Though “Blue Bloods” has been Kevin Wade’s primary gig for the past decades-plus, the series is far from his first rodeo in showbiz. In fact, Wade earned his first screen credits as an actor, appearing in a pair of no-budget indies in the late-’70s from underground filmmaker Mark Rappaport (“Rock Hudson’s Home Movies”). A few years later, Wade transitioned into writing, penning the play that would be adapted into the 1985 rom-com “Key Exchange.”
Wade would spend the better part of the late-’80s, ’90s, and 2000s cranking out screenplays for some of the era’s bigger films, including “Working Girl,” “True Colors,” “Mr. Baseball,” “Meet Joe Black,” and “Maid in Manhattan.” For the record, that run of films alone found Hollywood heavies like Harrison Ford, John Cusack, Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Lopez, and even current “Blue Bloods” headliner Tom Selleck running lines that Kevin Wade wrote. According to IMDb, Wade also did uncredited touch-ups to the scripts for the 1995 Bond film “Goldeneye,” as well as the ’96 Sylvester Stallone actioner “Daylight.”
In 2008, Wade took his first stab at television via the “Sex and the City” knockoff “Cashmere Mafia.” Unfortunately, the series was canceled just seven episodes into its first and only season. A few years later, Wade struck gold when he landed his “Blue Bloods” gig, and it’s safe to say his second stint in television has been far more successful. Under Kevin Wade’s guidance, that “Blue Bloods” success should only continue.