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Kevin Sorbo

Kevin Sorbo
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Sorbo speaking at Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest in December 2015
Kevin David Sorbo

(1958-09-24) September 24, 1958 (age 61)
Years active1984-present
Political partyIndependent
Sam Jenkins (m. 1998)

Kevin David Sorbo[1] (born September 24, 1958) is an American actor. He had starring roles in two television series: as Hercules in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and as Captain Dylan Hunt in Andromeda.

Early life and education

Sorbo was born in Mound, Minnesota, on September 24, 1958.[2] He is of Norwegian descent.[3] He was raised in a Lutheran family. Sorbo attended Minnesota State University Moorhead, where he double majored in marketing and advertising. To help pay for tuition, he began to work as a model for print and television advertising.


In the mid 1980s, Sorbo travelled around Europe and Australia working in television commercials and worked in over 150 commercials by the early 1990s. One of the popular commercials he appeared in was for Jim Beam bourbon whiskey, known for Sorbo's repeated catchphrase "This ain't Jim Beam".[4] He occasionally landed acting roles during this period with his first appearance in an episode of the soap opera Santa Barbara in 1986. This was followed by guest appearances in television series such as 1st & Ten, Murder She Wrote and The Commish. In 1992, he starred in an unsuccessful pilot for a medical drama series titled Condition: Critical which was not picked up but aired as a television film on CBS. He was considered for and lost out to Dean Cain as Superman in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and was a possible contender for the role of Fox Mulder in The X Files which went to David Duchovny.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11] In 1993, he made his film debut playing a supporting role in Slaughter of the Innocents.

In 1994, he got his breakthrough leading role as the Ancient Greek mythical demigod Hercules in a series of five television films which aired as part of Universal Television's Action Pack. [12] The first film was Hercules and the Amazon Women which aired in April and the fifth film Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur aired in November. The ratings success of these films paved the way for the commissioning of the television series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys which started airing in syndication from January 1995 and ran for six seasons. The series made Sorbo an international star and was one of the highest rated syndicated television shows at the time.[13] Sorbo also directed two episodes of the series during its run and co-wrote one episode. The success of the show spawned the popular spin-off series Xena: Warrior Princess starring Lucy Lawless, who was introduced in a three episode arc in the first season of Hercules. Sorbo made his first of two appearances on Xena in the first season episode "Prometheus". In 1998, a spin-off direct-to-video animated film titled Hercules and Xena - The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mount Olympus was released with both Sorbo and Lawless voicing the characters.[14]

Hercules was cancelled midway through the filming of Season Six of which only eight episodes were produced and the final episode aired in November 1999.[15] This was reportedly due to Sorbo declining to extend his contract to continue starring in the series for a further three years.[13] Sorbo would go on to make his final appearance as Hercules on Xena in the Season Five episode "God Fearing Child" which aired in February 2000.

In between the years playing Hercules, he played his first leading film role in Kull the Conqueror (1997).[16] After Hercules came to an end, Sorbo played the starring role of Captain Dylan Hunt in the science-fiction drama series Andromeda from 2000 to 2005. In 2006, he played a recurring role on the final season of The O.C. and guest-starred in the sitcom Two and a Half Men. In 2007, he starred in the direct-to-video film Walking Tall: The Payback, which was a sequel to the 2004 film Walking Tall. He reprised his role in the second sequel, Walking Tall: Lone Justice which released later that year. He also starred in the Lifetime Channel film Last Chance Café, the Hallmark Channel film Avenging Angel, co-starring his real life wife Sam Jenkins and guest starred as a bounty hunter in the season-two episode "Bounty Hunters!" of the series Psych. He appeared in the 2008 spoof film Meet the Spartans, which was a box office success[17] despite being universally negatively reviewed by critics.[18] He starred in the Albert Pyun directed science fiction vampire film Tales of an Ancient Empire.[19]

Sorbo in 2013

He served as executive producer and star of the movie Abel's Field in 2012.[20] In 2012, Sorbo appeared in an episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories to recount an experience he had while in Minnesota shortly after he graduated from college. He and his girlfriend claimed to have seen the ghost of the "Bride of White Rock Lake" - a woman who supposedly died on her wedding day, murdered by a former lover.[21]

Sorbo voiced one of the main protagonists, Prometheus, in the Wii video game The Conduit.[22] Sorbo returned to the role of Hercules in a more sinister portrayal, in the video game God of War III, which was released for the PlayStation 3 in March 2010.[23]

Kevin also had a prominent role in the film Soul Surfer released in 2011.

