skip navigation
Brian Kerwin

Brian Kerwin

Up
Down

| VIEW ALL

TCM Messageboards
Post your comments here
ADD YOUR COMMENT>

share:

TCM Archive Materials VIEW ALL ARCHIVES (0)

Recent DVDs

 
 

27 Dresses DVD Katherine Heigl is delightful as Jane, a self-effacing Gal Friday so addicted to... more info $14.98was $14.98 Buy Now

Jack DVD Everyone retains a bit of their inner child, but Jack is literally a kid trapped... more info $9.99was $9.99 Buy Now

Torch Song Trilogy DVD This landmark film is a source of hope, pride and inspiration. Alternating... more info $19.98was $19.98 Buy Now

Abandoned and Deceived... Based on the true story of the founding of the Association for Children for... more info $19.99was $20.99 Buy Now



Also Known As: Died:
Born: October 25, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Flossmoor, Illinois, USA Profession: actor

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Starting out in the CBS daytime drama "The Young and the Restless" as well as froth such as "B.J. & The Bear" and its "Lobo" spin-offs, Brian Kerwin developed into a leading man of numerous TV miniseries and a fine supporting actor to many of Hollywood's leading ladies. In fact, one might say Kerwin is one of the 'kings of the miniseries'. His first was the "The Chisholms" (CBS, 1979), a Western, and since then he has appeared in "Power" (NBC, 1980), loosely based on the life of Jimmy Hoffa, the Civil War drama "The Blue and the Gray" (CBS, 1982), Simon Wincer's "Bluegrass" (CBS, 1988), about the elite horse-breeding society, and "Switched at Birth" (NBC, 1991), as one of the fathers whose children were mistakenly swapped in a hospital nursery. He has also graced numerous TV-movies, notably opposite Michelle Pfeiffer in the PBS' drama "Natica Jackson" (1987), "Challenger" (NBC, 1990) as Mike Smith, pilot of the doomed space shuttle and as a prosecutor who clashes with a rape crisis counselor in "Sins of Silence" (CBS, 1996). Kerwin had a recurring role as a fiance of Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) on "Roseanne" (ABC, 1990) and headlined the short-lived CBS drama "Angel Falls" (1993) as the earnest town...

Starting out in the CBS daytime drama "The Young and the Restless" as well as froth such as "B.J. & The Bear" and its "Lobo" spin-offs, Brian Kerwin developed into a leading man of numerous TV miniseries and a fine supporting actor to many of Hollywood's leading ladies. In fact, one might say Kerwin is one of the 'kings of the miniseries'. His first was the "The Chisholms" (CBS, 1979), a Western, and since then he has appeared in "Power" (NBC, 1980), loosely based on the life of Jimmy Hoffa, the Civil War drama "The Blue and the Gray" (CBS, 1982), Simon Wincer's "Bluegrass" (CBS, 1988), about the elite horse-breeding society, and "Switched at Birth" (NBC, 1991), as one of the fathers whose children were mistakenly swapped in a hospital nursery. He has also graced numerous TV-movies, notably opposite Michelle Pfeiffer in the PBS' drama "Natica Jackson" (1987), "Challenger" (NBC, 1990) as Mike Smith, pilot of the doomed space shuttle and as a prosecutor who clashes with a rape crisis counselor in "Sins of Silence" (CBS, 1996). Kerwin had a recurring role as a fiance of Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) on "Roseanne" (ABC, 1990) and headlined the short-lived CBS drama "Angel Falls" (1993) as the earnest town sheriff.

Kerwin's blond, well-proportioned good looks have served him on the big screen, particularly in support of strong leading ladies. He was Sally Field's charmingly errant husband in Martin Ritt's "Murphy's Law" (1985), Sissy Spacek's stable but unexciting fiance in "Hard Promises" and Michelle Pfeiffer's domineering husband in "Love Field" (both 1992). Yet Kerwin has sought to take chances with his "white boy" looks, often appearing in "stretching" roles in theater as well as turns in such films as "King Kong Lives" (1986), as a mercenary transporting a female beast, and "Torch Song Trilogy" (1988), in which he essayed the confused, bisexual married lover of Harvey Fierstein. After appearing as another law officer in "Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain" (1995), Kerwin went on to support Robin Williams in Francis Ford Coppola's "Jack" (scheduled for release in 1996), about a boy who begins to mature and grow at an alarming rate.

VIEW THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 27 Dresses (2008)
2.
3.
 Common Ground (2000) Principal Chuck Dawson ("A Friend Of Dorothy'S")
4.
 Giving Up the Ghost (1998) Kevin Kennedy
5.
 Volcano: Fire on the Mountain (1997) Buck Adams
6.
 Flash (1997) David Strong
7.
 Mr. Jealousy (1997) Stephen
8.
 Myth of Fingerprints, The (1997) Elliot
9.
 Unlikely Angel (1996) Ben Bartilson
10.
 Sins of Silence (1996) Joey Finn
VIEW THE FULL FILMOGRAPHY

Milestones close milestones

1974:
Stage debut "Comings and Goings"
1976:
Played Greg Foster on the CBS daytime drama "The Young and the Restless"
1977:
TV-movie debut, "The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened"
1979:
Feature film debut, "Hometown USA"
:
TV miniseries debut, "The Chisholms" (CBS)
:
Co-starred as Deputy Birdwell 'Birdie' Hawkins on NBC's "B.J. & The Bear" and its spinoff "The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo/Lobo"
1980:
Co-starred in NBC miniseries "Power"
1982:
Featured in "The Blue and the Gray", a CBS miniseries
1985:
Cast as Sally Field's errant husband in "Murphy's Romance"
1987:
Co-starred with Michelle Pfeiffer in "Tales from the Hollywood Hills: Natica Jackson" (PBS)
1988:
Made Off-Broadway stage debut in "Emily"
1988:
Played Harvey Fierstein's bisexual lover in "Torch Song Trilogy"
1990:
Starred as Mike Smith in TV-movie "Challenger"
1990:
Played recurring role of Gary, Jackie's fiance on "Roseanne" (ABC)
1992:
Played Pfeiffer's husband in "Love Field"
1993:
Starred in short-lived CBS drama "Angel Falls"
:
Returned to Off-Broadway to co-star in "Lips Together, Teeth Apart"
1999:
Had leading role as a network television executive in the Showtime series "Beggars and Choosers"
2000:
With A D Oppenheim, produced the Showtime tripart film "Common Ground"
2001:
Appeared in Showtime's "A Girl Thing"
2004:
Had a recurring part on "The West Wing" (NBC)
2004:
Appeared in the CBS movie "Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman"
2004:
Will guest-star as a mayoral candidate on ABC's freshman drama "Boston Legal"
VIEW ALL MILESTONES

Education

University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California -
The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute: New York , New York -

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Jeanne Troy. Producer. Married c. 1990.

Family close complete family listing

child:
Finn Kerwin. Born c. 1992.
daughter:
Matilda Kerwin. Born c. 1993.
son:
Brennan Kerwin. Born c. 1995.

Please support TCMDB by adding to this information.

Click here to contribute