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KEVIN SORBO (Holt Blanchard) has enjoyed success on television for over 20 consecutive years, a feat rarely accomplished by an actor. Sorbo quickly rose to stardom in the title role of the hit series, "Hercules, the Legendary Journeys”. The immense popularity of the 5 initial 2-hour telefilms in 1993 resulted in the launch of a weekly series by 1994. The series not only became a breakout hit by becoming the number one first-run program in syndication, it also passed "Baywatch” as the most watched TV show in the world airing in 176 countries. The innovative action hour revitalized the entire action/adventure genre on television and fostered two spin-off series, "Xena, Warrior Princess”, and "Young Hercules”. Sorbo also directed two episodes of the show, and co-wrote one installment.

Following the success of "Hercules”, Sorbo went on to star in the lead role as "Captain Dylan Hunt” in "Gene Roddenberry's, Andromeda”. The series, based upon writings from the late "Star Trek” creator's archives, debuted as the number one hour show in first run syndication and held that spot throughout it's five year run from 2000-2005. The show was seen in over 150 countries around the world.

In 1997, Sorbo made his feature film debut in "Kull, the Conqueror”, a prequel to "Conan, the Barbarian”. Other films include, "Walking Tall, the Payback”, "Walking Tall, Lone Justice. Both of those were released on DVD for Sony Studio. Lifetime cable released "The Last Chance Café”, Sy Fy channels "Something Beneath”, independent film "Clipping Adam”, and Hallmarks, "The Avenging Angel”, which aired in the summer of 2007 and was the third highest rated movie in the history of the Hallmark channel.

Other movies include "Meet the Spartans” for 20th Century Fox, and the Hallmark western, "Prairie Fever”. A string of Sy Fy channel movies include, "'Fire From Below”, "Lightning Strikes”, "Paradox” (Jan. 2011 release date), "Never Cry Werewolf”, and "Flesh Wounds” which will premiere in the Fall of 2010. An ABC Family film, "Jackie A” also had a DVD release. Two feature films due for a 2010 release include "Tales of an Ancient Empire” and "The King of Mykonos”, the Australian comedy was released down under in May of 2010 and debuted as the number one movie in that country.

Just completed movies include "Julia X”, a 3D psychological thriller due in theaters in November of 2010. In "Soul Surfer”, Sorbo stars alongside Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt and Carrie Underwood. "Surfer” is based on the life of Bethany Hamilton, the teen surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack. The movie will be released in the Fall of 2010. Upon completion of that movie, Sorbo traveled to Malta to shoot an Italian/American financed feature called, "The Hit” due for release in February, 2011. Other movies include "What If….” Starring along with Sorbo is Kristy Swanson and John Ratzenberger. "What If…” has an August of 2010 premiere. Future films include indie "The Coffin”, "Sleeping with the Lion”, "Abel's Field”, and "Rainbow Harbor”.

Sorbo has guest starred many t TV shows including "Just Shoot Me”, "According to Jim”, "Hope and Faith”, "Two and a Half Men, USA networks "Psych”, and had recurring appearances on "Dharma and Greg”, and on Fox's "The OC” in 2006-2007. In 2005, he signed an unprecedented development deal with ABC/Touchstone Television that resulted in the creation of "Bobby Cannon”, a half-hour comedy pilot written by Barry Kemp of "Coach” and "Newhart” fame. He recently shot a guest appearance on CBS's hit sitcom, "Gary Unmarried”. "Wolf Canyon” is a sitcom shot in the Fall of 2009 and will air in 2010. Electronics Media Magazine named Sorbo TV's third most bankable star behind Oprah and Regis.

Sorbo is also spokesman for A World Fit For Kids, a non-profit organization that provides gang, drug, and dropout prevention to teens through mentoring programs. Sorbo has headed up that foundation since 1997 serving 12 schools in the Los Angeles school district and over 12,000 students. The program was awarded the Governors Gold Star for being the most successful after school program in the state of California in 1997.

Sorbo was also named national spokesperson as successor to Arnold Schwarzenegger for The Afterschool Alliance in 2003, a nonprofit organization working to ensure that all children have access to safe, enriching afterschool programs.

A native of Mound, Minnesota, Sorbo is a sports enthusiast and an avid golfer. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Sam, and three young children.

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