|Born||Kathryn Elsbeth Erbe
July 5, 1965
Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Terry Kinney (1993–2006) (divorced)|
Kathryn Elsbeth Erbe (born July 5, 1965) 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.
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.
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. 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. 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.
Erbe was formerly married to actor Terry Kinney, with whom she has two children.
|1989||Runaway Dreams||Denise Donaldson|
|1991||What About Bob?||Anna Marvin|
|1992||Rich in Love||Lucille Odom|
|1994||D2: The Mighty Ducks||Michele MacKay|
|1995||Addiction, TheThe Addiction||Anthropology Student|
|1995||Kiss of Death||Rosie Kilmartin|
|1997||Dream with the Fishes||Liz|
|1998||Love from Ground Zero||Alex|
|1999||Stir of Echoes||Maggie Witzky|
|2001||Speaking of Sex||Helen|
|2010||3 Backyards||John's Wife|
|2011||Mother's House||Catherine||Short film|
|2011||Love Guide, TheThe Love Guide||Cora|
|2014||Worst Friends||Sam's Mom|
|1989||Chicken Soup||Patricia Reece||Main role (12 episodes)|
|1994||Breathing Lessons||Fiona||TV film|
|1997||George Wallace||Mrs. Folsom||TV film|
|1997||Homicide: Life on the Street||Rita Hale||Episode: "All Is Bright"|
|1998||Naked City: Justice with a Bullet||Sarah Tubbs||TV film|
|1998–2003||Oz||Shirley Bellinger||Recurring role (17 episodes)|
|2000||Runaway, TheThe Runaway||Evelyn Carnes||TV film|
|2001–2011||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Det. Alexandra Eames||Main role (144 episodes)|
|2012 & 2013||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Lt. Alexandra Eames||Episodes: "Acceptable Loss" & "Poisoned Motive"|
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
- Ode to Joy
Steppenwolf Theatre Company
- The Speed of Darkness
- A Month in the Country
- Down the Shore
- The Grapes of Wrath
- Kathryn Erbe Film Reference biography
- Boston.com Local Search - Boston Globe Archives
- Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe Leaving Law & Order: Criminal Intent, New York Magazine. September 26, 2009
- Kathryn Erbe Returns for Final Season of ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent’ - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers.Zap2it.com