Kurt Sutter

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Kurt Sutter
Kurt Sutter by Gage Skidmore 3.jpg
Born(1960-05-05) May 5, 1960 (age 54)
Rahway, New Jersey, U.S.
EducationRutgers University
OccupationScreenwriter, director, producer
Years active2002–present
Spouse(s)Katey Sagal
(2004–present)
Children1 daughter
 
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Kurt Sutter
Kurt Sutter by Gage Skidmore 3.jpg
Born(1960-05-05) May 5, 1960 (age 54)
Rahway, New Jersey, U.S.
EducationRutgers University
OccupationScreenwriter, director, producer
Years active2002–present
Spouse(s)Katey Sagal
(2004–present)
Children1 daughter

Kurt Leon Sutter (born May 5, 1960) is an American screenwriter, director, producer, and actor. He worked as a producer, writer, and director on The Shield, and appeared on the show as hitman Margos Dezerian. Sutter is also the creator of Sons of Anarchy on FX and writes, produces, directs, and plays incarcerated club member Otto Delaney on the series. Sutter spent time with members of an outlaw club in Northern California as research for Sons of Anarchy.[1] Sutter's wife, actress Katey Sagal, is also one of the show's lead actresses.

Career[edit]

Sutter was hired as a staff writer for the first season of FX crime drama The Shield in 2002. He made his television writing debut with the episode "Blowback", in which he appeared as Armenian mob hitman Margos Dezerian. He co-wrote the episodes "Dragonchasers" and "Two Days of Blood" with fellow staff writer Scott Rosenbaum, and was promoted to story editor for the second season in 2003. He wrote the episodes "Scar Tissue" and "Dead Soldiers" and in 2004, joined the production team in the junior role of co-producer for the third season. He continued to write episodes and scripted "Playing Tight" and "Mum" with series creator and executive producer Shawn Ryan, "Slipknot" solo, and "Fire in the Hole" with consulting producer Charles H. Eglee. He reprised his role as Dezerian in the season's final episodes "All In" and "On Tilt".[citation needed]

He was promoted to supervising producer for the fourth season in 2005. He wrote the episode "Grave" solo, co-wrote the story for the episode "Judas Priest" with Eglee and co-wrote the teleplay with Rosenbaum. He co-wrote the story for the season finale "Ain't That a Shame" with Ryan; Ryan co-wrote the teleplay for the episode with co-executive producer Glen Mazzara. Sutter became a co-executive producer for the fifth season in 2006. He wrote the episode "Extraction", co-wrote the episode "Trophy" with Renee Palya and Tony Soltis, and co-wrote the season's penultimate episode "Fire in the Hole" with Eglee.[citation needed]

He became an executive producer for the sixth season in 2007, directed a promotional mini-episode for the sixth season entitled "Wins and Losses," and wrote the sixth season premiere "On the Jones". He co-wrote the episode "Exiled" with Rosenbaum, also now an executive producer.[citation needed]

Sutter returned as an executive producer and writer for the seventh and final season in 2008. He wrote the premiere "Coefficient of Drag" and co-wrote the episode "Parricide" with Gary Lennon. At the close of the season he was the series' second most prolific writer (after Ryan), having written or co-written 18 episodes in total.[citation needed]

Also in autumn 2008, Sutter created and executive produced a new series for FX entitled Sons of Anarchy. The show centers on the titular motorcycle club in California. He was the series head writer and showrunner. Along with the pilot episode he wrote the episodes "Seeds", "Funtow", "The Pull", "Capybara", "The Sleep of Babies", and the season finale "The Revelator"; Sutter also directed "The Revelator". Sutter appears in the show as incarcerated club member Otto Delaney, and he cast his wife Katey Sagal in the starring role as the club's matriarch Gemma Teller. Sutter also hired several crew members whom he had worked with on The Shield, including unit production manager and producer Kevin G. Cremin, post-production supervisor and producer Craig Yahata, and directors Guy Ferland, Stephen Kay, Gwyneth Horder-Payton, Paris Barclay, Terence O'Hara, and Billy Gierhart. The first season also featured The Shield star Jay Karnes as a recurring special guest star playing ATF Agent Joshua Kohn.[citation needed]

Sutter at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011

Sutter remained showrunner and executive producer for the series' second season in 2009. He wrote the series premiere "Albification", co-wrote the episode "Eureka" with Brett Conrad, co-wrote the episode "Gilead" with co-producer Chris Collins, co-wrote the episode "Potlatch" with Misha Green, co-wrote the teleplay for the episode "Service" with co-executive producer Jack LoGiudice from a story by Brady Dahl and Cory Udica, co-wrote the episode "The Culling" with consulting producer Dave Erickson, and wrote and directed the season finale "Na Trioblóidí". The second season featured The Shield star Kenny Johnson as a special guest star playing a club member named Kozik.[citation needed]

Sutter returned as showrunner and executive producer for the third season in 2010. He wrote the season premiere "SO", co-wrote the episode "Oiled" with Erickson, now a co-executive producer, co-wrote the episode "Home" with Liz Sagal, series' star Katey Sagal's sister and his sister-in-law. He co-wrote the episode "Widening Gyre" with co-producer Regina Corrado and the episode "Lochan Mor" with Erickson and Liz Sagal. He wrote the story for the episode "Turas"; the teleplay was co-written by Collins (now a producer) and Dahl. He co-wrote the episode "Firinne" with Vaunn Wilmott and the episode "Bainne" with Corrado and Erickson. He wrote the story for the episode "June Wedding"; Collins wrote the teleplay. He reprised the role of Otto in the season finale, titled "NS", which he also directed and co-wrote with Erickson. Johnson returned as Kozik in the third season.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Sutter married actress Katey Sagal in a private ceremony on October 2, 2004, at their home in Los Feliz, California.[2] Their first child, daughter Esme Louise, was born January 10, 2007. Esme was carried by a surrogate mother.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Producer[edit]

