Kevin Anderson (actor)

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Kevin Anderson
Born(1960-01-13) January 13, 1960 (age 54)
Gurnee, Illinois, U.S.
Years active1980–present
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Kevin Anderson
Born(1960-01-13) January 13, 1960 (age 54)
Gurnee, Illinois, U.S.
Years active1980–present

Kevin Anderson (born January 13, 1960) is an American actor.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Anderson was born in Gurnee, Illinois, the son of Joseph Anderson.[2] He is one of five children.[3] He studied acting in the Goodman School of Drama, now part of DePaul University in Chicago, for three years.[3]

He belongs to the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, which has also featured John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, and Laurie Metcalf. He has won a Theatre World Award and Joseph Jefferson Award for his performance in Lyle Kessler's play Orphans.

Anderson is perhaps most famous for his role as a priest on the television series Nothing Sacred, about a priest with self-doubts. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for this role. One of his first major film roles was as the brother of Richard Gere's character in the 1988 film Miles from Home. He also starred in the 1991 film Sleeping with the Enemy with Julia Roberts.[1]

In 1993, Anderson created the role of Joe Gillis in the original London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard opposite Patti LuPone who originated the role of Norma Desmond. Both Anderson and LuPone were subsequently fired from the production without warning, having been told that they would be reprising their roles in the original Broadway production of the show.

He also appeared in the movie Charlotte's Web as Mr. Arable. This was the second time he has worked with Julia Roberts, who voiced the role of Charlotte.

Anderson won the 1999 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play and was nominated for a Tony Award for the revival of Death of a Salesman. In January 2008 he opened on Broadway in Come Back, Little Sheba. Since September, 2009, Kevin Anderson has started as Andy Dufresne in "Shawshank Redemption" at the Wyndhams Theatre in London.

Personal life[edit]

Anderson is a singer and drummer. He embarked on a cross-country motorcycle trip and was struck by a car in 1994;[4] the accident put him out of work for a year.[5][3] Because he suffered a broken leg and broken arm and other health complications (including a fat embolism),[4] it took him a couple of years to rehabilitate; but he describes the years as one of the best times in his life because it forced him to look at his motives and his life.[3] Anderson resides in Malibu, California.[citation needed]


1980Growing Up YoungTomShort film
1983Risky BusinessChuckas Kevin C. Anderson
1985Pink NightsDanny
1987A Walk on the MoonEverett Jones
OrphansPhillipBased on the Lyle Kessler play of the same name
1988Miles from HomeTerry Roberts
1989In CountryLonnieAdapted from the Bobbie Ann Mason novel of the same name
1991Sleeping with the EnemyBen WoodwardBased on the Nancy Price novel of the same name
LiebestraumNick Kaminsky
1992HoffaRobert F. Kennedy
1993The Night We Never MetBrian McVeigh
Rising SunBob RichmondAdapted from the Michael Crichton novel of the same name
1997A Thousand AcresPeter LewisAdapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning Jane Smiley novel of the same name
Eye of GodJack Stillings
1998FirelightJohn Taylor
1999Gregory's Two GirlsJon
2001The Doe BoyHank Kirk
2002When Strangers AppearBryce
2006Charlotte's WebMr. ArableAdapted from the E. B. White novel of the same name
2008DockweilerRedShort film
2013Curse of ChuckyJudgeDirect-to-DVD
1985Miami ViceBlue WackoEpisode: "Prodigal Son"
1990Orpheus DescendingVal XavierTV movie; adapted from the Tennessee Williams play of the same name
1992The General Motors Playwrights TheaterNathan HaleEpisode: "Hale the Hero"
1993The Wrong ManAlex WalkerTV movie
1997-1998Nothing SacredFather Francis Xavier "Ray" Reyneaux20 episodes
Nominated–Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Television Series Drama
Nominated–Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama
Nominated–Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Actor in a Quality Drama Series
1999The Hunt for the Unicorn KillerIra EinhornTV miniseries
2001Ruby's Bucket of BloodBilly DupreTV movie
2002Monday Night MayhemFrank GiffordTV movie
The F.B.I. FilesReenactment ActorEpisode: "Deadly Detroit"
Power and BeautyJohn F. KennedyTV movie
2004Carry Me HomeCharlieTV movie
2003 and 2005SkinThomas Roam6 episodes
2010Law & Order: Special Victims UnitFrank SullivanEpisode: "Torch"


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