With no rest Kevin dashed off to promote his movie, "Kull The Conqueror". His packed itinerary included interviews, public appearances and meet and greet ses-sions with fans. September was waiting him on the set of the "Black Dog", the second of a three-movie deal he signed with Universal. Kevin was glad to do something contemporary. Because his left arm had felt cold and tingling for some time now Kevin went to see his doctor in L.A. He found a lump beneath his left collarbone and suggested a biopsy. After he had seen his doctor Kevin went to his gym for his workout, but he felt such pain in his arm that he went to see his chiropractor. On his way home he suddenly lost parts of his vision and his balance. On the following day he suddenly slurred his words and Sam his fiancee took him to the hospital. They found out that he had an aneurysm in his left shoulder and later found out that he had suffered three strokes. He spent the next week at the ICU with massive doses of anticlotting medicine. After a short recovery period he tried to return to work to shoot Black Dog. His health failed him and after 2 days of filming Kevin was taken to the hospital again. He had to pull out of the "Black Dog" project. "Everything was work, work, work and five percent of my life was social. You can't do that. You have to balance out your life."
There were about 40 days to rest up before going back to New Zealand on the set of TV's "Hercules". But it turned out that the team had to resume production without the lead, as in late October it became clear that Kevin would be on the set later than was announced, apparently because it was taking longer for him to recover than expected. First episode he made was "Medea Culpa", where Hercules is just sitting and talking. The next was a little more mobile "Yes, Virginia". Kevin still couldn't be on the set more than an hour, and people had to be quiet around him, avoiding any cuts because of anti-coagulants he was treated with.
On January 5, 1998 Kevin wedded the actress Sam Jenkins in a low-key "only family and friends" ceremony. He still suffered from repercussions of his three strokes and it took him almost three years to gain back enough energy to enjoy his job, to enjoy golf, to be involved in charities and to being a husband.
"Hercules" contract was to end on March, 2000. Universal Studios wanted to go three more years with the show, but Kevin wanted to sign season by season to be free to any given opportunity of doing something different. He was tired of living half a world away from his family and friends. "New Zealand is beautiful, but when you're not living in the country you grew up in, you certainly miss those things that are part of that country." He was willing for a change of pace. "14 hours a day, every damn day. It does beat you up physically."
The early spring of 1999 came with rumours about the show finishing and unsuccessful negotiations. Kevin aimed at a full last season but got from the studio only an abbreviated version from 8 episodes. By the time they started filming sixth season, Kevin was offered his choice of two undeveloped Gene Roddenberry's properties. Tribune Entertainment offered him a 44-show guarantee. "I signed on to Andromeda when Hercules was still filming, but saying goodbye to Hercules was very sad. I had a great time on that show." So, "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" ended on July 22, 1999.
On September, 1999 Tribune has officially greenlighted "Gene Roddenberry's An-dromeda". Kevin secured a five-year contract and a producing credit (listed from the second season) and a piece of the series. As part of his creative contributions, he played an instrumental role in casting actors to appear with him as regulars on the show. "I dropped the weight. I'm still in shape, still working out, but I wanted to create a different person. When this show comes on the air, I won't be Hercules. People won't forget about Hercules, but I'm not him."
On May, 2000 they start shooting in Vancouver, Canada. Kevin liked the fact that it was more of an ensemble show. "With this series I'm not working the killer hours I did with "Hercules" because I just refused to do it." He was glad to play starship captain, who was created by his childhood hero, Gene Roddenberry. "Dylan Hunt is determined, a real no-nonsense kind of guy. There is also this in-security because he has a sense of making things right, but he's not always sure how to go about it."
On August 22, 2001 Kevin greeted his first son - Braeden Cooper Sorbo. And a year later the proud papa showed himself in the entirely new area: designing furniture. "The project fulfills the business guy in me. I like being in something other than just the celebrity thing."
On "Andromeda" Kevin had longer hiatus and he used this time taping guest spots on popular sitcoms and not so popular dramas. His initial excitement about the series has gone. "Andromeda" was big worldwide, airing in 155 countries. But in his homeland he was asked if he was ever gonna do another show after "Her-cules". "The biggest battle I've had with Tribune is that I don't think they've done a good job marketing the show in America, Fireworks does a better job marketing it worldwide. I do everything I can to promote the show here."
On March 31, 2004 Kevin and his wife, Sam, had their second son, Shane Haaken Sorbo. "Sam is outnumbered. We're going for the girl." Kevin had a pleasure of working with the cast and crew he had respect for, and being challenged with the character. "It's a more dramatic role. It's darker." Unfortunately, the series was being severely underbudgeted and barely promoted. Though there were hopes for the seven-years run, the fifth season turned out to be the last. Filming of "Andromeda" was finished on December 17, 2004.
Since then Kevin has been playing golf, doing a lot of conventions and searching for other projects. And, of course, taking time to relax with the family. "When I'm not working, I'm a family man."
In 2005 he became the newest spokesperson for the Afterschool Alliance, a national nonprofit organization. "Every young person deserves a safe place to go after school." On October 16, 2005 Kevin and Sam have welcomed their third child. "I don't want to take anything from my boys, because I love them so much. But having a girl - it's a different feeling." He is taking guest star and title roles, hitting various genres - sitcom, western, sci-fi thriller, romance, parody, drama, action... "I love to work, so I'm never going to say "no" to anything that looks good to me."
Future? He has ideas, deals and plans. He is thinking about directing a movie for Hallmark. He is hoping for the success of 2008 Kevin Sorbo Celebrity Golf Classic tournaments, which are intended to raise awareness and financial support for the organization "A World Fit for Kids!", served by Kevin as Chair and Spokesman. "Right now, things are kind of cruising along at a nice pace." If you want to learn more about Kevin please read his biography "True Strength" available from
written from Lana Rowan
Updated by Edith ….2012