Kathryn Erbe – Biography, Net Worth, Children, Family Life Of The Actress

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A stage-trained actress, Kathryn Erbe started working professionally as an artist even before she graduated from the university. She made an appearance on the set of The Grapes of Wrath which was her debut work with Chicago’s famed Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 1988. Kathryn became so successful with the company that she earned full membership in 1993. Her success with the company was not only on the professional front as she also recorded notable success in her personal life when she became the wife of one of the co-founders Terry Kinney.

All through the 90s, Kathryn Erbe rotated her performances between the theatre and screen, constantly attracting favorable reviews and even earning a Tony nod for her role in The Speed of Darkness – the bloody 1991 stage drama. Her notable stint on the small screen includes her shocking impression as a homicidal mother on death row on the set of Oz – the HBO prison drama. Perhaps her most recognized performance was her portrayal of Vincent D’Onofrio’s tough-as-nails partner on the set of Law and Order: Criminal Intent which lasted from 2001 till 2010.

Her other TV roles include in the 1989 Chicken Soup, Blue Bloods, Homicide: Life on the Street and The Sinner. Kathryn was also on the set of How to Get Away with Murder as well as Convictions. Her movie credits include Rich in love, Love From Ground Zero, Dream With Fishes, The Addiction and many others. Apart from The Speed of Darkness and The Grapes of Wrath, Kathryn Erbe has performed in other stage productions like The Father, as well as A Month in the Country. The famed actress has bagged a few notable awards and nominations for her efforts as an entertainer.

Kathryn Erbe – Biography

Kathryn Erbe was born Kathryn Elsbeth Erbe on the 5th of July 1965. Her zodiac sign is Cancer and she was born in Newton, Massachusetts, which makes her nationality American. She joined her family as the eldest child of Richard Erbe (father) who works as a research geneticist employed at the University of Buffalo and her mum Elsbeth Magnarelli – a management executive in a Boston management firm in her capacity as a vice president. Kathryn grew up alongside two younger siblings – a brother named Jonathan Erbe and a sister known as Jennifer Erbe.

A closer look at her academic background shows that she is an alumnus of NYU – New York University – where she graduated from with a degree in drama from the institution’s Tisch School of The Arts. Her degree was accomplished in 1989 but before then, she was cast on the set of the sitcom titled Chicken Soup as the daughter of Lynn Redgrave.

Family Life Of Kathryn Erbe – Children

Kathryn Erbe met her first and only spouse Terry Kinney while she was busy on the Chicago theatre scene. Terry is part of the entertainment industry in his capacity as an actor and director. He is also a co-founder of Steppenwolf alongside his partners Jeff Perry and Gary Sinise. Their connubial life kicked off with a 1993 marriage ceremony but the details of their wedding and married life are not public knowledge.

However, it is not a hidden fact that their marriage was blessed with a couple of kids. Their first child, a girl named Maeve, came into the world on the 26th of October 1995. Maeve soon became a sister to Carson who came on the 15th of October 2003. The family keeps a pet dog called Lilah, according to Kathryn; it is good for kids and pets to grow up together.


The movie star worked with her husband on the set of many productions like Oz where she portrayed the character of a prisoner on death row while her spouse played the role of the manager in the prison. The couple also collaborated in A Streetcar Named Desire in 1997 with Kathryn in the starring role while her husband functioned as the movie director.

While she was on the set of Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Kathryn Erbe conceived her second child and the producers of the series wrote her condition into the script and had Kathryn’s character take the part of a surrogate mother for the benefit of her sister who was infertile. Unfortunately, Kathryn and Terry’s marriage hit the rocks in 2006.

Net Worth

Kathryn Erbe has been earning a healthy income since her acting debut. For now, her estimated net worth is pegged at a handsome $8 million by a reliable source and is expected to show some positive changes at the next review.

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