Flanigan grew up near Reno, Nev., on a small ranch where his parents still live. At 14 he attended boarding school in Ojai, Calif., where he played Stanley Kowalski in a school production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Later, as a history major at the University of Colorado, Flanigan appeared in the title role of Coriolanus and studied in Paris through the Junior Year Abroad program. Pursuing a writing career after graduation, he briefly worked for Interview and Town & Country magazines in New York before trying acting on the advice of friends. After studying at the Neighborhood Playhouse, where he played Eddie in Rabbit Trap, Flanigan relocated to Los Angeles.
There he broke into television with roles in the TV-movies Danielle Steel's Family Album and Deadline for Murder: From the Files of Edna Buchanan, and made his big-screen debut in the date-rape drama A Reason to Believe. Afterward came his breakthrough role as Brian Cordovas on the 1995-96 season of Sisters. Flanigan has guested on series including Murphy Brown, Dawson's Creek, Cupid (recurring as Alex, the hero's romantic rival), Birds of Prey, Tru Calling and C.S.I. Miami, and has starred in the NBC pilots Man Made, The Precinct, Sherman's March and Club Paradise. His movies include Garry Marshall's The Other Sister, Silent Men, Farewell to Harry and the recent Thought Crimes, as well as the 2003 telefilm 111 Gramercy Park.
An outdoors enthusiast, Flanigan enjoys skiing, rock climbing, surfing, tennis, mountain biking and horseback riding. When not working on the Vancouver set of Stargate Atlantis, he and his wife, painter Katherine Flanigan, make their home in a 1926 English Tudor in the Hancock Park section of Los Angeles.
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