Birthplace: Gurnee, IL
Did You Know?: Anderson received his training at the Goodman Theatre School of Drama in Chicago, where he appeared in “Hey, Stay Awhile” and “Pal Joey”.
Kevin was born on January 13,1960 in Gurnee, Illinois. Growing up with three older brothers and one older sister, he seemed to crave the spotlight as he was interested in acting from childhood. He began pursuing acting while he attended Viking Junior High where he became the founding member and President of the drama club. Thereafter, while attending Warren Township High School, he joined the forensics team and specialized in Oral Interpretation. After high school graduation, Kevin went on to major in acting at the Goodman School of Drama (which is now part of DePaul University in Chicago) and graduated in 1981.
Three years later he became an ensemble member of the highly respected Steppenwolf theatrical group of Chicago and then played on New York’s Theatre Row. In 1983 he made his film debut in the wildly popular “Risky Business,” but it was his stage performance in “Orphans” four years later as the shy Phillip that finally caught the critics’ attention and soon after he appeared in a wide variety of films including both independent films and major studio releases. Of those, Anderson appeared in several largely unknown movies like “A Walk on the Moon,” (1987) “Miles From Home” (1988, directed by the Steppenwolf Company’s Gary Sinise), and “In Country” (1989) before attaining box-office success as the college drama professor who falls for Julia Roberts in “Sleeping With the Enemy (1991).”
After his big hit, Kevin became quite a busy actor as he has starred in Mike Figgis’ “Liebestraum” the same year and in “Hoffa” as Robert F. Kennedy a year later. He consistently continued to appear in films, such as “The Night We Never Met” as well as onstage, including the Broadway (and later TV) production of “Orpheus Descending” opposite Vanessa Redgrave. In 1993 he won the William Holden part in the London stage production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical version of “Sunset Boulevard.” He went on to perform in the leading role of the priest on the 1997-1998 ABC television series “Nothing Scared” and was Nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance.
In 1999 he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play and won Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play the same year for the play “Death of a Salesman.” Aside from possessing an amazing vocal talent, Kevin is also an accomplished musician, as he enjoys playing the acoustic guitar whenever he can. Most recently, he is working on the soulful new Broadway musical, “Brooklyn” along with rising stars Eden Espinosa and Ramona Keller. As for his current personal life, he lives in Malibu, California with his long-time girlfriend, British actress Dawn Spence.
Biography by Brigette Jensen