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Kevin Tighe starred as Roy DeSoto on the '70s NBC series Emergency!. I never did see that particular television program, but I did enjoy him on Lost, and who can forget Mr. Tighe as Frank Tilghman, the owner of the Double Deuce, in 1989's Road House with Patrick Swayze.

He's definitely one of those great "Oh, That Guy" character actors that you've seen in just about everything. Now, let's check in with him...

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Kevin Tighe

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BIRTH DATE: August 13, 1944 in Los Angeles, California, USA

BIRTH NAME: Jon Kevin Fishburn

CLAIM TO FAME: Kevin Tighe is an American actor who has worked in television, film, and theatre since the late 1960s. He is best known for his character, firefighter-paramedic Roy DeSoto, on the 1972-77 NBC series Emergency!

FAMILY LIFE: Tighe was married to Mary Lou Seaman from June of 1968 until their divorce in 1971. Together they have a daughter, Jennifer. Tighe has been married to Rebecca Ann Fletcher since 1995.

INFO: Tighe began acting at an early age, auditioning for juvenile leads at the Pasadena Playhouse.

He graduated from Pasadena High School in 1962, and went on to attend Pasadena City College before receiving an undergraduate degree from USC and then an MFA for acting in 1967.

After USC, Tighe was drafted into the United States Army. Due to an injury to his finger, he was stationed for two years at Fort Knox rather than being sent to Vietnam.

Tighe has also been seen in a number of stage productions including A Reckoning, Mourning Becomes Electra, Anna Christie, Other Desert Cities, and Curse of the Starving Class.

TRIVIA: Father of Jennifer Tighe.

He was best man at the 2002 wedding of his old friend, actor Randolph Mantooth, to Kristen Connors.

He is the godfather of Kate Mulgrew's sons.

His acting mentor is the late Julie London.

Like his ex-Emergency! (1972) co-star, Robert Fuller, Tighe also spent time in the US Army.

Best friend of Randolph Mantooth.

He was awarded the 2010 Back Stage Garland Award for Performance in a Play for "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW: The most recent project that Kevin Tighe is working on is a drama called "Spirit Water". No release date has been announced yet.


2007-2016 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)...Gregory Searle / Julian Cooper
- Sheltered Outcasts (2016) ... Gregory Searle
- Avatar (2007) ... Julian Cooper

2015 Complications (TV Series)...Gary Ellison
- Critical Condition (2015) ... Gary Ellison
- Deterioration (2015) ... Gary Ellison
- Diagnosis (2015) ... Gary Ellison
- Onset (2015) ... Gary Ellison
- Pilot (2015) ... Gary Ellison

2014 Salem (TV Series)...Giles Corey
- The Vow (2014) ... Giles Corey

2013 I Am I...Gene

2012 Common Law (TV Series)...Fred Bendek
- In-Laws vs. Outlaws (2012) ... Fred Bendek

2005-2010 Lost (TV Series)...Anthony Cooper
- The Candidate (2010) ... Anthony Cooper
- The Brig (2007) ... Anthony Cooper
- The Man from Tallahassee (2007) ... Anthony Cooper
- Lockdown (2006) ... Anthony Cooper
- Orientation (2005) ... Anthony Cooper
- Deus Ex Machina (2005) ... Anthony Cooper

2010 Trauma (TV Series)...Capt. Cal Channing
- '13' (2010) ... Capt. Cal Channing

2009 Lie to Me (TV Series)...Fletcher Bellwood
- Undercover (2009) ... Fletcher Bellwood

2009 Leverage (TV Series)...Ian Blackpoole
- The Second David Job (2009) ... Ian Blackpoole
- The First David Job (2009) ... Ian Blackpoole

2009 My Bloody Valentine...Ben Foley

2008 Numb3rs (TV Series)...Keith Watts
- Charlie Don't Surf (2008) ... Keith Watts

2007 The 4400 (TV Series)...Senator Lenhoff
- Till We Have Built Jerusalem (2007) ... Senator Lenhoff
- The Truth and Nothing But the Truth (2007) ... Senator Lenhoff

2005 A Life in Suitcases...William Gottschalk

2005 Today You Die (Video)...Max Stevens

2005 The Deal...John Cortland

2005 Hello (Short)...Donald

2004 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)...Dr. Edwin Lindgard
- D.A.W. (2004) ... Dr. Edwin Lindgard

2003 The Tulse Luper Suitcases: Antwerp

2003 The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1: The Moab Story...William Gottschalk

2003 Everwood (TV Series)...Joe Morris
- Episode 20 (2003) ... Joe Morris

2003 Fast Food High...Dave Richter

2002 The Wonderful World of Disney (TV Series)...Coach Jeffries
- Nancy Drew (2002) ... Coach Jeffries

2002 Strange World (TV Series)...Jack Cullum
- The Devil Still Holds My Hand (2002) ... Jack Cullum

2002 Rose Red (TV Mini-Series)...Victor Kandinsky
- Episode #1.3 (2002) ... Victor Kandinsky
- Episode #1.2 (2002) ... Victor Kandinsky
- Episode #1.1 (2002) ... Victor Kandinsky

2001 The West Wing (TV Series)...Gov. Jack Buckland, D-IN
- On the Day Before (2001) ... Gov. Jack Buckland, D-IN

2000 The Sight (TV Movie)...Jake

1999-2000 Freaks and Geeks (TV Series)...Mr. Andopolis
- Smooching and Mooching (2000) ... Mr. Andopolis
- I'm with the Band (1999) ... Mr. Andopolis

