A stage and screen veteran, Skipp Sudduth came to “Third Watch,” now entering its fourth season, after appearing in the critically acclaimed Broadway production of “The Iceman Cometh” starring Oscar winner Kevin Spacey.
Sudduth plays a streetwise police officer named Sully who endures a rocky new marriage. “I love the combinations in Sully,” he says. “He’s a veteran with a good heart. He’s sarcastic without being cynical. He sees himself as the town sheriff.”
Born in Wareham, Massachusetts, Sudduth was an Air Force brat until he was 10, and his parents expected him to become a doctor (his mother, a nurse, worked on the first open-heart surgery team). He earned an undergraduate degree in biology, labored in hospitals and was headed toward medical school until he was diverted down a very unique career path that included stints in public relations and wine making. Eventually he found his calling when he landed in Chicago working with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
Sudduth’s film credits include “54,” Spike Lee’s “Clockers,” “A Cool Dry Place” and “Money Train.” He also starred alongside Robert De Niro and Jean Reno in the action-thriller “Ronin.” The film was praised for its amazing car chase sequences and Sudduth, a race-car enthusiast, did 90 percent of his own driving stunts. Sudduth later starred in Joel Schumacher’s “Flawless” (again with De Niro).
Among Sudduth’s guest-starring television appearances are NBC’s “Law & Order,” “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “Trinity,” “Mad About You” and “Cosby.” Sudduth also appeared in the cable movie “George Wallace” and the cable series “Oz.”
Sudduth’s Broadway stage work includes Lincoln Center’s production of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” with Helen Hunt, “On the Waterfront” and “The Grapes of Wrath.” Off-Broadway, he has been seen at Joseph Papp’s prestigious Public Theatre in “Marisol” and “The Big Funk.” He is a member of New York’s Rumble-in-the-Redroom sketch comedy ensemble. He was most recently seen in the Summer of 2003 in the Woody Allen play "Writers Block" with the Atlantic Theatre Company in Manhattan.
Over the past 20 years, Sudduth has directed plays, comedy revues and short film projects while steadily working as an actor. In addition, Sudduth is a singer-songwriter and co-founder of the acoustic rock band Minus Ted. The band has just released their second album entitled “Really Really.”
Sudduth lives in New York City. His birthday is August 23.
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