Kathryn Erbe

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Kathryn Erbe
Born Kathryn Elsbeth Erbe
(1965-07-05) July 5, 1965 (age 49)
Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Terry Kinney (1993–2006) (divorced)
Children 2

Kathryn Elsbeth Erbe (born July 5, 1965)[1] 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.

Early life[edit]

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.[1][2]

She graduated from New York University in 1989.

Career[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4] Erbe reprised the role in guest appearances on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Personal Life[edit]

Erbe was formerly married to actor Terry Kinney, with whom she has two children.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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 Entropy Evan
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

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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"

Theatre[edit]

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater[edit]

  • Ode to Joy

Steppenwolf Theatre Company[edit]

  • The Speed of Darkness
  • A Month in the Country
  • Down the Shore
  • The Grapes of Wrath

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