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  • En 2007-2008,Kevin Dobson joua dans "12 hommes en colère". Après une représentation à Indianapolis,l'acteur se livra à une séance d'autographes.

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    Actor discovers his inner anger


    Kevin Dobson is the angriest of the 12 Angry Men, a juror whose bigotry knows no bounds.

     Kevin Dobson is the angriest of the 12 Angry Men, a juror whose bigotry knows no bounds.

    But playing your opposite, he insists, is an actor's dream.

    "I love doing this show," said the 64-year-old New Yorker known for his hit TV shows in the 1970s and '80s, Kojak and Knots Landing.

    "I've never done Broadway, but this is about as close as it gets. These guys have tremendous resumes."

    Starring Richard Thomas as Juror #8, 12 Angry Men also has several Broadway and off-Broadway performers, including Julian Gamble, Charles Borland, Jeffrey Hayenga and Todd Cerveris.

    Originally written for television by Reginald Rose in 1957, it was revived last year for its 50th anniversary by Scott Ellis, associate artistic director of New York's not-for-profit Roundabout Theatre Co.

    Dobson joined the cast in September after initially auditioning in New York in 2006.

    "I didn't get the part initially, but when Scott called me to joing the national tour I thought it was a gift," said Dobson, who plays the seething bigot, Juror #10.

    "What a gift because it's such a phenomenal play and the role is so good for me."

    The anger he displays comes from somewhere deep inside, he said. "I really don't know where the bigotry I have to show originates, but the part is so well-written it takes care of itself.

    "I think we all possess some of that anger, but not to the extent this guy does. Still, it's a point of view that needs to be heard. Juror #10 has a lot of negativity churning around inside him. He wants to get the defendant, really stick it to him."

    In the original movie, his role was played by Ed Begley Sr.

    Screenwriter Rose turned the tables in successfully making the transition from TV screen to film and then to the stage, instead of the other way around. The film was directed by Sidney Lumet and was nominated for a best picture Oscar in 1957 -- it was beat by Bridge Over the River Kwai.

    While subsequent stage productions have modernized it, replacing the all-white male jury with women and other races, Ellis chose to retain the original's mid-1950s setting and costumes. The only contemporary element is a reference to DNA evidence.

    This traditional staging of 12 Angry Men doesn't pander to political correctness, Dobson said, but it loses none of the original's impact. At a question-and-answer session with audience members following a recent performance, Dobson asked if the reference to DNA was troublesome.

    "Not one of them said they were bothered by it, and I think they were quite anxious to say it," he said.

    Dobson was born in Jackson Heights, N.Y., in 1943, and held down a series of jobs from railway engineer to military policeman before becoming an actor. His best-known television roles were Lt. Bobby Crocker in Kojak, opposite Telly Savalas (1973-78), and Patrick "Mack" MacKenzie in Knots Landing (1982-93). He has also appeared in several TV movies and screen films.

    "I'm having a ball doing this," Dobson said. "In movies and TV, every scene has a beginning, middle and end. But it's shot out of sequence. I remember getting off the plane once and going straight to shoot the very last scene of a movie before I even checked into the hotel.

    "This is completely different. It tells a self-contained story. As an actor, you have to pay attention, listen and digest. You can't be thinking ahead too much. You have to stay in the present."

    While elements of the production may seem dated to contemporary audiences, one message is timeless: Every opinion counts.

    "I think people look upon jury duty as getting a traffic ticket -- it's a headache, an inconvenience. But we should take pride in having the jury system. We all have an opinion, and regardless how strong it is, it is just as valid as the next person's."



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  • Kevin Dobson, Henry Kissinger et Susan  Dobson en 1984 lors du bal du Carousel of Hope au Currigan Hall à Denver, Colorado.


    Kevin Dobson, Susan Dobson ,Sean Dobson, Patrick Dobson et Mariah Dobson au "Brunch" pour célébrer la parade de la st Patrick à Hollywood ,le 17 Mars 1985 à Jimmy Restaurant à Beverly Hills .

    Kevin et son épouse.

    Soirée Baseball pour Erik Estrada et son fils Anthony Estrada, Corbin Bernsen , Kevin Dobson et son fils Patrick qui assistent à la 30ème ''Hollywood Stars Night" »le 29 Août 1987, au Dodger Stadium à Los Angeles.

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  • Kevin Dobson et sa famille.

    1975 Kevin Dobson avec sa femme et leur fille

    Kevin Dobson et sa famille.

    Kevin Dobson et sa famille.Kevin Dobson et sa famille.Kevin Dobson et sa famille.

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