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Daniel Jackson is a fictional character in both the science fiction feature film Stargate and the subsequent television series Stargate SG-1 played by actors James Spader (in the Stargate, the movie) and Michael Shanks (in Stargate SG-1).
Dr. Daniel Jackson is an only child and an orphan. His maternal grandfather and only living relative, Nick Ballard , is currently living on another planet with giant aliens.
Daniel is a brilliant archaeologist and linguist who speaks twenty-three languages. He used this knowledge to open the Stargate. On the original mission through the Stargate to the planet Abydos, Daniel met and fell in love with a native woman, Sha'uri;however, she is named Sha're in the TV series Stargate SG-1. They accidentally married, but after winning the battle to free the Abydonians from the System Lord Ra, Daniel decided not to return to Earth with the rest of the team. He had finally found a family and wanted to live the rest of his life learning about the culture and history of Abydos, which had many parallels to ancient Egypt.
Daniel's parents, also archaeologists, were crushed while overseeing a piece of Egyptian art being placed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York. This caused Daniel much grief during his life.
A year after the initial mission to Abydos, Sha're was kidnapped by Apophis and became his wife; she was made host to the Goa'uld symbiote Amaunet. Daniel returned to Earth and joined SG-1 in the hope that his missions through the Stargate would help him find his beloved wife Sha're. During these missions, Daniel serves the role of an interpreter when speaking to alien people. He learns languages quickly and has a wealth of knowledge on ancient cultures. Among a team of military officers, Daniel is often the voice of understanding and acceptance of different cultures. He is an optimist and believes in helping people even if it endangers his own life.
During his many adventures with SG-1, Daniel has been captured, infected with alien viruses, killed, brought back to life multiple times, and succumbed to appendicitis. The actor, Michael Shanks, suffered appendicitis around the time the episode featuring his character's condition was filmed and was in no condition for any serious work, so the writers had to quickly reduce Jackson's role in the episode, and used Shanks's real-life condition.
At the end of season five of Stargate SG-1 in the episode "Meridian", Daniel Jackson ascended to a higher plane of existence, guided by the Ancient Oma Desala. While ascended, Jackson's role was replaced by Jonas Quinn however, he later returned to human form in the season seven episode "Fallen".
Jackson 'died' again in the episode "Reckoning, Part 2", killed by Replicator Carter. In the next episode, "Threads", it is shown that Oma Desala is once again providing a path for Daniel to ascend. But events in the real-world prevent him from continuing his journey, and during his decision-making, Anubis appears. Daniel eventually persuades Oma Desala into fighting Anubis, and Daniel is descended back to Earth, to live on as a human.
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