Leading Actor in Movie 'God's Not Dead'
Author of True Strength
Growing up in Mound, a Minneapolis suburb, 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 traveling to Europe for 3 ½ years and another six months in Sydney, Australia, where he enrolled in theater courses and modeled for print ads and appeared in over 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, and Roy London. Sorbo shot over 150 commercials and began making prime time appearances on shows such as “Dallas” and “Murder She Wrote”.
Kevin received international stardom as Hercules on the hit TV series, Hercules, the Legendary Journeys (1993-1999). 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.
As season seven of Hercules was ending, 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 the next five years.
In 1997, on a hiatus from Hercules, Sorbo starred in the feature film Kull, the Conqueror, the prequel to Conan the Barbarian. That 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 of 2010. The film remained in theaters for 5 months on strong word of mouth and was nominated for Best Family Movie of the Year 2011 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.
In 2011, Sorbo stars 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. Also set to release on the big screen in 2011 and 2012 is Julia X, a 3D psychological thriller, an Italian/American feature, The Captives. The Coffin, Sam Steele: The Silver Chalice, SoBe Real, Avarice and two comedies: Poolboy: Drowning out the Fury, and FDR: American Badass. Upcoming projects for 2011 and 2012 include the faith based movie, Abel's Field, The Persecuted and Sony's A Thousand Tomorrow's based on the Karen Kingsbury novel of the same name.
Kevin has had the pleasure of starring in many guest spot appearances on TV shows, such as “Hawaii 5-0”, “Gary Unmarried”, “Just Shoot Me”, “According to Jim”, “Hope & Faith”, Two and a Half Men”, and USA Network’s “Psych”, with recurring appearances on “Dharma & Greg” and “The OC”. He also is scheduled to star in three new TV series, “Legendary” and “Cyclops” for Sy Fy and “Me, Two” for Sony.
In real life, Kevin leads "A World Fit for Kids”, a successful mentoring model that trains inner-city teens to become positive role models school, fitness, sports, and uses them to mentor younger children. In 1997, the program was awarded the Governor’s Gold Star for the most successful after-school program in the state of California. Then in 2003, Kevin was named national spokesperson, successor to Arnold Schwarzenegger, for the After-school Alliance, a non-profit organization working to ensure that all children have access to safe, enriching after-school programs.
Sorbo currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Sam and their three children.
"What a great speaker for our Christian School fundraiser! Kevin blended a brilliant message for us. He combined his amazing story of triumph and trial with a message of determination and God's strength. Kevin made us laugh and cry. I would recommend him to anyone!"
-Steve Sherman, Educating for Eternity Banquet Chair.
“Kevin Sorbo was a Herculian hit with our donors! Personable, approachable, prepared, committed, well-informed, well-spoken; our audience connected with Kevin and he connected them to our cause and then to their checkbooks.”
-Sherri Statler, Christian Homes and Family Services
"We were honored to have Kevin as our guest speaker at the Benefit for Life Charity Reception. I am receiving wonderful comments about the event mostly - how do we come close to this next year? It is very rare to find an actor from Hollywood who will stand in defense of the unborn, without apology. Kevin did so with strength, passion and just the right touch of humor. During the dessert reception he autographed books and posed for photographs with our guests until the last one went home with a smile. It was a blessing to meet Kevin and his beautiful wife Sam and to experience firsthand the dedication they have to our life saving mission."
-Barbara Rotary, Development Coordinator, Right to Life of Michigan
Kevin did an outstanding job and really went out of his way to engage with the people who attended the banquet. He was so great to work with and such a great personality. Did I mention funny too?! People are still talking about the event and how great they thought he was! Truly, he was a blessing!
-Yvonne Miles, Young Life El Paso
"Kevin Sorbo delivered a powerful message of being an overcomer when faced with impossible circumstances. Through his own story, he shared both his struggles and victories and the importance of a foundation in the Lord in today's world. Very relatable and down to earth!"
-Rose Irlbeck, Event Attendee