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Birth name Jon Kevin FishburnNationality USABirth 13 august 1944Kevin Tighe (born Jon Kevin Fishburn; August 13, 1944) is an American actor who has worked in television, film, and theatre since the late 1960s. He is known for his character, firefighter-paramedic Roy DeSoto, on the 1972-1977 NBC series Emergency!.
(75 years) at Los Angeles (USA
Tighe was cast in his first major film as an extra in 1967's The Graduate. After being under contract with Paramount and Universal, Tighe's career took a turn from bit parts and extra work when he was cast as Roy DeSoto on Emergency!. Following Emergency!, Tighe went on to make numerous guest television appearances in shows such as Ellery Queen, Cos, and The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries. Aside from The Graduate, some of Tighe's film credits include Road House, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, and Jade. Tighe won a 1994 Genie Award for Best Supporting Actor in I Love a Man in Uniform. In the 2000s he played Anthony Cooper on the ABC television series, Lost, as well as Giles Corey in the premiere episode of the original WGN America series, Salem.
Tighe has also been seen in a number of stage productions including A Reckoning, Other Desert Cities, Curse of the Starving Class, and A Skull in Connemara.
Tighe was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of an actor, his family ancestry being Czech-Bohemian and Irish. When he was five, Tighe moved with his family from Los Angeles to nearby Pasadena. It was there that he began acting at an early age, auditioning for juvenile leads at the Pasadena Playhouse. Tighe later 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. Because of an injury to his finger, he was stationed for two years at Fort Knox rather than being sent to Vietnam.
Since 1985, Tighe has resided in Skagit County, Washington with his wife, artist Rebecca Fletcher.
From there he travels to New York and Los Angeles to do work in theater, film, and television. Tighe has a daughter from his first marriage, Jennifer Tighe, an actress with whom he has appeared in the stage production, A Reckoning.