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August 13, 1944
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Kevin Tighe (b. Jon Kevin Fishburn; August 13, 1944) is an American actor primarily known for his roles on television. Tighe is best known for his role as Roy DeSoto, a senior paramedic, on the NBC series Emergency! (1972–77). In the 2000s he played Anthony Cooper, the father of John Locke, on the ABC series Lost.
Life and career
Tighe was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of an actor. When he was five, he moved with his family to the nearby suburb of Pasadena. Tighe began acting at an early age, auditioning for juvenile leads at the Pasadena Playhouse, before he was enrolled at Pasadena High School, graduating in 1962. He then attended University of Southern California, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts in acting in 1967. That same year, his first film appearance was a bit role in The Graduate, starring Dustin Hoffman. In it, he portrayed a member of fraternity and only had a few lines of dialogue late in the film. Following The Graduate, Tighe served in the Army. Following his military service, he returned to acting, working under contract for Paramount Pictures.
While with Paramount, Tighe worked with actors that included Lorne Greene, Maggie Smith and Michael Landon, before he signed a contract with Universal Studios in 1971. At that time, he auditioned for a new Jack Webb television series, Emergency!. He landed the role and was signed to play senior paramedic Roy DeSoto, opposite Randolph Mantooth, Robert Fuller, Julie London, and Bobby Troup. The show ran for six seasons, 1972–1977. He and Randolph Mantooth, his partner in the series, have remained close friends.
Tighe has had many guest appearances in other television series since Emergency! including Adam-12, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote, Star Trek: Voyager, ER, Freaks and Geeks, The Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys Mysteries, Law & Order (both :SVU and :CI), The 4400, Tales from the Crypt and The West Wing where he portrayed Governor Jack Buckland, among others. On Lost, he appeared numerous times (2005–2010) as Anthony Cooper, father of John Locke. Tighe has also made appearances on the following shows: Numb3rs as Keith Watts (2008), Leverage for two episodes as Ian Blackpoole (2009), Lie to Me as Fletcher Bellwood (2009), and Trauma as Captain Channing (2010), which was intended as a nod to Emergency!.
Tighe has also appeared in supporting or featured roles in several films, including Newsies, Matewan, Eight Men Out, K-9 (the first of two films with James Belushi, the other being Race the Sun), Road House, Another 48 Hrs., What's Eating Gilbert Grape, I Love a Man in Uniform (for which he won a Genie Award for best supporting actor in 1994) and a TV remake of Escape to Witch Mountain, and Geronimo: An American Legend. Tighe, whose voice and delivery reminds many of the late actor Richard Widmark, also portrayed Coach McDevitt in the 1992 film, School Ties, alongside Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Brendan Fraser.
Tighe made an off-Broadway appearance as Mick Dowd in A Skull in Connemara, and was the eponymous tiger in the Center Theatre Group production of Rajiv Joseph's Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.
- Kevin Tighe, Pasadena Class of '61 in LA Times, 1988
- Susan King (April 21, 2010). "Rattling Kevin Tighe’s cage". Los Angeles Times.