Journalism, Advertising, Screenplays & More: Into the World of Production with Patrick Kilpatrick

Exclusive Q&A on the actor's latest films & upcoming book release

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Patrick Kilpatrick's entertainment career has spanned more than 170 films and television shows as lead actor, producer, screenwriter, director, and global entertainment teacher- from "Minority Report" with Tom Cruise to "Dark Angel" with Jessica Alba, from the largest production in Public Broadcasting history to the Los Angeles Theater Center with John Goodman and Academy Award-winning British director Tony Richardson in Shakespeare's "Anthony and Cleopatra". He has appeared in over 75 hit TV shows such as "24", "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" and all "CSI".

We sat down to talk about his career in the industry and the release of his new book. 

PH: How long have you been in the industry and what drew you to it?  

Patrick Kilpatrick: I entered the business in 1982 as assistant director on Broadway to director John Tillinger, director Off-Broadway via writing plays and partner in a theater company, Divine Theater.

PH: What have been some of your favorite memories in the industry?   

Patrick Kilpatrick: There are countless memories - all in the book Dying For Living Vol. 1 out now and Vol. Two due our in the spring. I remember everything - from the food on MINORITY REPORT to the actresses who performed fellatio upon me in the dressing room "Honey Wagons". Where to begin? Impossible! That's why you write a memoir. My favorite memory is always bringing my two sons to exotic sets.

PH: What's it like being known to play a villain? Is it your preferred role? And what are some the best parts about channeling a villain? 

Patrick Kilpatrick: It's glorious and restraining simultaneously. It's rich, fun acting territory and yet they give the protagonists far more money. Typecasting by agents and TV can be a challenge but they can't cut you from a movie or TV show because your every action is pivotal to the storyline. The best part of channeling evil is the chance to be appallingly funny and intelligent as you rip into every area of culture.

PH: Let's talk about your new book -  DYING FOR LIVING – Sins & Confessions of a Hollywood Villain & Libertine Patriot. How did that come about? Why did you write it?  

Patrick Kilpatrick: I've been a writer longer than an actor - nearly all my life. Journalism, advertising, screenplays, plays - so writing comes rather naturally and essentially to my sense of self. I wanted to do the book because I felt some truths about Hollywood and my life needed to be displayed. I also reveled in the time to do something not collaborative with large groups of people. I knew I had the tales, experience and insider intel to do it after 170 hit film and TV shows- to be ruthlessly candid and entertaining, brazenly so. I also wanted to offer some real insights to those considering entertainment as a career while paying homage to the gods of literature. To take that literate flay and plant it higher on the slope as it were.

PH: How long does that process typically take?  

Patrick Kilpatrick: The writing, polishing, publication, and publicity tour has taken four years in between acting and fatherhood  ... in a concentrated way. It's ongoing because Vol 2 though written is being polished and then published in the spring and they'll be a PR tour for that. In the end, the process will have taken five years to start to finish.

PH: Any setbacks?  

Patrick Kilpatrick: Dealing with the constraints of New York publishing was frustrating but illuminative and in the end liberating.

PH: Now you also have a few new films, Night Walk and Active Shooter - can you describe them and your roles?  

Patrick Kilpatrick: I lay a "towering vessel of hate" prison guard leader in NIGHT WALK. Great fun improving my way through the film. ACTIVE SHOOTER is in post-production and I'm crafting about 200 hours of footage into something brilliant or it won't be released. I also have CATALYST coming out. I play a pedophile priest. Very interesting doing the research for that particularly reviled behavior.

PH: What other projects are on the horizon?  

Patrick Kilpatrick: Traveling with my fiancee to exotic climes and landscapes. 

PH: Anything else you'd like to add?  

Patrick Kilpatrick: Yes, Dying for Loving: Sins & Confessions of a Hollywood Villain & Libertine Patriot is available on Amazon in Audible, Kindle, Hardcover and Softcover and at can be ordered at any Barnes and Noble store and Barnes and For an autographed copy one can go to and also see all the locations for upcoming signings. Indiscriminate truth and hilarity in the nicely cut suit & flesh.

Vol. 2 Dying for Living: Wasted Talent in the Valley of Debacle will be out in time for beach reading.

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