Kevin Sorbo

International TV and Film Actor; Stroke Survivor; and Author, True Strength

As a strong leading man, Kevin Sorbo brings a refreshing cadence to Hollywood. Growing up in Mound, Minnesota, a western suburb of Minneapolis, the “Sorbs” excelled at football, basketball, baseball and golf, but his true passion was always to be an actor. After studying marketing and advertising at Moorhead State University and the University of Minnesota, Sorbo moved to Dallas where he joined an actors’ theater group and began modeling and doing television commercials. After 18 months, he headed for Europe where a three-month travel plan turned into three and a half years of work in Milan, Paris, Munich, London and Zurich. When he finally made his way to Los Angeles, he booked his first commercial audition, which shot in Sydney, Australia. That 10-day trip turned into a six-month stay where he shot seven commercials and joined an acting class. Moving back to Los Angeles, he studied acting with Bill Traylor at the famed Loft Studio. He also studied with Janet Alhanti, Richard Brander, Cameron Thor and Roy London. To make ends meet, he appeared in over 150 commercials and made prime-time appearances as a guest star on shows such as Dallas, Cheers, The Commish and Murder, She Wrote.

Sorbo received international stardom when he booked the lead role in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1993–1999). Originally designed as a five-movie miniseries, the innovative action show received a tremendous response and proved that he was just what Hollywood was looking for. The movies were transformed into a weekly show and exploded onto the mainstream, passing up ratings topper Baywatch as the most-watched TV show in the world, airing in 176 countries. Sorbo also directed and wrote on the series. The worldwide success of Hercules spun off two other series: Xena: Warrior Princess and Young Hercules.

Following the success of a seven-year run on Hercules, Sorbo went straight into tackling another iconic leading role as Captain Dylan Hunt in Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda, which debuted as the #1 hour-long show in first-run syndication and remained there for its entire run from 2000 to 2005. 

While on hiatus from Hercules in 1996, Sorbo starred in the Universal Studios 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 for Sony/MGM. Other popular credits are Lifetime Channel’s Last Chance Cafe and Hallmark’s third-highest-rated western film, Avenging Angel. Sorbo also had starring roles in The Santa Suit, Meet the Spartans, Prairie Fever and Never Cry Werewolf. He played opposite Kristy Swanson and John Ratzenberger in the independent film What If…, which premiered in August 2011. It remained in theaters for five months on strong word of mouth and was nominated for “Best Family Movie of the Year 2011” by the Movieguide Awards. Sorbo was nominated and received the Movieguide Award for “Most Inspirational Performance of the Year” for his portrayal of Ben Walker. In 2013, Sorbo was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Riverside International Film Festival.

Sorbo has guest starred on a number of sitcoms, including Just Shoot Me!, Cybill, Two and a Half Men, Dharma & Greg, According to Jim, Gary Unmarried, Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, Hope & Faith, Psych, Hawaii Five-0, and a recurring role in the final season of The O.C.

He also starred alongside Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt in Soul Surfer, the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her left arm in a shark attack while surfing. Sorbo’s other movies include Julia X, Christmas Angel, Abel’s Field, Shadow on the Mesa, Avarice, Poolboy: Drowning Out the Fury and FDR: American Badass!

His 2014 movie God’s Not Dead hit a chord with audiences and became the most successful faith-based movie ever with over $65 million U.S. box office and another $20 million overseas. Sorbo played an atheist philosophy professor who challenges one of his students to a series of debates when that student says God does exist.

Sorbo recentely filmed the first of three movies called Caged, which deals with human trafficking. He is playing two roles—twin brothers representing good and evil.

In 2012, Sorbo released his memoir True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life. The book chronicles his near-death experience at the end of season five on Hercules, when he suffered three strokes and battled back to regain his life. It is an honest account of celebrity, personal tragedy and the power of letting go. In 2013, Sorbo received the Public Leadership in Neurology Award from the American Brain Foundation and American Academy of Neurology for his work in bringing stroke awareness to an international level. He also received the 2013 Inspiration Honors Award from the Invisible Disabilities Association, a nonprofit organization encouraging, educating and connecting people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. Sorbo co-authored Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive for Kids: 101 Stories about Good Decisions, Self-Esteem, and Positive Thinking.

Sorbo is a national spokesperson for 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 coaches and mentors for younger children. In 2004, the program was awarded the Governor’s Gold Star for the most successful after-school program in the state of California. He was also named national spokesperson, successor to Arnold Schwarzenegger, for the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit 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 three children.