In July 2013, Sorbo, along with his wife, Sam, provided voice over for characters in the video game Cloudberry Kingdom.[24] In 2014, Sorbo co-starred in God's Not Dead, a Christian film in which he portrayed an atheist college professor who requires his students to disown their religions on the first day of his class.[25] He also voiced Crusher in the Skylanders franchise and Retro Hercules in Smite.

In 2015 and 2016, Sorbo played wizard Gojun Pye in a series of five Mythica sword-and-sorcery fantasy movies.

In 2017, Sorbo played the ill-fated King Lar Gand of Daxam on the CW series Supergirl. He appeared opposite Teri Hatcher as his wife Queen Rhea--24 years earlier, they were almost cast opposite each other in Lois and Clark before Sorbo lost out to Dean Cain.[26] Cain also appeared in the same series but did not share any scenes with them. That same year, he also directed and starred in the film Let There Be Light.

Kevin Sorbo's career also includes voice over work with Breathe Bible.[27]


In late 1997 while on a publicity tour for Kull the Conqueror and between the fourth and fifth seasons of Hercules, the newly engaged Sorbo experienced an aneurysm in his shoulder which caused four strokes.[28][29] As a result, he was weakened for the next several years, a condition kept secret from the public while he recovered. During the last two seasons of Hercules (the fifth and sixth, which aired in 1998 and 1999), Sorbo had a reduced filming schedule to accommodate his condition, and more guest stars were featured in the show in order to reduce Sorbo's duties.[30] The strokes, thought to be triggered when chiropractic manipulation of his shoulder released blood clots from the aneurysm, left Sorbo with a permanent 10 percent vision loss, weakness, impaired balance, and migraines.[31] In his 2011 autobiography True Strength, Sorbo revealed the details of his injury and how his wife Sam helped him recover.[32]

Personal life

On January 5, 1998, Sorbo married actress Sam Jenkins, whom he met the previous year when she had a small recurring role on Hercules. They have three children: Braedon Cooper (born 2001), Shane Haaken (born 2004), and Octavia Flynn (born 2005).[33] Sorbo is the spokesman and chair of A World Fit for Kids! (AWFFK!), a non-profit organization that trains teenagers to become mentors to younger children.[34]

In 2001, Sorbo was featured on a Celebrity Edition of the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, winning $32,000 after giving Regis Philbin the wrong answer at the $125,000 question; the money was donated to his charity, A World Fit For Kids.

In 2015, Sorbo provided the foreword to Stan Holden's book Giving Candy to Strangers.[35]

Religious and political beliefs

Sorbo is a Christian and attends a nondenominational church.[36] Sorbo believes his religious views have caused Hollywood to limit his career, stating, "There's a negativity towards Christians in Hollywood, and a negativity towards people who believe in God."[37] Sorbo considers himself politically independent.[38] As a guest on Stossel, Sorbo said he voted for Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. Sorbo endorsed Donald Trump for President, claiming that "Jesus would have voted for Trump."[39]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Slaughter of the Innocents John Willison
1997 Kull the Conqueror Kull
2004 Clipping Adam Father Dan
2007 Walking Tall: The Payback Nick Prescott Direct-to-video
2007 Walking Tall: Lone Justice Nick Prescott Direct-to-video
2008 Meet the Spartans Captain
2008 Prairie Fever Preston Biggs Direct-to-video
2008 An American Carol George Mulrooney
2009 Fire From Below Jake Denning
2009 Bitch Slap Mr. Phoenix
2010 What If... Ben Walker
2010 Kings of Mykonos Pierluigi
2010 Tales of an Ancient Empire Aedan
2010 Pool Boy: Drowning Out the Fury Sal Bando
2010 Paradox Sean Nault
2011 Soul Surfer Holt Blanchard
2011 Julia X The Stranger
2011 Coffin
2012 Abel's Field Abel Executive producer[40][41]
2012 Sorority Party Massacre Captain Dan Fanning
2013 Paranormal Movie Security Guy
2013 Storm Rider Sam Fielding
2013 Alone for Christmas Quentin Direct-to-video
2014 Alongside Night Dr. Martin Vreeland Executive producer
2014 Survivor Captain Hunter
2014 The Black Rider: Revelation Road Honcho
2014 Coffee Shop Produzent
2014 God's Not Dead Professor Radison
2014 Mythica: A Quest for Heroes Gojun Pye
2015 Confessions of a Prodigal Son Father
2015 The Sparrows: Nesting Pastor Dave
2015 Single in South Beach Sam
2015 Hope Bridge Pastor
2015 Mythica: The Darkspore Gojun Pye
2015 Gallows Road Frank
2015 Mythica: The Necromancer Gojun Pye
2016 Caged No More Richard / Jack
2016 Mythica: The Iron Crown Gojun Pye
2016 Rodeo Girl Duke Williams[42]
2016 Mythica: The Godslayer Gojun Pye
2016 Spirit of the Game Parley Condie
2017 Let There Be Light Dr. Sol Harkins also Director
2018 Bernie The Dolphin
2019 The Reliant [43]


