Patrick Kilpatrick

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Patrick Kilpatrick
Robert Donald Kilpatrick, Jr.

(1949-08-20) August 20, 1949 (age 70)
OccupationActor, director, screenwriter, producer, journalist
Years active1985–present

Robert Donald Kilpatrick Jr. (born August 20, 1949),[1] better known as Patrick Kilpatrick, is an American actor, director, screenwriter, producer, journalist, international entertainment speaker and teacher. He appeared in over 180 films and television series.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Kilpatrick was born in Orange, Virginia, the son of Robert Donald Kilpatrick, Sr. and Elle Fay Hines Kilpatrick. His ancestors are Scottish, Irish, and English, having come to the U.S. 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 U.S. Navy Seals, who received a Silver Star and Purple Heart in the Pacific and was 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 his father began his career as an insurance executive. Kilpatrick's father founded Cigna Corporation later in life, and died on January 27, 1997 at the age of 72.[4] His mother was a girls' physical education instructor at The Gilbert School in Connecticut. The family returned to Virginia in the early 1970s. After nearly dying in a car crash at the age of 17 on November 17, 1967, he was rehabilitated to the point where he could later perform his own stunts.

Kilpatrick graduated from the University of Richmond in 1972 with a BA in English/ History/ Teaching and attended New York University’s Professional Film and Television Graduate Program.


Journalist/ Creative Director[edit]

Professionally first as an advertising writer, journalist, creative director and on-air reporter for 11- time Emmy winning “What’s Happening America”, Kilpatrick worked for nearly every major magazine and ad agency in New York - TIME Inc, Playboy, RollingStone, Sports Illustrated, Interview, Life Magazine, Cycling, Sailing, Popular Photography, Modern Bride, Cosmopolitan, The New York Times, Luxe Magazine, Quest ’78, Popular Mechanics and Psychology Today.

Interspersed he created print and media productions for glamour fashion icons Givenchy and Maud Frizon while moonlighting as a body guard for concert rock groups Jefferson Airplane, Jethro Tull, the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Procol Harem, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Rod Stewart, Steve Marriot, Humble Pie, and Jeff Beck.

He served from ’78 to ’80 as a foreign correspondent in Columbia and Venezuela and was responsible for the creation of mass mailing packages for Publishers Clearinghouse in the states.

While on sabbatical from TIME magazine to write a novel, he transitioned to playwriting. His appearance in “Linda Her and The Fairy Garden” at NYC’s prestigious Second Stage catapulted him into his first mainstream television appearance.

Film & Television[edit]

Patrick Kilpatrick’s entertainment career has spanned more than 180 films and television shows as lead actor, producer, screen writer, director and acting coach/entertainment teacher. Most commonly playing the role as a villain, Kilpatrick jokes, “I’ve been killed, beaten-up or jailed by nearly every leading actor on earth and in outer space.“

His action film villain appearances embrace a multitude of genres and an international Who’s Who of directors, writers, production talent and leading men and women including The Replacement Killers  (1998 – director Antoine Fuqua) against Mira Sorvino and Yun-Fat Chow; Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vanessa Williams and James Caan in Eraser (1996 – Chuck Russell);  Last Man Standing (1996 – Walter Hill) opposite Bruce Willis; Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995- Geoff Murphy) opposite Steven Seagal; The Presidio (1988) – Peter Hyams) opposite Sean Connery and Mark Harmon; two award-winning westerns opposite Tom Selleck, Last Stand at Saber River (1997 - Elmore Leonard)  and Crossfire Trail (2001); one western Louis L’Amour‘s The Quick and the Dead (1987) opposite Sam Elliot and Kate Capshaw;  and the ever-popular action mainstay Death Warrant (1990) as “The Sandman”, opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme. Kilpatrick also starred with the largest mammal on earth in Free Willy 3: The Rescue (1997).

Seen as one of the hardest working actors in his time, it was said that in one 18-month period Kilpatrick acted in five major studio films and two independent films while doing 27 television guest star spots on 18 different shows – among them Criminal Minds with James Woods SharkBoomtown, and Cold Case.

Other appearances include films such as Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (Guy Hamilton 1985); 3 Ninjas Knuckle Up (1995); Parasomnia (2008); Open Fire ( 1994); Never Surrender (2009); The Zombinator (2012);  Nicolas Roeg's film Insignificance (1985); and the PBS miniseries American Playhouse: Roanoak (1981) which became the largest production in the history of PBS.