2000 Family Law (TV Series)
- Metamorphosis (2000)

1999 The Big Day...Joe

1999 Mumford...Mr. Crisp

1999 Star Trek: Voyager (TV Series)...Henry Janeway
- 11:59 (1999) ... Henry Janeway

1999 The Wetonkawa Flash

1999 The Darwin Conspiracy (TV Movie)...Allan Hollingsworth

1998 Winchell (TV Movie)...William Randolph Hearst

1998 The Outer Limits (TV Series)...General
- Final Exam (1998) ... General

1997 The 119 (TV Movie)...Battalion Chief Kieran Ryan

1997 ER (TV Series)...Sgt. Pete Mattimore
- Fortune's Fools (1997) ... Sgt. Pete Mattimore

1996 In Cold Blood (TV Mini-Series)...Herbert Clutter
- Episode #1.2 (1996) ... Herbert Clutter
- Episode #1.1 (1996) ... Herbert Clutter

1996 Race the Sun...Jack Fryman

1996 The Single Guy (TV Series)...Jack Blake
- Rival (1996) ... Jack Blake

1995 Chicago Hope (TV Series)...Harry Kincaid
- Christmas Truce (1995) ... Harry Kincaid

1995 Murder One (TV Series)...David Blalock
- Chapter Six (1995) ... David Blalock
- Chapter Five (1995) ... David Blalock
- Chapter Four (1995) ... David Blalock
- Chapter Three (1995) ... David Blalock
- Chapter Two (1995) ... David Blalock
- Chapter One (1995) ... David Blalock

1995 The Ticket (Short)...Mr. Kessler

1995 Scorpion Spring...California County Sheriff Rawley Gill

1995 Jade...D.A. Arnold Clifford

1995 Escape to Witch Mountain (TV Movie)...Sheriff Bronson

1995 The Avenging Angel (TV Movie)...Benjamin Rigby

1994 Under Suspicion (TV Series)...Bob Phillips
- Wife Abuse/Murder: Part 2 (1994) ... Bob Phillips

1994 Men of War...Colonel Merrick

1994 Double Cross (Video)...Brian Cody

1994 Betrayal of Trust (TV Movie)...Bill Carroll

1993 Geronimo: An American Legend...Brig. Gen. Nelson Miles

1993 What's Eating Gilbert Grape...Ken Carver

1993 Caught in the Act (TV Movie)...Police Detective

1993 A Man in Uniform...Frank

1993 Better Off Dead (TV Movie)...D.A. John Byron

1992 School Ties...Coach McDevitt

1992 Yesterday Today (TV Movie)...Mike

1992 Newsies...Snyder

1991 Face of a Stranger (TV Movie)...Richard

1991 City of Hope...O'Brien

1990 Bright Angel...The Man

1990 Perry Mason: The Case of the Defiant Daughter (TV Movie)...Steven Elliott

1990 Another 48 Hrs. ...Blake Wilson

1990 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)...Sam Forney
- Cutting Cards (1990) ... Sam Forney

1990 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)...Lt. Moynihan
- How to Make a Killing Without Really Trying (1990) ... Lt. Moynihan

1989 Fat Man and Little Boy...Committee Member (uncredited)

1989 Road House...Tilghman

1989 Lost Angels...Dr. Gaeyl

1989 K-9...Lyman

1988 Eight Men Out...Joseph 'Sport' Sullivan

1987 CBS Summer Playhouse (TV Series)...Insp John Fernack
- The Saint in Manhattan (1987) ... Insp John Fernack

1987 Matewan...Hickey

1981 CBS Library (TV Series)
- Orphans, Waifs and Wards (1981)

1980 The Love Boat (TV Series)...Chris
- Dumb Luck/Tres Amigos/Hey, Jealous Lover (1980) ... Chris

1972-1979 Emergency! (TV Series)...Paramedic Roy DeSoto
All 129 episodes

1979 The Rebels (TV Movie)...Thomas Jefferson

1978 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (TV Series)...Steve
- The Last Kiss of Summer: Part 2 (1978) ... Steve
- The Last Kiss of Summer: Part 1 (1978) ... Steve

1976 Cos (TV Series)...Neighbor
- Episode #1.4 (1976) ... Neighbor

1976 Ellery Queen (TV Series)...Detective Jim Millay
- The Adventure of Caesar's Last Sleep (1976) ... Detective Jim Millay

1973-1974 Emergency +4 (TV Series)...Fireman Roy DeSoto
All 23 episodes

1974 Sierra (TV Series)...Fireman Roy DeSoto
- The Urban Rangers (1974) ... Fireman Roy DeSoto

1974 The Six Million Dollar Man (TV Series)...Root
- The Last of the Fourth of Julys (1974) ... Root

1972 Adam-12 (TV Series)...Roy DeSoto
- Lost and Found (1972) ... Roy DeSoto

1970 The Immortal (TV Series)...Steve Adkins
- The Return (1970) ... Steve Adkins (uncredited)

1970 Bonanza (TV Series)...Krulak
- The Weary Willies (1970) ... Krulak

1968 Yours, Mine and Ours...Extra (uncredited)

1967 Narcotics: Pit of Despair (Short)...John Scott

1967 The Graduate...Showering Student (uncredited)

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