Kathryn Erbe



  • Birth Place: Newton, MA
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 07/02/1966, Cancer
  • Profession: Actor
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This stage-trained player began working as a professional actor before graduating from college. In 1988, she appeared in The Grapes of Wrath, her first collaboration with Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Not only did she become a full-fledged ensemble member in 1993, she ended up marrying the troupe's cofounder, Terry Kinney. Throughout the '90s, Erbe alternated between stage and screen, consistently earning fine reviews and even snagging a Tony nod for her work in the bloody 1991 stage drama The Speed of Darkness. On the small screen, she first made a terrifying impression as a murderous mom on death row on the HBO prison drama Oz. She then became more recognized on Law & Order: Criminal Intent as Vincent D'Onofrio's tough-as-nails partner, a role she played from 2001 until 2010.Kathryn Erbe Fast Facts:
  • Decided to become an actor after playing the Little Red Hen in a kindergarten production of Chicken Little.
  • As a member of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company, she starred in a 1997 production of A Streetcar Named Desire (directed by husband Terry Kinney), playing Stella opposite Gary Sinise's Stanley and John C. Reilly's Mitch.
  • Her second pregnancy was incorporated into a Law & Order: Criminal Intent story line by having her character act as a surrogate mother for her sister.
  • Kathryn Erbe Relationships:
  • Jennifer Erbe - Sister
  • Elsbeth Erbe - Mother
  • Carson Lincoln - Son
  • Maeve - Daughter
  • Jonathan Erbe - Brother
  • Richard Erbe - Father
  • Terry Kinney - Husband
  • Kathryn Erbe Awards:
  • 1991 Tony: Actress (Featured Role--Play) - Nominee
  • College:
  • New York University, New York, NY (1989)

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