Kevin Durand

Active - 1999 - 2020  |   Born - Jan 14, 1974 in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada  |   Genres - Comedy, Action, Science Fiction, Crime, Thriller

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Biography by Nathan Southern

Per his appearance, the stark-faced and rough-hewn character actor Kevin Durand built a successful career tackling tough-guy, redneck, and villain roles in such films as Walking Tall (2004), Smokin' Aces (2007), and 3:10 to Yuma (2007). His resumé also includes appearances on such small-screen programs as Dark Angel and Stargate SG-1. In 2008, Durand began a recurring role on the hit TV series Lost, playing mercenary Martin Keamy. After that high-profile gig, Durand returned to films, where his career picked up speed. He played The Blob in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and followed that up with Legion (where he played the archangel Gabriel) and Robin Hood (playing Little John), both in 2010. By playing supporting roles, Durand managed to appear in an average of three films a year for the next several years, playing commanders (2011's I Am Number Four), soldiers (Barry Burton in 2012's Resident Evil: Retribution), shadowhunters (2013's The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) and biblical figures (2014's Noah).

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  • Played hockey as a kid.
  • Was a teen rapper known as Kevy D, performing in local shows with his group, the AOK posse.
  • Did stand-up comedy while in college to help pay for his tuition.
  • Befriended Russell Crowe while filming Mystery, Alaska (1999); he sang backup and resurrected his rap skills on Gaslight (1998), the debut album of Crowe's band 30 Odd Foot of Grunts.
  • Made his Broadway debut in 2001 in the musical The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
  • Is often cast as threatening and imposing characters because of his towering height (he's 6'6"), and he admits that he finds these types of characters intriguing.
  • Is a native French speaker.