Kevin Dobson

Actor, Director, Producer
Leading man with appeal to both women and blue collars, who still has traces of his Queens, NY, accent, and who has sustained 25 years of TV stardom, Kevin Dobson is best recalled as the right hand to "Kojak," Lt. Bobby ... Read more »
Born: 03/18/1943 in Queens, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (66)

Anger Management 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Beast Of The Bering Sea 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Portal 2014 (Movie)

Benedict (Actor)

House of Lies 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hawaii Five-O 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cold Case 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Knots Landing Reunion: Together Again 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Early Edition 1994 - 1995, 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nash Bridges 1994 - 1995, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Commish 1994 - 1995, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Prism Awards 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Performer

FX: The Series 1996 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

FX: The Illusion 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-De-Sac 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Mom, Can I Keep Her? 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Nathan Grimm 1997 (Movie)

Nathan Grimm (Actor)

Touched By an Angel 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Knots Landing 1979 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Knots Landing Block Party 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Dirty Work 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Soap Opera Digest Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Presenter

Star-athon '92: A Weekend With the Stars 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS Tournament of Roses Parade 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Soap Opera Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Host

The 18th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Presenter

CBS Tournament of Roses Parade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

It's Always Something 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Fame, Fortune & Romance 1985 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Sweet Revenge 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The CBS Cotton Bowl Parade 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

People Do the Craziest Things 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars XIII 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Mickey Spillane's Margin For Murder 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Shannon 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

All Night Long 1981 (Movie)

Bobby Gibbons (Actor)

Reunion 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars III 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars IV 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Kojak (CBS) 1973 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars I 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars II 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Midway 1976 (Movie)

Ensign George Gay (Actor)

Stranded 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

A House of Secrets and Lies (TV Show)

Actor

Code of Honor (Movie)

Colonel John Cheever (Actor)

Fatal Friendship (TV Show)

Actor

Hardhat and Legs (TV Show)

Actor

Help Wanted (TV Show)

Actor

If Someone Had Known (TV Show)

Actor

Mark, I Love You (TV Show)

Actor

Money, Power, Murder (TV Show)

Actor

Nobody Lives Forever (Movie)

Lt. Jim Ransom (Actor)

Orphan Train (TV Show)

Actor

She's No Angel (TV Show)

Actor

The Immigrants (TV Show)

Actor

Transplant (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Leading man with appeal to both women and blue collars, who still has traces of his Queens, NY, accent, and who has sustained 25 years of TV stardom, Kevin Dobson is best recalled as the right hand to "Kojak," Lt. Bobby Crocker (CBS, 1973-1978), and as Mack MacKenzie on the long-running "Knots Landing" (CBS, 1982-1993). Dobson was attending NYU and working on the Long Island Railroad to support himself when his girlfriend -- whom he later married -- suggested he try to do TV commercials for make money instead of railroad work while trying to study. He won a few commercials and toured with a production of "The Impossible Years" by Walter Kerr. When he returned to New York, he was hooked, and began studying at the Neighborhood Playhouse. He won bit parts in three films made in the east -- "Love Story" (1970), "Klute" (1971), and "The French Connection" (1971) -- before heading to Los Angeles, where his first TV gig was in an episode of "The Mod Squad," but he found himself working as a fireman on the Santa Fe Railroad to make ends meet. The break came when he was cast as Lt. Crocker in "Kojak" (CBS, 1973-1978). Telly Savalas bossed Dobson around for 100 episodes, but Dobson won the hearts of the younger women watching the show. Under contract to Universal, which made the series, he was put into a co-starring role in the feature film "The Battle of Midway" (1976) and in his first TV movie, "The Immigrants" (syndication, 1978). He holds the distinction of having been one of Barbra Streisand's screen husbands, but, alas for Dobson, it was in one of La Streisand's few box office turkeys, "All Night Long" (1981). In 1981, Dobson had his first TV series as a lead, "Shannon" (CBS), playing a New York police detective who relocates to San Francisco with his son. The show lasted only a season, but he then joined "Knots Landing" as tough federal prosecutor MacKenzie, who eventually married Michele Lee. Starting in 1988, Dobson also frequently directed episodes of the series. "Knots Landing" also gave Dobson the profile to star in TV movies, many produced through his own company -- and for which his wife, Susan, was executive producer. Among the more recent were "Dirty Work" (USA, 1992), in which he was an ex-cop turned bailbondsman, and "If Someone Had Known" (CBS, 1995), in which he must arrest his own daughter. In 1996, he was the older and wiser Leo McCarthy on "FX: The Series" for syndication, and he returned to "Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac" (CBS, 1997). As for Lt. Crocker, according to his appearance in "Kojak: It's Always Something" (ABC, 1990), which reprised the 1970s characters, Crocker had become an attorney and Assistant DA.

Relationships

Child
has three

Sibling
has six Dobson was the fourth of seven children

Susan Dobson

Wife
produces TV-movies made through their company

EDUCATION

New York University

New York, New York

The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

New York, New York

Milestones

1997

Reprised his role of Mack for "Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac" (CBS)

1996

Was Leo McCarthy on "FX: The Series" (Syndicated)

1988

Began directing episodes of "Knots Landing"

1981

Played husband to Barbra Streisand in "All Night Long"

1978

Made TV movie debut in "The Immigrants" (Syndicated)

1973

Co-starred on "Kojak" (CBS)

1970

Had first Hollywood role in episode of "The Mod Squad" (date approximate)

1969

Made feature film debut in bit part, "Love Story"

Starred as "Shannon" (CBS)

Starred as Mack on "Knots Landing" (CBS)

Had first real acting role as the young suitor in a touring production of "The Impossible Years"

First worked in show business through TV commercials

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