Kevin Anderson made his Off-Broadway debut in Steppenwolf's Orphans. Kevin's subsequent returns to the stage have been as varying as they were lauded, from the world premiere of Sunset Boulevard in London to Death of Salesman on Broadway to a heartbreaking turn in I Never Sang For My Father at Steppenwolf. Other plays at Steppenwolf include Our Town, Three Sisters, Earthly Possessions and Orphans, which took him to New York (Theatre World Award), London’s West End and eventually the movie with Albert Finney. Other Chicago credits include Pal Joey and Death of a Salesman at the Goodman, among others. Broadway and Off-Broadway include Death of a Salesman (Outer Critics and Drama Desk awards, Tony nomination), Orpheus Descending, Moonchildren, Brilliant Traces, The Red Address and Speaking in Tongues. Other London theatre credits include the original Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard and Dinner with Friends. Some of his films include Risky Business, Miles from Home, In Country, Sleeping with the Enemy, Liebestraum, Hoffa, The Night We Never Met, Rising Sun, Firelight, A Thousand Acres, Eye of God and Doe Boy. Cable films include Orpheus Descending, The Wrong Man, Hunt for the Unicorn Killer, Ruby’s Bucket of Blood, Monday Night Mayhem and Power and Beauty. He has starred in two TV series: Nothing Sacred, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination and Skin on Fox.
Watch & Listen
Q & A With Kevin Anderson
Q. What's your favorite book set in or about suburbia?
A. Most of what I read is sort of anti-suburbia! One book that affected me when I was young was On the Road by Jack Kerouac. It's not exactly suburbia, but it's about characters that desperately want out of the conventional suburban life. This kind of writing has always appealed to me, being a child of the ’60s. I first read it totally by chance in an apartment I was subletting in NYC about 25 years ago. It was on the bookshelf there and I just picked it up and was so riveted I couldn't put it down. Growing up in north-suburban Gurnee, I related to these bohemian characters travelling the country exploring possibly a deeper, more spontaneous way of existing. Reading this book definitely inspired my love of travelling and avoiding the kind of settled, suburban lifestyle that most Americans seem to strive for.
Credits & Awards
Charlotte's Web; Doe Boy; Gregory's Two Girls; A Thousand Acres; Firelight; Eye of God; Hoffa; Rising Sun; About Last Night; Liebestraum; Sleeping With the Enemy; In Country; Orphans; A Walk on the Moon; Miles From Home, Salomé.
Broadway: Come Back, Little Sheba; Brooklyn: the musical; Death of a Salesman; Orpheus Descending
London: Sunset Boulevard,Shawshank Redemption,Dinner with Friends.
Off-Broadway: Speaking in Tongues; The Red Address; Brilliant Traces; Moonchildren
Goodman Theatre: Pal Joey; Death of a Salesman
Skin (FOX); Power and Beauty (Showtime); Monday Night Mayhem (TNT); Nothing Sacred (ABC); The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer (NBC); The Wrong Man; Orpheus Descending (TNT); Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC) .
Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk Award (Death of a Salesman); Tony Award nomination (Death of a Salesman); Theatre World Award (Orphans); Joseph Jefferson Award (Orphans); Golden Globe nomination (Nothing Sacred).