Kurt Sutter

Biography: Born in the shadow of Rahway Prison, Kurt Sutter was raised in the indoor/outdoor splendor of the New Jersey suburbs. He honed his storytelling skills at an early age by learning how to tell complex and elaborate lies. None of which ever eased the pain of being a slim-minded kid in a "huskyboy" body. After graduating from Rutgers University with a BA in Film, Kurt spent six years as an actor in NYC, performing in various off off-Broadway theatres, lofts, rooftops and holding cells. He moved to Los Angeles in the early 90s where he began teaching and directing.

That focus eventually brought Sutter back to New York City where he joined the faculty of The Gately-Poole Acting Studio on Theatre Row, teaching the Meisner Technique and directing productions at The Nat Horne Theatre. In 1995, Kurt was awarded an MFA Fellowship to attend Northern Illinois University. In Chicago, Kurt's exposure to the dramatic masters - Strindberg, O'Neill, Genet - inspired him, and he began writing
Born in the shadow of Rahway Prison, Kurt Sutter was raised in the indoor/outdoor splendor of the New Jersey suburbs. He honed his storytelling skills at an early age by learning how to tell complex and elaborate lies. None of which ever eased the pain of being a slim-minded kid in a "huskyboy" body. After graduating from Rutgers University with a BA in Film, Kurt spent six years as an actor in NYC, performing in various off off-Broadway theatres, lofts, rooftops and holding cells. He moved to Los Angeles in the early 90s where he began teaching and directing.

That focus eventually brought Sutter back to New York City where he joined the faculty of The Gately-Poole Acting Studio on Theatre Row, teaching the Meisner Technique and directing productions at The Nat Horne Theatre. In 1995, Kurt was awarded an MFA Fellowship to attend Northern Illinois University. In Chicago, Kurt's exposure to the dramatic masters - Strindberg, O'Neill, Genet - inspired him, and he began writing plays and cultivating ideas for the screen.

After graduating with a Master of Fine Arts, Sutter moved back to Los Angeles where he wrote his first screenplay, "Delivering Gen". "Gen" garnered industry kudos, got him an agent and sold in 2000. In 2001, the countless, unmonitored hours spent in front of the TV as a child paid off, when Kurt landed a writing gig on FX's, "The Shield". Sutter is currently in his fourth season as a writer and Supervising Producer on the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning television show.

Along with his work on "The Shield", Kurt has a two-picture feature deal at Warner Brothers. His first script, "In-Crime", is a gritty drama about LAPD's controversial SIS unit. Currently, "Training Day" director, Antoine Fuqua, is attached to direct.

After getting the starter marriage out of the way in the 90s, Kurt recently tied the knot with actor/singer Katey Sagal. He now faces his most terrifying challenge to date... fatherhood. Jackson, 8, Sarah, 10.
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Kurt Sutter's Scores

  • TV
Average career score: 80
Highest Metascore: 92 The Shield: Season 1
Lowest Metascore: 68 Sons of Anarchy: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
2 tv reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
92 The Shield: Season 1 Mar 12, 2002 Writer / Executive Producer 9.2
68 Sons of Anarchy: Season 1 Sep 3, 2008 Otto "Big Otto" Delaney / Writer / Director / Creator / Executive Producer 8.6
tbd The Shield: Season 2 Jan 7, 2003 Writer 9.0
tbd The Shield: Season 3 Mar 9, 2004 Writer 8.7
tbd The Shield: Season 4 Mar 15, 2005 Writer 8.7
tbd The Shield: Season 5 Jan 10, 2006 Writer 9.1
tbd The Shield: Season 6 Apr 3, 2007 Writer / Executive Producer 8.7