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Kevin Tighe - Overview

Date of Birth: Aug 13, 1944    
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, USA
Nationality: United States
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For a brief time, Kevin Tighe was a television star, thanks to the popular action drama "Emergency!" (ABC, 1971-77), but he earned greater fame and respect as a character actor in features and on television shows like "Matewan" (1986), "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" (1993) and "Lost" (ABC, 2005-2010). After "Emergency" was cancelled, he reinvested himself in his craft, and emerged in the mid-1980s to play physically imposing heavies whose true threat lay in their words. Tighe's bad men unspooled dark promises of danger and disaster in his measured tones, often delivered with a malevolent half-smile. Though "Emergency" would remain a nostalgic favorite to generations of children who came of age in the 1970s, the sheer quality of Tighe's subsequent work far outshone his early TV fame, making him one of the most respected character actors in the business.

Born John Kevin Fishburn on Aug. 13, 1944 in Los Angeles, Kevin Tighe's family moved to the suburb of Pasadena when he was five. There, he followed his father, a bit player and stage actor, to the city's famed... Read More
2001
Appeared on the NYC stage in "A Skull in Connemara"
1999
Had featured role in "Mumford"
1998
Portrayed William Randolph Hearst in the HBO biopic "Winchell"
1996
Co-starred in the small screen remake of "In Cold Blood" as the patriarch of the murdered family
1995
Returned to series TV as ensemble member of "Murder One" (ABC)
1993
Won a Genie award as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in "I Love a Man in Uniform"
1987
Began acting regularly in features with his work in "Matewan"; film was also his first with director John Sayles


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