Kevin Dobson Biography (1943-)

Full name, Kevin James Dobson; born March 18, 1943, in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, NY; married, 1965; wife's name, Susan; children: three daughters. Education: Attended New York University; studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse with Sanford Meisner. Avocational interests: Volunteer work. Addresses: Manager-- Envision Entertainment, 10390Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025. Agent-- Craig Wyckoff, Epstein-Wyckoff and Associates, 311 West 43rd St., Suite 304, New York, NY 10036. Career: Actor and director. Side Action Productions, Inc., Studio City, CA, president, beginning in 1976. Worked as an engineer for the Long Island Railroad, a firefighter for the Santa Fe Railroad, and as a cab driver, bartender, and waiter. National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans, chairperson emeritus, beginning in 1989. Military service: U.S. Army. Member:Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation ofTelevision and Radio Artists, Directors Guild of America. Awards, Honors: Outstanding Young Man in America Award, U.S. Jaycees, 1976; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding performer in children's programming, 1983, for "Help Wanted," CBS Afternoon Playhouse; Outstanding Actor Award, Soap Opera Digest, 1988; honored by U.S. ACTION Agency for volunteer efforts, 1989; National Commanders Public Relations Award, American Legion, 1991; Outstanding Heroes Award, Soap Opera Digest, 1991; Silver Helmet Award, AMVETS. Addresses: Manager: Envision Entertainment, 10390 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025.; Agent: Craig Wyckoff, Epstein-Wyckoff and Associates, 311 West 43rd St., Suite 304, New York, NY 10036.

