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Kevin Tighe

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 six 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 A Man in Uniform (1993). His only child, Jennifer Tighe, is also an actress.

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Aug 13, 1944 In Los Angeles, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Bonanza 1959-09-12
Latest Project:
Series Salem 2014-04-20

1 win.

Known For
Poster of Emergency!
Salem Unknown 2014-04-20
Common Law Unknown 2012-05-11
Lie to Me Unknown 2009-01-21
Trauma Unknown 2009-09-28
Leverage Unknown 2008-12-07
Numb3rs Unknown 2005
The 4400 Unknown 2004-07-11
Lost Unknown 2004-09-22
Everwood Unknown 2002-09-16
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown 2001-09-30
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Unknown 1999-09-20
Freaks and Geeks Unknown 1999-09-25
The West Wing Unknown 1999-09-22
Star Trek: Voyager Unknown 1995-01-16
Murder One Unknown 1995-09-19
The Outer Limits Unknown 1995-03-26
Chicago Hope Unknown 1994-09-18
ER Unknown 1994-09-19
Tales from the Crypt Unknown 1989-06-10
Murder, She Wrote Unknown 1984-09-30
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Unknown 1977-01-30
The Love Boat Unknown 1977-05-05
Ellery Queen Unknown 1975-03-23
The Six Million Dollar Man Unknown 1974-01-18
Emergency! Paramedic Roy DeSoto 129 episodes, 1972-1979 1972-01-15
Adam-12 Unknown 1968-09-21
Bonanza Unknown 1959-09-12