..........Kevin graduated from the high school in 1977 and attended Minnesota State Uni-versity Moorhead (then known as Moorhead State University). His first choice was architecture but his godfather, who was an architect, talked him out of it. So, he majored in marketing and advertising. Sport was not thrown up - he played foot-ball, baseball, basketball, hockey and started lifting weights.
"I was reluctant to enrol in drama classes, so I'd sneak in and watch. It was only in my last year that I really started to get involved - finally admitting to myself that that was what I really wanted to do." Kevin performed in several plays, gaining yardage on the theatrical stage. And that has brought an inevitable - in 1981 Kevin dropped out of the University. For what he considered a good reason. His parents weren't really excited about him leaving 16 credits shy of a degree. But they didn't push him. "They were just always behind me so it was a long road and they kind of traveled it with me. They're a big part, I think, of the reason why I'm a success today."
Kevin got Screen Actors Guild card (for a TV commercial for Target retail stores) and was delighted with a chance to join a theatre group in Dallas, Texas. But soon it became clear that the show-business world wasn't exactly waiting for him. "I liked the theater but I didn't have money for acting lessons. I worked as a bar-tender and bouncer but I hated working in smoky nightclubs." Because of his looks he was cast for print ads, small commercials and some modelwork. He was doing local plays. He managed to get a one-line role in a series. That was all. But Kevin refused to kill the dream.
At age 24 while working with a stage troupe, taking acting classes and shooting commercials, Kevin fell in love with a model, who convinced him to move with her to Europe. "I told my parents that I was going to go to Europe for three months and I stayed for three years." They lived, basically, in Milan, Paris and Munich. Kevin was working as a model and sometime actor. He became quite successful doing print ads and plenty of commercial work; he was personally handpicked by Gianni Versace to be on his runway shows. Kevin hung out with the actors and started a 10-game basketball league in Germany. He was taking a lot of black and white photos. He was writing sad poems - just for himself. "Most of the writing I did was when I was in my 20s, and they were very confusing years in terms of relationships I was involved in, and in terms of finding my place in life."
When the romance came to its conclusion in 1986, Kevin had returned to USA, to Los Angeles. He was thinking about Hollywood and even had closed the gap be-tween his teeth. But at the age of 28 he was said that he is too old to start. "I got a commercial assignment in Australia and I liked the country so I ended up staying another six months, did a couple of plays and a lot of commercials." He lived in Sydney and traveled around the Great Barrier Reef. Kevin still was not ready to see himself as a model or commercial actor, so he continued his acting studies. His visa was good for half of a year and he used it full. Then he returned to the States.
Once Kevin settled in Los Angeles in the middle of 1987, he got down to business seriously, studying with such highly respected teachers as Janet Alhanti, Roy London, Bill Trayler and Richard Brander. He could afford it now as he became one of the most successful commercial actors in the business appearing in commercials for everything from beer and CD interactive to automobiles. "I looked at myself as an actor who did commercials to make ends meet. I was able to get myself involved in plays, showcases and acting classes that were good for me and my career." There was a period when it seemed that all his persistence would not bring any result. A lot of auditions, few small roles and plenty of rejection. But during his lonely years in Hollywood Kevin had never thought about quitting.
Then something has changed - either in Kevin, or in the Universe. And in 1991 he started getting more work in television, as guest star and leading man. Some-where in the middle of 1993 he received an invitation to come in for a script reading. The question was about four television movies about the popular Greek demigod. The first move was to refuse even open the script. "I laughed. I thought it was a joke. You hark back to who it was that did this before. I mean, I'm not a little guy, but I'm not a huge guy either." At last he read the script, and he liked it. He appreciated the humour and was intrigued with a "different sort of Hercules".
Kevin had to go through a grueling audition process over a two months period. "Part of me was actually scared that I might get the part, and I wasn't sure if this was the right thing to do." He was getting frustrated and about ready to retract, when, on his 35th birthday, he got a phone call informing that the part was his. He was hired to do four movies over a period of seven months.
To prepare for the role, Kevin worked with three different trainers, including mar-tial arts master Douglas Wong, who took him through an accelerated course of a kind of sword and staff-embellished advanced kung fu. "Of course, in a real kung fu or karate contest, I'd get my butt kicked." He also continued to train with weights and took horseback riding classes.
Kevin set off to Auckland, New Zealand. "My greatest concern was that they'd make me wear a toga. When I first saw the costume, I was pleasantly surprised." They started filming on November 15, 1993. Kevin was doing all his own fighting scenes and a lot of stunts.