Actor, director
Birth Details
March 18, 1943
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Sergeant Bobby Crocker, Kojak, CBS, 1973-78
  • Detective Lieutenant Jack Shannon, Shannon, CBS, 1981-82
  • M. Patrick "Mack" MacKenzie, Knots Landing, CBS, 1982-93
  • Detective Leo McCarthy, F/X: The Series, syndicated, 1996-97
  • Also appeared in The Mod Squad, ABC.
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Director, Young Ramsey, 7 Network, 1977
  • (As Kevin James Dobson) Director, Five Mile Creek, 7 Network, 1984
  • Director, Knots Landing, CBS, 1988-90
  • (As Kevin James Dobson) Coordinating producer, Acapulco H.E.A.T.,syndicated, 1993-94
  • Television Appearances
  • Miniseries
  • Jacob, The Greatest Heroes of the Bible, NBC, 1978
  • Pete Lomas, The Immigrants, syndicated, 1978
  • M. Patrick "Mack" MacKenzie, Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac, CBS, 1997
  • Television Work
  • Miniseries
  • (As Kevin James Dobson) Director, The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years(also known as The Thornbirds), CBS, 1996
  • Television Appearances
  • Movies
  • Frank Carlin, Orphan Train, CBS, 1979
  • John Hurley, Transplant, CBS, 1979
  • Don Hollander, Reunion, CBS, 1980
  • Hal Painter, Mark, I Love You, CBS, 1980
  • Sal Pacheco, Hardhat and Legs,1980
  • Colonel Joseph Cheever, Sweet Revenge(also known as BittersweetRevenge, Code of Honor, and Her Revenge), CBS, 1984
  • Peter Finley, Money, Power, Murder(also known as Dead Air),CBS, 1989
  • Hank Bolen, Casey's Gift: For Love of a Child(also known as In Memory of a Child and Maximum Liability), NBC, 1990
  • Suspicions,1991
  • Michael Bradley, Fatal Friendship(also known as Friends and Enemies), NBC, 1991
  • Jack Evans, A House of Secrets and Lies(also known as She LovedToo Much), CBS, 1992
  • Tom, Dirty Work, USA Network, 1992
  • Chuck Hayes, The Conviction of Kitty Dodds(also known as Conviction: The Kitty Dodds Story), CBS, 1993
  • Jack Liner, If Someone Had Known(also known as Cindy and Katie), NBC, 1995
  • Detective Joe Stachula, Crimes of Passion: Voice from the Grave(also known as From the Files of Unsolved Mysteries: Voice from the Graveand Voice from the Grave), NBC, 1996
  • Lieutenant Jim Ransom, Crimes of Passion: Nobody Lives Forever(also known as Crimes of Passion: Edna Buchanan's Nobody Lives Forever, Edna Buchanan's Nobody Lives Forever, and Nobody Lives Forever), ABC, 1998
  • Television Work
  • Director; Movies
  • (As Kevin James Dobson) Gone to Ground,1976
  • (As Kevin James Dobson) Demolition,1978
  • The Last Outlaw,1980
  • (As Kevin James Dobson; with John Power) Tanamera: Lion of Singapore,1989
  • (As Kevin James Dobson) Casey's Gift: For Love of a Child(alsoknown as In Memory of a Child and Maximum Liability), NBC, 1990
  • (As Kevin James Dobson) Miracle in the Wilderness,1991
  • (As Kevin James Dobson) Survive the Savage Sea,1992
  • (As Kevin James Dobson) What She Doesn't Know(also known as Shades of Gray), 1992
  • Also directed The Dean Case, I Can Jump Puddles, The LesDarcy Story, and Third Generation.
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • Battle of the Network Stars I, ABC, 1976
  • Battle of the Network Stars II, ABC, 1977
  • Battle of the Network Stars III, ABC, 1977
  • Battle of the Network Stars IV, ABC, 1978
  • CBS team captain, Battle of the Network Stars XIII, ABC, 1982
  • Jim Welsh, "Help Wanted," CBS Afternoon Playhouse, CBS, 1982
  • Host, The CBS Cotton Bowl Parade, CBS, 1985
  • New York host, CBS All-American Thanksgiving Parade, CBS, 1988
  • Host, Are You Safe? A National Test on Crime Prevention, CBS, 1990
  • Host, The 101st CBS Tournament of Roses Parade, CBS, 1990
  • Welcome Home, America! A USO Salute to America's Sons and Daughters, ABC, 1991
  • Host, The 102nd Tournament of Roses Parade, CBS, 1991
  • Starathon "92: A Weekend with the Stars, syndicated, 1992
  • Super Bloopers and New Practical Jokes, NBC, 1992
  • Knots Landing Block Party, CBS, 1993
  • Awards Presentations
  • Host, The 7th Annual Soap Opera Digest Awards, NBC, 1991
  • Presenter, The 18th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, CBS, 1991
  • Presenter, The 8th Annual Soap Opera Digest Awards, NBC, 1992
  • Episodic
  • First deputy, "Problem," Emergency!, NBC, 1972
  • Fame, Fortune and Romance, ABC, 1986
  • Prosecutor Bobby Crocker, "It's Always Something," Kojak(alsoknown as The ABC Saturday Mystery), ABC, 1990
  • Coach Earl Rowley, "Show Me the Way Home," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1994
  • Frank Botrell, "Revenge," The Commish, ABC, 1994
  • Sheriff Ray Green, "Who Killed Good Time Charlie?," Burke's Law, CBS, 1994
  • Darryl Foster, Early Edition, CBS, 1997
  • Himself, Intimate Portrait: Michele Lee, Lifetime, 1999
  • "The Two Sides of Love," Chicken Soup for the Soul, PAX TV, 2000
  • Appeared in episodes of The Doctors, NBC; and The Nurses, CBS.
  • Television Work
  • Director; Episodic
  • (As Kevin James Dobson) "Whatever Happened to Mr. Garibaldi?," Babylon5(also known as B5), syndicated, 1996
  • (As Kevin James Dobson) "Into the Fire," Babylon 5(also known as B5), syndicated, 1997
  • Television Appearances
  • Pilots
  • (Uncredited) The Rookies, ABC, 1972
  • Rafe Harder, Stranded, CBS, 1976
  • Mike Hammer, Mickey Spillane's Margin for Murder(also known asMargin for Murder), CBS, 1981
  • People Do the Craziest Things, ABC, 1984
  • Detective Leo McCarthy, F/X: The Illusion, syndicated, 1996
  • Television Work
  • Pilots
  • (As Kevin James Dobson) Director, Acapulco H.E.A.T., syndicated, 1993
  • Film Appearances
  • Love Story, Paramount, 1970
  • The Anderson Tapes, Columbia, 1971
  • Bananas, United Artists, 1971
  • Carnal Knowledge, Avco-Embassy, 1971
  • The French Connection, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1971
  • (Uncredited) Man at the bar, Klute, Warner Bros., 1971
  • Ensign George Gay, Midway(also known as The Battle of Midway), Universal, 1976
  • Bobby Gibbons, All Night Long, Universal, 1981
  • Mom, Can I Keep Her?, New Horizons Home Video, 1998
  • Title role, Nathan Grimm(short film), 1998
  • Police captain, Restraining Order(also known as Der Todfeind, Der Todfeind--Ein Mann racht seine Frau, and Der Todfeind--Ein Mann raecht seine Frau), Phoenician Films, 1999
  • Film Work
  • (As Kevin James Dobson) Director, The Mango Tree, Satori, 1977
  • (As Kevin James Dobson) Director, Squizzy Taylor, Satori, 1982
  • Producer (with Sara Altshul), Hurricane Smith, Warner Home Video,1992
  • (As Kevin James Dobson) Director, Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain, Universal, 1995
  • Location assistant, Ride with the Devil, USA Films, 1999
  • Stage Appearances
  • Understudy for the role of Stanley Kowalski, A Streetcar Named Desire, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Major Tours
  • The Impossible Years, U.S. cities, 1970

Further Reference


    • Starlog, February, 1997 .

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