Kevin Sorbo

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Kevin Sorbo
Kevin Sorbo 03.jpg
Sorbo at GateCon in 2013
BornKevin David Sorbo
(1958-09-24) September 24, 1958 (age 56)
Mound, Minnesota, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Sam Jenkins (1998–present)
Children3
Website
www.kevinsorbo.net
 
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Kevin Sorbo
Kevin Sorbo 03.jpg
Sorbo at GateCon in 2013
BornKevin David Sorbo
(1958-09-24) September 24, 1958 (age 56)
Mound, Minnesota, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Sam Jenkins (1998–present)
Children3
Website
www.kevinsorbo.net

Kevin David Sorbo[1] (born September 24, 1958) is an American actor best known for the roles of Hercules in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Captain Dylan Hunt in Andromeda and Kull in Kull the Conqueror.

Early life[edit]

Sorbo was born in Mound, Minnesota, where he attended Mound Westonka High School. He is the son of Ardis, a nurse, and Lynn Sorbo, a junior high school mathematics and biology teacher.[1] His father is of Norwegian descent, while his mother has English, German and Scottish ancestry.[2][3][4] He was raised in a Lutheran family. Sorbo attended Minnesota State University Moorhead, where he double majored in marketing and advertising. To help make tuition, he began to work as a model for print and television advertising in the 1980s.

Career[edit]

Sorbo started his acting career in 1986 making guest appearances in several television series such as 1st & Ten, Murder She Wrote and The Commish.

In 1994, he shot to fame when he played the role of Hercules in the television film Hercules and the Amazon Women. This was the first in a series of television films that served as pilots for the TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, which ran from 1995 to 1999. He also directed a few episodes of the series. At the same time, Sorbo also guest-starred as Hercules in episodes of the 1995–2001 spin-off series Xena: Warrior Princess and provided the voice of Hercules in the 1998 direct-to-video animated film Hercules and Xena - The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mount Olympus.

Other voice-over work followed, with Sorbo providing the voices of Reiko and Quan Chi in the 1997 video game Mortal Kombat 4. In between the years playing Hercules, he played his first leading film role in Kull the Conqueror (1997).

After Hercules came to an end, Sorbo played the starring role of Captain Dylan Hunt in the science-fiction drama series Andromeda from 2000 to 2005. In 2006, he played a recurring role on the final season of The O.C. and guest-starred in the sitcom Two and a Half Men. In 2007, he starred in the direct-to-video film Walking Tall: The Payback, which was a sequel to the 2004 film Walking Tall. He reprised his role in the second sequel, Walking Tall: Lone Justice which released later that year. He also starred in the Lifetime Channel film Last Chance Café, the Hallmark Channel film Avenging Angel, co-starring his real life wife Sam Jenkins and guest starred as a bounty hunter in the season-two episode "Bounty Hunters!" of the series Psych. He appeared in the 2008 spoof film Meet the Spartans, which was a box office success[5] despite being universally negatively reviewed by critics.[6] He starred in the Albert Pyun directed science fiction vampire film Tales of the Ancient Empire.[7]

In an outtake clip from the Hercules TV series posted in 2010, Sorbo, portraying an evil Doppelgänger of his regular character, says "Wait a minute. This isn't my world. Disappointed!"[8] Due to the non-sequitur sound of the line, the scene was widely misinterpreted as Sorbo reading aloud the stage direction "disappointed". In 2013, Sorbo explained in an interview that "disappointed" did not appear in the script, but rather was him breaking character as an in-joke between him and the crew. He was referencing a scene from the film A Fish Called Wanda in which Otto (played by Kevin Kline) cracks a safe only to find it empty, and screams, "Disappointed!" at it in frustration.[9]

He served as Executive Producer and star of the movie Abel's Field in 2012.[10]

In 2012, Sorbo appeared in an episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories to recount an experience he had while in Minnesota shortly after he graduated from college. He and his girlfriend claimed to have seen the ghost of the "Bride of White Rock Lake" – a woman who supposedly died on her wedding day, murdered by a former lover.

Sorbo voiced one of the main protagonists, Prometheus, in the Wii video game The Conduit.

