Kevin Rodney Sullivan
Sullivan, a native of San Francisco, began his career as a child actor, appearing on stage and in films. He subsequently took a permanent position with the city's prestigious American Conservatory Theatre, training and performing in many stage productions, including the role of Puck in A Midsummer's Night Dream. At 20, Sullivan moved to Los Angeles where he was cast in the films More American Graffiti, Night Shift, and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and landed a regular role on Happy Days, playing one of the second generation of teenagers for the final four seasons of that series.
While working as an actor, Sullivan wrote spec screenplays and sold his first teleplay, (an episode of Fame,) at age 22. He subsequently did additional episodic writing for Cagney & Lacey and Knots Landing.
An offer from ABC TV to create his own primetime drama soon followed. Knightwatch, which Sullivan executive produced, wrote and directed, debuted in the fall of 1988. Sullivan's success with that series catapulted him into the ranks of the top show runners in television, and raised his profile in the feature community. He collaborated with George Lucas on Red Tails, an epic story about the Tuskegee Airmen and with Norman Jewison on an adaptation of the acclaimed play The Good Times Are Killing Me.
More recently Sullivan has directed and produced television pilots with Danny Glover, Kate Bosworth and Marsha Mason. His other directing efforts include HBO's Soul of the Game with Delroy Lindo and Conviction, a Showtime original feature starring Omar Epps and Dana Delaney.
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