Dobson, Kevin 1943–

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Dobson, Kevin 1943–

(Kevin James Dobson)


Full name, Kevin James Dobson; born March 18, 1943, in New York, NY; married Susan (a producer), 1968; children: one daughter, two sons. Education: Attended New York University; studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse with Sanford Meisner. Avocational Interests: Volunteer work.


Agent—Origin Talent Agency, 4705 Laurel Canyon, Suite 306, Studio City, CA 91607; Manager—Entertainment Management Group, 8265 West Sunset Blvd., Suite 203, West Hollywood, CA 90046.


Actor and director. Side Action Productions, Inc., Studio City, CA, president, beginning in 1976. Worked as a conductor for the Long Island Railroad, a firefighter for the Santa Fe Railroad, and as a cab driver, bartender, and waiter. National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans, chairperson emeritus, beginning in 1989. Military service: U.S. Army.


Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Directors Guild of America.

Awards, Honors:

Outstanding Young Man in America Award, U.S. Jaycees, 1976; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding performer in children's programming, 1983, for "Help Wanted," CBS Afternoon Playhouse; Soap Opera Digest Awards, favorite super couple on a primetime serial (with Michele Lee), 1986, 1988, outstanding actor in a leading role—primetime, 1988, outstanding hero-primetime, 1991, outstanding actor—primetime, 1992; Soap Opera Digest Award nominations, outstanding actor in a leading role in a primetime serial and outstanding actress or actor in a comic relief role on a primetime serial, 1986, all for Knots Landing; honored by U.S. ACTION Agency for volunteer efforts, 1989; National Commanders Public Relations Award, American Legion, 1991; Silver Helmet Award, American Veterans (AMVETS).


Film Appearances:

Love Story, Paramount, 1970.

The Anderson Tapes, Columbia, 1971.

Bananas, United Artists, 1971.

Carnal Knowledge, Avco-Embassy, 1971.

The French Connection, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1971.

(Uncredited) Man at the bar, Klute, Warner Bros., 1971.

Ensign George Gay, Midway (also known as The Battle of Midway and Battle of the Midway), Universal, 1976.

Bobby Gibbons, All Night Long, Universal, 1981.

Mom, Can I Keep Her?, New Horizons Home Video, 1998.

Title role, Nathan Grimm (short), 1998.

Police captain, Restraining Order (also known as Der todfeind and Der todfeind—ein mann racht seine Frau), Phoenician Films, 1999.

Ensign George Gay, The Making of "Midway" (documentary), Universal Studios Home Video, 2001.

Henderson Davis, Crash Landing, Echo Bridge Home Entertainment, 2005.

Benedict, Portal, 2006.

Film Work:

(As Kevin James Dobson) Director, The Mango Tree, Satori, 1977.

(As Kevin James Dobson) Director, Squizzy Taylor, Satori, 1982.

Producer (with Sara Altshul), Hurricane Smith, Warner Home Video, 1992.

(As Kevin James Dobson) Director, Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain, Universal, 1995.

Location assistant, Ride with the Devil, USA Films, 1999.

Television Appearances; Series:

Sergeant Bobby Crocker, Kojak, CBS, 1973-78.

Detective Lieutenant Jack Shannon, Shannon, CBS, 1981-82.

M. Patrick "Mack" MacKenzie, Knots Landing, CBS, 1982-93.

Detective Leo McCarthy, F/X: The Series, syndicated, 1996-97.

Governor Harrison Brooks, One Life to Live, ABC, 2003-2004.

Judge Devin Owens, The Bold and the Beautiful (also known as Belleza y poder), ABC, 2006.

Also appeared in The Mod Squad, ABC.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Jacob, The Greatest Heroes of the Bible, NBC, 1978.

Pete Lomas, The Immigrants, syndicated, 1978.

M. Patrick "Mack" MacKenzie, Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac, CBS, 1997.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Frank Carlin, Orphan Train, CBS, 1979.

John Hurley, Transplant, CBS, 1979.

Don Hollander, Reunion, CBS, 1980.

Hal Painter, Mark, I Love You, CBS, 1980.

Sal Pacheco, Hardhat and Legs, 1980.

Colonel Joseph Cheever, Sweet Revenge (also known as Bittersweet Revenge, Code of Honor, and Her Revenge), CBS, 1984.

Peter Finley, Money, Power, Murder (also known as Dead Air), CBS, 1989.

Hank Bolen, Casey's Gift: For Love of a Child (also known as In Memory of a Child and Maximum Liability), NBC, 1990.

Suspicions, 1991.

Michael Bradley, Fatal Friendship (also known as Friends and Enemies), NBC, 1991.

