Kevin Tighe





8/13/1944 , Los Angles

Birth Name

John Kevin Fishburn




Kevin Fishburn was born John Kevin Fishburn in Los Angeles, and has become quite the character actor over the years, in both film and television. He began acting at age 10, initially attending Pasadena City College, he later went to obtain a Masters Degree in Theater, then taught drama at USC. His first film appearance was a bit role in The Graduate, and after he served in the US Army. After the Army, he went to the UK trying to obtain work at various theater companies he was approached by producer Jack Webb and acquired his services for the "Emergency!" (1972-1979). He gained moderate TV stardom as paramedic Roy DeSoto and the series lasted a financially lucrative five years. He returned to acting study in order to refresh his skills during the slow "post-Emergency" period and managed to work with such notables as Stella Adler. His perseverance paid off with a steady stream of grey-haired character roles starting in the 80s -- predominantly in rugged fare. Although he made his Broadway debut with "Open Admissions" in 1984, the show folded after only a couple of weeks. On film, however, Kevin appeared in such high-profile movies as Matewan (1987), Eight Men Out (1988), Road House (1989), Another 48 Hrs. (1990), City of Hope (1991), Newsies (1992), What's Eating Gilbert Grape? (1993) , Jade (1995) and Mumford (1999). On TV he has had a number of prime support rules over the years, more recently he appeared in, ER (1997), Freaks and Geeks (1999), The West Wing (2001), Lost (2005) and an episode of Everwood, titled, "Episode 20" which topped The Futon Critics 50 Best Episodes of 2003 list. He won the Canadian "Genie" Award for his supporting role in I Love a Man in Uniform (1993). He has one child, Jennifer Tighe, is also an actress.