Brian Kerwin

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Brian Kerwin
Born (1949-10-25) October 25, 1949 (age 72)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Years active1976–present
Spouse(s)Jeanne Marie Troy
(1990–2016; her death); 3 children

Brian Kerwin (born October 25, 1949) is an American actor who has starred in feature films, on Broadway, and television series and movies.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Chicago and raised in Flossmoor, Illinois, Kerwin won the Theatre World Award in 1988 for the off-Broadway play Emily. His Broadway credits include the 1997 revival of The Little Foxes and the Elaine May comedy After the Night and the Music in 2005. The same year, he starred in Edward Albee's The Goat or Who Is Sylvia? at the Mark Taper Forum.[citation needed]

In 1989, he had played Nick in a revival of Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Doolittle Theatre (now the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre) in Los Angeles. The production, directed by the playwright, starred Glenda Jackson and John Lithgow, with Cynthia Nixon as Kerwin's character's wife, Honey.[1] The production was not well received.[2] He played opposite Kathy Baker in the South Coast Repertory production of The Man from Nebraska in 2006. His most recent stage appearance was in the original Broadway production of August: Osage County.[citation needed]

Kerwin's feature films include Murphy's Romance, Hard Promises, 27 Dresses (as Katherine Heigl's character's father), Torch Song Trilogy, Love Field, Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain, Jack, King Kong Lives, The Myth of Fingerprints, and Debating Robert Lee. Kerwin has enjoyed an extensive career in television, beginning with the daytime serial The Young and the Restless in 1976.[3]

His credits on TV include a regular role on the Showtime series Beggars and Choosers, recurring roles on The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo, The Chisholms (four episodes), Roseanne (as Gary Hall), The West Wing, Nip/Tuck and Big Love and guest appearances in The Love Boat, Simon & Simon, Highway to Heaven, Murder, She Wrote, St. Elsewhere, Frasier, Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Blue Bloods, Boston Legal, Medium, Without a Trace, and Desperate Housewives. From 2007 to 2012, he appeared on the soap opera One Life to Live.[3]


Brian Kerwin has three siblings: Anne, Dennis, and Terrence. Despite the common misconception, he is not related to actor Lance Kerwin.

Kerwin married Jeanne Marie Troy on September 2, 1990, with whom he had three children (Finn, Matilda, Brennan). She died on February 11, 2016 after a three-year battle with brain cancer.[4]


  1. ^ Dan Sullivan "Stage Review: A Lower-Key George and Martha", Los Angeles Times, October 6, 1989.
  2. ^ Stephen J. Bottoms Albee: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000, pp. 66-68.
  3. ^ a b Brian Kerwin at IMDb
  4. ^ "Jeanne Marie Kerwin". Los Angeles Times. February 11, 2016. Retrieved July 6, 2016.

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