Kyra Sedgwick

Actor, Producer
Having enjoyed a steady career in film and on television for nearly two decades, actress Kyra Sedgwick rose to household name status as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson on the crime drama series "The Closer" (TNT ... Read more »
Born: 08/18/1965 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (72)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

After Darkness 2014 (Movie)

Georgina Beaty (Actor)

Big Sky 2014 (Movie)

Dee (Actor)

Chlorine 2014 (Movie)

Georgie (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Reach Me 2014 (Movie)

Colette (Actor)

The Humbling 2014 (Movie)

Louise Trenner (Actor)

Kill Your Darlings 2013 (Movie)

Marian Carr (Actor)

The Road Within 2013 (Movie)

Dr. Mia Rose (Actor)

Time Out of Mind 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Conan 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Man on a Ledge 2012 (Movie)

Suzie Morales (Actor)

The Possession 2012 (Movie)

Stephanie (Actor)

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Closer 1999 - 2000, 2006 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Guest

Gamer 2009 (Movie)

Gina Parker Smith (Actor)

The 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Dateline NBC: Going for Gold 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 2007 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Game Plan 2007 (Movie)

Stella Peck (Actor)

Loverboy 2006 (Movie)

Emily Stoll (Actor)

The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

2004 IFP/Independent Spirit Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Woodsman 2004 (Movie)

Vicki (Actor)

Secondhand Lions 2003 (Movie)

Mae (Actor)

Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman 2002 (Movie)

of Batwoman (Voice)

Just a Kiss 2002 (Movie)

Halley (Actor)

Personal Velocity 2002 (Movie)

Delia (Actor)

War Letters 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Women Pharaohs 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

6th Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Men Strike Back 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Talk to Me 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

What's Cooking? 2000 (Movie)

Rachel Seelig (Actor)

Confronting the Crisis: Childcare in America 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Labor Pains 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 19th Annual CableACE Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Critical Care 1997 (Movie)

Felicia Potter (Actor)

Phenomenon 1996 (Movie)

Lace Pennemin (Actor)

The Low Life 1996 (Movie)

Bevin (Actor)

Murder in the First 1995 (Movie)

Blanche (Actor)

Something to Talk About 1995 (Movie)

Emma Rae (Actor)

Heart and Souls 1993 (Movie)

Julia (Actor)

Singles 1992 (Movie)

Linda Powell (Actor)

Pyrates 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Women & Men II 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. & Mrs. Bridge 1990 (Movie)

Ruth Bridge (Actor)

Born on the Fourth of July 1989 (Movie)

Donna (Actor)

Kansas 1988 (Movie)

Drifter (Actor)

Lemon Sky 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wide Net 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

War and Love 1985 (Movie)

Halina (Actor)

Another World (TV Show)

Actor

Behind the Red Door (TV Show)

Actor

Cavedweller (TV Show)

Actor

Door to Door (TV Show)

Actor

Family Pictures (TV Show)

Actor

Losing Chase (TV Show)

Actor

Miss Rose White (TV Show)

Actor

Montana (TV Show)

Actor

Something the Lord Made (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

Proof 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Loverboy 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Having enjoyed a steady career in film and on television for nearly two decades, actress Kyra Sedgwick rose to household name status as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson on the crime drama series "The Closer" (TNT, 2005-2012). Prior to that Emmy-winning role, Sedgwick made her mark primarily in features like "Born on the Fourth of July" (1989), "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge" (1990), and "Pyrates" (1991), which co-starred husband Kevin Bacon, whom she had married in 1988 and remained one of the rare lasting unions in Hollywood. Meanwhile, she had a consistent presence on the big screen with films like "Singles" (1992), "Something to Talk About" (1995), "Phenomenon" (1996) and "What's Cooking?" (2000). Though not a major star, Sedgwick enjoyed routine praise from critics for her thoughtful, focused presence in much-coveted roles of smart, complex women. In 2005, she continued along that same tract with her portrayal of Brenda Johnson on "The Closer," an intelligent workaholic detective transferred from Georgia to Los Angeles, where her folksy and idiosyncratic demeanor fail to mesh with her fellow big city cops. The acclaimed role elevated Sedgwick's profile to such an extent that it rivaled her husband's star power, while allowing her to remain dedicated to projects rooted in substance and depth, rather than studio glitz and box office receipts.

Relationships

Kevin Bacon Actor

Husband
Met on the set of American Playhouse's production of "Lemon Sky" (1987) Married Sept. 4, 1988 Co-starred in "Pyrates" (1991) Bacon directed Sedgwick in Showtime's "Losing Chase" (1996) PBS series "Finding Your Roots" revealed in March 2012 that Bacon and Sedgwick were distant cousins

Sosie Bacon

Daughter
Born March 15, 1992; father, Kevin Bacon

Travis Bacon

Son
Born June 23, 1989; father, Kevin Bacon

Ben Heller Actor

Step-Father

Endicott Peabody

Great-Grandfather
Founder of the Groton School; was Franklin Delano Roosevelt's headmaster at Groton

Patricia Rosenwald

Mother
Divorced from Sedgwick's father when Kyra was six Later re-married to Ben Heller

Henry Sedgwick

Father
Divorced from Sedgwick's mother when Kyra was six

John Sedgwick Actor

Uncle

Rob Sedgwick Actor

Brother
Appeared together in the film "Loverboy" (2005) alongside Kyra's husband Kevin Bacon (who also directed)

Edie Sedgwick Actor

Cousin
Born April 20, 1943; first cousin once removed; star of Andy Warhol's early films and part of Warhol's Factory crowd Died of an apparent drug overdose on Nov. 16, 1971

