Kevin Anderson (actor)

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Kevin Anderson
Born (1960-01-13) January 13, 1960 (age 59)
Gurnee, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1980–present

Kevin Anderson (born January 13, 1960) is an American actor.[1]

Early life and career

Anderson was born in Gurnee, Illinois, the son of Joseph Anderson.[2] He is one of five children.[3] He studied acting in the Goodman School of Drama, now part of DePaul University in Chicago, for three years.[3]

He belongs to 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.

Anderson is perhaps most famous for his role as a priest on the television series Nothing Sacred, about a priest with self-doubts. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for this role. 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.[1]

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. Both Anderson and LuPone were subsequently fired from the production without warning, having been told that they would be reprising their roles in the original Broadway production of the show.

He also appeared in the movie Charlotte's Web as Mr. Arable. This was the second time he has worked with Julia Roberts, who voiced the role of Charlotte.

Anderson won the 1999 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play and was nominated for a Tony Award for the revival of Death of a Salesman. In January 2008 he opened on Broadway in Come Back, Little Sheba. Since September, 2009, Kevin Anderson has starred as Andy Dufresne in "Shawshank Redemption" at the Wyndhams Theatre in London.

Personal life

Anderson is also a singer and drummer. He embarked on a cross-country motorcycle trip and was struck by a car in 1994;[4] the accident put him out of work for a year.[5][3] Because he suffered a broken leg and broken arm and other health complications (including a fat embolism),[4] it took him a couple of years to rehabilitate; but he describes the years as one of the best times in his life because it forced him to look at his motives and his life.[3] Anderson resides in Malibu, California.[citation needed]



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
1990 Orpheus Descending Val Xavier Television movie
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 The Wrong Man Alex Walker Television movie
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
2001 Ruby's Bucket of Blood Billy Dupre Television movie
2002 When Strangers Appear Bryce
2002 Monday Night Mayhem Frank Gifford Television movie
2002 Power and Beauty John F. Kennedy Television movie
2004 Carry Me Home Charlie Television movie
2006 Charlotte's Web Mr. Arable
2008 Dockweiler Red Short film
2013 Curse of Chucky Judge


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Miami Vice Blue Wacko Episode: "Prodigal Son"
1992 The General Motors Playwrights Theater Nathan Hale Episode: "Hale the Hero"
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
2002 The F.B.I. Files Reenactment Actor Episode: "Deadly Detroit"
2003–2004 Skin Thomas Roam 6 episodes
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Frank Sullivan Episode: "Torch"


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Kevin Anderson". The New York Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Kevin Anderson - Featured Articles From The Chicago Tribune". Chicago Tribune. November 9, 1997.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Kevin Anderson". Retrieved July 20, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Kevin Anderson Breaks Through : Thanks to 'Sleeping With the Enemy,' Stage Veteran Is a 'New Face' No More". Los Angeles Times. February 25, 1991.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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