Year Title Role Notes
1988 1st & Ten Barry "...The Clock Runs Out"
1991 Santa Barbara Delivery man
1992 Cheers Uncredited "License to Hill"
1992 Condition: Critical Dr. Thaddeus Kocinski Television movie
1993 Murder, She Wrote Michael Burke "A Virtual Murder"
1993 The Commish Mark "Dying Affection"
1994 Hercules and the Amazon Women Hercules Television movie
1994 Hercules and the Lost Kingdom Hercules Television movie
1994 Hercules and the Circle of Fire Hercules Television movie
1994 Hercules in the Underworld Hercules Television movie
1994 Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur Hercules Television movie
1995-1999 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Hercules 111 episodes; also Director for episodes #2.17 & #3.20
1995 Cybill Rick "The Last Temptation of Cybill"
1995-2000 Xena: Warrior Princess Hercules 2 episodes (#1.8 "Prometheus", #5.12 "God Fearing Child")
1998 Hercules and Xena - The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mount Olympus Hercules Voice only
1999 Just Shoot Me! Scott "An Axe to Grind"
2000-2005 Andromeda Captain Dylan Hunt 110 episodes; Executive producer
2001 Dharma & Greg Charlie 4 episodes
2003 According to Jim Darryl Buckner "The Pass"
2004 Hope & Faith Kenny "Mismatch"
2005 Love, Inc. Father John "Amen"
2006 Two and a Half Men Andy "Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Burro"
2006 Last Chance Café Chance Coulter Television movie
2006-2007 The O.C. Frank Atwood 7 episodes
2007 Avenging Angel Preacher Television movie
2007 Psych Byrd Tatums "Bounty Hunters!"
2007 Something Beneath Father Douglas Middleton Television movie
2008 Never Cry Werewolf Redd Tucker Television movie
2008 The Middleman 1969 middleman / Guy Goddard "The Obsolescent Cryogenic Meltdown"
2009 Gary Unmarried Larry "Seven"
2009 Lightning Strikes Ted Bradly Television movie
2009-2010 Super Hero Squad Show Ka-Zar 2 episodes; Voice only
2009 Wolf Canyon Rick / Sheriff Wolf Television movie; Executive producer
2010 Hawaii Five-0 Carlton Bass "Ko'olauloa"
2010 The Santa Suit Drake Hunter / Santa Claus Television movie
2011 Flesh Wounds Lt. Tyler Television movie
2011 The Guild Himself "Social Traumas"
2012 Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 Himself "The Wedding"
2012 Key & Peele Brad Episode #2.6[44]
2012 Christmas Angel Dr. Nathan Davis Television movie
2012 The Eric André Show Himself "The Eric André New Year's Eve Spooktacular"
2013 Shadow on the Mesa Ray Eastman Television movie
2017 Supergirl Lar Gand, King of Daxam "Exodus", "Star-Crossed", "Distant Sun"

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Conduit Prometheus Voice only
2010 God of War III Hercules Voice only
2012 Skylanders: Giants Crusher Voice only
2013 Skylanders: Swap Force Crusher Voice only
Cloudberry Kingdom Bob Voice only
2014 Skylanders: Trap Team Crusher Voice only
2015 Smite Hercules (Retro Skin) Voice only
Skylanders: SuperChargers Crusher Voice only
2016 Skylanders: Imaginators Crusher Voice only


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