Kohl Sudduth

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Kohl Sudduth
Born Walter Kohl Sudduth[1]
(1974-08-08) August 8, 1974 (age 42)
Granada Hills, California, USA
Occupation Actor, musician
Years active 1995-2015

Walter Kohl Sudduth (born August 8, 1974) is an American actor.[1] He is best known for his role as Luther "Suitcase" Simpson in nine Jesse Stone television films.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Walter Kohl Sudduth was born August 8, 1974 in Granada Hills, Los Angeles, the younger brother of actor Skipp Sudduth. He was raised in the small town of Circleville, Ohio.[1] Sudduth acted in several high school plays, including Cheaper by the Dozen and Flowers for Algernon,[2] before attending Ohio University, where he focused his energies on music. During his college years, Sudduth was the guitarist and vocalist of Edison, a punk rock band that played throughout the American Midwest. He graduated in 1995 with a BA in English.[1][3]

In 1995, Sudduth moved to New York City to pursue a professional acting career. He appeared regularly at improv comedy clubs and theaters such as the Red Room to hone his comedy skills.[3] Sudduth made his film debut in director John Turturro's Illuminata (1997) playing Christopher Walken's concubine.[4][5] The following year he appeared in two films, 54 (1998) as Rhett and Rounders (1998) as Wagner with Edward Norton and Matt Damon.[4][5]

Sudduth's breakthrough role came in 1999 with Bowfinger (1999) playing Slater, an aspiring actor, opposite Eddie Murphy, Steve Martin and Heather Graham.[4] The role increased Sudduth's appeal and widened his audience with his capable and charming portrayal of a slacker actor.[editorializing] In 2000, Sudduth appeared in two films, the teen comedy Road Trip (2000) as Mark and the Masterpiece Theater production Cora Unashamed (2000), based on the Langston Hughes short story, as Joe.[4][5]

Throughout this period, Sudduth also appeared in several television series, including one episode of All My Children (1997) as Rick the waiter,[2] one episode of Sex and the City (1998) as Kim Cattrall's love interest Jon, one episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) as Riley Couger and 17 episodes of Grosse Pointe (2000–2001) as Quentin King and Stone Anders.[3][4][5]

Sudduth is best known for his role as Luther "Suitcase" Simpson co-starring opposite Tom Selleck in nine Jesse Stone television films (2005–2012).[2][4] He currently plays bass in his brother Skipp's rock band Minus Ted. He enjoys rock climbing and playing basketball while dividing his time between New York City and Los Angeles, California.[3]



  1. ^ a b c d "Kohl Sudduth". The New York Times. Archived from the original on July 20, 2009. Retrieved June 22, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Kohl Sudduth". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved June 22, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d "Kohl Sudduth". Filmbug. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Kohl Sudduth Filmography". The New York Times. Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Kohl Sudduth". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Kohl Sudduth". Allmovie. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 

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