• Kathryn Erbe is an American film, theatre and television actress
• She earned acclaim for her role as Shirley Bellinger in the HBO drama series "Oz" and as Detective Alexandra Eames in the TV crime series "Law & Order: Criminal Intent"
• Her net worth is estimated at $8 million as of mid-2020
• She was married to Terry Kinney from 1993 to 2006 and has two children
• In one episode of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" Kathryn incorporated her real-life pregnancy into her character, and she was harassed by an over-affectionate fan, who received five-year probation for his actions.

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Short Info

Net Worth$4 Million
Date Of BirthJuly 2, 1966
SpouseTerry Kinney
FactGraduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts undergraduate drama program. [1990]

Who is Kathryn Erbe?

Kathryn Erbe is an American film, theatre and television actress. She became known for portraying the role of Detective Alexandra Eames in the famous TV crime series “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” broadcast from 2001 to 2013. Previously, she gained major acclaim for starring as Shirley Bellinger, notorious and lunatic crime inmate, in the popular HBO drama series “Oz” premiered in 1997.

Kathryn Erbe -Age, Childhood, and Education

Born Kathryn Elsbeth Erbe, under the sign of Cancer on the 2nd of July 1966, in Newton, Massachusetts, USA, she was raised by Elsbeth and Richard Elbe, with two siblings, a sister, Jennifer, and a brother, Jonathan.

While her mother’s profession is unfamiliar, her father was known to be a research geneticist. As for her educational background, she attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and completing an acting drama program, Kathryn successfully graduated in 1990.

Career Beginning

Even before she graduated, Kathryn became a professional actress; she was cast as Patricia Reece in the TV sitcom series “Chicken Soup” in early 1989, the daughter of Lynn Redgrave’s character. In the following prolific years, Kathryn attained numerous roles in front of the camera.

In 1991, she landed a role in the black comedy film called “What About Bob?”, and a year later was cast in the role of Lucille Odom in the drama film “Rich in Love”, directed by Bruce Beresford. She continued to star in films throughout the ‘90s, appearing in the film “D2: The Mighty Ducks” (1994), then “Kiss of Death” (1995), and as Liz in the film “Dream with the Fishes”. Among other numerous films, she also appeared in the TV mini-series “George Wallace” in 1997. Along with Kevin Bacon and Zackary David Cope, Kathryn appeared as Maggie Witzky in the supernatural and mystery film called “Stir of Echoes” released in 1999.

Kathryn Erbe

Rise to Stardom

In the period from 1998 to 2003, Kathryn had her breakthrough role as Shirley Bellinger in 17 episodes of the TV series “Oz”. Contributing significantly to the growth of her acting career, this role happened to be very challenging, as she was the first to make a hair-raising impression as a murderous mother in prison. Concurrently, from 2001 through 2011 the most significant role of her entire career was her appearance in 142 episodes of the TV crime series “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” alongside Vincent D’Onofrio; later on, she had a recurring guest role, in 2011 and ‘12.

Along with such a demanding role, Kathryn also featured in numerous films and shorts, such as the drama film “3 Backyards”, starring next to Elias Koteas and Edie Falco, as well as in “Mother’s House” released in 2011. Kathryn struggled a bit to make an impact on the acting industry from 2014 onwards, appearing only in minor roles in the films “Worst Friends” (2014), and “Mistress America” in 2015. After this, she continued with guest roles in TV series, appearing in “Elementary” and “Billions”, both in 2016.

However, as her unstoppable diligence brought her many recent roles in famous drama TV series, she starred in the comedy film “Dating My Mother” in 2017, then appeared in four episodes of TV series “How To Get Away With Murder” broadcast from 2017 to 2018, and portrayed the role of Dr. Gottfried in the controversial TV series “Pose” released in 2018.

What is Kathryn Erbe doing now?

According to the latest news, it seems that Kathryn has stayed loyal and active to her on-screen and theatre work. In 2019, she performed in the play “Something Clean”, together with Kristofer Livingston, creating a profound and touching atmosphere on stage.

The play is directed by Margot Bordelon and belongs to the Roundabout Theatre Company. Furthermore, in 2019 she has also appeared in the TV series “City on a Hill”, portraying Sue Stanton, while in 2020 she was Regina Carter in the drama film “Being Dead”.

She is currently working on several projects, including the films “The Good House”, “Red Pill”, and “Life After You”, all of which are in post-production and awaiting premiere dates.

Stage Work

Kathryn also has a notable career as a theater actress. Her first play was “The Grapes of Wrath” in 1990, after which she featured in the fabled play “A Streetcar Named Desire”.

In 1991 Kathryn performed on Broadway in “The Speed of Darkness”, a notable play that brought her a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress. Kathryn is a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, founded by her now ex-husband, Terry Kinney.

Kathryn Erbe Net Worth, Height, Weight, and Appearance

In the last few years, Kathryn’s Net Worth has increased to an envious amount of $8 million, as of mid-2020, estimated by authoritative sources.

