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. Gene Roddenberry created the series 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 starred 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 released 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 Afterschool 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.
"Kevin Sorbo is relatable, interesting, strong in faith, passionate about helping youth, and ministry-focused. His speech presentation on behalf of Christian Learning Centers of Greenville County this year was captivating, humorous, and thought-provoking. Our then banquet guests are still making positive comments about his visit to Greenville and his support of Released-Time Christian Education."
“BEST SPEAKER EVER”!!!
"I'll admit I was a little skeptical when the board insisted we ask Kevin to be our speaker at our annual fundraising Gala. But I was blown away by Kevin's commitment to Life and his passionate defense of the unborn. He expertly told his own triumphant story while weaving through the truth about abortion in our nation and the war we are engaged in regarding this issue. And he was so personable! Signing autographs and taking pictures with as many who stood in line. Repeatedly, donors have told me he was the best speaker we have ever had. And it was the most funds ever raised! We were blessed to have Kevin and I'm sure you would be as well.”
“Kevin Sorbo shares a life story that is a riveting blend of gritty willpower and divine intervention. This, along with his skillful use of captivating video clips, combine to convey a heartfelt prolife message that inspires audiences to action.”
“Kevin Sorbo was outstanding as the keynote speaker for our annual fundraising gala. His presentation was sharp, well-delivered, and unflinching. Kevin was also very personable in interacting with guests before and after the program. We have received rave reviews from our guests and look forward to hosting Kevin again in Indiana. I highly recommend Kevin Sorbo as a featured speaker for pro-life fundraising events.”