Birth Date: August 23, 1956 / Age: 59
Birth Place: Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA
Also Credited as: Skip Sudduth / Robert Lee Sudduth IV
Biography: Robert Lee Sudduth IV (b. August 23, 1956), generally known by his stage name Skipp Sudduth, is an American theater, film, and TV actor. Sudduth is best known for his role in the movie Ronin and his lead in the TV drama Third Watch.
Born in Wareham, Massachusetts, the son of an engineer and a nurse, Sudduth attended George Washington High School in Danville, Virginia, graduating in 1976. Hoping to become a physician, Sudduth earned a degree in biology from Hampden-Sydney College after which he worked for a year in an emergency room. At this point Sudduth elected to abandon his medical career path and instead studied for a masters in theater from the University of Virginia.
Sudduth joined Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre company after graduation, and much of his subsequent acting career has been on the stage. He has appeared in productions of The Grapes of Wrath, in stage adaptations of On the Waterfront and A Clockwork Orange, and acted in the 1999 Broadway production of The Iceman Cometh (alongside Kevin Spacey) and the 2003 debut performance of Woody Allen's play Riverside Drive (playing with Paul Reiser). He also starred in Twelfth Night at Lincoln Center (with Helen Hunt).
Sudduth's movie career has seen him play numerous small parts in 54, A Cool, Dry Place, and Spike Lee's Clockers, as well larger roles with Robert De Niro in Flawless and Ronin. Sudduth, who is a keen amateur racing driver, performed some of the driving his character does in Ronin.
Skipp Sudduth had a recurring role in the TV soap opera One Life to Live, but is better known for his portrayal of NYPD officer John "Sully" Sullivan in the NBC drama Third Watch. Sudduth appeared in all six seasons of the show and his character is one of the leading ensemble of eight around whom the underlying story arc revolves. He earned his Directors Guild of America card directing the episode Collateral Damage Part II in season 4. Sudduth has also made guest appearances in Homicide: Life on the Street, Law & Order, Oz, Trinity, Cosby, and Mad About You.
The multi-talented Sudduth is also a singer-songwriter; his acoustic-rock band "Minus Ted" has released two albums (Skipp's actor brother Kohl Sudduth is also a member of the band). He is also a standup comedian, a member of New York's "Rumble in the Redroom" comedy troupe and has done voice-over work. He has been married, and divorced, twice and resides in New York City.