ‘Starbuck’ or ‘Lieutenant Kara Thrace’ in the television series ‘Battlestar Galactica’. Her lead roles in movies like ‘Oculus’, ‘The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia’, ‘Don’t Knock Twice’, and her character as ‘Vic’ in the television series ‘Longmire’ have also received critical acclaim from her audience. She has been nominated for various awards, and has also won a ‘Saturn Award’ (2006) for her role in ‘Battlestar Galactica’. From her early years right out of high school, she has been playing small parts on television and films like ‘Fifteen and Pregnant’ and ‘My First Mister’. She gained immense popularity in her acting career over the ensuing years. Apart from acting she has also been a voice over artist for the video game, ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops III’ and ‘Halo 3’. The talented actress is also an extremely brave lady—she is a cancer survivor in real-life who emerged victorious from her battle with thyroid cancer a few years ago.
Childhood & Early Life
Katee Sackhoff was born Kathryn Ann Sackhoff on 8th April 1980 in Portland, Oregon, US to Dennis and Mary Sackhoff. Dennis Sackhoff is a land developer while Mary Sackhoff is a coordinator for English as a second language program. She has an older sibling Erick Sackhoff who owns a vehicle customization shop around Portland.
She pursued graduated from ‘Sunset High School’ in Beaverton in 1998. As a child she was deeply interested in sports and took up swimming at an early age; however, she could not pursue it for long due to an injury in the right knee.
In order to cope with her injury she took up yoga, and continues to practice it even today. She attended Santa Monica College for a while, but decided to opt out to pursue her career in acting.
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Katee Sackhoff landed her first role in the American television drama film ‘Fifteen and Pregnant’ (1998), where she played the supporting role of a teenager Karen Gotarus alongside Kirsten Dunst.
Over the ensuing years she played various roles in television in ‘Locust Valley’ (1999) and ‘Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane’ (1999). After playing minor roles in these projects, she portrayed more substantial roles in the TV series ‘Undressed’ (2000) and ‘The Fearing Mind’ (2000-01).
Her movie debut came in 2001 with the film ‘My First Mister’ directed by Christine Lahti, where she played the role of Ashley. The same year, she received a running role in the American drama series, ‘The Education of Max Bickford’ (2001-02), where she played the role of Nell Bickford alongside actor Richard Dreyfuss.
Katee moved up in her career playing a role in the horror flick ‘Halloween: Resurrection’ (2002), but her big break came with the miniseries ‘Battlestar Galactica’ (2003), where she played the role of Kara ‘Starbuck’ Thrace.
From 2003- 07, she acted in various television series like ‘Boomtown’ (2003) and ‘Cold Case’ (2004). She reprised her earlier role in the TV series ‘Battlestar Galactica’ (2004-09).
She had taken a five-year break from films since 2002. She made her comeback by bagging a lead role in the supernatural horror film, ‘White Noise: The Light’ (2007). The same year she was cast in the television series ‘Bionic Woman’, where she played the role of Sarah Corvus, the first Bionic Woman, and also delivered a voice over for the stop motion sketch comedy series ‘Robot Chicken’.
Again taking a break from movies once again, she acted in various television series like ‘Law & Order’ (2008), ‘Nip/Tuck’ (2009), ‘24’ (2010), and ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ (2010).
She delivered a voice over for the animated superhero film ‘Batman: Year One’ (2011) for the character of detective Sarah Essen. Her television career soared higher with important roles in ‘Workaholics’ (2011), ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ (2012-13), and ‘Longmire’ (2012).
Katee Sackhoff’s major movie breakthrough happened when she played the role of Joyce in the Hollywood horror movie ‘The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia’ (2013). She acted in two more hit movies the same year, playing the role of Nikki Franklyn in ‘Sexy Evil Genius’ and the supporting role of Dahl in the movie ‘Riddick’.
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In the mid-2010s, she was cast in the supernatural thriller ‘Oculus’ (2014) and a crime thriller ‘Tell’ (2014). Katee Sackhoff also played the role of Kimberly Scott in the short film ‘Power / Rangers’ (2015) and a comedy family film ‘Girl Flu’ (2015).
She received the lead role of Jess in the movie ‘Don’t Knock Twice’ (2016), followed by the television series ‘Star Wars Rebels’ (2017) and ‘The Flash’ (2017).
Despite her appearances in various movies and television series, Katee Sackhoff is primarily known and admired by the audience for her part in the long-running television series ‘Battlestar Galactica’ and ‘Longmire’.
Awards & Achievements
Katee Sackhoff was nominated four times for ‘Saturn Awards’ for her role in ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ winning the award for the Best Supporting Actress on television in 2006.
She was nominated for Best Breakout Performance by ‘Scream Awards’ in 2006 for ‘Battlestar Galactica’.
She was nominated for best TV actress by ‘SFX Awards’ in 2007 for ‘Battlestar Galactica’, and was nominated for Best Breakout Performance by ‘Scream Awards’ in 2009 for the same television series.
In 2010, she was nominated for her role in ‘24’ by ‘Teen Choice Awards’ in the category of Choice TV actress : Action. She was nominated for her role in ‘Longmire’ for outstanding actress in a drama series by ‘Women’s Image Network Awards’ in 2013.
Katee Sackhoff was also nominated by the ‘Behind the Voice Actors Award’ for ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ in 2014 for best female vocal performance in a television series. She won the ‘Chainsaw Award’ for Best Supporting Actress in 2015 for her role in the movie ‘Oculus.’
Katee Sackhoff has been in a relationship with New Zealand actor Karl Urban since 2014.
She was once diagnosed with thyroid cancer following which her thyroid was removed through surgery. She is healthy and cancer-free as of today.
She takes to adventure sports like motorcycle riding and snowboarding when she is not shooting.
She has two dogs named Meatball and Nelly B.
She has three tattoos on her body, one of which symbolizes ‘choice’, and another, a Latin inscription that means ‘Public Property’.
She has quit smoking and practices yoga on a daily basis to stay fit and healthy.
During her early years of struggle, she had worked as a waitress.