YearShowRoleNotes
2010Sons of AnarchyExecutive producerSeason 3
2009Season 2
2008Season 1
The ShieldExecutive producerSeason 7
2007Season 6
2006Co-executive producerSeason 5
2005Supervising producerSeason 4
2004Co-producerSeason 3
2003Story editorSeason 2
2002Staff writerSeason 1

Writer[edit]

YearShowSeasonEpisode titleEpisodeOriginal airdateNotes
2010Sons of Anarchy3"NS"1330 November 2010Co-written with Dave Erickson
"June Wedding"1223 November 2010Story by Sutter, teleplay by Chris Collins
"Bainne"1116 November 2010Co-written with Dave Erickson and Regina Corrado
"Fírinne"109 November 2010Co-written with Vaun Wilmott
"Turas"92 November 2010Story by Sutter, teleplay co-written by Chris Collins and Brady Dahl
"Lochan Mor"826 October 2010Co-written with Dave Erickson and Liz Sagal
"Widening Gyre"719 October 2010Co-written with Regina Corrado
"Home"428 September 2010Co-written with Liz Sagal
"Oiled"214 September 2010Co-written with Dave Erickson
"So"17 September 2010
20092"Na Triobloidi"131 December 2009
"The Culling"1224 November 2009Co-written with Dave Erickson
"Service"1117 November 2009Teleplay co-written with Jack LoGiudice from a story by Brady Dahl and Cori Udica
"Potlatch"827 October 2009Co-written with Misha Green
"Gilead"720 October 2009Co-written with Chris Collins
"Eureka"429 September 2009Co-written with Brett Conrad
"Albification"18 September 2009
20081"The Revelator"1326 November 2008
"The Sleep of Babies"1219 November 2008
"Capybara"1112 November 2008Co-written with Dave Erickson
"The Pull"822 October 2008Co-written with Jack LoGiudice
"Fun Town"317 September 2008
"Seeds"210 September 2008
"Pilot"13 September 2008
The Shield7"Parricide"821 October 2008Co-written with Gary Lennon
"Coefficient of Drag"12 September 2008
20076"Exiled"715 May 2007Co-written with Scott Rosenbaum
"On The Jones"13 April 2007
20065"Of Mice and Lem"1014 March 2006Co-written with Charles H. Eglee
"Trophy"57 February 2006Co-written with Renee Palya and Tony Soltis
"Extraction"110 January 2006
20054"Ain't That a Shame"1314 June 2005Story co-written with Shawn Ryan, teleplay by Ryan and Glen Mazzara
"Judas Priest"127 June 2005Story co-written with Charles H. Eglee, teleplay co-written with Scott Rosenbaum
"Grave"222 March 2005
20043"Fire in the Hole"131 June 2004Co-written with Charles H. Eglee
"Slipknot"94 May 2004
"Mum"56 April 2004Co-written with Shawn Ryan
"Playing Tight"19 March 2004Co-written with Shawn Ryan
20032"Scar Tissue"825 February 2003
"Dead Soldiers"214 January 2003
20021"Two Days of Blood"1228 May 2002Co-written with Scott Rosenbaum
"Dragonchasers"1014 May 2002Co-written with Scott Rosenbaum
"Blowback"59 April 2002

Director[edit]

YearShowSeasonEpisode titleEpisodeOriginal airdateNotes
2010Sons of Anarchy3"NS"1330 November 2010Season finale
20092"Na Triobloidi"131 December 2009Season finale
20081"The Revelator"1326 November 2008Season finale
2007The Shield6"Wins and Losses"015 February 2007Promotional short for season 6

Actor[edit]

YearShowRoleSeasonEpisode titleEpisodeOriginal airdateNotes
2012Sons of AnarchyOtto5"Small World"616 October 2012Uncredited appearance
20114"Call of Duty"1115 November 2011Uncredited appearance
"Brick"54 October 2011Uncredited appearance
"Una Venta"427 September 2011Uncredited appearance
"Out"16 September 2011Uncredited appearance
20103"NS"1330 November 2010Uncredited appearance
20092"Na Triobloidi"131 December 2009Uncredited appearance
"Fa Guan"93 November 2009Uncredited appearance
"Smite"56 October 2009Uncredited appearance
"Small Tears"215 September 2009Uncredited appearance
20081"Better Half"105 November 2008Uncredited appearance
"Giving Back"51 October 2008Uncredited appearance
2004The ShieldMargos Dezerian3"On Tilt"1515 June 2004Uncredited appearance
"All In"148 June 2004Uncredited appearance
20021"Blowback"59 April 2002Uncredited appearance

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kurutz, Steven (30 November 2009). ""Sons of Anarchy" Creator Kurt Sutter On the Cult Biker Show". The Wall Street Journal. 
  2. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. (2004-10-05). "Married Actress Katey Sagal Weds Writer - Marriage, Katey Sagal". People.com. Retrieved 2011-05-31. 
  3. ^ Katey Sagal Has Surrogate Daughter at 52 By WENN.com | Thursday, January 11, 2007

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