Patrick Kilpatrick

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Patrick Kilpatrick
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Patrick Kilpatrick in Surekill, an episode from the X-Files
Born Robert Donald Kilpatrick, Jr.
(1949-08-20) August 20, 1949 (age 65)
Orange, Virginia, United States
Years active 1985 – Present
Children Two sons, Ben and Sam[1]
Parents Robert Donald Kilpatrick, Sr.
Elle Fay Hines Kilpatrick

Robert Donald Kilpatrick, Jr. (born August 20, 1949),[2] best known as Patrick Kilpatrick, was born in Orange, Virginia to Robert Donald Kilpatrick, Sr and Elle Fay Hines Kilpatrick.[2] He is an American director, producer, screenwriter journalist, media creator and character actor with over 117 film and TV appearances[3][4] to his credit. He made his film debut in 1985 with The Toxic Avenger.


Kilpatrick's ancestors are Scottish/Irish and English, having come to America as early as 1640, and he has relatives who fought in both the American Revolution and for the Confederacy in the Civil War. His father was a World War II “Beach Jumper”, a predecessor to the modern Navy Seals, who received a Silver Star and Purple Heart in the Pacific and a winner of the National Collegiate Baseball Championship for the University of Richmond. When Kilpatrick was six, his father moved the family to Connecticut from Virginia, where elder Bob began his career as an insurance executive. Twenty-five years later Kilpatrick's father founded Cigna Corporation, one of the largest insurance companies in the world which his father helmed as CEO, President and Chairman of the Board for more than a decade. Robert Donald Kilpatrick, Sr. died January 27, 1997, at age 72.[5] His mother served as a High School Girls Physical Education instructor at The Gilbert School, Winstead Ct. and as long guidance counselor at Hall High School in West Hartford, Ct. The family returned to Virginia in the early ‘70’s with a commute via helicopter and partial residence to Cigna’s headquarters in Philadelphia, Pa. Kilpatrick has five siblings: Kathleen Spencer Kilpatrick (Virginia historical resource executive), Lauren Douglas Kilpatrick (special needs educator), Tracy Crowell Kilpatrick (nurse Fork Union Military Academy), Thomas David Kilpatrick (farm manager, photographer). He is single, and the father of two sons, Benjamin Alexander Kilpatrick and Samuel Wylie Kilpatrick.

Life and career[edit]

After nearly dying in a car crash at the age of 17 on November 17, 1967, he graduated from University of Richmond, ’72, rehabilitated to the point where he could largely do his own stunts in his more than 120 films and TV projects. His action film appearances, largely but hardly exclusively as an antagonist, span a multitude of genres and embrace an international Who's Who of leading men including Tom Cruise in Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report (2002).

Kilpatrick teaches[6] and speaks on acting, directing, producing and writing at universities (Hampden-Sydney College,[7] University of Wisconsin among them)—and various venues nationally.

An outdoorsman and competitive shooter/hunter/fly and sea fisherman,[8] Kilpatrick has attended and often filmed a plethora of charity hunts, wild boar helicopter excursions over Texas, a pistol elk trophy stalk for outdoor TV shows, Quail Unlimited and Quail Albany Celebrity Conservation events in Georgia, Juvenile Diabetes South Dakota Pheasant Hunts. On two occasions he hosted and organized The Hollywood Celebrity Sporting Clays Invitational (a large scale celebrity three ring circus devoted to fundraising for both wounded warriors and City of Hope Hospital). He has participated in LAPD trainings, Active Shooter and Combat Man Tracking courses, civilian and military tactical movement coursework. Kilpatrick is a Reserve Policeman—home department Lake Arthur, New Mexico. He is also a Certified Aerial Gunner for predator control.

He is best known for his appearances as villains,[9] often alongside Hollywood's leading action stars such as Jean-Claude Van Damme in Death Warrant, Bruce Willis in Last Man Standing and Steven Seagal in Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995) where he played a mercenary on a train with Everett McGill. He has appeared alongside Chow Yun-fat in Replacement Killers (1998), Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Caan in Eraser (1996), and The Presidio (1988) opposite Sean Connery and Mark Harmon. He also starred in Free Willy 3: The Rescue (1997) and more recently in Parasomnia (2008). One of the few films that Kilpatrick played a lead role in was 1994's Open Fire. In 1995, he co-starred in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Initiations", in the 2000 episode "Drive" and in 1998 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode entitled "The Siege of AR-558".

Although he has become well known for his appearances in action films, Kilpatrick has acted in a wide range of genres including westerns, and a theatrical run in the Los Angeles Theater for the Shakespearean Anthony and Cleopatra. He has appeared in many top television series, including Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1994), Walker, Texas Ranger (1994), Babylon 5 (1995), Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman as Sergeant O'Connor for 9 episodes from 1996 to 1997, ER (1997), The X-Files (2001), General Hospital (2003), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2005), 24 (2005), Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008) and Chuck (2008). Kilpatrick's recent movie appearances include Never Surrender (2009) and The Zombinator (2012).

The versatile Kilpatrick has played leads in everything from Nicolas Roeg's film masterwork Insignificance (1985) to PBS”S mini series American Playhouse, Roanoak" (1986) to William Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra" at the Los Angeles Theater Center in the hands of Academy Award-winning director Tony Richardson . He has acted off Broadway, Hanoi Hilton at the Harold Clurman Theater (1984), Linda Her and The Fairy Garden (1984) at the Second Stage and in regional theater, Requiem for a Heavyweight(1985), directed off Broadway, Zone of Bells/Room of Seesaws (1984), assistant directed on Broadway, The Golden Age (1984) with Jeff Daniels, Stockard Channing and Irene Worth, Entertaining Mr. Sloan He was a founding member and literary manager of Divine Theater Company (1983-1984). Kilpatrick is president and CEO of Uncommon Dialogue films, Inc. (UDF)[10][11]—a full-service event and media service company with a variety of films in active production or post production, including Active Shooter,[12][13][14] Lady Pirates!, Naked Warriors, End of the Onslaught, Nine Heroes In The Rape Of Nanking and Quick, Natural Laws, and Gleichschaltung (Control). He has organized film, media and business development in locations as diverse as Fiji and Los Angeles. Active Shooter is Patrick Kilpatrick's film directorial debut. Active Shooter explores gun ownership, the military, law enforcement, and First Responders from a multitude of fictional and reality based perspective.

His broad media experience includes publicity, marketing and journalist/advertising creation for such key media titans as the New York Times, Interview, Time Inc. -- Sports Illustrated, People, Popular Photography, Cycle, Boating, Skiing, Modern Bride, Cosmopolitan and Rolling Stone. He was a member of the small creative team responsible for the advertising re-launching Life Magazine. He has interviewed luminaries for Interview Magazine such as Ted Turner, Perry Ellis, Che Guevara’s sister Celia Guevara, Gregory Hines and American Ballet Theater Principal Dancer Rebecca Wright as well as created full spectrum media print ad campaigns for glamour fashion icons such as Givenchy and Maud Frizon.

Kilpatrick is registered as a candidate for the United States House of Representatives, California's 33rd congressional district for the year 2014.[15]


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