For someone who expressed his interest in being an actor as a child, it is heartwarming to see how far Kevin Sorbo has come as an entertainer. Born on September 24, 1958, in Mound, Minnesota, Kevin has an English, Norwegian, German and Scottish ancestry. He was raised in Minnesota by his parents, Lynn Sorbo (dad) and Ardis Sorbo (mother) who were staunch Christians; this would come to influence his acting career many years later.
An American actor best known for the role of Hercules in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Sorbo’s wealth has been largely acquired from his career in the entertainment industry. More than being an actor, he is also a director and has thrived as a producer. The model turned actor has been active in the industry since 1986.
Paychecks from Acting Is The Major Source of His Wealth
Noted mostly for appearing in Biblical movies, Kevin Sorbo has been earning a big amount of income from his movies. Nonetheless, what laid the foundation for him to grow his net worth were paychecks from modeling gigs. Kevin modeled for many brands in more than a hundred and fifty commercials. This gained him some level of financial freedom while exposing him to more opportunities in the ever-competitive industry.
Initially, he made small appearances in television series like “1st &Ten”, “The Commish”, and more before he had his breakthrough with the lead role of Hercules in the TV film, “Hercules and the Amazon Women”. As it became a hit, Kevin got to earn a lot from the movie. More than that, it enhanced his earning power as he began to command higher pay for subsequent roles.
He also directed the series “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”. Things were going well for him and he was poised to continue bagging lucrative gigs. But then, within the production of the 4th and 5th series of Hercules which ran for 6 seasons, Kevin came down with a rare kind of disease, an aneurysm which caused him severe strokes. Within this period, Kevin suffered sight deficiencies, as well as difficulty in speech. This did not only affect the actor but also the production of the series and indeed, his career at large.
The show began to feature guest stars and Kevin Sorbo’s schedule was reduced to accommodate his challenge. As time went on, the actor experienced rapid healing as he responded to treatment and therapy and gradually bounced back; though he had a 10% loss of vision. Later, he was able to bounce back with roles in movies like “Andromeda” and a long-running television series titled “Kull the Conqueror”. Apart from these, he has also made appearances in television series like “The O.C”, “Two and a Half Men” and others; as well as movies like “Meet the Spartans” which became a box-office success despite being negatively reviewed by critics. Moreover, Kevin served as the executive producer for the movie “Abel’s Field” which was released in 2012. All of these projects aided Kevin to grow his assets.
Other Endeavors That Help Sorbo Acquire His Net Worth
Even though he attended Minnesota State University Moorhead to earn a degree in marketing and advertising, Kevin’s love for showbiz caused him to tilt his attention to modeling for advertisements while still in school. It gradually became a full-time job for Sorbo in the late 80s when he finally started a career in acting. There is no doubt that this has paid off a great deal. Going by his aforementioned endeavors, Kevin is indeed an above-average entertainer in the industry.
Kevin Sorbo has estimated assets worth $10 million which he accumulated largely from his acting and directing profession. It was once reported that he earns $1.5 million annually. While his career as an entertainer accounts for most of his wealth, it isn’t the only source of income. Kevin Sorbo is a published author of at least two books
Also a public speaker, the actor receives mouth-watering paychecks for speaking engagements in a variety of events. He also has an official shop for fan merchandise with several video game voice roles that have bolstered his wealth.
The actor’s compassionate personality is reflected in his ardent dedication to giving back to the less privileged. For those who do not know, Kevin Sorbo is the spokesperson for a non-profit organization named A World Fit for Kids which works mostly for the welfare of children and teenagers. The active philanthropist is a Christian by faith and religiously follows the traditions of his faith.
Meet Kevin Sorbo’s Wife and Kids
Kevin is married to a well-known actress, Sam Jenkins, who he met on the set of Hercules. The couple got married in 1998 and have three children named Brandon Cooper (2001), Shane Haaken (2004), and Octavia Flynn (2005).
More than being an actress, Sam is an author and a talk radio host. She is known for hosting The Sam Sorbo Show, a popular syndicated radio program. She also co-hosts Flashpoint Live. While her acting career isn’t as robust as that of her husband, she has been able to pull off no fewer than 25 projects in the small and big screen. For the latter, she was last seen as Katy Harkins in the 2017 Christian drama film titled “Let There Be Light” which she co-wrote with Dan Gordon. It was a decade earlier that she was last seen in a TV role; she played Sarah in the TV movie “Avenging Angel”.
As far as we can tell, Sam’s acting career, like that of her husband, began with modeling. Yeah, she became a model after studying Biomedical Engineering at Duke University and subsequently, she became an actress, making her debut appearance as Georgette in “Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story” way back in 1987.
It is hard to tell what Sam and Kevin Sorbo kids are up to now, but we can tell that they were all homeschooled as their mother is a serious advocate for homeschooling. In her book titled “They’re Your Kids”, she detailed the experience of her family with homeschooling. Alongside her husband, she serves as a spokesperson for A World Fit for Kids, a non-profit establishment that she also chairs.