Kathryn Erbe was born July 5, 1965 in Newton, Massachusetts. After graduation, she moved to Chicago and joined the renowned Steppenwolf Theater Company. There she starred in a number of productions. She also took parts in movie and TV. In 2009, she declared that she was leaving the show.
While still in school, she was cast in the situation comedy Chicken Soup as Lynn Redgrave’s daughter.
After graduation, she moved to Chicago and joined the renowned Steppenwolf Theater Company. In 1991, Erbe earned a Best Actress Tony nomination for her part in the play The Speed of Darkness. She also took parts in film and television, playing the daughter of a fussy shrink in What About Bob? As well as a hockey coach’s love interest in D2: The Mighty Ducks.
In Chicago, Erbe met Terry Kinney, an actor who previously co-founded Steppenwolf with Gary Sinise and Jeff Perry. From 1998 to 2003, Kathryn Erbe and her husband worked jointly around the cable prison drama Oz, in which she played a death row prisoner and he played a penitentiary supervisor.
While filming Oz, Erbe was cast on a brand new show called Law & Order: Criminal Intent, a spinoff of the favorite Law & Order offenseandcourtroom drama. The show premiered on September 30, 2001, costarring Erbe as Detective Alexandra Eames and Vincent D’Onofrio as her strange partner Detective Robert Goren. When Erbe became pregnant with her second kid in 2003, producers composed the pregnancy into the script by having her character performance as a surrogate mother for her infertile sister.
The show’s popularity made Erbe a recognizable figure, but her star came having a significant disadvantage. She was stalked for a long time by an obsessive fan who sent her letters, composed a site about her and slipped onto the Criminal Intent place to get a picture. The stalker, a musician and convicted sex offender named Charles Nagel, was detained in 2010.
In 2005, Erbe and Kinney divorced. In 2009, Erbe and Criminal Intent costar D’Onofrio declared they were both leaving the show by the end of the 2009-’10 season. “I do not believe either of us believed that we were going to be doing it for eight years,” Erbe told an interviewer. Together with the show behind her, Erbe lives in Brooklyn, New York with her two kids.