Sorbo returned to the role of Hercules in a more sinister portrayal, in the video game God of War III, which was released for the PlayStation 3 in March 2010.

In July 2013, Sorbo, along with his wife, Sam, provided voice over for characters in the video game Cloudberry Kingdom[11]

In 2014 Kevin Sorbo co-starred in God's Not Dead, a film with a very strong underlying pro-Christian narrative. In this film he portrays an atheist who requires his students to disown their religions on the first day of college.

Personal life[edit]

On January 5, 1998, Sorbo married actress Sam Jenkins, whom he met the previous year when she had a guest role on Hercules. They have three children: Braedon Cooper (born 2001), Shane Haaken (born 2004), and Octavia Flynn (born 2005). Sorbo is the spokesman and chair of A World Fit for Kids! (AWFFK!), a non-profit organization that trains teenagers to become mentors to younger children.

In late 1997 while on a publicity tour for Kull the Conqueror and between the fourth and fifth seasons of Hercules, the newly engaged Sorbo experienced an aneurysm in his shoulder which caused three strokes.[12][13] As a result, he was weakened for the next several years, a condition kept secret from the public while he recovered. During the last two seasons of Hercules (the fifth and sixth, which aired in 1998 and 1999), Sorbo had a reduced filming schedule to accommodate his condition, and more guest stars were featured in the show in order to reduce Sorbo's duties.[14] The strokes, thought to be triggered when chiropractic manipulation of his shoulder released multiple blood clots from the aneurysm, left Sorbo with a permanent 10 percent vision loss, weakness, impaired balance, and migraines.[15] In his 2011 autobiography True Strength, Sorbo revealed the details of his injury and how his wife Sam helped him recover.[16]

Sorbo is a Christian and considers himself politically independent.[17] He has expressed interest in the libertarian philosophy of agorism.[18]

Sorbo believes Hollywood has limited his career because of his Christian views.[19]

Filmography[edit]

Actor[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1992Condition: CriticalDr. Thaddeus Kocinski
1994Slaughter of the InnocentsJohn Willison
Hercules and the Amazon WomenHercules
Hercules and the Lost Kingdom
Hercules and the Circle of Fire
Hercules in the Underworld
Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur
1995–1999Hercules: The Legendary Journeys111 episodes
1997Kull the ConquerorKull
1998Hercules and Xena - The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mount OlympusHerculesVoice only
2000–2005AndromedaCaptain Dylan Hunt110 episodes
2004Clipping AdamFather Dan
2007Walking Tall: The PaybackNick Prescott
Walking Tall: Lone Justice
Something BeneathFather Douglas Middleton
Avenging AngelPreacher
Last Chance CaféChance Coulter
2008Meet the SpartansCaptain
Prairie FeverPreston Biggs
An American CarolGeorge Mulrooney
Never Cry WerewolfRedd Tucker
2009Tales of an Ancient EmpireAedan
What If...Ben Walker
Fire From BelowJake Denning
Bitch SlapMr. Phoenix
ParadoxSean Nault
Lightning StrikesTed Bradly
Wolf CanyonRick / Sheriff Wolf
2010Tales of an Ancient EmpireAedan
The Santa SuitDrake Hunter / Santa Claus
Pool Boy: Drowning Out the FurySal Bando
2011Wog Boy 2: Kings of MykonosPierluigi
Soul SurferHolt Blanchard
2012Christmas AngelDr. Nathan DavisFDR: American Badass
Abel's FieldAbel, also Executive Producer
2013Paranormal MovieSecurity Guy
Shadow on the MesaRay Eastman
2014Alongside NightDr. Martin Vreeland
SurvivorCaptain Hunter
God's Not DeadProfessor Radison
The Extendables[20]

