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BECKETT,  Dr. Samuel "Sam"
(Quantun Leap)
P.O. Box 555
Stallions Springs
New Mexico 87501-4893
Driver's License No: 5738457
SS# 563-86-9801
DOD Umbra #004-002-02-016
DOB: 8/8/53

Sam is a quantum physicist. He works at a secret government base about 30 miles outside of Destiny County, New Mexico.

Scott Bakula as Dr. Sam Beckett - QUANTUM LEAP
 

Born and raised on a dairy farm in Elk Ridge, Indiana, Sam was accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at the age of 15. He has doctorates in music, medicine, quantum physics, and ancient languages [he can read Egyptian hieroglyphics] and is well versed in several kinds of martial arts [but he's been afraid of heights since he was 9 years old]. A winner of the Noble Prize, Time magazine called Sam “the next Einstein.”

Sam was hired to manage a classified time travel project known as “Quantum Leap.” It cost $43 billion to develop with an additional $2.4 billion in operating funds. Unfortunately, the government grew impatient and wanted to see results for their investment. Forced to prove his theories of time travel or lose his funding, Dr. Beckett entered a not yet fully operational time machine and vanished. Suddenly, Sam found himself transported some thirty years in the past occupying the bodies of strangers.

Apparently, the time travel experiment beamed his essence (soul?) rather than his full body and forced him to assume the identities and problems of others.

If Sam looked into a mirror he could only see the image of the body he occupied. Homing in on Dr. Beckett's brain-wave transmissions, the Quantum Leap parallel hybrid project computer - known as Ziggy - monitored Sam's activities.

To keep in touch with Sam, Ziggy transmitted a hologram image from the project's Imaging and Accelerator Chambers [that only Sam, small children and animals could see]. The hologram took the image of a lecherous but likable cigar-smoking Admiral Al Calavicci who observed Sam's progress.

To communicate with Ziggy, Al [“the Observer”] used a portable hand held calculator-like device. It delivered pertinent biographical information about the person's body that Dr. Beckett currently occupied.

During his travels, Sam had occupied the bodies of a Mafia hit man, Lee Harvey Oswald, a young and upcoming Elvis Presley and himself (Sam) as a child.

Boxer Sam

Farmer Sam

Football Player Sam

     

Soldier Sam

Dr. Sam Beckett in a few of his many assumed identities

Female Sam

When Sam had set things right in one person's life, he involuntarily leaped through time to another body. Who or what was controlling his leaping was never fully identified. The only side effect to the transference was Sam's partial lose of memory. Upon arriving in his next body, Sam said “Oh Boy!” because he never quite knew what to expect [a man, woman, or animal?]. The worst part of the transfer was taking on the responsibilities and talents of his host. Try popping into a trapeze artist's body while in mid-swing above the big top. Now that's scary.

Sam’s first "leap" took him to September 13, 1956 where he occupied body of Tom Stratton, an Air Force Pilot who happened to be flying the X-2 plane. In his travels in time Sam was able to save his Navy Seal older brother Tom from dying in Vietnam on April 8, 1970. Sam's other family members included his sister Katherine (“Katie”) [born during a flood in 1957] who left her abusive alcoholic first husband Chuck and now lives happily in Hawaii with Navy Lt. Jim Bonnick and his mother Thelma Louise Beckett. Unfortunately Sam's father died of a heart attack in 1974 and all the leaping in the world couldn't save him. Sam's wife was Dr. Donna Alessi.


Some Quantum Quotes

Dr. Sam Beckett: "It all started when a time travel experiment I was conducting went...a little ka-ka. In the blink of a cosmic clock I went from quantum physicist to air force test pilot. Which could have been fun...if I knew how to fly. Fortunately, I had help. An observer from the project named Al. Unfortunately, Al's a hologram, so all he can lend is moral support. Anyway, here I am. Bouncing around in time, putting things right which once went wrong. A sort of time traveling Lone Ranger, with Al as my Tonto. And I don't even need a mask. Oh boy."


Sam: Who are you?
Al: My name is Albert...Albert what, I can't tell you because it's restricted. Most of what you'll want to know is restricted, so it would be a lot easier if you don't ask a lot of questions.
Sam: What are you?
Al: That's a question, Sam.


Sam: Leaping about in time, I've found that there are some things in life that I can't change, and there are some things that I can. To save a life, to change a heart, to make the right choice. I guess that's what life's about.
Al: Oh, well, almost all animals can see me. But you know, there must be something weird lookin' about me, because I seem to intimidate them.
Sam: Maybe it's your clothes.


Al: Ziggy had a new data search component installed and we had to have it shipped in from Hong Kong and I think that gave a little jet-lag to the modem of the floppy disk.
Sam: Why do you make this stuff up all the time? Why don't you just say to me, 'Sam, we don't know.' Why don't you just do that for once, instead of making it up all the time?
Al: Well, that wouldn't be any fun.

TRIVIA NOTE: In the final scene of the finale episode, aired May 5th, 1993, a printed message appeared on the TV screen. It read: DR. SAMUEL BECKETT NEVER RETURNED HOME.

In the fall of 2001, Scott Bakula leaped into the role of Captain Jonathan Archer, the starship commander of the first Earth spacecraft to begin deep space exploration on the Star Trek science fiction series ENTERPRISE that aired on the now defunct UPN television network.


QUANTUM LEAP/NBC/1989-93

Scott Bakula as  Dr. Sam Beckett & John Beckett
Dean Stockwell as  Rear Admiral Albert 'Al' Calavicci;
Donald Wolfgerg as  Gooshie
Deborah Pratt as  Narrator and the voice of
 Ziggy the computer

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