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Ken Olin

Olin at the 41st Annual Emmy Awards, September 1989
Born Kenneth Edward Olin
July 30, 1954 (1954-07-30) (age 55)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Years active 1976 – present
Spouse(s) Patricia Wettig (1982 – present)

Kenneth Edward "Ken" Olin (born July 30, 1954) is an American actor, director and producer. He first became well known for his starring role on the television series Thirtysomething, and is currently a television producer and director.



As an actor, Olin played Michael Steadman on Thirtysomething (1987–1991) and Dr. Roger Cattan on L.A. Doctors (1998-1999). He was also noted for his performance as Detective Harry Garibaldi on Hill Street Blues and as the lead in the short-lived but critically praised EZ Streets. Olin has also performed in a number of television programs including Alias (as David McNeil), Falcon Crest, and Murder, She Wrote.

He is also known for his work as a director, most recently of the television program Alias (for which he as also served as co-executive producer and producer). He has worked with actress Lena Olin (no relation) and Jennifer Garner on Alias. In addition, he has directed episodes of L.A. Doctors, The West Wing, Felicity, Judging Amy, Freaks and Geeks, Thirtysomething, EZ Streets and Brothers & Sisters.[1]

Personal life

Olin was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of a former Peace Corps official and pharmaceutical company owner.[2] He was raised in Highland Park, IL. He graduated from The Putney School in Putney, Vermont in 1972, then completed his college career at the University of Pennsylvania. He is married to his thirtysomething co-star, Patricia Wettig, with whom he has a son, Clifford, and a daughter, Roxanne or better known as "Roxy" who appears on The City (MTV series). Olin is Jewish.[3]


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