Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson

  • Highest Rated: 96% Risky Business (1983)
  • Lowest Rated: 21% Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)
  • Birthday: Jan 13, 1960
  • Birthplace: Gurnee, Illinois, USA
  • A dependable, self-assured actor who has successfully parlayed his stage success to the silver screen, Kevin Anderson has slowly built an impressive catalog of credits following his feature debut as one of Tom Cruise's onscreen buddies in Risky Business. A Gurnee, IL, native, Anderson was the last of five children, and his interest in acting became readily apparent when he became the founder and president of the drama club at Viking Junior High. After advancing to high school, Anderson joined the forensics team, specializing in oral interpretation and soon realizing that he did indeed have the talent to make it as a career actor. Higher education found Anderson enrolling in the acclaimed Goodman School of Drama, and shortly after his graduation in 1981, the burgeoning actor joined the ranks of Chicago's renowned Steppenwolf Theatre. It was while working with the respected troupe that Anderson's interpretation of wallflower Phillip in Orphans (a role he would later repeat in the 1987 film of the same name) found the actor standing out from an impressive cast to make a name for himself on-stage. Following his film debut in Risky Business with the little-seen romantic teen comedy Pink Nights, roles in Miles from Home (1988) and In Country (1989) proved worthy precursors to a powerhouse performance in the early-'90s made-for-television feature Orpheus Descending. His stage roots increasingly obvious, a role in the 1990 effort A Little Night Music gave Anderson the chance to show off his vocal talents, and a supporting part in the following year's Sleeping With the Enemy found the up-and-coming actor sharing the screen with Hollywood beauty Julia Roberts. Though his screen appearances in the remainder of the 1990s lost a bit of momentum, roles in the short-lived television series Nothing Sacred (for which he received a Golden Globe nomination) and Tim Blake Nelson's indie thriller Eye of God (1997) offered increased recognition and a few solid dramatic roles for Anderson. Drama Desk and Outer Critic's Circle Awards, as well as a Tony nomination for his extensive stage work in 1999 only helped to increase Anderson's reputation as an established dramatic presence. The millennial turnover found Anderson receiving critical kudos for his role in The Doe Boy before once again stretching his vocal chords opposite Angela Bassett in Ruby's Bucket of Blood (both 2001), and the following year he would impress as sports personality Frank Gifford in the made-for-television drama Monday Night Mayhem. A turn as John F. Kennedy in Power and Beauty and a top-billed role in the series Skin confirmed that Anderson's star appears to shine brighter and more intensely on the small screen, though a high-profile role in the 2003 feature Carry Me Home proved without a doubt that Anderson's feature aspirations were still well in place.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

66% Unexpected Little Kevin 2015
25% Bravetown Clerk #1 2015
49% Heaven Is for Real Mr. Baxter 2014
80% Wilde Salomé John the Baptist 2013
80% Father's Day Actor 2012
79% Charlotte's Web Mr. Arable $82.2M 2006
No Score Yet Carry Me Home Charlie 2004
No Score Yet Power and Beauty John F. Kennedy 2002
67% Monday Night Mayhem Frank Gifford 2002
No Score Yet When Strangers Appear Bryce 2002
No Score Yet Ruby's Bucket of Blood Billy Dupre 2001
No Score Yet The Doe Boy Hank Kirk 2001
No Score Yet Gregory's Two Girls Jon 1999
No Score Yet The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer Actor 1999
75% Wisconsin Death Trip Larson Child 1999
75% Eye of God Jack 1997
24% A Thousand Acres Peter Lewis 1997
50% Firelight John Taylor 1997
33% Rising Sun Bob Richmond 1993
No Score Yet The Wrong Man Alex Walker 1993
56% The Night We Never Met Brian McVeigh 1993
54% Hoffa Robert Kennedy 1992
45% Liebestraum Nick Kaminsky 1991
21% Sleeping with the Enemy Ben Woodward 1991
No Score Yet Orpheus Descending Val Xavier 1990
68% In Country Lonnie 1989
60% Miles from Home Terry Roberts 1988
67% Orphans Phillip 1987
No Score Yet Pink Nights Danny 1985
96% Risky Business Chuck 1983

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Frank Sullivan
  • 2010
71% Nothing Sacred
1997-1998
Father Ray
  • 1998
  • 1997

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