A native of Mound, Minnesota, Kevin Sorbo stars as Dylan Hunt in the science-fiction/action hour sensation, Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, based upon an idea from the late Star Trek creator's archives. Since its debut in 2000, Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda has been the number one action hour in first run…more
Kevin has written a memoir titled "True Strength" in which he discusses the aneurysm that almost killed him, and his recovery from that major medical trauma.
Kevin won the part of Hercules because he had what Executive Producer Robert Tapert considered to be the right look- handsome in a Joe Montana, all-American way, and muscular without being too musclebound, as well as being a good actor in both drama and comedy.
Kevin hated the storyline of the Hercules episode "The Warrior Princess" because he truly believed that no woman could ever come between Hercules and Iolaus. This episode was the first in the trilogy that led to the spin-off series Xena: Warrior Princess.
In the fall of 1997, Kevin underwent drug therapy for an aneurysm in his left shoulder; complications from the medication forced him to withdraw from a planned role in Black Dog (1998). The aneurysm almost killed him, and for a time it left him paralyzed on the left side, blind, and deaf. Even after he recovered enough to return to work on his show Hercules he could only go for five or six hours, so much more of the fourth season was filmed using his doubles.
He was a possible choice for the role of "Agent Mulder" -- David Duchovny's role in The X Files (1996). Though he thinks it worked out for the best for both actors in the end, the role of Agent Mulder is one he most strongly regrets not landing.
He acted with his wife Sam Jenkins Sorbo on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. They actually met for the first time while filming the episode "Prince Hercules", and Kevin knew right away that he had met the woman he would eventually marry.
Kevin studied martial arts in order to do many of his own stunts.
At the end of 1986, he settled in Los Angeles.
After leaving college, Kevin joined an actors theater group, and traveled to Europe, then to Sydney, Australia appearing in commercials.
In high school, he excelled at football, baseball and basketball; in college, he played these 3 sports, plus hockey. His best sport, and one he could have possibly gone pro in, was baseball, but his favorite sport was football.
He spent 3 years traveling around the world, modeling for print ads and appearing in over 150 commercials, before landing in his breakout series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995).
His three children are all born in Henderson, Nevada.
His daughter, Octavia Flynn was born October 16 2005. Her weight was 8lb. 7oz.
His son Shane Haaken, was born March 31, 2004. His weight was 12lb. 6oz and broke a hospital record.
His son Braedon Cooper, was born August 22, 2001. His weight was 7lb. 8oz.
Kevin Sorbo attended Minnesota State University Moorhead (then known as Moorhead State University).
He is the spokesperson for "A World Fit for Kids!"
He was born at 7:48am-CST
His nickname is ''The Sorbs''
He is 6' 3" (1.91 m)
Kevin and his wife, Sam, were married on January 5, 1998 and have three kids.
Kevin was one of the two of seven original cast members on Andromeda who was born outside of Canada.
Kevin worked as a bouncer & a model before getting his break in Hercules. He began his TV career with an one-liner in a commercial for Jim Beam whiskey: "This ain't Jim Beam."
Kevin: (on his charity A World Fit for Kids) I have been their spokesperson for six years... they came to me... I was looking to do something with kids. A lot of great charities help kids with illnesses, but there are so many kids who need help of a different variety. Kids are looking for a place to belong... I loved school, I thought it was great and sports were my haven. They kept me out of trouble... and that is what we do with kids. We help inner-city kids become mentors to younger kids, this way it gives them responsibility and offers [the kids] people who care.
Kevin: (when asked if he feared being typecast after playing Hercules) I didn't care... it's tough enough to get a job, whether it's in Hollywood or on TV, let alone the politics... I started thinking about it maybe in season six, and definitely season seven, like, what if I become the Gilligan of my show!
Kevin: (revealing he is angry at director Sam Raimi, for not casting him in any of his Spider-Man films) I busted my ass on Hercules and I almost died doing it. I had an aneurysm that exploded in my body that almost killed me. I think I'm a good enough actor that he can put me in a secondary part in one of his feature films. It would be nice if he did that. I think he's holding a grudge over me. He wanted me to do a movie back in 1996 when I decided to do Kull the Conqueror. ... Quite frankly, the movie was horrible. It is very infantile from a guy who's as powerful as he is and as wealthy as he is. Throw me a bone. Why not let me do something?
Kevin Sorbo: (when asked if he's watched the new Hercules DVD set) I watched a few of them not too long ago to do some commentary. I haven't seen the episodes in years so it was weird to look back on them.
Kevin: (about his show Andromeda ending after five seasons) I think the studio and I are both ready to do other things. It's not the monster that Hercules was, but it is still the number one first-run syndicated show.
Kevin: (on whether he enjoys sci-fi/fantasy genre shows) I was always a big Star Trek fan.
Kevin Sorbo: (comparing Andromeda to other Gene Roddenberry shows) What makes this show different from other Gene Roddenberry shows is simple. I think the blend of characters is different than other Roddenberry series.
Kevin: (on his early career as a model and commercial actor) I was an actor first. The whole modeling thing happened because I was dating a model. I didn't ever look at myself as a commercial actor.
Kevin: (asked what superpower he'd like to have) The ability to kill every terrorist on the planet.
Kevin: The funny thing about television is that once you start to do it you never get time to watch it.