Nicco Sedgwick

Brother

EDUCATION

Friends Seminary

New York , New York

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California

Sarah Lawrence College

Yonkers , New York
Transferred after one year

Milestones

2012

Co-starred with Sam Worthington in the crime thriller "Man on a Ledge"

2012

Cast as the mother of a girl cursed by an antique box in supernatural thriller "The Possession"

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama ("The Closer")

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series ("The Closer")

2010

Nominated for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in Drama Series ("The Closer")

2009

Co-starred with Gerard Butler in the action thriller "Gamer"

2009

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (June)

2005

Cast as Brenda Johnson, a CIA-trained interrogator in TNT's "The Closer"; earned Golden Globe (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009), SAG (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) and Emmy (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) nominations for Best Actress in a Drama Series

2005

Starred in "Loverboy" as an unsound mother who surrounds her only son with a magical world for two; directed by and co-starring her husband Kevin Bacon; film premiered at Sundance

2004

Cast in the HBO movie "Something the Lord Made," a dramatization of the relationship between heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock (Alan Rickman) and Vivien Thomas (Mos Def)

2004

Co-starred with husband Kevin Bacon in "The Woodsman"

2004

Re-teamed with Bacon for "Cavedweller"; earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination Female Lead

2002

Appeared opposite William H. Macy in the TNT movie "Door to Door"

2000

Starred in the failed ABC sitcom "Talk to Me"; also co-executive produced

2000

Played Julianna Margulies' lover in "What's Cooking?"; film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival

1999

Hosted Lifetime documentary "Confronting the Crisis: Childcare in America"

1998

Served as associate producer (also starred) for HBO's "Montana"

1998

Played Olivia in Broadway's triumphant Lincoln Center run of "Twelfth Night" (aired live on PBS)

1997

Portrayed the sexpot daughter of the comatose man in Bed 5 in Sidney Lumet's "Critical Care"; reunited with Mirren

1996

Announced as the face for designer Emmanuel Ungaro's couture line

1996

Starred as a single mother romanced by John Travolta in the feature "Phenomenon"

1996

Delivered a vivid turn as Southern woman with a fondness for married men and red wine in "The Low Life"

1996

Producing debut, "Losing Chase" (Showtime); also starred as a young woman hired as a companion to a depressed, older female (Helen Mirren); helmed by husband Kevin Bacon

1995

Offered an acclaimed, scene-stealing turn as Julia Roberts' straight-shooting sister in "Something to Talk About"

1995

Played a small role in "Murder in the First" as a hooker opposite Kevin Bacon's imprisoned character

1993

Starred opposite Anjelica Huston in the ABC miniseries "Family Pictures"

1992

Had featured role in Cameron Crowe's "Singles"; re-teamed with Matt Dillon and Campbell Scott

1992

Won praise for her title performance in the Hallmark Hall of Fame production "Miss Rose White" (NBC)

1991

First feature with husband Kevin Bacon, "Pyrates"

1991

Re-teamed with Dillon to play a married couple in HBO's "Women & Men 2"

1990

Played Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward's daughter in the Merchant Ivory Film "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge"

1989

Portrayed Tom Cruise's high school sweetheart in Oliver Stone's "Born on the Fourth of July"

1988

Broadway debut in a revival of Eugene O'Neill's "Ah, Wilderness!"; co-starred with Campbell Scott

1988

First prominent role in a feature, playing a prostitute opposite Matt Dillon in "Kansas"

1985

Feature acting debut, "War and Love"

1985

Played the title role in the ABC Afterschool Special "Cindy Eller: A Modern Fairy Tale"

1982

Made TV debut in the regular role of Julia Shearer on NBC daytime drama "Another World"

1981

Professional acting debut at age 15 in the off-Broadway play "Time Was"

Performed in a school production of "Fiddler on the Roof" at age 12

Bonus Trivia

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Her first name was pronounced KEE-rah.

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"[Stone] called me a rich, private-school girl, and I gave him sh*t about it. I think he feels comfortable with women who can stand up to him, who tell him he's an ass – if he's being an ass. That's what the men in his life do. Don't get me wrong. I'm crazy about Oliver. He's one of the great risk-takers in this business. And I like to think of myself as one, too." – Sedgwick on working with Oliver Stone in "Born on the Fourth of July" (1989) to the New York Post, Aug. 3, 1995

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"I remember one snitty little fight we had when he wanted me to hit a croquet ball and hit another one underneath a coffee table, and I told him it couldn't be done. And he said it could be done. I tried and tried, but I couldn't do it and I got very frustrated, and we both got mad at each other. We laughed about it later, of course." – Sedgwick about being directed by husband Kevin Bacon to Graham Fuller in Interview Magazine, July 1996

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"An actor is what the people want to see in a role, but they don't have a need to see him or her in the flesh. A star, they want to eat that person alive!" – Sedgwick quoted in Parade Magazine, July 21, 1996

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"I don't want my kids to go into this business. I think it's very painful, difficult, unreal, somewhat of a fantasy world. And I don't know how much it's contributing to humanity. But I also know my kids are gonna do whatever the hell they want in life. And bless them for that. But I will insist they finish school and not do anything professional until they are 18, at least. And I will hugely encourage them to go to college, to see the whole picture, travel, meet all kinds of people before they decide to choose a life path. I don't want them to have this one big regret I have." – Sedgwick to the Daily News, July 19, 1998

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"I don't know why it didn't happen. I mean, it's not like I had a bad attitude. But I was able to show up for my kids during the important years, so maybe that was what I was meant to do. Don't get me wrong, we've both had amazing careers," she adds, referring to herself and Bacon. "But it's challenging and confusing, like, what's wrong with me? I remember saying, 'I'm a good person! And I do good work! Why isn't this happening?'" – Sedgwick on her career to EW, July 8, 2005

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