Thorsten Kaye

Thorsten Kaye Biography

Thorsten Kaye (born Thorsten Ernst Kieselbach on 22 February 1966 in Frankfurt, Federal Republic of Germany) is a German-British actor.

Early life

Raised in Mainz and London, Kaye came to the United States in 1985 on a track (decathlon) scholarship to the United States International University in San Diego. Kaye majored in physical education (and minored in drama), but ultimately changed his major to drama and received his bachelor's degree in fine arts.

After a rugby union tour through Europe, Kaye enrolled in graduate school at Wayne State University in Detroit, where he earned his master's degree in theater and theater history.

Acting career

Kaye appeared in many classical theater roles, including The Winter's Tale, Tartuffe, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, Love's Labour's Lost, Twelfth Night, and The Taming of the Shrew, both in London and with the Hilberry Repertory Company in Detroit.

Kaye then moved to Los Angeles, where he garnered roles in various television projects, including the miniseries, Sidney Sheldon's Nothing Lasts Forever, before moving to New York to accept the role of Patrick Thornhart on ABC's One Life to Live.

He appeared as the Irish poet, Patrick Thornhart, on One Life to Live (1995"1997). The character gained quite a bit of popularity, and it is where he would meet his real life partner, Susan Haskell. After completing a 2 year stint on OLTL, Thorsten did some guest starring work for other shows, as well as starring in a few feature films.

In April of 2000, Thorsten accepted the role of the dedicated physician, Ian Thornhart (Patrick's older brother) on the ABC daytime soap (and the spin-off show of General Hospital), Port Charles (2000"2003). He appeared on the soap until its run ended in October of 2003. Thorsten received two Daytime Emmy Award Nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor for his portrayal of Ian in 2003 and 2004.

In April of 2004, Thorsten returned to New York to join the cast of the ABC soap All My Children in the role of casino owner, Zach Slater. He was nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards in 2006 and 2009. Thorsten portrayed the character of Zach Slater until December of 2009. He returned three times in 2010, and again in 2011 to bring Zach's storyline to a close when AMC came to an end after 41 years, in September of 2011.

Kaye has an extensive portfolio of work in television, film and theatre. In addition to his work on soaps, he has appeared in Sliders, Law & Order, and Air America. After working with director David Worth in the film, The Prophet's Game (which starred Dennis Hopper) Kaye re-teamed with the director in the thriller Shark Attack II. He has also appeared in the feature films The Silencers, Deadly Desire, and The Bone Collector.

Thorsten has one of the lead roles in a new psychological thriller (feature-length film) titled Occupant, which was released in the U.S and Canada in October 2011 on demand in many cable/satellite markets as well as on most digital platforms, including iTunes, Amazon, Blockbuster, and PlayStation.

In 2012, Kaye began appearing in the role of Nick, a recurring character on the NBC series Smash.


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Deadly Desire Airport Agent TV Movie
1995 Nothing Lasts Forever Jury Foreman TV Movie
1996 The Silencers Jasper
2000 The Prophet's Game Joey Highsmith (adult)
2000 Shark Attack 2 Dr. Nick Harris
2011 Occupant Joe
Year Title Role Notes
1995-1997 One Life to Live Patrick Thornhart
1998 Sliders Ralph Hackett Episode: "Asylum"
1999 Air America Sam Moon Episode: "Fear of Flying"
2000 Falcone Isadore Rechelko Episode: "Pilot"
2000-2003 Port Charles Dr. Ian Thornhart
All My Children Zach Slater
2012-2013 Smash Nick Felder 13 episodes


Kaye published a book of original poetry, entitled From Timber Ridge to Daymer Gardens, with Dorothy Bridges, widow of actor Lloyd Bridges. Proceeds from the book, which accompanied a CD release of the same name, go to Give Kids the World, a charity for sick children. His new children's book will be coming out in March 2009 on the "Rock the Soap" cruise.

Personal life

When not working, Kaye enjoys music, literature and riding American motorcycles. He is a fan of the Miami Dolphins and the Detroit Red Wings.

While appearing on One Life to Live, he met his partner, Susan Haskell, who played his on-show love interest (Margaret "Marty" Saybrooke). The two currently have two daughters, McKenna (born February 2003) and Marlowe (born January 2007).

Kaye was an active blogger for the Detroit Red Wings at during the 2008 and 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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