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Also Known As: Kevin C Anderson Died:
Born: January 13, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Gurnee, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, short-order cook

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A member of Chicago's acclaimed Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the compact, handsome dark-haired Kevin Anderson originated the role of the feral, semi-primitive captive brother in the Chicago, Off-Broadway and London productions of Lyle Kessler's "Orphans" and reprised the part in Alan Pakula's 1987 screen adaptation.Born and raise in Illinois, Anderson received his training at the Goodman Theatre School of Drama in Chicago, where he appeared in "Hey, Stay Awhile" and "Pal Joey". Joining the prestigious Steppenwolf Theatre Company, he essayed roles in "Our Town", "Twelfth Night" and "The Three Sisters" before landing his breakthrough role in "Orphans". Although lacking some of the sexual magnetism brought to the film version ("The Fugitive Kind" 1960) by Marlon Brando, Anderson made a credible Val Xavier opposite Vanessa Redgrave in both the Broadway revival and TV adaptation (TNT, 1990) of Tennessee Williams' "Orpheus Descending". He was tapped to portray Joe Gillis to Patti LuPone's Norma Desmond in the 1993 world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicalization of "Sunset Boulevard". Although he earned respectable notices, Anderson (like co-star LuPone) was passed over for the show's Broadway...

A member of Chicago's acclaimed Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the compact, handsome dark-haired Kevin Anderson originated the role of the feral, semi-primitive captive brother in the Chicago, Off-Broadway and London productions of Lyle Kessler's "Orphans" and reprised the part in Alan Pakula's 1987 screen adaptation.

Born and raise in Illinois, Anderson received his training at the Goodman Theatre School of Drama in Chicago, where he appeared in "Hey, Stay Awhile" and "Pal Joey". Joining the prestigious Steppenwolf Theatre Company, he essayed roles in "Our Town", "Twelfth Night" and "The Three Sisters" before landing his breakthrough role in "Orphans". Although lacking some of the sexual magnetism brought to the film version ("The Fugitive Kind" 1960) by Marlon Brando, Anderson made a credible Val Xavier opposite Vanessa Redgrave in both the Broadway revival and TV adaptation (TNT, 1990) of Tennessee Williams' "Orpheus Descending". He was tapped to portray Joe Gillis to Patti LuPone's Norma Desmond in the 1993 world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicalization of "Sunset Boulevard". Although he earned respectable notices, Anderson (like co-star LuPone) was passed over for the show's Broadway production. He returned to the US stage in 1996 co-starring in David Ives' "The Red Address".

On the big screen, Anderson made his film debut as one of Tom Cruise's cronies in "Risky Business" (1983). After portraying a Peace Corps worker in "A Walk on the Moon" (1987), he played Richard Gere's yielding brother in the farm drama "Miles From Home" (1988) and delivered a sharp performance as Emily Lloyd's young boyfriend in "In Country" (1989). Anderson was also sympathetic as the scruffy, bearish drama professor whom Julia Roberts comes to trust in "Sleeping With the Enemy" (1991). He essayed the role of Bobby Kennedy in Danny De Vito's "Hoffa" (1992), was the yuppie apartment owner in the middling comedy "The Night We Never Met" and had a pivotal role in "Rising Sun" (both 1993).

After losing the chance to appear on Broadway in "Sunset Boulevard", Anderson returned to the USA and embarked on a cross-country motorcycle trip. He was struck by a car in Seattle, suffering a broken leg and broken arm. Due to other health complications (including a fat embolism), however, his recovery was long and painful. Anderson spent almost two years undergoing treatment and literally had to learn to walk again. Once recovered, he returned to work in William Nicholson's fantasy "Firelight" (1998). Anderson then starred in Tim Blake Nelson's critically-acclaimed, non-linear "Eye of God" (1997), portraying a recently released convict who seemingly has reformed. He went on to co-star as Michelle Pfeiffer's husband in "A Thousand Acres" (also 1997) and made his TV series debut as an unconventional priest struggling with his vocation and with the problems of his parishioners in "Nothing Sacred" (ABC, 1997-98). Before the show even aired, it had engendered controversy among Catholic groups over how the actor's character would be portrayed. ABC failed to get behind the show, programming it first on Thursdays against NBC's hit comedies and later relegating it to Saturdays before finally canceling the show.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Charlotte's Web (2006) Cast
2.
3.
 Power and Beauty (2002) John F Kennedy
4.
 Monday Night Mayhem (2001) Frank Gifford
5.
 Ruby's Bucket of Blood (2001) Billy Dupre
6.
 Doe Boy (2000) Hank--Hunter'S Father
7.
 Gregory's Two Girls (1999) Jon
8.
 Eye of God (1997) Jack Stillings
9.
 Firelight (1997) John Taylor
10.
 Thousand Acres, A (1997) Peter Lewis
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1983:
Joined the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago where he appeared in "Our Town," "Twelfth Night," "The Three Sisters" and starred in "Orphans"
1983:
Film debut, "Risky Business" (billed as Kevin C Anderson)
1985:
Off-Broadway debut with Steppenwolf production of "Orphans" when it moved to New York; also starred in London production
1987:
First screen lead, "A Walk on the Moon"
1987:
Recreated his stage role in feature version of "Orphans"
1989:
Broadway debut as Val Xavier opposite Vanessa Redgrave in Tennessee Williams' "Orpheus Decending"
1990:
TV debut reprising role of Val (again opposite Vanessa Redgrave) in the TNT adaptation of "Orpheus Descending"
1991:
Had romantic lead opposite Julia Roberts in "Sleeping with the Enemy"
1993:
Played Joe Gillis to Patti LuPone's Norma Desmond in London premiere of "Sunset Boulevard"
1994:
While travelling on his motorcycle was struck by a car in Seattle; hospitalized with a broken arm and broken leg; a series of health problems led to a slow recovery in which Anderson had to re-learn how to walk
1996:
First role after his recovery, co-starred in William Nicholson's "Firelight" (released theatrically in 1998)
1996:
Returned to the stage in the Off-Broadway production of "The Red Address" by David Ives
1997:
Had leading role in the independent film "Eye of God"; also played Michelle Pfeiffer's husband in "A Thousand Acres"
1997:
Cast in leading role of a priest in the ABC drama series "Nothing Sacred"; nominated for a Golden Globe for this role
1998:
Played Biff Loman in Chicago revival of "Death of a Salesman"; production opened on Broadway in February 1999
:
Appeared on the NYC stage in "Speaking in Tongues"
2001:
Starred opposite Angela Bassett in "Ruby's Bucket of Blood" (Showtime)
2002:
Cast as Frank Gifford in the TNT movie "Monday Night Mayhem"
2002:
Portrayed John F. Kennedy in the Showtime movie "Beauty and Power: The Judith Exner Story"
2006:
Played Jokanaan in Oscar Wilde's Salome at the Wadsworth Theatre in Los Angeles
2008:
Cast as Doc in the Broadway production of William Inge's "Come Back Little Sheba"
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Education

Warren Township High School: Warren , Illinois -
Viking Junior High School: Gurnee , Illinois -
DePaul University: Chicago , Illinois - 1981

Notes

Not to be confused with the American opera singer or the Australian filmmaker of the same name.

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companion:
Dawn Spence. Actor, singer, dancer. British; met during London run of "Sunset Boulevard".

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father:
Joseph Anderson. Died in 1984.

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