• Kathryn Erbe is an actress best known for her role in the “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” series
• She has a net worth of over $8 million
• She attended New York University and joined the Steppenwolf Theatre Company
• She gained critical acclaim for her role in the HBO series "Oz"
• She is currently starring in the USA Network show “The Sinner”


Who is Kathryn Erbe?

Kathryn Elsbeth Erbe was born on 5 July 1965, in Newton, Massachusetts, USA, and is an actress, best known for her role in the “Law & Order” spin-off TV series entitled “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” between 2001 and 2011, in which she played the character Detective Alexandra Earnes. She also portrayed Shirley Bellinger, death row inmate, in the series “Oz”.

The Wealth of Kathryn Erbe

How rich is Kathryn Erbe? As of mid-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is over $8 million, earned through a successful career in acting. She’s been active in the entertainment industry since 1989, in films as well as on TV.

Early Life and Education

Kathryn grew up in Massachusetts with two younger siblings, and is the daughter of a research geneticist. It is not known if she developed an interest in acting during her childhood, but would later pursue it during her late teens. After matriculating from high school, she enrolled at New York University (1989), desiring to complete an undergraduate degree. NYU is a research university founded in 1831 in Greenwich Village, Lower Manhattan.

The university has grown to have international reach over its many years in existence, with campuses in Shanghai as well as in Abu Dhabi. They also have academic centers in locations such as London, Los Angeles, Tel Aviv, Sydney, Madrid, and Berlin. The school is known for numerous notable alumni ranging from inventors, entrepreneurs, CEOs, royalty, and heads of state. As of 2019, the school has graduated 30 Academy Award winners, 30 Pulitzer Prize winners, along with members of the National Academies of Sciences and United States Congress. It was during her time with NYU that Kathryn got her first professional acting opportunity.

Kathryn Erbe

Acting Beginnings and Rise to Fame

As still a student, Erfe’s first role was in the sitcom entitled “Chicken Soup”, playing the daughter of Lynn Redgrave’s character, and which aired during late-1989 before its cancellation due to low ratings and audience retention. After completing her degree, she became a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, appearing in numerous productions with the group, including “Curse of the Starving Class” and “A Streetcar Named Desire”. Her work in the production of “The Grapes of Wrath” would gain a lot of acclaim, and it even won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1990.

The following year, she received her first Tony Award nomination, for her work in “The Speed of Darkness” in which she portrayed Mary; its Broadway premiere ran for 36 performances, with Stephen Lang reprising his role from the original production. She started to gain more on-camera roles during the ‘90s, with some of her films during her early career including “Stir of Echoes” and “Rich in Love”. She also did a lot of independent film work in projects such as “Entropy”.

Recent Career and Mainstream Work

After appearing alongside Nicolas Cage and David Caruso in “Kiss of Death”, Kathryn then gained critical acclaim for her performance in the HBO series entitled “Oz”, which ran for a total of 56 episodes and six seasons. She also made a guest appearance in “Homicide: Life on the Street”, and in 2001 began a starring role in “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, which she was a part of for nine years.  The police procedural is set in New York City and is the third series in the “Law & Order” franchise.

This iteration focuses on the investigation of the New York City Police Department’s Major Case Squad. Like many “Law & Order” shows, their episodes take inspiration from real criminal occurrences. In 2010, she along with her co-star Vincent D’Onofrio decided to leave “Criminal Intent” reprising her role in the eighth episode of the final season, before later making guest appearances in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”. She also appeared as a parody version of her character in “Last Week Tonight”. One of her latest projects is the USA Network show “The Sinner”, in which she plays Fay Ambrose, and is based on the crime novel of the same name written by Petra Hammesfahr.

Personal Life and Social Media

For her personal life, it is known that Erbe married actor Terry Kinney in 1993. He is best known for his work as a theatre director at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, as was one of their founding members. The two met while at the company and later worked together in the series “Oz”. They have two children together, but their marriage ended in divorce in 2006. Since then, there has been no reports of any new relationships in her life, as she’s managed to keep mostly to herself.

Similar to numerous actresses, she is active online through accounts on social media, particularly on Twitter on which she has over 1,000 followers. She doesn’t usually post her own opinions or thoughts on the website, but often re-tweets from other popular personalities.  She also follows the news, and promotes her acting work through her account. She doesn’t post a lot on her personal life, wanting to keep a separation between her professional endeavors and personal life. She actively follows the theatrical scene, and usually takes time off online due to ongoing work in film and television.

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