I am the captain of my soul



March 1999 - Kevin Sorbo was offered his choice of 2 undeveloped Gene Roddenberry's properties: "GR's Phoenix Rising" and "GR's Starship" these were both marked "Working Titles".

Kevin Sorbo: "The producers came to me and said, 'We're going to give you 44 episodes off the bat, let you build the show and build the audience.' They don't do that in television anymore. They put together a phenomenal writing team. It's based on the writings of Gene Roddenberry. I just thought, 'Why not?' You look at features, and they're making fewer of them. You look at movie stars, and they're doing television; it means there's not as much work out there. So this isn't a 'beggars can't be choosers' situation, because I feel I've got the best of both worlds: not only am I doing something I enjoy, but they're giving us two full seasons. They threw everything at me in a positive way and I said, 'Yeah, I'll do it again.' It was too hard for me to say no." (09.00 Entertainment News Daily)

Kevin Sorbo: "When I was finishing up the last four or five episodes of Hercules [06-07.99], Majel [Majel Barrett Roddenberry, widow of Gene Roddenberry] actually sent me quite a big box of a lot of Gene's work, and it was very interesting. Not only this series, but a lot of his speeches at universities and things. Since I was unfortunate to have never met the man, it was interesting to read his speeches at college. He was very well spoken, obviously, and had a good sense of humour. So, I sort of got a taste of what kind of person he was." (04.00 Xena Magazine #4)
Six months before Hercules went off the air in 1999, Sorbo started looking for his next project. <...> He almost agreed to be on a CBS show, which sometimes, he says, "I wish I would have done. In syndication, you sort of get lost in the media shuffle. Hollywood doesn't even blink an eye. We don't have the publicity machine behind it." He was offered the lead role of Captain Dylan Hunt on "Andromeda". Even though he would be in that same syndicated situation with this show, Sorbo couldn't turn it down. CBS offered him a 6-episode guarantee, while Andromeda offered him a 44-show guarantee. (21.03.04 andPOP online article)
The Minnesota-born actor acknowledged that he hasn't had the film career he's hoped for since he left H:TLJ behind. He'd worked on a CBS drama pilot, Sorbo said, but was not happy with the result. (16.07.00 The Tennessean's Showcase)
Kevin Sorbo: "I was actually contemplating doing a network TV show. We were in negotiations for it. It's not even being made now. It was called "Saint War". I believe CBS was looking at it, but I don't know if it [was cancelled] because I pulled out. But I was in serious talks with the people that were involved with that. And the writer was Jeff Roven, who is actually a ghost writer for Tom Clancy. It was a great-looking series and I was very, very interested in it. But "Andromeda" came along and I think syndication offers a guarantee. They guaranteed us two years. <...> I thought, here's a show where the premise of it and the idea behind it are so good and so impressive, that if you get 44 shows to put out there and bombard the television screens with, hopefully you can garner yourself an audience." (12.00 Xena Magazine # 13)
Sorbo was looking for a new project. There were a few options, including a 'Mission: Impossible'-style series for CBS that continues to intrigue the "Andromeda" star. Majel Roddenberry, came calling with the "Adromeda" idea. Sorbo, a "Star Trek" nut <...> signed on. He secured a five-year contract and a producing credit and owns a piece of the series, now airing in North America and the U.K., but set to advance this fall into Europe, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and other markets. "I learned a lot from H:TLJ, so when I came in, I pretty much asked for the moon. They gave it to me." (30.05.01 National Post, Canada)
As part of his creative contributions to the series, Sorbo played an instrumental role in casting six fellow actors to appear with him as regulars on the show. (06.11.00 Cinescape)



(May 2000 - December 2004)


Kevin Sorbo: "I'm not listed as one of the producers, but I will be in second season. I had hands-on with Robert [Wolfe, head writer] from the very beginning. A major reason I'm working on this project is that it gives me a better working environment in terms of hours. I wasn't going to be working 100 hour weeks as I did in "Hercules". I talk to the writers on a daily basis. Every script I read, I put in my two cents. I write extensive notes on what I believe doesn't work. I told Robert, 'When I send you the notes, I only say what I think doesn't work.' I love the scripts, but when things aren't working, I have to understand why they don't work. <...> My mantra to Robert, as the show was being put together, was 'Share the wealth!' I want everyone to be important in their own way. Make it interesting to watch each characters for different reasons. I want a viewer that tunes in - if they're not turned on by me, maybe they're turned on by Tyr. That's what we watch TV for. We watch for characters. 'I like him or her. There's something that attracts me to this person.' And here, we have seven times the opportunity which I think will be good for the show." But Sorbo laughs and cringes recalling that when it came time to put this into practice. It wasn't quite what he had expected. "You've got seven egos and seven insecurities! You've got seven people wanting the camera. It's weird to share the spotlight at all." (06.11.00 Cinescape)
Kevin Sorbo: "Really, to just play a muscle guy is going to get old and it may have already happened. I think it was time to portray a different sort of character. <...> I dropped the weight, I'm lean and mean, but I'm still in shape. I can still kick butt. After working out 80 hours a week and going to the gym every darn day for seven seasons, I just said, you know what? Why can't I just have a different physicality?" (10.07.00 Calgary Sun, Canada)


