Kevin Hagen

Kevin Hagen

American actor
Date of Birth: 03.04.1928
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Kevin Hagen
  2. Early Career
  3. Acting Career
  4. Notable Roles
  5. Later Life and Death

Biography of Kevin Hagen

Kevin Hagen, an American actor, was born on April 3, 1928, in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up in a family of professional ballroom dancers, Haakon Olaf Hagen and Marvel Lucille Woodsworth. When Kevin was five years old, his father left the family, and he was raised in a "female kingdom" by his mother, grandmother, and two aunts. His uncle, a therapist, added some variety to the female-dominated environment. When Kevin was a teenager, the family moved to Portland, Oregon. He played baseball and American football in school, and at the age of 15, he weighed over 110 kg. However, he managed to lose almost 15 kg over the summer through intensive sports training.

Kevin Hagen

Early Career

After graduating from high school, Kevin attended Oregon State University. After World War II, he joined the United States Navy. Following his military service, Hagen worked in the United States Department of State in West Germany. He then spent a year at UCLA School of Law before deciding to pursue a career in acting at the age of 27. His acting career began with a theater production of "Desire Under the Elms" by Eugene O'Neill, and he landed a small role in the television series "Dragnet," which became a classic example of a crime-drama series.

Kevin Hagen

Acting Career

Hagen began to regularly appear on television and in films. He started his film career by portraying "bad guys" in Westerns, thanks to his appearance as a tough, loner cowboy. In 1958, he obtained his first regular role in the series "Yancy Derringer" as the city administrator, John Colton. Throughout his career, Hagen made numerous guest star appearances in various TV shows, including "Bat Masterson," "Gray Ghost," "Wagon Train," "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea," "The Twilight Zone," "Have Gun Will Travel," "Gunsmoke," "Mission: Impossible," "Bonanza," "The Time Tunnel," "Perry Mason," "Land of the Giants," and many others.

Kevin Hagen

Notable Roles

One of Hagen's breakthrough roles was playing a Confederate soldier who kills the son and daughter-in-law of Charlie Anderson, portrayed by James Stewart, in the 1965 drama film "Shenandoah." He is also widely recognized for his role as Dr. Baker in the TV series "Little House on the Prairie," in which he appeared for nine years.

Later Life and Death

In 1992, Kevin moved back to Oregon and continued his acting career. In his final years, Hagen accused the creator of "Little House on the Prairie," Michael Landon, of withholding the actors' rightful earnings. Kevin Hagen was married four times. His first wife, actress Suzanne Kramer, passed away at a young age due to pneumonia. He had two more marriages before raising his son Christopher as a single father. Later, he married Jan Hagen and they were together for 12 years. In 2004, Hagen was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He passed away on July 9, 2005, at the age of 77.