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Overview (4)

Born in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died in Grants Pass, Oregon, USA  (esophageal cancer)
Birth NameDonald Norman Hagen
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Kevin Hagen is the son of professional ballroom dancers, Haakon Olaf Hagen and Marvel Lucile Wadsworth. His father left the family when Kevin was five. He was raised by his mother, two aunts and a grandmother, with some help from his uncle, a physician. The family moved to Portland, Oregon when Kevin was a teenager and he played baseball and football at Jefferson High School. He attended Oregon State University before enlisting in the U.S. Navy after World War II, and served in San Diego.

At age 15, he weighed 250 pounds, but lost 60 pounds by the following summer.

His son, Kristopher Hagen (age 34 in 2005), is a Special Ed teacher and high school baseball coach in Bakersfield, California.

He was a single parent for some 20 years. He has been married four times.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: S. Wolfsberger

Spouse (4)

Janet Louise Naslund Funderburg (1 July 1995 - 9 July 2005) (his death)
Dorali Dossantos (3 October 1969 - 20 February 1980) (divorced) (1 child)
Susanne Cramer (28 January 1967 - 7 January 1969) (her death)
Adaline Whigam Sohns (2 April 1960 - ?) (divorced)

Trivia (6)

Has a son, Christopher Hagen.
Craggy-faced, veteran Chicago-born film and television character whose initial career started off in the late 1950s and early 1960s playing western bad guys. He later put his indelible print on kindly doctor types on scores of TV programs, notably his Dr. Hiram Baker on Little House on the Prairie (1974).
Did not start acting until he was 27, by which time he had worked for the U.S. State Department in Germany, earning a degree in international relations from the University of Southern California,
One time considered being a lawyer, attending law school at UCLA before deciding to drop out and trying his luck at acting.
He performed and toured in a one-man show he wrote based on the Doc Baker character called, "A Playful Dose of Prairie Wisdom." While performing that show he met his fourth wife, Jan. They were married in 1993.
He attended Oregon State University before enlisting in the U.S. Navy after World War II, serving in San Diego.

Personal Quotes (1)

When asked in an interview by an Oregonian newspaper if he liked playing heavies roles in films and TV: "It was fun, you could be as mean as you wanted to be. There's a heavy in all of us."

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