Monica Potter

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Monica Potter
Monica Potter Paleyfest 2013.jpg
Potter at Paleyfest 2013
BornMonica Gregg Brokaw
(1971-06-30) June 30, 1971 (age 42)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Tom Potter (m. 1990–98)
Daniel Christopher Allison (m. 2005)
Children4
 
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Monica Potter
Monica Potter Paleyfest 2013.jpg
Potter at Paleyfest 2013
BornMonica Gregg Brokaw
(1971-06-30) June 30, 1971 (age 42)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Tom Potter (m. 1990–98)
Daniel Christopher Allison (m. 2005)
Children4

Monica Potter (born Monica Gregg Brokaw;[1] June 30, 1971) is an American actress, best known for her roles in films Con Air (1997), Patch Adams (1998), Along Came a Spider (2001), and Saw (2004). She appears as Kristina Braverman in the NBC drama series Parenthood, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.

Early life[edit]

Potter, one of four daughters,[2] was born on June 30, 1971 in Cleveland, Ohio, to an Irish American Catholic[2][3] family. Her father, Paul Brokaw, was the inventor of the first flame-resistant car wax, and her mother, Nancy, was a secretary in a hospital.[4] During her childhood, she was part of the St. Jerome Parish in Cleveland, and attended the local elementary, as well as Villa Angela Academy, before graduating from Euclid High School.[5] She also spent part of her early years in Arab, Alabama.[5] Potter had wanted to be an actress since childhood.[2] She began acting at the Cleveland Play House when she was in elementary school.[5] Starting age 12, she worked at a flower shop, did some modelling for newspaper and magazine ads and some local commercials.[6] She also did a few commercials in Chicago, went to Miami to film an unspecified TV pilot and then moved to Los Angeles in 1994.[5]

Career[edit]

Potter made her screen debut in 1994, on CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless as Sharon Newman.[7] She later appeared in several feature films, including Con Air (playing the wife of Nicolas Cage's character) and starring opposite Robin Williams in Patch Adams. In 1998, she played the love interest of doomed distance runner Steve Prefontaine in the movie Without Limits. In 2001, she had two major roles, co-starring with Freddie Prinze Jr. in Head Over Heels, and in the thriller Along Came a Spider with Morgan Freeman, based on the James Patterson best-seller.

In 2004, Potter played the role of Alison Gordon in the first Saw film. Later Potter worked on television. She was a cast member of the ABC legal drama Boston Legal but left during the second season. In 2009, Potter became a cast member of the new TNT series Trust Me which was cancelled after the first season due to low ratings. Potter plays the role of Kristina Braverman in NBC's comedy-drama Parenthood as of 2010. She received critical acclaim for her performance in the fourth season.[8][9][10] In 2013, she won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Drama Supporting Actress and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film for her role in the show.[11][12]

Personal life[edit]

Potter was married to Tom Potter from 1990 to 1998, and they have two sons: Daniel Potter (b. 1990) and Liam Potter (b. 1994). She married Daniel Christopher Allison, an orthopedic surgeon, on June 1, 2005.[13] Potter and Allison had a daughter named Molly Brigid Allison, on August 3, 2005.[14]

Her father died in 2004 of cardiovascular disease.[15]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1996BulletproofBiker's Woman
1997Con AirTricia Poe
1998A Cool, Dry PlaceKate Durrell
1998Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and LaurenceMarthaAlternative title: The Very Thought of You
1998Without LimitsMary Marckx
1998Patch AdamsCarin Fisher
1999Heaven or VegasLilli
2001Head Over HeelsAmanda Pierce
2001Along Came a SpiderJezzie Flannigan
2002I'm with LucyLucy
2004SawAlison Gordon
2008Lower LearningLaura Buchwald
2009The Last House on the LeftEmma Collingwood

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1994The Young and the RestlessSharon Newman #1
2003The Lunchbox ChroniclesKateTV pilot
2004Reversible ErrorsMuriel WynnMiniseries
2004–2005Boston LegalLori ColsonSeries regular, 21 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2005)
2007Protect and ServeLizzie BorelliTV pilot
2009Trust MeSarah Krajicek-HunterSeries regular, 13 episodes
2010–presentParenthoodKristina BravermanMain Cast
90 Episodes
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Drama Supporting Actress (2013)
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2013)
Nominated — TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama (2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Monica Potter Biography (1971-)". FilmReference. 
  2. ^ a b c "Potter, Monica: Potter has planted her roots". CANOE - JAM! Movies - Artists. Canoe.ca. April 7, 2001. Retrieved March 31, 2007. 
  3. ^ The Full Monica Article on Maxim.com :: Hot Girls, Babes, Sex, Photos, Videos, Gear, Entertainment[dead link]
  4. ^ Hobson, Louis B. (December 19, 1998). "Payback time for Potter". Canoe.ca. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d Urbancich, John (May 29, 1997). "Ex-Clevelander Soars In "Con Air"". Sun Newspapers, Cleveland. Retrieved November 13, 2007. 
  6. ^ Hobson, Louis B. (April 5, 2001). "Along came Monica". Canoe.ca. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Monica Potter On 'The Young And The Restless': 'Parenthood' Actress Opens Up About Getting Fired". The Huffington Post. June 18, 2013. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Emmy Hopeful: Monica Potter - 'Parenthood'". ETonline.com. April 29, 2013. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Deserving And Early Emmy Award Prospects For A Perfect World". ScottFeinberg.com. January 22, 2013. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  10. ^ Busis, Hillary (July 18, 2013). "Emmy nominations: The biggest snubs". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  11. ^ Bierly, James (December 12, 2013). "Golden Globes nominations TV shocks and snubs". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  12. ^ Busis, Hillary (June 11, 2013). "Critics' Choice Television Awards winners: 'Big Bang,' HBO". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Monica Potter Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  14. ^ and a son Phillip Potter on August 2013 Gee, Alison; Silverman, Stephen M. (August 11, 2005). "Monica Potter Has a Baby Girl". People. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  15. ^ Marrone, Kelly (January 13, 2011). "Interview with 'Parenthood's Monica Potter". Thecelebritycafe.com. Retrieved January 8, 2014. 

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