Who is Kurt Fuller?
Kurt Fuller was born in San Francisco, California USA, on 16 September 1953 into a Jewish family – his zodiac sign is Virgo and he holds American nationality. He is an actor, who is perhaps known best for his portrayal of both Coroner Woody Strode and Chief Olsen Watt in the crime mystery comedy series “Psych”, created by Steve Franks, and which starred Dule Hill, James Roday Rodriguez and Timothy Omundson. It aired from 2006 to 2014, and follows a man who convinces police officers that he has psychic powers, and thus gets hired by the force. The series won five awards while it was nominated for 31 others, including a Primetime Emmy.
Early life, family and education
Kurt is very secretive when it comes to his personal matters, and hasn’t mentioned any siblings he might have, or the jobs his parents might have worked.
Kurt was focused on his education as he was growing up, and attended Lincoln High School at which he was interested in many activities, including acting, dancing and creative writing. He matriculated in 1971, then enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in English literature in 1976.
Kurt worked various jobs following graduation, and was 31 when he launched his acting career.
Roles in TV series
Kurt has now appeared in more than 200 movies and TV series, and we are about to mention some of his most notable performances in this article.
He made his debut TV series appearance in the 1984 episode “Speed Demons” of the action crime drama “Knight Rider”, and gained recognition in the following year after being cast to play the supporting character Elliot Thogmorton in the western “Wildside”, but which was cancelled after airing six episodes.
Kurt made guest appearances in episodes of various series, until in 1990 when cast to star as Miles Plato in the drama “Capital News”, which also starred Lloyd Bridges and Michael Woods, and follows the lives of several newspaper reporters living in Washington, D.C. His following starring role was in the 1992 comedy “Laurie Hill”, which attracted little attention but still received mostly positive reviews and in 1994, Kurt was cast to appear in three episodes of the mystery crime drama “Diagnosis Murder”.
He continued to make an appearance in single episodes of various series, including the drama “Crisis Center”, the crime drama “Brooklyn South”, and the romantic comedy “Dharma & Greg”.
The year 2001 saw him play Karl Rove, one of the lead characters in the comedy “That’s My Bush”, and in 2003 Kurt portrayed the supporting character Robert Lindsey in the mystery action drama “Alias”. He then appeared in five episodes of the critically acclaimed mystery comedy “Desperate Housewives”, and in 2006 played Steve in the romantic comedy “Big Day”.
The years 2010 and 2011 saw him portray Joel Putney, the main character in the comedy “Better with You”, which also starred JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Jennifer Finnigan and Josh Cooke, and follows two sisters who are both in relationships.
Kurt went on to play supporting characters in various series, such as the thriller drama “Scandal” in 2013, the hit comedy “Parenthood” and the comedy “Manhattan Love Story” both in 2014. In 2018, he starred as Gareth Pratt in the mystery crime drama “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair”, which also starred Patrick Dempsey and Ben Schnetzer, and follows two American authors being investigated by the police about a murder.
Three of Kurt’s most recent roles in TV series have been in a 2019 episode of the crime drama “The Good Fight”, the 2019 episode “Groom Service” of the mystery crime drama “Grand Hotel”, and two 2020 episodes of the horror crime drama “Evil”.
He has recently finished shooting for the upcoming comedy “The Elevator”.
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Roles in movies
Kurt made his debut film appearance with his portrayal of Roger in the 1987 comedy “Warm Hearts, Cold Feet”, which received little attention. His first notable performance was in the 1987 action science fiction thriller “The Running Man”, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and follows a policeman who was wrongfully convicted in a dystopian America, and now has to take part in a show in which convicts fight each other to the death to win their freedom. The movie won one out of the four awards it was nominated for.
Kurt went on to appear in several critically acclaimed movies, such as the 1988 action crime comedy “Red Heat” which again starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, the 1989 crime drama “True Believer” which starred James Woods and Robert Downey Jr., and the 1989 action fantasy comedy “Ghostbusters II” which starred Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd.
