Last Updated: November 9, 2023
Richest CelebritiesActors
Net Worth:
$2.5 Million
Aug 13, 1944 (79 years old)
Los Angeles
6 ft (1.854 m)
Actor, Television Director
United States of America
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Kevin Tighe is an American actor of the screen and stage who has a net worth of $2.5 million. Kevin Tighe is best known for playing Roy DeSoto on the NBC television series "Emergency!" in the 1970s. He has made appearances on many other shows since then, including "Family Law," "The West Wing," "Lost," "Leverage," and "Lie to Me." Tighe has also been in many films, such as "Road House," "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," and "I Love a Man in Uniform."

Early Life and Education

Kevin Tighe was born as Jon Kevin Fishburn on August 13, 1944 in Los Angeles, California. He is of Irish and Czech-Bohemian descent. When he was five, Tighe moved with his family to Pasadena, where he began acting at the Pasadena Playhouse. After graduating from Pasadena High School in 1962, he attended Pasadena City College. Tighe eventually transferred to California State University, Los Angeles, where he earned his bachelor's degree. He went on to obtain an MFA in acting from the University of Southern California in 1967. After graduating from USC, Tighe was drafted into the US Army.

Television Career

Tighe first appeared on television in a 1970 episode of "Bonanza." Two years later, he had his breakout role as firefighter-paramedic Roy DeSoto on the NBC series "Emergency!" Tighe starred alongside Randolph Mantooth, who played John Gage. The show focused on their characters as they and their team responded to medical emergencies, crashes, and other rescues in a fire department rescue squad. "Emergency!" was a hit, running for six seasons through 1977 and spawning six television films. In addition to starring on the show, Tighe directed four episodes and wrote one. "Emergency!" is widely credited with introducing the concepts of CPR, pre-hospital care, and fire prevention to the public. After the show ended, Tighe made guest appearances on such shows as "The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries" and "The Love Boat." He also portrayed Thomas Jefferson in the television film "The Rebels."

In the 1980s, Tighe spent his time teaching at USC and acting in films and stage productions. He returned to television in the 1990s with guest appearances on "Murder, She Wrote" and "Tales from the Crypt," plus roles in such television films as "Face of a Stranger," "Yesterday Today," "Caught in the Act," and "The Avenging Angel." In 1995, Tighe appeared on the shows "Murder One" and "Chicago Hope." The following year, he played Herbert Clutter in a miniseries adaptation of Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood." His subsequent credits included episodes of "ER," "The Outer Limits," "Star Trek: Voyager," and "Freaks and Geeks." In the early 2000s, Tighe appeared on "Family Law," "The West Wing," and "Everwood," as well as the miniseries "Rose Red." From 2005 to 2010, he played Anthony Cooper on "Lost." His other notable credits include episodes of "The 4400," "Leverage," and "Complications."


Film Career

Tighe made his feature film debut as an extra in Mike Nichols's 1967 film "The Graduate." The year after that, he appeared as an extra in "Yours, Mine and Ours." Tighe had his first credited film role much later, playing Hickey in the 1987 drama "Matewan." He followed that with roles in the baseball drama "Eight Men Out," the buddy cop action comedy "K-9," the drama "Lost Angels," and the action film "Road House." Kicking off the 1990s, Tighe played Lieutenant Blake Wilson in the buddy cop sequel film "Another 48 Hrs." and The Man in the drama "Bright Angel." He was subsequently in "City of Hope," "Newsies," and "School Ties." Tighe was in three films in 1993: "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," "Geronimo: An American Legend," and "I Love a Man in Uniform." For the lattermost film, he won the Genie Award for Best Supporting Actor. Tighe's other credits in the 1990s include "Men of War," "Jade," "Race the Sun," and "Mumford."

Tighe has acted less frequently on film in the 21st century. In the early 00s, he appeared in "The Big Day," "Fast Food High," and Peter Greenaway's multimedia project "The Tulse Luper Suitcases." His subsequent credits included the political thriller "The Deal" and the action film "Today You Die." In 2009, Tighe appeared in the slasher film "My Bloody Valentine 3D," a remake of the 1981 Canadian film of the same name. His next film credit was "I Am I," released in 2014.

Stage Career

Tighe has been prolific as a stage actor. Early in his career, he appeared in Los Angeles productions of "The Trial of the Catonsville Nine" and "Design for Living." In the 1980s, Tighe worked in summer stock at the Hampton Playhouse and performed in the play "Come Blow Your Horn." He made his Broadway debut in the short-lived production "Open Admissions" not long after that. Tighe went on to act in various plays in New Jersey and Seattle, including "The Night of the Iguana" and "The Ballad of Soapy Smith." In 1989, he earned an NEA fellowship at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, where he had written and directed the play "Homegirl." Tighe continued doing plays there in the early 1990s, including "The End of the Day: An Entertainment" and "Hedda Gabler."

In the early 00s, Tighe appeared in Martin McDonagh's "A Skull in Connemara" at Seattle's ACT Theatre, and in a production of Eugene O'Neill's "Mourning Becomes Electra" at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut. With his daughter Jennifer, he appeared in "A Reckoning" at San Francisco's Magic Theater. Tighe went on to appear in such plays as "Anna Christie," "Buried Child," "Crime and Punishment," and "A Number." From 2009 to 2010, he played the Tiger in Rajiv Joseph's Pulitzer Prize-nominated play "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo." Tighe's credits since then have included "Anatomy of Pain," "Curse of the Starving Class," and "Other Desert Cities."

Personal Life

Tighe was previously married to Mary Lou Seaman, whom he ultimately divorced. They had a daughter named Jennifer, who is an actress. In 1985, Tighe married artist Rebecca Fletcher. The couple resides in Skagit County, Washington.

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