Kathryn Erbe

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Kathryn Erbe
BornKathryn Elsbeth Erbe
(1965-07-05) July 5, 1965 (age 49)
Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Terry Kinney (1993–2006) (divorced)
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Kathryn Erbe
BornKathryn Elsbeth Erbe
(1965-07-05) July 5, 1965 (age 49)
Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Terry Kinney (1993–2006) (divorced)

Kathryn Elsbeth Erbe (born July 5, 1965)[1] is an American actress known for her role as Det. Alexandra Eames on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, a spin-off of Law & Order, and death row inmate Shirley Bellinger in the HBO series Oz.

Early life[edit]

Erbe was born the oldest of three children in Newton, Massachusetts. Her mother, Elisabeth Magnarelli, was a vice-president of a Boston management firm, and her father, Dr. Richard Erbe, is an internist at the University at Buffalo subspecialized as a medical geneticist.[1][2]

She graduated from New York University in 1989.


While an undergraduate student at NYU, Erbe was cast as the daughter of Lynn Redgrave's character on the sitcom Chicken Soup. She later became a member of Steppenwolf Theatre Company and has starred in many of their productions, including A Streetcar Named Desire, Curse of the Starving Class, and The Grapes of Wrath, which ran for six months and won the 1990 Tony Award for Best Play. Erbe earned a Tony Award nomination in 1991 for her portrayal of Mary in The Speed of Darkness.

Erbe starred in such films as What About Bob?, Stir of Echoes, Rich in Love, and the independent films Dream with the Fishes, Love from Ground Zero, and Entropy. She played opposite David Caruso in Kiss of Death. She portrayed Shirley Bellinger on the HBO series Oz, to critical acclaim, and made a guest appearance on Homicide: Life on the Street in 1997. From 2001 to early 2010, she starred as Detective Alexandra Eames on the NBC/USA Network series Law & Order: Criminal Intent, alongside Vincent D'Onofrio.

In 2010, both Erbe and D'Onofrio left Criminal Intent.[3] Erbe signed on to reprise the role of Detective Eames for the eight-episode final season of the series, joining Vincent D’Onofrio, who had already signed up to return as Detective Robert Goren.[4] Erbe reprised the role in guest appearances on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

In 2014, Erbe appeared in an episode of Last Week Tonight parodying her role on Law & Order.

Personal life[edit]

Erbe was formerly married to actor Terry Kinney, with whom she has two children.



1989Runaway DreamsDenise Donaldson
1991What About Bob?Anna Marvin
1992Rich in LoveLucille Odom
1994D2: The Mighty DucksMichele MacKay
1994Breathing LessonsFionaTelevision film
1995Addiction, TheThe AddictionAnthropology Student
1995Kiss of DeathRosie Kilmartin
1997Dream with the FishesLiz
1997George WallaceMrs. FolsomTelevision film
1998Love from Ground ZeroAlex
1998Naked City: Justice with a BulletSarah TubbsTelevision film
1999Stir of EchoesMaggie Witzky
2000Runaway, TheThe RunawayEvelyn CarnesTelevision film
2001Speaking of SexHelen
20103 BackyardsJohn's Wife
2011Mother's HouseCatherineShort film
2011Love Guide, TheThe Love GuideCora
2014Worst FriendsSam's Mom


1989Chicken SoupPatricia Reece12 episodes
1997Homicide: Life on the StreetRita HaleEpisode: "All Is Bright"
1998–2003OzShirley Bellinger17 episodes
2001–2011Law & Order: Criminal IntentAlexandra Eames142 episodes
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
2012–2013Law & Order: Special Victims UnitAlexandra Eames2 episodes
2014Last Week Tonight with John OliverAlexandra EamesEpisode: "Civil Forfeiture"


1990The Grapes of WrathAggie Wainwright
1991The Speed of DarknessMaryNominated—Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play
1995A Month in the CountryVerochka


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