As a strong leading man and a hunky Half-God, Kevin Sorbo brings a refreshing cadence to Hollywood. In high school, the "Sorbs" excelled at football, baseball and basketball, but always remained close to the theater. After graduating from Minnesota State University, Kevin joined an actors theater group and traveled to Europe and Sydney, Australia, where he modeled for print ads and appeared in over 150 commercials. When he returned to the states, Kevin settled in Los Angeles and began making prime time appearances on shows such as “Murder She Wrote”.
It was after his many appearances that Kevin received small screen stardom as “Hercules” on the hit “Hercules, the Legendary Journeys” (1993-1999). Originally designed as a mini-series, the innovative action series received a tremendous response and proved that Kevin was just what Hollywood was looking for. The series was transformed into a weekly show and exploded onto the mainstream, passing up rating toppers like “Baywatch” as the most watched TV show in the world, airing in 176 countries. Sorbo also directed two episodes and co-wrote one installment of the Legendary Journeys.
Following the success of Hercules, Sorbo went on to star in the lead role of “Captain Dylan Hunt” in “Gene Roddenberry’s, Andromeda”. The “Star Trek” based series debuted as the number one, hour-long show in first run syndication and remained at number one for the next five years.
In 1997, Sorbo began accepting bids for his film career and starred in the feature film “Kull, the conqueror”, 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”, Syfy Channel’s “Something Beneath” and Hallmark’s third highest rated film, “Avenging Angel”. Sorbo is more recently recognized for his roles in “The Santa Suit” (2010), “Meet the Spartans” (2008), “Fire From Below” (2009), “Lightning Strikes” (2009), “Prairie Fever” (2008), “Never Cry Werewolf” (2008), “Flesh Wounds” (2011), “Paradox” (2011), and ABC Family’s DVD release of “Tommy and the Cool Mule” (2009). 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 was nominated and 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 is “Julia X”, a 3D psychological thriller and an Italian/American feature, “The Captives”. Upcoming projects for 2011 and 2012 include the faith based movie, "Abel's Field" and Sony's "A Thousand Tomorrow's" based on the Karen Kingsbury novel of the same name. Other future releases include “The Coffin”, “Sam Steele: The Silver Chalice”, “SoBe Real”, “Avarice” and two comedies: “Poolboy: Drowning out the Fury”, and “FDR: American Badass”.
The fall of 2011 also brought the release of Kevin’s memoir: “True Strength - My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal--and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life”. An autobiography that allowed Kevin to share some of the most intimate details of his life with the world!
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”.
Kevin proudly leads "A World Fit for Kids”, a successful mentoring model that trains inner-city teens to use school, fitness, sports and positive role models for themselves, and then become the coaches and mentors for 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 afterschool programs.