"Kevin finds peace of mind in his Las Vegas area house when he is not filming on location." - summer 2000
(pics are from the article "At Home With the Stars" - 12.03.02 Star)
Kevin Sorbo: "Sure, it would be fun to play a cop and be fun to be a real guy in a real TV show. But I am fulfilling all these fantasies that most of us have as kids." (12.10.00 Chicago Tribune)
Kevin Sorbo: We've gotten to a point where we glamorize the negative in this country. I don't understand why we want to uphold people who are mean, who are filled with hate. I still believe in that good old-fashioned tenet that good will survive over evil. Gene Roddenberry believed that. It's fun to play somebody who can deliver a good message, and it's fun to keep playing the hero part. Hunt is more accessible; people can relate to him more. He isn't half-god, he isn't the strongest person in the world. He is just somebody with strong moral beliefs and standards he sets for himself, and he's in a universe that's totally against that. It'd be like a Republican in the Democratic world of Hollywood. (19.10.00 Los Angeles Times)
Q: What's it like to see your co-star Keith Hamilton Cobb, who plays the ultra-buffed Tyr Anasazi, step into the beefcake role? -- Kevin Sorbo: That's the nice thing about getting older - the ego goes. I just want to keep working as an actor and having fun at it. <...> I still keep myself in shape, but now, Keith is doing all the lifting. (19.10.00 Los Angeles Times)

"Sorbo finishes his workout with a gut-busting set of bicycle crunches: Lie on your back and pump your knees up and down as you do twisting crunches, touching right elbow to left knee, left elbow to right knee, and so on. Continue until you understand why the name 'Sorbo' is stunningly appropriate." [I guess they mean 'sorbo' as the trade name of a rubber...] (03.01 Men's Health Magazine)

"If the actor had any doubts whether or not viewers would accept him as Captain Dylan Hunt, a recent encounter with two of the show's fans helped put his mind at ease. "My wife Sam and I were in downtown Vancouver on our way to a restaurant. Two guys who had just passed us on the street suddenly stopped, turned around, snapped to attention, saluted and said, 'Captain Hunt, sir!' That gave me a good feeling inside." (06.01 TV Zone #139)



Braeden Cooper Sorbo was born in a Henderson hospital (Nevada).


"I took a first look at my son and it was unconditional love," says Sorbo. He stood beside Sam in a hospital delivery room and, supervised by her obstetrician, prepared to sever the umbilical cord of their first child, Braeden Cooper. "I was crying so hard. I said to the doctor, 'Make sure I cut the right thing, because I can't see.' I changed his diaper this morning. It didn't bug me at all. Being a father is so cool." (17.09.01 People)

Kevin Sorbo: He's been great. It's the best thing I've ever done, by far. (27.11.01 Interview to zap2it.com)

"Kevin Sorbo: Little Braeden. He is so cool. Love of my life. I told my wife, Sam, "I love you, but this kid!" It's such a different thing. I waited a long time to have a family. It's a miracle. Other fathers would always show all these photos of their kids, and you're going, "Yeah, yeah, whatever." Then when it happens to you, you get it. You understand what it's all about. I think it's the only thing I have ever done right - to have this child come into my life.
ET: Tell me about his name. It's beautiful.
KS: Braeden is Irish Gaelic. It's a name that I read in a novel years ago when I was in high school.

ET: What is the greatest challenge of being a parent?
KS: I think the biggest challenge of being a parent is just relaxing. Life takes on a whole different meaning. He coughs and I go, "Is he OK?" He sneezes and I go, "Is he getting a cold?" You just don't want anything bad to happen to him." (26.12.01 ET Online)


Kevin at the Creation "Sci-Fi Salute" convention in San Francisco

April 6, 2002

Report by Javert Rovinski: "Mr. Sorbo had managed to promote himself from the devil to an unknown. Then... a funny thing happened. While dealing with questions, he demonstrated a number of characteristics I can only describe as admirable."


