Soap Opera Digest Award winning actor Kevin Dobson first enjoyed TV success as Bobby Crocker on the Telly Savalas series “Kojak” (CBS, 1973-1978). Dobson acquired even more notice when he joined the cast of the popular 1980’s soap opera “Knots Landing,” where he portrayed Michele Lee's second husband, attractive lawyer Patrick McKenzie. While on the show from 1982 until its demise in 1993, he won five Soap Opera Digest Awards. Dobson is also known for his roles in the syndicated “FX: The Series” (1996-1997, as Detective Leo McCarthy) and the daytime dramas “One Life to Live” (2003-2004, as Governor Harrison Brooks) and “The Bold and the Beautiful” (2006-2007, as Judge Devin Owens). He has also starred in countless TV films. On the big screen, Dobson, who made his debut in 1970's “Love Story,” has acted in such movies as “The Battle of Midway” (1976), “All Night Long” (1981, with Barbra Streisand), “Restraining Order” (1999), “Crash Landing” (2005), “1408” (2007, with John Cusack), “April Moon” (2008), “Portal” (2008) and “Doesn't Texas Ever End.”
“If you love your country, thank a Veteran.” Kevin Dobson
A former soldier, Dobson has served as chairman of the National Salute To Hospitalized Veterans twice. For his service to help veterans, he is widely applauded by many veteran organizations and has been honored with the Silver Helmet Peace Award and the American Legion Award.
On a more personal note, Dobson and his wife, Susan Dobson, have three kids.
Childhood and Family:
Kevin James Dobson was born on March 18, 1943, in New York, New York. He was raised in Jackson Heights, Queens, with his six siblings. His grandfather was a decorated New York City policeman who immigrated from Ireland. Kevin attended New York University and trained as an actor at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre.
Kevin married his girlfriend Susan Dobson in 1968. Together, they have two sons and a daughter.
Kevin Dobson began his career booking a few commercials before he was cast in a touring production of “The Impossible Years,” by Walter Kerr. After returning to New York, Dobson began training professionally with the Neighborhood Playhouse. He kicked off his film career with small roles in the movies “Love Story” (1970), “Klute” (1971) and “The French Connection” (1971), before moving to Los Angeles.
Dobson made his Hollywood debut in a guest role in “Feet of Clay,” a 1971 episode of the crime series “The Mod Squad.” He followed it up with two more guest spots and an unaccredited part in the TV pilot “The Rookies” (all 1972), but was forced to take a side job as a fireman on the Santa Fe Railroad in order to make ends meet.
Dobson's fortune began to change when he won the costarring role of Detective Bobby Crocker on the CBS series “Kojak,” which ran from 1973 to 1978. Although the popular show starred Telly Savalas, Dobson became a favorite among the show's fans. Through Universal, who made the series, the actor was handed a role in the motion picture “The Battle of Midway” (1976), which was directed by Jack Smith and starred Charlton Heston. He was then cast in his first TV film, “The Immigrants” (syndication, 1978), playing Pete Lomas.
After “Kojak” ended in 1978, Dobson starred in such TV films as the fact-based drama “Transplant” (1979), William A. Graham's “Orphan Train” (1979), the comedy “Hardhat and Legs” (1980) and “Gunnar Hellström's "Mark, I Love You” (1980) before playing Barbra Streisand's husband in the film “All Night Long” (1981). Later that same year, Dobson starred as Mike Hammer in the TV film “Mickey Spillane's 'Margin for Murder'” and made his return to series TV as a lead actor on the CBS drama “Shannon.” Unfortunately for the actor, the series was canceled because of low ratings.
Dobson experienced a huge breakthrough when he landed the role of Patrick MacKenzie on the popular night time soap opera “Knots Landing,” which debuted in December 1979. As a federal prosecutor who married Michele Lee's character Karen, he earned five Soap Opera Digest Awards, including one for Outstanding Actor: Prime Time, Outstanding Hero: Prime Time and Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role. The show also gave Dobson the opportunity to direct some episodes of the series. In addition to the series, Dobson remained busy working on several TV films, including “Money, Power, Murder” (1989), “Casey's Gift: For Love of a Child” (1990), “Dirty Work” (1992) and “A House of Secrets and Lies” (1992). He also rejoined actor Telly Savalas for the TV film “Kojak: It's Always Something” (1990). When “Knots Landing” came to an end in 1993, Dobson starred as a father who must arrest his own daughter on the CBS TV film “If Someone Had Known” (1995) and portrayed Detective Joe Sraccula on “Voice from the Grave” (1996), opposite Megan Ward. He also guest starred in such series as "Touched by an Angel" and "The Commish" (both 1994). He then revisited series TV during the 1996-1997 season playing Detective Leo McCarthy on the syndicated show “FX: The Series.”
In 1997, Dobson reprised his role for the miniseries “Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac.” He followed it up with roles in the films “Nathan Grimm” (1998), a 30-minute indie directed by Steven Ayromlooi, and “Restraining Order” (1999), starring Eric Roberts. He also appeared in the direct-to-video “Mom, Can I Keep Her” (1998) and the TV film “Nobody Lives Forever” (1998), which was adapted from a novel by Edna Buchanan.
Entering the new millennium, Dobson teamed up with Tracey Gold for the TV drama “She's No Angel” and starred in another TV film called “The Haunted Heart” (both 2001). From 2003 to 2004, he appeared on the hit daytime series “One Life to Live,” playing Governor Harrison Brooks. After supporting Antonio Sabato Jr., Michael Paré and Brianne Davis in the action film “Crash Landing” (2005), he joined the cast of the soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful” in the recurring role of Judge Devin Owens. He appeared in 13 episodes of the soap opera from October 2006 to June 2007. Also in June 2007, Dobson could be seen playing a priest in director Mikael Håfström's “1408,” a thriller starring John Cusack as Mike Enslin. He was then featured as a police officer in the television film “Christmas at Cadillac Jack's” (also 2007). He next appeared in “April Moon” and “Portal” (2008), where his costars included Chris Conrad, Angell Conwell and Alexander Martin, and “Doesn't Texas Ever End.”
Soap Opera Digest: Outstanding Actor: Prime Time, “Knots Landing,” 1992
Soap Opera Digest: Outstanding Hero: Prime Time, “Knots Landing,” 1991
Soap Opera Digest: Favorite Super Couple: Prime Time, “Knots Landing,” 1988 (shared with Michele Lee)
Soap Opera Digest: Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role: Prime Time, “Knots Landing,” 1988
Soap Opera Digest: Favorite Super Couple on a Prime Time Serial, “Knots Landing,” 1986 (shared with Michele Lee)
Silver Helmet Peace Award
American Legion Award