Jack Evans, A House of Secrets and Lies (also known as She Loved Too Much), CBS, 1992.

Tom, Dirty Work, USA Network, 1992.

Chuck Hayes, The Conviction of Kitty Dodds (also known as Conviction: The Kitty Dodds Story), CBS, 1993.

Jack Liner, If Someone Had Known (also known as Cindy and Katie), NBC, 1995.

Detective Joe Stachula, Crimes of Passion: Voice from the Grave (also known as From the Files of "Unsolved Mysteries": Voice from the Grave, Unsolved Mysteries: Voice from the Grave, and Voice from the Grave), NBC, 1996.

Lieutenant Jim Ransom, Crimes of Passion: Nobody Lives Forever (also known as Crimes of Passion: Edna Buchanan's "Nobody Lives Forever," Edna Buchanan's "Nobody Lives Forever," and Nobody Lives Forever), ABC, 1998.

Donald Shawnessy, She's No Angel, 2001.

Mr. Hopkins, The Haunted Heart, 2001.

Television Appearances; Specials:

CBS team member, Battle of the Network Stars I, ABC, 1976.

CBS team member, Battle of the Network Stars II, ABC, 1977.

CBS team member, Battle of the Network Stars III, ABC, 1977.

CBS team member, Battle of the Network Stars IV, ABC, 1978.

CBS team captain, Battle of the Network Stars XIII, ABC, 1982.

Jim Welsh, "Help Wanted," CBS Afternoon Playhouse, CBS, 1982.

Host, The CBS Cotton Bowl Parade, CBS, 1985.

New York host, CBS All-American Thanksgiving Parade, CBS, 1988.

Host, Are You Safe? A National Test on Crime Prevention, CBS, 1990.

Host, The 101st CBS Tournament of Roses Parade, CBS, 1990.

Welcome Home, America! A USO Salute to America's Sons and Daughters, ABC, 1991.

Host, The 102nd Tournament of Roses Parade, CBS, 1991.

Starathon '92: A Weekend with the Stars, syndicated, 1992.

Super Bloopers and New Practical Jokes, NBC, 1992.

Knots Landing Block Party, CBS, 1993.

Intimate Portrait: Michele Lee, Lifetime, 1999.

Knots Landing Reunion: Together Again, CBS, 2005.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Host, The 7th Annual Soap Opera Digest Awards, NBC, 1991.

Presenter, The 18th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, CBS, 1991.

Presenter, The 8th Annual Soap Opera Digest Awards, NBC, 1992.

Prism Awards 2000, syndicated, 2000.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

(Uncredited) The Rookies, ABC, 1972.

Rafe Harder, Stranded, CBS, 1976.

Mike Hammer, Mickey Spillane's "Margin for Murder" (also known as Margin for Murder), CBS, 1981.

People Do the Craziest Things, ABC, 1984.

Detective Leo McCarthy, F/X: The Illusion, syndicated, 1996.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Howie, "Feet of Clay," The Mod Squad, 1971.

First deputy, "Decision," Emergency! (also known as Emergencia and Emergency One), NBC, 1972.

"The Shadow Man," Cannon, 1972.

The Mike Douglas Show, syndicated, 1977.

Fred Pearson, "The Dirty Details," Tales of the Unexpected (also known as Roald Dahl's "Tales of the Unexpected"), 1984.

Fame, Fortune and Romance, ABC, 1986.

Prosecutor Bobby Crocker, "It's Always Something," Kojak (also known as The ABC Saturday Mystery), ABC, 1990.

Coach Earl Rowley, "Show Me the Way Home," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1994.

Frank Botrell, "Revenge," The Commish, ABC, 1994.

Sheriff Ray Green, "Who Killed Good Time Charlie?," Burke's Law, CBS, 1994.

Darryl Foster, "March in Time," Early Edition, CBS, 1997.

"The Two Sides of Love," Chicken Soup for the Soul, PAX, 2000.

Raymond Porter, "Double Trouble," Nash Bridges (also known as Bridges), CBS, 2000.

"Casting and Character Creation," TV Land Creation, TV Land, 2005.

"Holiday Moments," TV Land's Top Ten, TV Land, 2005.

"Top 10 TV Spinoffs," TV Land's Top Ten, TV Land, 2006.

Also appeared in The Doctors, NBC; The Nurses, CBS.

Television Director; Episodic:

Knots Landing, CBS, 1988-93.

Stage Appearances:

Understudy for the role of Stanley Kowalski, A Streetcar Named Desire, Los Angeles, CA.

Major Tours:

The Impossible Years, U.S. cities, 1970.



Starlog, February, 1997.