Kevin Tighe

Actor
For a brief time, Kevin Tighe was a television star, thanks to the popular action drama "Emergency!" (ABC, 1971-77), but he earned greater fame and respect as a character actor in features and on television shows like ... Read more »
Born: 08/13/1944 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (67)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2007, 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Complications 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

I Am I 2014 (Movie)

Gene (Actor)

Common Law 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Trauma 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

My Bloody Valentine 2009 (Movie)

Ben Foley (Actor)

Numb3rs 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 4400 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lost 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Deal 2005 (Movie)

John Cortland (Actor)

Hello 2004 (Movie)

Donald (Actor)

Everwood 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nancy Drew 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1 - The Moab Story 2003 (Movie)

Gottschalk (Actor)

Stephen King's Rose Red 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 3 - From Sark to the Finish 2002 (Movie)

William Gottschalk (Actor)

The West Wing 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Emergency! 1971 - 1979, 1989 - 1990, 1995 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Family Law 1971 - 1979, 1989 - 1990, 1995 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chicago Hope 1971 - 1979, 1995 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mumford 1999 (Movie)

Mr Crisp (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1971 - 1979, 1989 - 1990, 1995 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Star Trek: Voyager 1971 - 1979, 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Single Guy 1971 - 1979, 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

We Met on the Vineyard 1998 (Movie)

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ER 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

In Cold Blood 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Scorpion Spring 1997 (Movie)

Rawley Gill (Actor)

The Wetonkawa Flash 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Murder One 1971 - 1979, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Race the Sun 1996 (Movie)

Jack Fryman (Actor)

Escape to Witch Mountain 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Jade 1995 (Movie)

District Attorney Arnold Clifford (Actor)

The Avenging Angel 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Under Suspicion 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A Man in Uniform 1994 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Men of War 1994 (Movie)

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Better Off Dead 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Caught in the Act 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Double Cross 1993 (Movie)

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Geronimo: An American Legend 1993 (Movie)

Brigadier General Nelson Miles (Actor)

What's Eating Gilbert Grape 1993 (Movie)

Mr Carver (Actor)

Newsies 1992 (Movie)

Snyder (Actor)

School Ties 1992 (Movie)

Coach McDevitt (Actor)

Yesterday/Today 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Bright Angel 1991 (Movie)

The Man (Actor)

City of Hope 1991 (Movie)

O'Brien (Actor)

Spy Games 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Another 48 Hours 1990 (Movie)

Blake Wilson (Actor)

Cutting Cards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

K-9 1989 (Movie)

Lyman (Actor)

Lost Angels 1989 (Movie)

Dr Gaeyl--Valley Acres Staff Member (Actor)

Road House 1989 (Movie)

Tilghman (Actor)

Eight Men Out 1988 (Movie)

Sport Sullivan (Actor)

Matewan 1987 (Movie)

Hickey (Actor)

The Saint 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rebels 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Emergency Plus Four 1973 - 1976 (TV Show)

Voice

Betrayal of Trust (TV Show)

Actor

Emergency! (TV Show)

Actor

Face of a Stranger (TV Show)

Actor

The Darwin Conspiracy (TV Show)

Actor

The Rebels (TV Show)

Actor

The Sight (TV Show)

Actor

Winchell (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

For a brief time, Kevin Tighe was a television star, thanks to the popular action drama "Emergency!" (ABC, 1971-77), but he earned greater fame and respect as a character actor in features and on television shows like "Matewan" (1986), "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" (1993) and "Lost" (ABC, 2005-2010). After "Emergency" was cancelled, he reinvested himself in his craft, and emerged in the mid-1980s to play physically imposing heavies whose true threat lay in their words. Tighe's bad men unspooled dark promises of danger and disaster in his measured tones, often delivered with a malevolent half-smile. Though "Emergency" would remain a nostalgic favorite to generations of children who came of age in the 1970s, the sheer quality of Tighe's subsequent work far outshone his early TV fame, making him one of the most respected character actors in the business.

Relationships

Father
had minor role in "Public Enemy" (1931)

Rebecca Tighe

Wife

Karen Fishburn

Sister
born in 1949

Jennifer Tighe

Daughter
born in May 1977

EDUCATION

Pasadena High School

Pasadena, California

studied acting in NYC with Robert Lewis and Stella Adler

California State University

Los Angeles, California

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

Milestones

2001

Appeared on the NYC stage in "A Skull in Connemara"

1999

Had featured role in "Mumford"

1998

Portrayed William Randolph Hearst in the HBO biopic "Winchell"

1996

Co-starred in the small screen remake of "In Cold Blood" as the patriarch of the murdered family

1995

Returned to series TV as ensemble member of "Murder One" (ABC)

1993

Won a Genie award as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in "I Love a Man in Uniform"

1987

Began acting regularly in features with his work in "Matewan"; film was also his first with director John Sayles

1984

Acted on Broadway in the short-lived drama, "Open Admissions"

1979

Reprised role of Roy DeSoto in NBC's short-lived revival of "Emergency!"

1979

Played Thomas Jefferson in the TV miniseries, "The Rebels"

1978

Acted in the feature film, "Most Deadly Passage"

1967

Made feature film debut in a bit part in "The Graduate"

Was under contract to Universal Studios

Provided voice for character of Roy DeSoto on the NBC animated children's series, "Emergency Plus Four"

Served in the U.S. Army

Played paramedic Roy DeSoto on the popular NBC medical action drama, "Emergency!"

Performed with the National Company of Great Britain in Noel Coward's stage comedy, "Design for Living"

Directed episodes of "Emergency!"

Had recurring role as the hardnosed father of Jason Segel's character Nick on the cult NBC series "Freaks and Geeks"

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