Hooks, Kevin 1958–

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HOOKS, Kevin 1958–


Born September 19, 1958, in Philadelphia, PA; son of Robert (an actor and director) and Yvonne (a state employee) Hooks; married Cheryl (a media consultant); children: (previous marriage) one daughter; (with Cheryl Hooks) two.


Office—Rock Creek Entertainment, 145 North Valley St., Burbank, CA 91505; Hooksfilms, Ltd., 3518 Cahuenga Blvd. West, Suite 106, Los Angeles, CA 90068–1370. Agent—Dan Aloni, United Talent Agency, 9560 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Manager—Alan Greenspan, International Arts Entertainment, 8899 Beverly Blvd., Suite 800, Los Angeles, CA 90048.


Actor, director, and producer. Rock Creek Entertainment, Burbank, CA, president; Hooksfilms, Ltd., Los Angeles, CA, principal.


Directors Guild of America.

Awards, Honors:

Golden Globe Award nomination, most promising male newcomer, 1973, for Sounder; Emmy Award nominations, outstanding individual direction in children's programming, 1986, for "Teen Father," ABC Afterschool Specials, and 1987, for "Class Act: A Teacher's Story," ABC Afterschool Specials; Emmy Award (with others), outstanding children's program, 2000, and Directors Guild of America Award nomination, outstanding directorial achievement in children's programs, 2001, both for The Color of Friendship; Directors Guild of America Award nomination, outstanding directorial achievement in children's programs, and Black Reel Award nomination, best television director, both 2004, for Sounder.


Television Executive Producer; Series:

City of Angels, CBS, 2000.

Philly, ABC, 2001–2002.

(With others) Dragnet (also known as L.A. Dragnet), ABC, 2003, USA Network, 2004.

Television Director; Movies:

Roots: The Gift, ABC, 1988.

Heat Wave, 1990.

Murder without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story (also known as Best Intentions), 1992.

Irresistible Force, CBS, 1993.

To My Daughter with Love, NBC, 1994.

Glory & Honor, TNT, 1998.

Mutiny, NBC, 1999.

The Color of Friendship, The Disney Channel, 2000.

"Sounder," The Wonderful World of Disney, ABC, 2003.

Television Producer; Movies:

The Color of Friendship, The Disney Channel, 2000.

"Sounder," The Wonderful World of Disney, ABC, 2003.

Television Director; Specials:

"Teen Father," ABC Afterschool Specials, ABC, 1986.

"Class Act: A Teacher's Story" (also known as "A Class Act"), ABC Afterschool Specials, ABC, 1987.

"The Pass," Vietnam War Story, HBO, 1987.

"Home Sweet Homeless," CBS Schoolbreak Specials, CBS, 1988.

Television Director; Episodic:

"The Count," St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1983.

"Family History," St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1983.

Cutter to Houston, CBS, 1983.

"Attack," St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1984.

"Blizzard," St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1984.

"Reflections in Terror," V (also known as V: The Series), NBC, 1984.

"Vantage Point," Hotel (also known as Arthur Hailey's "Hotel"), ABC, 1984.

"The Hero," V (also known as V: The Series), NBC, 1985.

"The Rescue," V (also known as V: The Series), NBC, 1985.

"Fear and Loathing with Russell Buckins" (also known as "Doin' the Quarter Mile in a Lifetime"), 21 Jump Street, Fox, 1987.

Mariah, ABC, 1987.

Once a Hero, ABC, 1987.

"Payback," Midnight Caller, NBC, 1988.

"Untouched by Human Hands," Probe, ABC, 1988.

"Waiting for Beckett," China Beach, ABC, 1988.

"Little Lost Lamb," Alien Nation, Fox, 1989.

"Tarnished Shield," Midnight Caller, NBC, 1989.

"A Yank and the RAF," A Fine Romance, ABC, 1989.

Nightingales, NBC, 1989.

"The Art of the Possible," Equal Justice, ABC, 1990.

"Braking Up Is Hard to Doogie," Doogie Howser, M.D., ABC, 1990.

"The Third Man," I'll Fly Away, NBC, 1992.

"Two for the Show," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's "Tales from the Crypt"), HBO, 1993.

"Blood Wedding," Homicide: Life on the Street (also known as H:LOTS and Homicide), NBC, 1996.

