Kevin Tighe Biography

Birthday: 1944-08-13
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California USA
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
Wiki Biography: This beefy, genial-looking character actor was born John Kevin Fishburn in Los Angeles. Performing as a child from age 10, Tighe initially attended Pasadena City College. He later obtained a Masters Degree in Theater, then taught drama at USC. Living Bohemian-style out of a suitcase after he decided to pursue acting professionally, he was in the United Kingdom trying to obtain work at various prestigious theater companies when producer Jack Webb acquired his services for the "Emergency!" (1972) medical series alongside Robert Fuller, Julie London, Bobby Troup and Randolph Mantooth. Tighe gained moderate TV stardom as paramedic Roy DeSoto and the series lasted a financially lucrative five years. Along with that came a spin-off animated series and some follow-up TV-movies. He returned to acting study in order to refresh his skills during the slow "post-Emergency" period and managed to work with such inspiring notables as Stella Adler. His perseverance paid off with a steady stream of gray-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 did quite well by appearing in such high-profile movies as Matewan (1987), where he first played a "bad guy," 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 playing everything from Thomas Jefferson and William Randolph Hearst to the Kansas patriarch who was senselessly slaughtered along with his family by the "In Cold Blood" killers. Known for his serious-minded roles, Kevin has tackled a number of generals, attorneys, governors, doctors, coaches, even psychics during his long career. He won the Canadian "Genie" Award for his supporting role in I Love a Man in Uniform (1993). His only child, Jennifer Tighe, is also an actress.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Emergency! Paramedic Roy DeSoto / ... 1972
The Avenging Angel 1995
Rose Red Victor Kandinsky 2002 Horror
Wake Brothers Lyman 2012 Reality Tv
Mumford & Sons Mr. Crisp 2013 Family
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Matewan 1988 Drama, History
Road House 1989 Action, Crime, Thriller
Another 48 Hrs. 1990 Game Show, 0, 0, Comedy
Bright Angel The Man 1991 Drama, Thriller
School Ties 1992
Geronimo: An American Legend Brig. Gen. Nelson Miles 1993 Drama, History
I Love a Man in Uniform 1994 Drama, Thriller
Men of War Colonel Merrick 1995 Action, Drama, Thriller
Jade 1995 Action, Crime, Drama
Race the Sun 1996 Drama, Adventure, Comedy
Mumford 1999 Comedy, Drama
Rose Red Victor Kandinsky 2002 Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Fast Food High Dave Richter 2003 Comedy, Drama, Romance
The Deal John Cortland 2005 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Today You Die 2005 Action, Crime, Thriller
My Bloody Valentine Ben Foley 2009 Horror, Thriller
I Am I Gene 2013 Drama