Robert Picardo is an American actor best known for his television roles as Dr. Dick Richards on China Beach (1988-1991); the Emergency Medical Hologram (EMH), one version of which became known as The Doctor, on Star Trek: Voyager (1995-2001); as Coach Cutlip on The Wonder Years (1988-1991); and as Richard Woolsey in Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Picardo 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 theatre production In The Waiting Room at the Mark Taper Forum, and as The Doctor on Star Trek: Voyager.
While at Yale, Bob landed a role in Leonard Bernstein's Mass, a musical theatre 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 Theatre 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. He went on to co-star with Jack Lemmon in Bernard Slade's Tribute in 1978 on Broadway and in a west coast run which brought him to Los Angeles, where he decided to try out film and TV.
His work in theatre also includes Beyond Therapy and Geniuses at the Los Angeles Public Theatre, The Normal Heart at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, for which he won a Drama-Logue Award, A Class Act at the Pasadena Playhouse, and On the Twentieth Century, for which Bob was nominated for an Ovation Award.
The awards and recognition continued as Bob became involved in television. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his role as Coach Cutlip on the ABC series The Wonder Years.
Furthermore, Bob was awarded the Viewers For Quality Television Founder's Award for his 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.
He 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.
Bob has been married to Linda Pawlik since 21 October 1984. They have two daughters, Nicollette Arianna (born on March 14, 1989) and Gina Emira (born on November 3, 1991).