"Gestalt," Profiler, NBC, 1996.

"Learning from the Masters," Profiler, NBC, 1996.

"Career Day," Rescue 77, The WB, 1999.

The Hoop Life, Showtime, 1999.

"Heart of the Matter," Soul Food, Showtime, 2000.

"The High Cost of Living," City of Angels, CBS, 2000.

"Loose Ends," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 2000.

"Truth Be Told," Soul Food, Showtime, 2000.

"Flight of Fancy," NYPD Blue, ABC, 2001.

"Philly Folly," Philly, ABC, 2001.

"Prisoner of Love," Philly, ABC, 2001.

"Brotherly Love," Philly, ABC, 2002.

"The Big Ruckus," Dragnet (also known as L.A. Dragnet), ABC, 2003.

"Donny, We Hardly Knew Ye," Las Vegas, NBC, 2003.

"Fall Out," Without a Trace, CBS, 2003.

"The Hole–in–the–Wall Gang," Boomtown, NBC, 2003.

"Burned," North Shore, Fox, 2004.

"Day 3: 3:00 A.M.–4:00 A.M.," 24 (also known as 24 Hours), Fox, 2004.

"Day 3: 4:00 A.M.–5:00 A.M.," 24 (also known as 24 Hours), Fox, 2004.

"Decisions and Choices," Soul Food, Showtime, 2004.

"Hawks and Handsaws," Without a Trace, CBS, 2004.

"In Goddess We Trussed," NYPD Blue, ABC, 2004.

"Maternal Instincts," Cold Case, CBS, 2004.

"Mother and Child Reunion," Line of Fire, ABC, 2004.

"My Dinner with Andy," NYPD Blue, ABC, 2004.

"The Son Also Rises," Soul Food, Showtime, 2004.

"Take It to the Limit," Soul Food, Showtime, 2004.

"White Rabbit," Lost, ABC, 2004.

"Welcome to Liberty Village," Alias, ABC, 2005.

Also directed episodes of Almost Grown, CBS; Any Day Now, Lifetime; Fame, NBC and syndicated; Heart of the City, ABC; A Year in the Life, NBC; and The Young Riders, ABC.

Television Director; Pilots:

Philly, ABC, 2001.

Television Appearances; Series:

Morris Thorpe, The White Shadow, CBS, 1978–81.

Mayor Carl Burke, He's the Mayor, ABC, 1986.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Hoover Sissle, The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened, CBS, 1977.

Nat Blake, Can You Hear the Laughter? The Story of Freddie Prinze, CBS, 1979.

Sam June, Glory & Honor, TNT, 1998.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Emmett Rogers, Jr., Backstairs at the White House, NBC, 1979.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Title role, "J. T.," CBS Children's Hour, CBS, 1969.

"Friendly Fire," ABC Theatre, ABC, 1979.

Himself, Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 5, CBS, 1980.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Lonnie Clements, "Deliver Me from Innocence," The Rookies, ABC, 1976.

Wesley, "Schools," Lou Grant, CBS, 1978.

Ginder T. Jones, "What Women Want," Soul Food, Showtime, 2000.

Himself, "African Americans in Television," Inside TV Land, TV Land, 2002.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Junior, Just an Old Sweet Song (also known as Down Home), CBS, 1976.

Nate Simmons, Jr., Down Home, CBS, 1978.

Eddie Holmes, For Members Only, CBS, 1983.

Film Appearances:

David Lee Morgan, Sounder, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1972.

Aaron, Aaron Loves Angela, Paramount, 1975.

Tiger, A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich, New World, 1977.

Jasper MacGruder, Take Down, Buena Vista, 1979.

Duane, Innerspace, Warner Bros., 1987.

Married man, Strictly Business, Warner Bros., 1991.

Film Director:

Strictly Business, Warner Bros., 1991.

Passenger 57, Warner Bros., 1992.

Fled, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer/United Artists, 1996.

Black Dog, Universal, 1998.

Lie Detector, J&M Entertainment, 1999.

Stage Appearances:

Lance corporal Promus, The Hooch, Louis Abrons Arts for Living Center, New York City, 1984.

Nick, Jonah and the Wonder Dog, Negro Ensemble Company, Theatre Four, New York City, 1986.



American Visions, June/July, 1998, pp. 36–38.

People Weekly, January 27, 2003, p. 70.