Kevin Dobson

Kevin Dobson

actor, director

Kevin Dobson was born on Mar 18, 1943 in USA. Kevin Dobson's big-screen debut came with Klute directed by Alan J. Pakula in 1971, strarring Man at Bar (uncredited). Kevin Dobson is known for Orphan Train directed by William A. Graham, Jill Eikenberry stars as Emma and Kevin Dobson as Carlin. Kevin Dobson has got 6 awards and 3 nominations so far. The most recent award Kevin Dobson achieved is TV Land Awards. The upcoming new movie Kevin Dobson plays is Crash Landing which will be released on Jul 09, 2014.

At his best playing blue-collared tough guys, curly dark-haired Irish-American actor Kevin Patrick Dobson was born in Queens, New York, on March 18, 1943, and raised in the Jackson Heights area of that borough. One of seven children born to a school janitor father and a homemaker mother, the future actor worked as a trainman, brakeman and conductor for the LIRR (Long Island Rail Road) before deciding to pursue his acting interests.Toiling as a waiter/bartender at a restaurant owned by relatives, Dobson's first on-camera viewings began in 1969 on a daytime soap opera, playing various bit parts as cops, orderlies and intern types on The Doctors (1963). Following an unbilled bit in the detective film Klute (1971), he gravitated more and more towards TV. In the early 1970's he was spotted here and there on such popular crime shows as "The Mod Squad", "The Rookies", "Ironside", "Cannon", and "Police Story". This led to his pivotal role as young, eager Det. Bobby Crocker on Kojak (1973). He remained with the series throughout its five seasons. In between, he landed a featured role in the film La bataille de Midway (1976), and earned a top-billed role in the TV movie Stranded (1976) as one of a group of airplane passengers marooned on a deserted island following a crash.A revolving series of starring roles in TV movies came Dobson's way following Kojak (1973), including Transplant (1979) (starring as a workaholic exec risking a major heart operation); Orphan Train (1979) (with Jill Eikenberry, as a couple involved in the titled NYC movement and welfare program in the 1850s); Hardhat and Legs (1980) (a Gordon/Kanin romantic comedy co-starring Sharon Gless); Les retrouvailles (1980) (as a married man tempted at a high school reunion); Mark, I Love You (1980) (as a widower having to fight his late wife's parents for child custody); and Meurtre sans mobile apparent (1981) (a Mike Hammer noirish mystery). He was also unsympathetically featured as Barbra Streisand's abusive husband in La vie en mauve (1981).Kevin found another crimes series in the early 1980s to star in as the title San Francisco police officer in the short-lived Shannon (1981), which was immediately followed by a second best-remembered series, as federal prosecutor Mack McKenzie, who marries Michele Lee's Karen Fairgate, on the popular night-time soap opera Côte ouest (1979). Dobson copped five Soap Opera Digest Awards for his work on this series. In between the eleven seasons was a reunion Kojak TV movie as (now) Asst. D.A. Bobby Crocker in Kojak: It's Always Something (1990); plus other mini-movie leads in Money, Power, Murder. (1989), A House of Secrets and Lies (1992) and La condamnation de Catherine Dodds (1993), as well as another detective role in the first season of F/X, effets spéciaux (1996)Dobson began his career on stage, first with the 1968 national tour of "The Impossible Years". He later served on the board of Lonny Chapman's Group Repertory Theatre company in North Hollywood, where he often directed and acted. Live theatre highlights include Chicago's Royal George Theatre production of the Tony Award-winning play "Art," as well as originating the role of Steve Gallop in the world premiere mounting of the 2000 play, "If It was Easy" in Atlanta. He co-starred with Richard Thomas in Roundabout Theatre Company's 2009 national tour of "12 Angry Men".Into the millennium, Dobson returned full circle to his daytime soap opera roots with roles as Governor Harrison Brooks on On ne vit qu'une fois (1968) and Judge Devin Owens on Amour, gloire et beauté (1987). He would also be the fourth actor taking over the role of Mickey Horton on Des jours et des vies (1965). Parts in independent films also came to be with leads in the thriller D'une vie à l'autre (2002) opposite Tracey Gold and the mystery drama The Representative (2011), plus featured roles in Panique en altitude (2005), Chambre 1408 (2007), April Moon (2007) and Dark Power (2013). He later guested on such Tv series as "Nash Bridges", "Cold Case", "CSI", "Hawaii Five-0", and "Anger Management".A U.S. Army military policeman and proud veteran, Dobson served twice as chairman of the National Salute To Hospitalized Veterans. Married to wife Susan since 1968 and the father of three children (Sean, Patrick and Mariah), Dobson died on September 6, 2020, aged 77, after suffering a heart attack.

  • Birthday

    Mar 18, 1943
  • Place of Birth

    New York City, New York, USA

Known For


6 wins & 3 nominations

TV Land Awards
Knots Landing (1979)
Winner - Anniversary Award
Soap Opera Digest Awards
Outstanding Actor: Prime Time
Winner - Soap Opera Digest Award
Outstanding Hero: Prime Time
Winner - Soap Opera Digest Award
Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role: Prime Time
Winner - Soap Opera Digest Award
Favorite Super Couple: Prime Time
Winner - Soap Opera Digest Award

Movies & TV Shows

TV Shows