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Kevin Anderson (actor)

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Kevin Anderson
Born (1960-01-13) January 13, 1960 (age 64)
EducationDePaul University
Years active1980–present

Kevin Anderson (born January 13, 1960)[1] is an American stage and film actor.[2] He is also a singer and drummer.

Early life[edit]

Anderson is one of five children.[3] He studied acting in the Goodman School of Drama at DePaul University in Chicago, for three years.[3]

Film and television career[edit]

Anderson is perhaps most known for his role as a priest on the television series Nothing Sacred (1997), about a priest with self-doubts. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for this role.[citation needed]

One of his first major film roles was as the brother of Richard Gere's character in the 1988 film Miles from Home. He also starred in the 1991 film Sleeping with the Enemy with Julia Roberts.[4][5] He appeared in the 2006 version of Charlotte's Web as Mr. Arable. This was the second time he worked with Julia Roberts, who voiced the role of Charlotte.[6]

Theater career[edit]

He is a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, which has also featured John Malkovich, Gary Sinise and Laurie Metcalf. He has won a Theatre World Award and Joseph Jefferson Award for his performance in Lyle Kessler's play Orphans[citation needed] (he later reappeared in the role for the 1987 film).

In 1989, he originated the dual roles of The Balladeer and Lee Harvey Oswald in the staged reading of Stephen Sondheim's Assassins.

In 1993, Anderson created the role of Joe Gillis in the original London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard opposite Patti LuPone who originated the role of Norma Desmond.[7] LuPone was not given the role in the musical in New York, and the situation became a "very nasty, public affair. 'I was caught in the middle of all that,' Anderson said. LuPone went public with her rage; her co-star quietly took himself out of the loop... 'I fired everybody and jumped on my motorcycle.' "[8]

Anderson won the 1999 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play and was nominated for a Tony Award for his role in the revival of Death of a Salesman.[citation needed]

He appeared on Broadway in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of Come Back, Little Sheba as Doc from January 24, 2008, to March 16, 2008.[9] Anderson starred as Andy Dufresne in the stage version of the film The Shawshank Redemption which premiered at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin in May 2009.[10] The play transferred to the West End at the Wyndham's Theatre in London, from September 4, 2009, to November 29, 2009.[11]

He appeared in A Guide for the Perplexed at the Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago in July–August 2010.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Anderson embarked on a cross-country motorcycle trip and was struck by a car in 1994[13] which put him out of work for a year.[3] In the accident he suffered a broken leg, a broken arm and other health complications (including an embolism).[13]

It took the actor several years to rehabilitate from the accident but he has described this period as one of the best times in his life because it forced him to reevaluate his motives and his life.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
1980 Growing Up Young Tom Short film
1983 Risky Business Chuck as Kevin C. Anderson
1985 Pink Nights Danny
1987 A Walk on the Moon Everett Jones
1987 Orphans Phillip
1988 Miles from Home Terry Roberts
1989 In Country Lonnie
1991 Sleeping with the Enemy Ben Woodward
1991 Liebestraum Nick Kaminsky
1992 Hoffa Robert F. Kennedy
1993 The Night We Never Met Brian McVeigh
1993 Rising Sun Bob Richmond
1997 A Thousand Acres Peter Lewis
1997 Eye of God Jack Stillings
1998 Firelight John Taylor
1999 Gregory's Two Girls Jon
2001 The Doe Boy Hank Kirk
2002 When Strangers Appear Bryce
2006 Charlotte's Web Mr. Arable
2008 Dockweiler Red Short film
2013 Curse of Chucky Judge
2013 Salomé John the Baptist
2014 Heaven Is for Real Mr. Baxter


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Miami Vice Blue Wacko Episode: "Prodigal Son"
1990 Orpheus Descending Val Xavier Television movie
1992 The General Motors Playwrights Theater Nathan Hale Episode: "Hale the Hero"
1993 The Wrong Man Alex Walker Made-for-cable movie
1997–1998 Nothing Sacred Father Francis Reyneaux 20 episodes
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama
Nominated—Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Actor in a Quality Drama Series
1999 The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer Ira Einhorn 2 episodes
2001 Ruby's Bucket of Blood Billy Dupre Television movie
2002 The F.B.I. Files Reenactment Actor Episode: "Deadly Detroit"
2002 Monday Night Mayhem Frank Gifford Television movie
2002 Power and Beauty John F. Kennedy Television movie
2003–2004 Skin Thomas Roam 6 episodes
2004 Carry Me Home Charlie Television movie
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Frank Sullivan Episode: "Torch"


  1. ^ "UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021". United Press International. January 13, 2021. Archived from the original on February 27, 2021. Retrieved February 27, 2021. …actor Kevin Anderson in 1960 (age 61)…
  2. ^ "Kevin Anderson". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2016. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d "Kevin Anderson – Featured articles from the Chicago Tribune". Chicago Tribune. November 9, 1997.
  4. ^ "Kevin Anderson breaks through: Thanks to Sleeping with the Enemy, stage veteran is a 'New Face' no more". Los Angeles Times. February 25, 1991.
  5. ^ "Sleeping with the Enemy". tcm.com. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  6. ^ "Charlotte's Web". tcm.com. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  7. ^ Wolf, Matt. "Review. Sunset Boulevard Variety, July 13, 1993
  8. ^ Rubin, Sylvia. "Heaven Can Wait / Stage actor Kevin Anderson survives motorcycle crash and becomes a television priest" sfgate.com, September 14, 1997
  9. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Broadway's 'Come Back, Little Sheba' Ends March 16" Playbill, March 16, 2008
  10. ^ "Dublin 'Shawshank' stars are revealed" rte.ie, March 27, 2009
  11. ^ The Shawshank Redemption officiallondontheatre.co.uk, retrieved September 30, 2017
  12. ^ Potempa, Phil (July 19, 2010). "Actor Kevin Anderson happy to be 'home,' savoring Chicago stage return". nwitimes.com. Offbeat.
  13. ^ a b "Kevin Anderson". Hollywood.com. Retrieved July 20, 2014.

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