He no longer plays TV's Hercules, but Kevin Sorbo still seeks new adventures. His latest: designing furniture. The first of three 20-piece Sorbo Collections, which include English- and French-country bedroom, dining and living room sets, hits stores this fall. Sorbo's hobby began when the "Andromeda" star and his wife, Sam, created furniture for their homes. "It's weird," he admits, but the project fulfills "the business guy in me. I like being in something other than just the celebrity thing." (22.07.02 People)
"While Kevin Sorbo is unabashedly proud of his celebrity lifestyle, which has him playing golf with Wayne Gretzky and Arnold Palmer and being complimented by Tom Hanks, his view of "the business" is anything but starry-eyed. "They call this place [Los Angeles], 'The City of Broken Dreams' for a good reason," he says with a grim smile. "I can't possibly complain. I'm working regularly when 98 percent of the actors out here aren't. 'Andromeda' is doing well, and there's no reason it can't go five years. So I count my blessings, even though I don't think anyone has worked harder over the last nine years. But I tell you, there are times when I wouldn't wish this business on anyone. It really is like a bad drug. I'm sorry if this sounds negative. I'm just trying to paint a realistic picture. Good things don't just happen to people out here. You earn what you get. Believe me." (8.08.02 St.Paul Pioneer Press)

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Kevin Sorbo: "My favorite part about a job is that time between СAction!Т and СCut!Т because that time is my time. And in that time, hopefully, IТve put forth my best effort in terms of the preparation I had going into that scene. It is all make believe, but the whole idea about it is: Why do we love TV so much? Why do we love movies so much? ItТs because people love escapism, and thatТs why I wanted to become an actor. I like the fact that I could be touched, I could be moved. Whether it was anger or sadness. WeТll never stop going to movies. And, weТll never stop watching TV. TheyТre escape routes for all of us to get away from the boring and mundane life we all lead. So, I love the whole process of breaking down the script, and getting into the character. I know itТs a business. I know weТre not doing brain surgery here. But you know what? I hope that weТre supplying somebody with some entertainment and some escapism for a while." (11-12.02 Prevue Mag - read the full article) -- не могу снова найти, ссылка не работает


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"It's amazing what fame does, I can pick up the telephone now and call Arnold Palmer or Greg Norman. I have their personal numbers." It's quite a compliment, Sorbo says, because it indicates these people both like and trust him. "I don't think I'm a Hollywood guy, and that's probably a good thing, considering how much that city destroys people. I spent seven years filming in New Zealand and three in Canada. So I've pretty much stayed away from the Hollywood crowd. My best friends today are the same guys I grew up with in Minneapolis and at Moorhead State. Thankfully I've kept my Minnesota roots intact." (Fall 2003 MSUM Alumnews)


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Shane Haaken Sorbo was born. Clever boy didn't infringe upon good tradition and arrived on Wednesday - like his father and elder brother.

Dad Kevin Sorbo only acted the part, but 21-inches-long Shane may be the real thing as he breaks a Nevada hospital's record, weighing in at an Olympian 12 pounds 6 ounces. "He came out looking like a 4-month-old. I just looked at him and said, 'This is not possible'." That's Kevin Sorbo, 45, talking about his second son, Shane Haaken Sorbo, who tipped the scale past the 12 pounds mark upon delivery by emergency C-section on March 31 in Henderson, Nevada. "I think I needed the drugs more than my wife did," says the former "Hercules" star, who now appears in the syndicated sci-fi action series "Andromeda". At first, Sorbo and wife Sam <...> worried that so large a baby would come with medical problems. "The doctors said, 'Everything is normal. You just have a big fricking baby,' " says Kevin. "I'm feeling very full of myself." <...> (26.04.04 People)

Kevin Sorbo: I didn't realize how big -- I mean he came out and he's just a baby and everybody in the hospital went, "Oh, my gosh, he's huge." And it wasn't until they laid him next to a 7 and a half pound baby that I realized... <...> Sam is outnumbered. We're going for the girl. (06.05.04 The Ellen DeGeneres Show, TV)

Kevin Sorbo: With this series I'm not working the killer hours I did with "Hercules" because I just refused to do it. I'm back home every day between 5 and 6:30 at night. I can have dinner and bathe the boys and tuck them into bed. I get to be a dad on the weekdays, as well as on the weekends. It's good right now. (24.05.04 Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh)


13-15.08.04 -- Wolf Kevin Sorbo Event in London. This Sci Fi Convention was for fans of "Andromeda" and "Hercules". It included Q&A Talks, Photo Sessions and Autographs.


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Towards fall 2004 Sorbo inked a deal with ABC that calls for the network to develop a comedy project for the actor.


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