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Also Known As: Jon Kevin Fishburn Died:
Born: August 13, 1944 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor

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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.

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 I Am I (2014)
2.
3.
 Deal, The (2004) Cast
5.
 Nancy Drew (2002) Coach Jeffries
6.
 We Met on the Vineyard (2001) Joe Kendrick
7.
 Mumford (1999) Mr Crisp
8.
 Darwin Conspiracy, The (1999) Allan Hollingsworth
9.
 Winchell (1998) William Randolph Hearst
10.
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1967:
Made feature film debut in a bit part in "The Graduate"
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Served in the U.S. Army
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Was under contract to Universal Studios
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Played paramedic Roy DeSoto on the popular NBC medical action drama, "Emergency!"
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Provided voice for character of Roy DeSoto on the NBC animated children's series, "Emergency Plus Four"
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Directed episodes of "Emergency!"
1978:
Acted in the feature film, "Most Deadly Passage"
1979:
Reprised role of Roy DeSoto in NBC's short-lived revival of "Emergency!"
1979:
Played Thomas Jefferson in the TV miniseries, "The Rebels"
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Performed with the National Company of Great Britain in Noel Coward's stage comedy, "Design for Living"
1984:
Acted on Broadway in the short-lived drama, "Open Admissions"
1987:
Began acting regularly in features with his work in "Matewan"; film was also his first with director John Sayles
1993:
Won a Genie award as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in "I Love a Man in Uniform"
1995:
Returned to series TV as ensemble member of "Murder One" (ABC)
1996:
Co-starred in the small screen remake of "In Cold Blood" as the patriarch of the murdered family
1998:
Portrayed William Randolph Hearst in the HBO biopic "Winchell"
1999:
Had featured role in "Mumford"
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Had recurring role as the hardnosed father of Jason Segel's character Nick on the cult NBC series "Freaks and Geeks"
2001:
Appeared on the NYC stage in "A Skull in Connemara"
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Education

Pasadena High School: Pasadena , California -
California State University: Los Angeles , California -
University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California -

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wife:
Rebecca Tighe.

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sister:
Karen Louise Fishburn. Born in 1949.
daughter:
Jennifer Tighe. Actor. Born in May 1977.

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