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Kevin Tighe
Kevin Tighe
Character(s) Anthony Cooper
Date of Birth August 13, 1944 (age 72)
Origin Los Angeles, California
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Kevin Tighe played the role of Anthony Cooper.


  • Born John Kevin Fishburn in Los Angeles.
  • Performing as a child from age 10
  • Tighe initially attended Pasadena City College.
  • Later obtained a Masters Degree in Theater
  • Taught drama at USC
  • Lived out of a suitcase after he decided to pursue acting professionally
  • Was in the United Kingdom trying to obtain work at various prestigious theater companies when producer Jack Webb acquired his services for the "Emergency!"
  • He gained moderate TV stardom as paramedic Roy DeSoto and the series lasted a financially lucrative five years.
  • Returned to acting study in order to refresh his skills during the slow "post-Emergency" period
  • Managed to work with such notables as acting legend Stella Adler.
  • His perseverance paid off with a steady stream of grey-haired character roles starting in the 80s -- predominantly in rugged fare.
  • Made his Broadway debut with "Open Admissions" in 1984, the show folded after only a couple of weeks.
  • Appearing in such high-profile movies as Matewan (1987), where he first played a "bad guy," Eight Men Out (1988), Road House (1989), Another 48 Hrs. (1990), City of Hope (1991), Newsies (1992), What's Eating Gilbert Grape? (1993), Jade (1995) and Mumford (1999).
  • On TV he has had a number of prime support rules over the years playing everything from Thomas Jefferson and William Randolph Hearst to the Kansas patriarch who was senselessly slaughtered along with his family by the In Cold Blood killers.
  • Played the serious father of Nick Andopolis in the short-lived TV series Freaks and Geeks, 1999-2000.
  • Known for his serious-minded roles, Kevin has tackled a number of generals, attorneys, governors, doctors, coaches, even psychics during his long career.
  • He won the Canadian "Genie" Award for his supporting role in I Love a Man in Uniform (1993).
  • His only child, Jennifer Tighe, is also an actress.
  • His guest character on Law & Order: SVU (on October 2, 2007) had the alias of "Cooper", the same last name of his character on Lost, Anthony Cooper.
    • On an interesting side note, the Cooper character on "SVU" worked at a rare books store. His assistant was named Nestor Buchanan. Nestor Carbonell plays Richard Alpert on Lost.
  • Appeared in Another 48 Hrs. (1990) alongside future Lost co-star Andrew Divoff.
  • He plays the character Ian Blackpoole on 'Leverage,' a TNT drama about high-tech crooks and con-men.
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