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Sorbo in 2013
|Born||Kevin David Sorbo
September 24, 1958
Mound, Minnesota, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Sam Jenkins (1998–present)|
Kevin David Sorbo (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.
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. He is of Norwegian descent and was raised in a Lutheran family. Sorbo attended Minnesota State University Moorhead, where he double majored in marketing and advertising. In order to make tuition, he began to work as a model for print and television advertising in the 1980s.
Sorbo started his acting career in the late 1980s making guest appearances in several television series such as 1st & Ten, Murder She Wrote and The Commish. He was considered for and lost out to Dean Cain as Superman in Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and was a possible contender for the role of Agent Mulder in The X Files which went to David Duchovny.
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.
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 despite being universally negatively reviewed by critics. He starred in the Albert Pyun directed SciFi Vampire flick Tales of the Ancient Empire.
He served as Executive Producer and star of the movie Abel's Field in 2012.
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.
He has been on several radio programs interviewing about his latest book "True Strength" and recently featured on Get Focused Radio with Kate Hennessy.
Sorbo married actress Sam Jenkins, whom he met when she had a guest role on Hercules, on January 5, 1998. They have three children together: Braedon Cooper (born 2001) and Shane Haaken (born 2004) and daughter 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 1997, while on a publicity tour for Kull the Conqueror and between the 4th and 5th seasons of Hercules, Sorbo experienced an aneurysm in his shoulder, which led to three strokes, which he attributes to a chiropractic manipulation. As a result, he was weakened for the next several years, a condition that he and the producers of Hercules kept secret from the public. (Sorbo only revealed the details in 2011.) During the last two seasons of Hercules, the 5th and 6th, which aired in 1998 and 1999, Sorbo was given a reduced filming schedule to accommodate his condition, and more guest stars were brought in. The strokes, said to have been triggered when a chiropractic manipulation released blood clots from an aneurysm in his shoulder, have left him with permanent 10% vision loss, weakness, balance issues and migraines.
|1992||Condition: Critical||Dr. Thaddeus Kocinski|
|1994||Slaughter of the Innocents||John Willison|
|Hercules and the Amazon Women||Hercules|
|Hercules and the Lost Kingdom|
|Hercules and the Circle of Fire|
|Hercules in the Underworld|
|Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur|
|1995–1999||Hercules: The Legendary Journeys||111 episodes|
|1997||Kull the Conqueror||Kull|
|1998||Hercules and Xena - The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mount Olympus||Hercules||Voice only|
|2000–2005||Andromeda||Captain Dylan Hunt||110 episodes|
|2004||Clipping Adam||Father Dan|
|2007||Walking Tall: The Payback||Nick Prescott|
|Walking Tall: Lone Justice|
|Something Beneath||Father Douglas Middleton|
|Last Chance Café||Chance Coulter|
|2008||Meet the Spartans||Captain|
|Prairie Fever||Preston Biggs|
|An American Carol||George Mulrooney|
|Never Cry Werewolf||Redd Tucker|
|2009||Tales of an Ancient Empire||Aedan|
|What If...||Ben Walker|
|Fire From Below||Jake Denning|
|Bitch Slap||Mr. Phoenix|
|Lightning Strikes||Ted Bradly|
|Wolf Canyon||Rick / Sheriff Wolf|
|2010||Tales of an Ancient Empire||Aedan|
|The Santa Suit||Drake Hunter / Santa Claus|
|Pool Boy: Drowning Out the Fury||Sal Bando|
|2011||Wog Boy 2: Kings of Mykonos||Pierluigi|
|Soul Surfer||Holt Blanchard|
|2012||Christmas Angel||Dr. Nathan Davis||FDR: American Badass|
|2012||Abel's Field||Abel, also Executive Producer|
|2013||Shadow on the Mesa||Ray Eastman|
|2013||Alongside Night||Dr. Martin Vreeland||Filming|
|1988||1st & Ten||Barry||"...The Clock Runs Out"|
|1991||Santa Barbara||Delivery man|
|1992||Cheers||Uncredited||"License to Hill"|
|1993||Murder, She Wrote||Michael Burke||"A Virtual Murder"|
|The Commish||Mark||"Dying Affection"|
|1995||Cybill||Rick||"The Last Temptation of Cybill"|
|Xena: Warrior Princess||Hercules||"Prometheus"|
|1996||The Rosie O'Donnell Show||Himself|
|1998||Sin City Spectacular|
|Late Night with Conan O'Brien|
|1999||Just Shoot Me!||Scott||"An Axe to Grind"|
|2000||Xena: Warrior Princess||Hercules||"God Fearing Child"|
|Celebrity Profile||Himself||"Kevin Sorbo"|
|The Howard Stern Radio Show|
|2001||Dharma & Greg||Charlie||"Educating Dharma: Part 1 & 2"|
|The Howard Stern Radio Show||Himself|
|Dharma & Greg||Charlie||"The End of the Innocence: Parts 1 & 2"|
|The Big Breakfast||Himself|
|2003||According to Jim||Darryl Buckner||"The Pass"|
|2004||Hope & Faith||Kenny||"Mismatch"|
|Live with Regis and Kelly||Himself|
|2005||Love, Inc.||Father John||"Amen"|
|2006||Two and a Half Men||Andy||"Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Burro"|
|2007||The 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"|
|Psych||Byrd Tatums||"Bounty Hunters!"|
|2008||The Middleman||1969 middleman / Guy Goddard||"The Obsolescent Cryogenic Meltdown"|
|2010||Super Hero Squad Show||Ka-Zar||Voice only|
|Hawaii Five-0||Carlton Bass||"Ko'olauloa"|
|2011||The Guild||Himself||"Social Traumas"|
|2012||Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23||"The Wedding"|
|1995||Hercules: The Legendary Journeys|
|2010||God of War III||Hercules||Voice only|
|2012||Skylanders: Giants||Crusher||Voice only|
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- "Weekend Box Office Chart for January 25th, 2008". The Numbers. 2008-01-25. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
- "Meet the Spartans". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
- Woman, The (2010-03-26). "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 2012-10-18.
- "Abel's Field with Kevin Sorbo and Samuel Davis an Inspiring Movie - Christian Activities". christianactivities.com. Retrieved 2013-02-21.
- "Hercules Actor Kevin Sorbo's Miracle Healing - CBN TV - Video". Cbn.com. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
- Gostin, Nicki (19 October 2011). "Kevin Sorbo's 'True Strength': 'Hercules' Star Says Strokes Were Blessings In Disguise". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2013-04-14.
- Hammel, Sara. "Hercules Star Kevin Sorbo Reveals He's Had Several Strokes". People.com. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
- Symons, Jane (28 February 2012). "Kevin Sorbo: Three strokes left me fighting for my life". Daily Express. Retrieved 2013-04-14.
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