Guest star[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
19881st & TenBarry"...The Clock Runs Out"
1991Santa BarbaraDelivery man
1992CheersUncredited"License to Hill"
1993Murder, She WroteMichael Burke"A Virtual Murder"
The CommishMark"Dying Affection"
1995CybillRick"The Last Temptation of Cybill"
Xena: Warrior PrincessHercules"Prometheus"
1996The Rosie O'Donnell ShowHimself
1998Sin City Spectacular
Late Night with Conan O'Brien
Mad TV
1999Just Shoot Me!Scott"An Axe to Grind"
2000Xena: Warrior PrincessHercules"God Fearing Child"
Celebrity ProfileHimself"Kevin Sorbo"
The Howard Stern Radio Show
2001Dharma & GregCharlie"Educating Dharma: Part 1 & 2"
The Howard Stern Radio ShowHimself
Dharma & GregCharlie"The End of the Innocence: Parts 1 & 2"
The Big BreakfastHimself
2003According to JimDarryl Buckner"The Pass"
2004Hope & FaithKenny"Mismatch"
Live with Regis and KellyHimself
2005Love, Inc.Father John"Amen"
2006Two and a Half MenAndy"Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Burro"
2007The O.C.Frank Atwood"The Earth Girls Are Easy", "The My Two Dads", "The Groundhog Day", "The Case Of The Franks", "The Shake-Up", "The Night Moves", "The End's Not Near, It's Here"
PsychByrd Tatums"Bounty Hunters!"
2008The Middleman1969 middleman / Guy Goddard"The Obsolescent Cryogenic Meltdown"
2009Gary UnmarriedLarry"Seven"
2010Super Hero Squad ShowKa-ZarVoice only
Hawaii Five-0Carlton Bass"Ko'olauloa"
2011The GuildHimself"Social Traumas"
2012Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23"The Wedding"

Producer[edit]

YearTitleNotes
2001–2005AndromedaExecutive producer
2009Wolf Canyon
2014Alongside NightExecutive producer

Director[edit]

YearTitle
1995Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Video games[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2009The ConduitPrometheusVoice only
2010God of War IIIHerculesVoice only
2012Skylanders: GiantsCrusherVoice only
2013Cloudberry KingdomBobVoice only

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kevin Sorbo Biography (1958–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ KSJAA
  3. ^ "Genealogies of Sorbo’s maternal great-grandfather". Retrieved March 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Genealogies of Sorbo’s maternal great-grandmother". Retrieved March 22, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Weekend Box Office Chart for January 25th, 2008". The Numbers. January 25, 2008. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Meet the Spartans". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  7. ^ Woman, The (March 26, 2010). "Pre-Order Tales of an Ancient Empire; Work-in-Progress Screengrab & Behind-the-Scenes Clip | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central". Dreadcentral.com. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Hercules - DISAPPOINTED". youtube.com. June 17, 2010. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Kevin Sorbo "disappointed" Meaning". youtube.com. February 16, 2013. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Abel's Field with Kevin Sorbo and Samuel Davis an Inspiring Movie – Christian Activities". christianactivities.com. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  11. ^ Conditt, Jessica (October 3, 2012). "Kevin Sorbo, Sam Sorbo, Martin Olson star in Cloudberry Kingdom". Joystiq. Retrieved October 16, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Hercules Actor Kevin Sorbo's Miracle Healing – CBN TV – Video". Cbn.com. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  13. ^ Gostin, Nicki (October 19, 2011). "Kevin Sorbo's 'True Strength': 'Hercules' Star Says Strokes Were Blessings In Disguise". Huffington Post. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  14. ^ Hammel, Sara. "Hercules Star Kevin Sorbo Reveals He's Had Several Strokes". People.com. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  15. ^ Symons, Jane (February 28, 2012). "Kevin Sorbo: Three strokes left me fighting for my life". Daily Express. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  16. ^ "True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal--and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life". Da Capo Press. October 11, 2011. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  17. ^ Hallowell, Billy (February 6, 2013). "Hercules' Actor Kevin Sorbo Bashes Hollywood's Liberal Hypocrisy and Rips Obama: 'One of the Worst Records' in American History". TheBlaze.com. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  18. ^ Circle, Silver (December 10, 2012). "Kevin Sorbo talks about ending the printing press and Learning about Agorism". silverunderground.com. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  19. ^ "Kevin Sorbo: Why is Hollywood so afraid of God?". Fox News. 2014-03-20. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  20. ^ THE EXTENDABLES Trailer

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