Kathryn Erbe Biography

Kathryn Erbe is an American actress famous for her role in the HBO series ‘Oz’. Check out this biography to know about her childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about her.

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Birthday: July 2, 1966

Nationality: American

Famous: Actresses American Women

Age: 53 Years, 53 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Cancer

Also Known As: Kathryn Elsbeth Erbe

Born in: Newton, Massachusetts

Famous as: Actress

Height: 5'2" (157 cm), 5'2" Females


Spouse/Ex-: Terry Kinney (m. 1993–2006)

father: Richard Erbe

mother: Elisabeth Magnarelli

siblings: Jonathan Erbe (Brother) and Jennifer Erbe

children: Carson Lincoln Kinney, Maeve Elsbeth Erbe Kinney

U.S. State: Massachusetts

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education: New York University

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Kathryn Erbe, born as Kathryn Elsbeth Erbe, is an American actress famous for playing the role of Detective Alexandra Eames in the crime drama ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent’ and of Shirley Bellinger in the HBO series ‘Oz’. She has also appeared in a number of other TV programs including ‘Chicken Soup’, 'Homicide: Life on the Street', 'Blue Bloods', 'Conviction', 'How to Get Away with Murder' and 'The Sinner'. The actress has done numerous films and short films, such as 'Rich in Love', 'The Addiction', 'Love from Ground Zero', 'Stir of Echoes', '3 Backyards', 'Mother's House' and 'Mistress America', to name a few. In addition, she has acted in a handful of plays as well. Her theatre projects include 'The Grapes of Wrath', 'The Speed of Darkness', 'A Month in the Country' and 'The Father'. On a personal note, Erbe is a single, strong, and independent woman. She is a loving mother of two children.

  • Kathryn Erbe first starred as Patricia Reece in the 1989 drama series ‘Chicken Soup’. In the ensuing years, she appeared in numerous movies and TV films, such as ‘What About Bob’, ‘Rich in Love’, ‘D2: The Mighty Ducks’, ‘Breathing Lessons’, ‘The Addiction’, ‘Kiss of Death’ and ‘Dream with the Fishes’ and also acted in various plays like 'The Grapes of Wrath', 'The Speed of Darkness' and 'A Month in the Country'.
  • The actress was then cast for the projects ‘Love from Ground Zero’ and ‘Naked City: Justice with a Bullet’ in 1998. That year, she also began playing Shirley Bellinger in ‘Oz’. Soon after this, Erbe had roles in the films ‘Entropy’ and ‘Stir of Echoes’. She next joined the cast of ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent’ as Det. Alexandra Eames, a role she played until 2011. During this time, the American actress also got featured in the films and short films ‘3 Backyards’, ‘Mother's House’ and ‘The Love Guide’.
  • During 2012 and 2013, she made guest appearances in ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’. After this, Erbe did the flick ‘Worst Friends’ in 2014. That year, she also appeared in an episode of ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’. After doing the movie ‘Mistress America’ in 2015, she appeared in the TV programs ‘Elementary’, ‘Conviction’, ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ and ‘The Sinner’.
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Personal Life
  • Kathryn Erbe was born as Kathryn Elsbeth Erbe on July 5, 1965 in Newton, Massachusetts, USA, to Elsbeth and Richard Erbe. She has a brother named Jonathan and a sister named Jennifer. She attended New York University (NYU) and graduated from there in 1989. The actress was married to American actor Terry Kinney from 1993 to 2006. The couple has two kids: son Carson Lincoln and daughter Maeve.

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