There is a big chance that if there are any Christian film and TV series you absolutely love to watch, Kevin Sorbo has been on it. The actor who has been around in a professional capacity since the late 1980s has made a niche for himself in the entertainment industry, most especially in Christian films. Kevin Sorbo has been in the limelight almost his whole life, kicking off from modeling to campaign ads and then to television and films. He is eminent for his works on projects like Abel’s Field, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and Andromeda. He has done many voice works including Monster School, and Hercules and Xena: The Battle For Mount Olympus. Read on as we uncover other interesting facts about the accomplished actor.
Who is Kevin Sorbo?
The skilled actor was born as Kevin David Sorbo on the 24th day of September 1958 in Mound, Minnesota, United States to Lynn and Ardis Sorbo. His father, Lynn was a junior high school biology and mathematics educator while his mother was a health worker. He was instilled with the moral virtues of a good Christian living by his godly parents as he was brought up in Minnesota.
Concerning his educational background, he completed his basic education from Westonka High School, situated in Mound, Minnesota and furthered his education by enrolling into Minnesota State University Moorhead where he studied Marketing and Advertising. In order to meet up with the financial needs of his higher education including tuition, the established actor went into print modeling and advertising without knowing that it will later turn into a career. Before the mid-1990s, he had featured in more than 150 TV adverts.
Kevin Sorbo got his acting career to a get-go when he appeared as Lars in an episode of 1986 soap opera, Santa Barbara. He went on to feature in an episode of 1st & Ten (1988) and Cheers (1992) before making his motion picture debut by appearing as Dr. Thaddeus Kocinski in the 1992 movie, Condition: Critical. However, he got his breakout role in 1995 when he portrayed Hercules in the hit TV series, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. The series made him a household name across the globe as it was a commercial success and acclaimed by the critics. He also hit the mainstream when he landed the intriguing role of Captain Dylan Hunt in the 2000 TV series, Andromeda. Besides acting, Kevin Sorbo has featured in many video games by voicing the characters of Prometheus in The Conduit (2009), Hercules in God of War: Ascension, Retrocules Hercules in Smite, Crusher in Skylanders: Giants, to mention but a few.
Furthermore, the muscular actor has done many works as a producer and director with his film and TV credits as a producer including The Legend of Catclaws Mountain, The Reliant, Mythica: The Iron Crown, and Abel’s Field while as a director his credits include Let There Be Light, and 2 episodes of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
5 Facts About Kevin Sorbo
1. Kevin Sorbo Is Married With Kids
Kevin Sorbo got acquainted with his now-wife, Sandra Lynn ‘Sam’ Sorbo a renowned American actress on the set of the 1995 TV series, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and took a bold step by proposing to her six months later. The duo sealed their love with a nuptial bond on 5th January 1998. Their marriage is blessed with three children; two sons, Braeden Cooper Sorbo (born on 22nd August 2001), Shane Haaken Sorbo (born on 31st March 2004), and a daughter, Octavia Flynn Sorbo (born on 16th October 2005).
2. He has once had a Health Challenge
Kevin Sorbo suffered aneurysm after a chiropractic manipulation which resulted to him having three strokes with migraines, weakness, impaired balance, and permanent 10% vision loss just a few days after his engagement to Sam while still filming Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. His swift recovery made it possible for him to conclude his work on the aforementioned series.
3. Kevin Sorbo is Proud of His Faith
As a Christian brought up in a Lutheran family, Kevin Sorbo has been an icon in the entertainment industry by being proud of his faith with the majority of his films and TV series falling in the category of Christian projects.
4. He is a Writer
Kevin Sorbo has flexed his writing skills by penning down one episode of the TV series, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys coupled with his autobiography entitled, True Strength (2011) which also entails the details of his miraculous recovery.
5. He is a Philanthropist
Kevin Sorbo donated the money ($32,000) he won on the popular game show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire to his non-profit organization known as A World Fit For Kids which he serves as the chairperson and spokesman.