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Robert Donald Kilpatrick, Jr.
August 20, 1949
|Education||University of Richmond|
New York University
|Occupation||Actor, director, screenwriter, producer, journalist|
Patrick Kilpatrick is the stage name of Robert Donald Kilpatrick Jr. (born August 20, 1949), an American actor, director, screenwriter, producer, journalist, international entertainment speaker and teacher. He has appeared in over 180 films and television series.
Kilpatrick was born in Orange, Virginia, the son of Robert Donald Kilpatrick Sr. and Elle Fay Hines Kilpatrick. His ancestors are Scottish, Irish, and English, having come to the U.S. as early as 1640, and he has relatives who fought in both the American Revolution and for the Confederacy in the Civil War. His father was a World War II "Beach Jumper", a predecessor to the modern U.S. Navy Seals, who received a Silver Star and Purple Heart in the Pacific and was a winner of the National Collegiate Baseball Championship for the University of Richmond.
When Kilpatrick was six, the family moved to Connecticut from Virginia, where his father (formerly a teacher) began his career in insurance underwriting. Kilpatrick Sr. later founded Cigna Corporation; he died on January 27, 1997 at age 72. His mother was a girls' physical education instructor at the Gilbert School in Connecticut. The family returned to Virginia in the early 1970s. After nearly dying in a car crash at the age of 17 on November 17, 1967, he was rehabilitated to the point where he could later perform his own stunts.
Kilpatrick graduated from the University of Richmond in 1972 with a bachelor of arts degree in English, History, and Teaching and attended New York University's Professional Film and Television Graduate Program.
Film and television
Kilpatrick's entertainment career has spanned more than 180 films and television shows as lead actor, producer, screenwriter, director and acting coach/entertainment teacher. Most commonly playing the role as a villain, Kilpatrick has joked, "I’ve been killed, beaten-up or jailed by nearly every leading actor on earth and in outer space."
His action film villain appearances include The Replacement Killers (1998), Eraser (1996), Last Man Standing (1996), Minority Report (2002), Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995), The Presidio (1988), and two Westerns opposite Tom Selleck, Last Stand at Saber River (1997) and Crossfire Trail (2001). Kilpatrick also starred with the largest mammal on earth in Free Willy 3: The Rescue (1997).
In one 18-month period Kilpatrick reportedly acted in five major studio films and two independent films while making 27 television guest star spots on 18 different shows. Other appearances include films such as Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985); 3 Ninjas Knuckle Up (1995), and the PBS miniseries American Playhouse: Roanoak (1981) which became the largest production in the history of PBS.
Television appearances include Dark Angel; Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1994); Walker, Texas Ranger (1994); Babylon 5 (1995); Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman as Sergeant O'Connor for 9 episodes from 1996 to 1997; ER (1997); The X-Files (2001); General Hospital (2003); CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2005); 24 (2005); Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008) and Chuck ("Chuck Versus the Gravitron"). He co-starred in the Star Trek: Voyager episodes "Initiations" (1995) and "Drive" (2000) and in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Siege of AR-558" (1998). In January 2019, he began filming Catalyst (scheduled for 2021 release).
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Kilpatrick had a theatrical run at Los Angeles Theater Center for Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, acted Off-Broadway in Hanoi Hilton at the Harold Clurman Theater (1984), Linda Her and The Fairy Garden (1984) at the Second Stage, and in regional theater, Requiem for a Heavyweight (1985).
He has directed Off-Broadway and was a founding member of Divine Theater in New York City. His play, Zone of Bells/Room of Seesaws, premiered at the 1984 East Village Arts Festival. He was assistant director on Broadway with The Golden Age (1984) and Entertaining Mr. Sloane, (1984, Cherry Lane Theatre), and on Death Trap (1984) in the West End of London.
In 2018, Kilpatrick released a memoir, Dying for living: Sins & Confessions of a Hollywood Villain & Libertine Patriot Vol. 1 – Upbringing, published by Boulevard Books (NYC) on October 1, 2018, launched October 3, 2018 at National Press Club and Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. The book received the "Best of LA" Award 2018 with 5-star reviews.
Kilpatrick's follow-up, Dying for living: Wasted Talent in the Valley of Debacle (Vol. 2 - Showbiz), was set for publication at the end of 2019.
- Kilpatrick, Patrick. "An Interview With Patrick Kilpatrick". javanan.com. Interviewed by Farah Shokouhi.
- Kilpatrick, Patrick (2010). "Exclusive Interview with Veteran Actor Patrick Kilpatrick". Interviewed by Joe Sabatino. Retrieved March 6, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)[verification needed]
- Kilpatrick, Patrick (2013). "LIVE Interview with Patrick Kilpatrick". MediaNiteRadio – via blogtalkradio.com.[verification needed]
- Treaster, Joseph B. "Robert D. Kilpatrick, 72, Former Insurance Executive". The New York Times. Retrieved March 16, 2021.