Kevin Sorbo

Kevin SorboCreative and Dreams welcomes the “strength and talent” of Hercules to our wonderful creative family.

As a strong leading man and a hunky Half-God, Kevin Sorbo brings a refreshing cadence to Hollywood. Growing up in Mound, Minnesota, a western suburb of Minneapolis, the “Sorbs” excelled at football, baseball, basketball and golf, but his passion was always with the theater. After studying marketing and advertising at Moorhead State University and the University of Minnesota, Kevin joined an actors theater group in Dallas, Texas before spending three and a half years in Europe and another six months in Sydney, Australia, where he enrolled in theater courses, modeled for print ads and appeared in more than 50 commercials. When he returned to the States, Kevin settled in Los Angeles where he studied acting with Bill Traylor at the Loft Studios, Janet Alhanti, Richard Brander and Roy London. Sorbo shot more than 150 commercials and began making primetime appearances on shows such as Dallas, The Commish and Murder She Wrote.

Kevin received international stardom as Hercules on the hit TV series, Hercules, the Legendary Journeys (1993-2000). After the success of the initial five, two-hour movies, the series exploded onto the mainstream, airing in 176 countries and surpassing rating-topper Baywatch as the most watched TV show in the world. Sorbo also directed two episodes and co-wrote one installment of Hercules.

In 1996, on a hiatus from Hercules, Sorbo starred in the feature film Kull, the Conqueror. Kull was the prequel to Conan the Barbarian. Kull was followed by Walking Tall, The Payback and Walking Tall, Lone Justice, both released on Sony DVD. Other popular credits are Lifetime Channel’s Last Chance Café, and Hallmark’s third highest rated film, Avenging Angel. Sorbo is most recently recognized for his roles in The Santa Suit (2010), Meet the Spartans (2008), Fire From Below (2009), Lightning Strikes (2009), Prairie Fever (2008), Flesh Wounds (2011) and Paradox (2011). In 2010, Sorbo played Pierluigi in the Australian comedy, The King of Mykonos, which debuted in Australia at number one. Sorbo has since played opposite Kristy Swanson and John Ratzenberger in the independent film What If, which premiered in August 2010. The film remained in theaters for five months on strong word of mouth and was nominated for 2011 Best Family Movie of the Year by the Movie Guide Awards. Sorbo himself received the Movie Guide Award for Most Inspirational Performance of the Year for his portrayal of Ben Walker.

As season seven of Hercules ended, Sorbo signed with the Tribune Company and went on to star in the lead role of Captain Dylan Hunt in Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda. The series was created by Gene Roddenberry off the heels of Star Trek in 1969 and revived in 2000. Andromeda debuted as the number one, hour-long show in first-run syndication and remained at number one for its entire run from 2000 to 2005.

In between all that shooting, Sorbo also guest starred on a number of sitcoms that included Just Shoot Me, Cybill, Two and a Half Men, Dharma and Greg, According to Jim, Gary Unmarried, and Don’t Talk to the B#@*& in Apartment 23.

In 2011, Sorbo stared alongside Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt and Carrie Underwood in Soul Surfer, the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton who lost her left arm in a shark attack. Other movies include The Coffin, Sam Steele: The Silver Chalice, Single in South Beach, Avarice, Poolboy: Drowning out the Fury, FDR: American Badass, and The Santa Suit. GMC Cable released A Christmas Angel in November 2012. Another Sony Studio release in January 2013 is Abel’s Field, which is a modern-day Cain and Abel tale set in the world of Texas high school football. Also set to release on the big screen in 2013 is Julia X, a 3D psychological thriller. Sorbo shot another western for Hallmark, Shadow On the Mesa, which airs in spring 2013, and he just completed filming on a Pure Flix movie, God’s Not Dead, which is scheduled for release in the fall of 2013.

Kevin has had the pleasure of starring in many guest spot appearances on TV shows, such as Hawaii 5-0, Hope & Faith, and USA Network’s Psych, with recurring appearances on Dharma & Greg and The OC.

Kevin has just released his memoir, True Strength: My Journey From Hercules to Mere Mortal and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life. The book chronicles his near-death experience in 1997 at the end of season five of Hercules when he suffered three strokes. The book is an honest account of celebrity, personal tragedy and the power of letting go, and appeals to anyone who has suffered a setback in life and is struggling to find a way to move on. In 2013 Sorbo received the Public Leadership in Neurology Award from the American Brain Foundation and American Academy of Neurology for his work in bringing stroke awareness to an international level.

In real life, Kevin leads A World Fit for Kids, a successful mentoring model that trains inner city teens to become positive role models in school, fitness and sports, and uses them to mentor younger children. In 2005, the program was awarded the Governor’s Gold Star for the most successful after-school program in the state of California. In 2003, Kevin was also named national spokesperson and successor to Arnold Schwarzenegger for the Afterschool Alliance, a non-profit organization that works to ensure that all children have access to safe, enriching after school programs.

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