Television appearances include Dark Angel with Jessica Alba; 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 ("Chuck Versus the Gravitron"). 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". In January 2019 he began the filming of Catalyst alongside actors such as Noel Guglielmi and Melanie Liburd.[5]

He is currently appearing in theaters, stores and on Netflix in American Violence  (2017); Assassin X (2016); Cops and Robbers (2017) with UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quentin Rampage Jackson; and  Black Water (2018) with Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren. Upcoming Night Walk (2019) with Mickey Rourke and Eric Roberts, filmed in Casablanca, Morocco. Night Walk premiered at the Moscow International Film Festival (2019).


Kilpatrick had a theatrical run at Los Angeles Theater Center for Shakespeare’s Anthony and Cleopatra, acted Off-Broadway in 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). He directed Off-Broadway and was a founding member of Divine Theater in New York City. His play ‘Zone of Bells/Room of Seesaws’ (1984) starring Kilpatrick and iconic acting teacher/ Academy Award nominee Bill Hickey premiered at the 1984 East Village Arts Festival. Assistant directed Broadway with The Golden Age (1984) and Entertaining Mr. Sloane, (1984 Cherry Lane Theatre), West End of London assistant directing Death Trap (1984).


In 2018, Kilpatrick released his memoir of 30 years as action cinema icon. Dying for living: Sins & Confessions of a Hollywood Villain & Libertine Patriot Vol. 1 – Upbringing, published by Boulevard Books (NYC) on Oct.1, 2018, launched Oct. 3, 2018 at National Press Club and Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Dying for living is a scandalous literate look to the actor’s unconventional upbringing, political misadventures in journalism and career as Hollywood industry’s go-to antagonist. The book received ‘Best of LA’ Award 2018 with 5-star reviews. 'Dying for living' is distributed through Amazon and Barnes & Noble online, retail.

Kilpatrick’s follow-up, 'Dying for living': Wasted Talent in the Valley of Debacle Vol. 2 - Showbiz is set for publication at the end of 2019.

Other ventures[edit]


  • Winner of the People’s Choice Award at the 2015 Action on Film Festival in Los Angeles (Best Picture “Assassin X”)
  • Recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Professional Achievement Award from his prep alma mater - The Gilbert School in Winsted, Connecticut. He was the school’s graduate guest speaker spring 2017.


  • Kilpatrick is president and CEO of Uncommon Dialogue Films.[6][7][8][9][10]
  • He teaches and speaks about acting, directing, producing, and screenwriting at universities such as Hampden-Sydney College[11] and University of Wisconsin.[12]
  • Invited to speak and teach on Film, TV Development in England, Germany, Italy, Morocco, Fiji, Nigeria and Taiwan.


  • An outdoorsman and competitive shooter/hunter/fly and sea fisherman,[13]
  • Kilpatrick was a reserve policeman for the home department of Lake Arthur, New Mexico.
  • He is a certified aerial gunner for predator control.


  • Member of the Academy of Television Arts and Science.
  • Member of Screen Actor's Guild.
  • Kilpatrick is politically engaged.[14]


  1. ^ Farah Shokouhi. "An Interview With Patrick Kilpatrick".
  2. ^ Hosted by Joe Sabatino (2010). "Exclusive Interview with Veteran Actor Patrick Kilpatrick". Retrieved March 6, 2014.[verification needed]
  3. ^ MediaNiteRadio (2013). "LIVE Interview with Patrick Kilpatrick".[verification needed]
  4. ^ CIGNA Corporation. "Patrick Robert D. Kilpatrick Obituary Announcement". PR Newswire.[verification needed]
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  6. ^ Patrick Kilpatrick. "Uncommon Dialogue Films Web Portal".
  7. ^ UDEntertainment. "UD Entertainment".
  8. ^ "Veteran Hollywood Actor/Producer/Director Patrick Kilpatrick to film segments of action movie at Edinboro University". Archived from the original on 2013-12-06. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ John C. Lyons, Erie Entertainment. "Actor Patrick Kilpatrick to film scenes for "ACTIVE SHOOTER" in Edinboro".
  10. ^ Uncommon Dialogue Films. "Active Shooter The Movie".
  11. ^ "Patrick Kilpatrick conducts Theatre Workshop". Archived from the original on 2013-12-02. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  12. ^ "Entertainment Seminars". Archived from the original on 2013-06-30. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  13. ^ Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (MCT). "Actor Patrick Kilpatrick is a proud hunter".
  14. ^ Ballot Pedia. "Patrick Kilpatrick Ballotpedia".

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