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Overview (3)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameKevin Patrick Dobson
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Kevin Dobson was born on March 18, 1943 in New York City, New York, USA as Kevin Patrick Dobson. He is an actor and director, known for Knots Landing (1979), Kojak (1973) and 1408 (2007). He has been married to Susan Dobson since 1968. They have three children.

Spouse (1)

Susan Dobson (1968 - present) ( 3 children)

Trade Mark (3)

New York City accent
Frequently plays cops
Thick, commanding voice.

Trivia (29)

One of 7 siblings.
Raised in Jackson Heights, Queens.
Worked as a conductor for the Long Island Railroad.
His Grandfather, an Irish immigrant, was a decorated NYC police officer.
Hosted inaugural ball for both George Bush Sr. and Bill Clinton.
He has a daughter and two sons
Received a phone call from the producers of Knots Landing (1979) about playing the role of a district attorney. At first, he was very unhappy about it, but then he liked it, and stood with his character for more than a decade.
Best known by the public for his roles as Det. Bobby Crocker in Kojak (1973) and as M. Patrick "Mack" MacKenzie in Knots Landing (1979).
Has three children: Sean Dobson, Patrick Dobson and Mariah Dobson.
The first winner of the ABC Superstars athletic competition, he and his wife, Susan Dobson, raise funds through the Kevin Dobson Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament, benefiting the John Wayne Cancer Institute, of which Susan has been a member of the Board of Directors.
In the U.S. Army, he served as an MP during the Vietnam era. He has twice been Chairman of the National Salute To Hospitalized Veterans ("If you love your country, thank a Vet"). He has also hosted two Veterans Inaugural Balls, one for both Presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush. Widely respected by Veterans organizations for his service to help hospitalized veterans, he has received the Silver Helmet Award and the American Legion Award.
A one-time semi-pro baseball player, his two sons have shared his passion for the sport. Son Sean attended Santa Barbara City College where he played baseball; son Patrick graduated attended the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, where he was an All-American third baseman.
Understudied Jon Voight in a stage production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" in 1973.
His acting mentor was the late Telly Savalas.
His ex-Kojak (1973) series' lead, Telly Savalas's stepdaughter, Nicollette Sheridan, co-starred with him on Knots Landing (1979).
Was the first choice for the lead role of the title character in Magnum, P.I. (1980), but turned it down. The role was ultimately given to Tom Selleck.
In January 2008, he played Juror 10 in a stage production of "12 Angry Men" in Toronto, Ontario.
His acting mentor and former series' lead Telly Savalas, died on January 22, 1994, at age 72. (Telly celebrated his 72nd birthday on January 21, 1994, with friends and family, and passed away, the following day.).
Was very close to Telly Savalas. Dobson was also the best friend to all of his acting mentor's children.
Revealed that he had a wonderful working relationship with Telly Savalas on Kojak (1973).
Surrogate son of Telly Savalas.
Credits Telly Savalas as his favorite acting mentor/best friend.
Had signed a contract with Universal Studios in 1972.
Met Joan Van Ark on the set of Kojak (1973), in 1977, and became good friends ever since. They worked together on Knots Landing (1979).
Of Irish descent.
As an actor, he was highly influenced by Telly Savalas.
Actor/singer Telly Savalas took him under his wing, since he was 30. The friendship lasted for 21 years, until Savalas's death in 1994.
Has highly praised Telly Savalas for his stardom in acting.

Personal Quotes (9)

If you love your country, thank a Veteran.
[on encouraging other actors to follow their understudies]: Commitment to a goal is not a sometimes thing. I work at my craft every day as hard as I can. I can't say that I am in this business alone and I will succeed alone and will go into the future alone. It takes an absolute team. When you have a good team ... I credit my wife with that, the people around me like Joe Sutton, the right representation in agents, choosing the right material, being in the right place at the right time... and most of all, being patient. At first, I wanted all the leads and after realizing what the inside of the business is about and how I can build to get those leads, you have to have patience, so I credit dedication with tenacity as purpose will be rewarded. I firmly believe that it's a constant work effort, work ethic, belief in yourself and your abilities and not being afraid to take the next step forward.
[When he made his directorial debut on Knots Landing (1979)]: It was everything I thought It would be and more. I was in total control. I felt like I wanted to do all the parts and yet you find out, you make a suggestion here and there and you see that come to fruition, you see that come alive. It's so rewarding. I had a great time with the younger people who are still finding a way, I really had a good time in making some adjustments and was tested as far as my creative input. on the technical side, I didn't walk in there pretending I knew the camera, you know.
[About doing something else after Kojak (1973)]: I've been fortunate in that when Kojak (1973) ended, the dream happened again. And now I've done nine Movies of the Week that I've had the lead in and the movies are another career. I'm proud of where I am today and proud of what the future will hold in my profession.
I've lost two friends to AIDS, so if I can lend my support in helping out then I will do that. I'm also involved with the Special Olympics, which covers a wide variety of diseases.
[When he found out if Telly Savalas was going to have a TV series of his own]: I heard that Telly Savalas was going to do a TV series --- he was a friend of mine. Called my agent. Get on it, right away; went on to it, the next day, and said, 'What happened?' Call or what? Look, Telly Savalas is doing this and I'm right for him, you know, and he did and he made the arrangements. At that time, I had nothing, and a friend of mine, he had a vest, suit, everything.
[on his on- and off-screen chemistry with Telly Savalas, who played Lt. Theo Kojak]: What an opportunity! I am so grateful to have worked with him. He was a hard-nosed movie star, but as sensitive as anyone could be. He was a family man - always - whether it was his mother, nieces, or brother visiting the set. We were always putting his family in the holding cell during a scene.
[Of Telly Savalas]: Telly was as soft as they come, he was like lemon meringue pie, he was a terrific guy. Very good family man, always had family, his mother was around, his brother [of course] worked with him on the show, and there were always people around. You know, when you met Telly, you know, you walk away, you feel like your best friend. You just renew the relationship. He's very gracious, and he lived life to his fullest!
[In describing his mentor Telly Savalas's new determination]: He wanted to stop smoking. A friend of mine on the set had a lollipop in his shirt pocket, so I flipped it to him. ... That started the lollipop cop.

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