Kimberly McCullough

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Kimberly McCullough
BornKimberly Anne McCullough
(1978-03-05) March 5, 1978 (age 35)
Bellflower, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, singer, dancer, director
Years active1984–present
 
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Kimberly McCullough
BornKimberly Anne McCullough
(1978-03-05) March 5, 1978 (age 35)
Bellflower, California, U.S.
OccupationActress, singer, dancer, director
Years active1984–present

Kimberly Anne McCullough[1] (born March 5, 1978) is an American actress, singer and dancer. She is best known for her longtime role as Robin Scorpio on the soap opera General Hospital, a role which she originated at the age of 7, playing the character on and off from 1985 to 2001 with a stint in 2004. McCullough later returned to the show in 2005 as a doctor and departed in 2012. She has made sporadic guest appearances since July 2012. However, in August 2013, McCullough signed a contract to return to the series full time.

McCullough has also played the character in one episode of the GH spinoff Port Charles, and in a few episodes of All My Children. In Summer 2007, again as Robin, she played one of the leads in the primetime GH spinoff, General Hospital: Night Shift.

Kimberly is also an ABC Director Fellow where she shadows other directors. And Kimberly recently directed an episode of "Shake it Up" on the Disney Channel called, "Halloween It Up".

Biography[edit]

Personal life[edit]

McCullough was born in Bellflower, California. She has two older brothers and is of Scottish descent. Her mother is a dance teacher, who took her to rehearsals, and got her involved with acting. McCullough's first appearance was as a 7-month-old baby in a diaper commercial, co-starring with actress Juliet Mills. She started doing gymnastics at the age of 4, and performed as part of a group called the "Gym Dandies." At the age of 6, she auditioned for choreographer Debbie Allen. Allen was eventually won over and cast McCullough in the television series Fame. McCullough followed this up with a dancing part in Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo. McCullough was involved in a long-term relationship with Freddie Prinze Jr.

Career[edit]

In 1985, after failing to land a role on the TV sitcom Webster, McCullough auditioned for the role of Robin Scorpio, the 6-year old daughter of Robert Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) and Anna Devane (director/actress Finola Hughes). The producers made her audition 12 times but eventually gave her the part and her role became a popular success.[2]

In 1989 at the age of 11, McCullough won her first Daytime Emmy Award, for "Outstanding Juvenile Female in a Drama Series". One of her most memorable storylines began in 1995, when her teenage character contracted HIV after having unprotected sex with her boyfriend Stone, who was unknowingly infected with the virus and later died of AIDS. She won a second Daytime Emmy in 1996 for this storyline, once again for "Outstanding Younger Leading Actress in a Drama Series". In 1996, she took a short break from playing the character when she went off to college for a brief stint at New York University Tisch School of the Arts from 1996 to 1997, although she never graduated or received a degree from the university. On General Hospital, Robin Scorpio was also written out for the same reason, except the character was attending Yale University to study medicine.

In 1998, she returned to the show, but then left once again to pursue other acting opportunities, which included co-starring in the primetime drama series Once and Again and Joan of Arcadia. She also wrote and directed the mockumentary Lil Star about girls in childhood beauty pageants, a story which allowed McCullough to draw on her own experiences. In 2001 she appeared in the movie "Legally Blonde" as Amy, one of Elle Woods' sororiety sisters. After brief returns to General Hospital in 2000 and 2004, she finally returned to General Hospital on a permanent basis in October 2005, with her character Robin Scorpio now a doctor, having graduated from medical school. In November 2011, McCullough announced her plans to leave General Hospital once again in order to pursue a career as a director, and her character was believed to have died on February 21, 2012. However, scenes airing on March 27, 2012 showed Robin to be alive and held captive in an undisclosed location, leaving the door open for her to return in the future. Since July 2012, McCullough has made several guest appearances on General Hospital. In 2013 it was confirmed by producer Frank Valentini that Kimberly McCullough will be returning as Dr Robin Scorpio this Fall in a "it won't be a blink-and-you-miss it visit. McCullough has signed a contract".

In 2011, McCullough directed the short film Nice Guys Finish Last. The film starred Danielle Harris and McCullough's General Hospital co-star Lexi Ainsworth.[3][4]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1984Breakin' 2: Electric BoogalooKimberly / Dancer
1987Beauty and the BeastAbbeyEpisode: "Masques"
1988Purple People EaterDorra Orfus
1991BugsyBarbara Siegel
1992Consenting AdultsLori Parker
1985–2001, 2004–12, 2013–General HospitalRobin Scorpio DrakeTV series; Contract role
1996CBS Schoolbreak SpecialApril MorganEpisode: "Crosstown"
1997Nothing SacredFlaviaEpisode: "Speaking in Tongues"
1998Port CharlesRobin Scorpio1 episode
1999Sons of ThunderJennifer HobsonEpisode: "Underground"
1999UndressedEpisode: "Pilot"
1999–2000Once and AgainJennifer9 episodes
2000Party of FivePhoebeEpisode: "Taboo or Not Taboo"
2001DAGBecky Jo JensenEpisode: "America's Sweetheart"
2001ERNoriEpisode: "Fear of Commitment"
2001Legally BlondeAmy
2001Dying to DanceAlyssa LennoxTV movie
2001All My ChildrenRobin ScorpioTV series
2002Judging AmyMelissa JohnstonEpisode: "Who Shot Dick?"
2002Crossing JordanIsabelleEpisode: "Four Fathers"
2002Family LawCarly SiftonEpisode: "Big Brother"
2002Shield, TheThe ShieldDeenaEpisode: "Blowback"
Episode: "Pay in Pain"
2003CigaretteMindyShort film
2003FireflyChariEpisode: "Heart of Gold"
2004CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationVampire #3Episode: "Suckers"
2004Stones, TheThe StonesAudra4 episodes
2004Shield, TheThe ShieldDeenaEpisode: "Streaks and Tips"
2004–2005Joan of ArcadiaBeth Reinhart6 episodes
2005Greener MountainsAlice
2007–2008General Hospital: Night ShiftDr. Robin Scorpio7 episodes
2008Shield, TheThe ShieldDeenaEpisode: "Game Face"
2010Fake It Til You Make ItDecoyEpisode: "Wayne Brady Tweets"
2010Stage 4ElizaShort film

Awards[edit]

All of McCullough's awards and nominations have been for her role as Robin Scorpio on General Hospital.

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Nominated[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kim Mccullough Biography (1978–)". Film Reference. March 5, 1978. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ Soapography, aired June 16, 2007, "Kimberly McCullough and Rick Springfield".[full citation needed]
  3. ^ "Kimberly McCullough Directs Co-Star Lexi Ainsworth in Nice Guys Finish Last". Daytime Confidential. June 9, 2010. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ "From Director/Actress Kimberly McCullough by S.J. Main". FirstGiving. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 

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