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Patricia Wettig

Wettig at the Emmys, September 1989
Born December 4, 1951 (1951-12-04) (age 58)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Actress/Playwright
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Ken Olin (1982-present)

Patricia Wettig (born December 4, 1951) is an American actress and playwright. She is best known for her roles in the television series Thirtysomething, Prison Break and Brothers & Sisters. In film, she is known for her role in City Slickers.


Personal life

Wettig, one of four sisters (Pam, Patricia, Phylis and Peggy), was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Florence (née Morlock) and Clifford Neal Wettig, a college basketball coach.[1] She attended Ohio Wesleyan University and graduated from Temple University in 1975. She recently returned to her studies, receiving an M.F.A. in playwriting from Smith College in 2001. Wettig is married to actor and producer Ken Olin; they have two children, Clifford (b. 1983) and Roxanne (b. 1986).


Although Wettig has acted in a number of films (including City Slickers, Guilty by Suspicion, and The Langoliers), she is best known for her work on television. In particular, she received critical acclaim (and a number of awards) for her role as Nancy Weston on ABC's Thirtysomething. In particular Wettig's portrayal of Nancy's cancer struggle attracted considerable acclaim and attention[2][3]. She also portrayed Joanne McFadden on the television program St. Elsewhere. In addition, Wettig appeared in a number of popular television programs during the 1980s and 1990s including L.A. Law, Frasier, Hill Street Blues, and Remington Steele.

Wettig is a featured cast member in the ABC series Brothers & Sisters, which debuted in September 2006, where she initially portrays the Walker family patriarch's mistress, Holly Harper. Her character is now co-CEO at Ojai Foods with Sarah Walker, the daughter of William Walker. Wettig also had the recurring role of CIA psychotherapist Dr. Judy Barnett on Alias, which was produced and directed by her husband, former Thirtysomething co-star Ken Olin. Before joining Brothers & Sisters, she played the fictional Vice President Caroline Reynolds on the 2005 Fox television drama, Prison Break. She turned down Fox's offer of becoming a series regular on Prison Break in order to pursue Brothers & Sisters. Although in 2007 ABC and FOX agreed that Wettig could briefly reprise her role as Caroline Reynolds, providing off-camera voice-overs and appearing in a scene with Wentworth Miller.[4]


Year Film Role Notes
1982 Parole TV movie
1984 Remington Steele Barbara Frick 1 episode "Blood Is Thicker Than Steele"
1985 Hill Street Blues Mrs. Florio 1 episode "The Life and Time of Dominic Florio Jr."
1986 Stingray Annie Murray 1 episode "Below the Line"
1986-87 St. Elsewhere Joanne 6 episodes
1987 L.A. Law Carolyn Glasband 1 episode "Beef Jerky"
1987-1991 Thirtysomething Nancy Krieger Weston Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Drama Series (1990, 1991)
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Drama Series (1988)
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (1990)
1988 Police Story: Cop Killer Dede Mandell TV movie
1991 Silent Motive Laura Bardell TV movie
1992 Taking Back My Life: The Nancy Ziegenmeyer Story Nancy Ziegenmeyer TV movie
1994 Parallel Lives Rebecca Ferguson Stone TV movie
1995 The Langoliers Laurel Stevenson Miniseries
Nothing But the Truth Jill Ross TV movie
Kansas Virginia 'Giny' Mae Farley TV movie
Courthouse Judge Justine Parkes Lead role, 13 episodes
1997 Frasier Stephanie 1 episode "To Kill a Talking Bird"
1998-1999 L.A. Doctors Eleanor Riggs-Cattan 8 episodes
2002 Breaking News Alison Dunne 5 episodes
Boomtown Nora Jean Flannery 1 episode "Reelin' in the Years"
2002-2004 Alias Dr. Judy Barnett 12 episodes
2005 Lackawanna Blues Laura's Mother TV movie
2005-2007 Prison Break Vice President Caroline Reynolds 18 episodes
2006-present Brothers & Sisters Holly Harper Series regular
Year Film Role Notes
1991 Guilty by Suspicion Dorothy Nolan Domestic Total Gross: $9,480,198
City Slickers Barbara Robbins Worldwide Total Gross: $179,033,791
1993 Me and Veronica Veronica
1994 City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold Barbara Robbins Domestic Total Gross: $43,622,150
1997 Bongwater Mom Straight-to-DVD
1998 Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 Mrs. Lusk
Nightmare in Big Sky Country Judge


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