His following notable performance was in the 1999 western “The Jack Bull”, the story of a horse trader who takes justice into his own hands after being let down by the law. The year 2000 saw Kurt play the Sheriff in the hit comedy “Scary Movie” which starred Anna Faris and Jon Abrahams, and follows a group of teenagers being stalked by a serial killer; the film won seven and was nominated for six other awards.
In 2003, he played the supporting character Frank Head in the hit comedy “Anger Management”, which starred Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson, and follows businessman Dave Buznik who has to put up with his anger management instructor, after being wrongfully sentenced to enroll into an anger management program. The movie won two out of the six awards it was nominated for.
A couple of Kurt’s following notable roles were in the 2005 musical drama “Don’t Come Knocking”, the 2006 biographical drama “The Pursuit of Happyness”, and the 2007 romantic comedy “Mr. Woodcock”.
The year 2011 saw him appear in the critically acclaimed romantic fantasy comedy “Midnight in Paris”, written and directed by Woody Allen and which starred Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Kathy Bates. It follows a screenwriter who during his trip to Paris in France learns that he can travel back to the 1920s. The movie won 26 awards including an Oscar, while it was nominated for 102 other awards.
The last decade has seen Kurt appear in many movies – three of his most recent roles have been in the 2019 action horror comedy “Office Uprising” followed by the comedy “Phil”, and the 2020 mystery crime comedy “Psych 2: Lassie Come Home”.
He has recently finished shooting for the upcoming movies “Deported” and “Sound of Freedom”, while he is currently shooting for “The Potters”.
Kurt has been credited with singing two songs, in the 2013 episode “Psych the Musical” of the series “Psych”.
He has appeared in several documentaries, including the 2002 short film “The Making of ‘Auto Focus’”, the 2008 “Pick Up the Pace: Making ‘Mr. Woodcock’”, and the 2016 movie “Ghostheads”.
Kurt has been invited to make a guest appearance in various talk-shows, such as “Film Pigs”, “The Jimmy Star Show with Ron Russell”, and “Kings of Conversation”.
Awards and nominations
Kurt and his colleagues have together been nominated for two awards for their performance in the movie “Midnight in Paris”: a 2011 Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Acting and a 2012 Gold Derby Award for Ensemble Cast.
Love life and wife
Kurt dated Jessica Hendra for a couple of years before he asked her to marry him in early 1993. They exchanged vows in a private ceremony attended by their closest friends and family members on 24 December of the same year, and in 1998, Jessica gave birth to their daughter Julia, who was followed by their second daughter Charlotte in 2001.
Jessica Hendra is an author and actress who has five acting credits to her name. She has appeared in only a single movie: the 1995 action crime drama “Dillinger and Capone”, and in single episodes of four TV series, including the action adventure drama “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”, the romantic comedy “Mad About You”, and the family comedy “Malcolm in the Middle”. She has written the novel “How to Cook Your Daughter”.
Kurt hasn’t spoken about any other women he has perhaps been with, so as of February 2021, he’s been married to Jessica for 28 years, and they have two daughters together.
Hobbies and other interests
Kurt has been a golf player for many years now, and although he doesn’t play other sports, he enjoys watching football and basketball on TV, and is also a fan of hockey.
He is keen on travelling, and has been to nearly all US states to shoot for his movies and TV series, and to every other continent at least once, with the exception of Antarctic.
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Kurt is a lover of animals and has a pet dog.
He is interested in comedy, and has watched numerous stand-up performances, while his favorite comedian is the late Robin Williams.
Kurt has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Will Smith, Jim Carrey and Sandra Bullock, and a couple of his favorite movies are “Bad Boys”, “The Independence Day” and “Bruce Almighty”.
Age, height and net worth
Kurt’s age is 67. He has short brown and grey hair and brown eyes, his height is 6ft 2ins (1.88m) and he weighs around 180lbs (82kgs).
As of February 2021, his net worth has been estimated at over $3 million.