She stands at 5ft 2ins (1.57m), weighs approximately 120lbs (55kg), and her vital statistics are 35-25-36. Kathryn has captured many hearts with her hazel eyes and hair, followed by an astonishing and bright smile.

Kathryn Erbe Personal Life, Dating and Relationships

Kathryn was married to Terry Kinney, a co-founder of Steppenwolf Theatre Company, from 1993 to 2006. They have, a daughter, Maeve, and a son, Carson Lincoln. In the TV series “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, in one of the episodes, Kathryn incorporated her real-life pregnancy into her character.

Kathryn Erbe News, and Facts

Because of her controversial departure from “Law & Order”, she has often been the subject of magazines and media outlets, and recently there was an article about her and why the “Criminal Intent”, split its cast. According to reports, one of the reasons was that Kathryn’s family life was affected by the TV series. Kathryn was dealing with an over-affectionate fan who was stalking and harassing Kathryn and her family. His name was Charles Nagel, and he received five-year probation for his actions. No one’s life was jeopardized.

General Info

Full NameKathryn Erbe
Net Worth$4 Million
Date Of BirthJuly 2, 1966
Height1.57 m
EducationNew York University


SpouseTerry Kinney
ChildrenMaeve Elsbeth Erbe Kinney, Carson Lincoln Kinney
ParentsRichard Erbe, Elisabeth Magnarelli


NominationsTony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play, Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
MoviesStir of Echoes, What About Bob?, D2: The Mighty Ducks, Dream with the Fishes, Rich in Love, Kiss of Death, 3 Backyards, Speaking of Sex, Worst Friends, The Addiction, Love from Ground Zero, Sunny Side Up, Naked City: Justice with a Bullet, George Wallace, The Runaway, Runaway Dreams, Entropy, Mother...
TV ShowsLaw & Order: Criminal Intent, Oz, Chicken Soup

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1In September 2011, obsessed fan Charles Nagel, 37, was sentenced by a New York judge to five years probation for stalking and harassing Kathryn Erbe and her family.
2An ensemble member of the Atlantic Theater Company in New York City.
3The oldest of three children; her mother, Elisabeth Magnarelli, was a vice president of a Boston management firm, and her father, Dr. Richard Erbe, is an internist subspecialized as a medical geneticist.
4Incorporated her real-life pregnancy into her Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001) character, Detective Alexandra Eames, by stating that she was being a surrogate mother for her infertile sister.
5Son, Carson Lincoln Kinney, born October 15, 2003.
6Became a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company's ensemble in Chicago in 1993, which her husband Terry Kinney co-founded.
7Daughter, Maeve Elsbeth Erbe Kinney (born October 26, 1995).
8Graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts undergraduate drama program. [1990]




Kensho at the Bedfellow2016completedRachel
No Beast So Fierce2016completedHelen
Blood from a Stoner2013Short completedSally
Dating My Motherpost-productionJoan
Billions2016TV SeriesZenobia Manager
American Experience2016TV Series documentaryLucretia Garfield
Elementary2016TV SeriesNancy Davenport
Blue Bloods2015TV SeriesDr. Bennett
Mistress America2015Tracy's Mom
Worst Friends2014Sam's Mom
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver2014TV SeriesDetective Alexandra Eames
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2012-2013TV SeriesAlexandra Eames
The Love Guide2011Cora
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2001-2011TV SeriesAlexandra Eames
Mother's House2011ShortCatherine
3 Backyards2010John's Wife
Oz1998-2003TV SeriesShirley Bellinger
Speaking of Sex2001Helen
The Runaway2000TV MovieEvelyn Carnes
Stir of Echoes1999Maggie Witzky
Entropy1999/IEvan (as Katheryn Herbe)
Naked City: Justice with a Bullet1998TV MovieSarah Tubbs
Love from Ground Zero1998Alex
Homicide: Life on the Street1997TV SeriesRita Hale
George Wallace1997TV MovieMrs. Folsom
Dream with the Fishes1997Liz
Kiss of Death1995Rosie Kilmartin
The Addiction1995Anthropology Student
D2: The Mighty Ducks1994Michele MacKay
Breathing Lessons1994TV MovieFiona
Rich in Love1992Lucille Odom
What About Bob?1991Anna Marvin
Runaway Dreams1989Denise Donaldson
Chicken Soup1989TV SeriesPatricia Reece


The Vanishing City2009Documentary narrator


Joe1997Short special thanks


Celebrity Ghost Stories2010TV Series documentaryHerself
Moving Pictures Live!2010TV SeriesHerself
Jeopardy!2006TV SeriesHerself
Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
Criminal Intent: The Beginning2003Video shortHerself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show2001TV SeriesHerself
Steppenwolf Theatre Company: 25 Years on the Edge2000DocumentaryHerself
The 45th Annual Tony Awards1991TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Featured Actress in a Play


Nominated Awards

2008Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Series, DramaLaw & Order: Criminal Intent (2001)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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