Monica Potter

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Monica Potter
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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 (1990–1998)
Daniel Christopher Allison (2005–present)
ChildrenDaniel Potter (b. 1990)
Liam Potter (b. 1994)
Molly Brigid Allison (b. 2005)
 
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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 (1990–1998)
Daniel Christopher Allison (2005–present)
ChildrenDaniel Potter (b. 1990)
Liam Potter (b. 1994)
Molly Brigid Allison (b. 2005)

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 Euclid, Ohio, to an Irish American Catholic[2][3] family. Her father, Paul Brokaw, was the inventor of the first flame-resistant car wax,[not in citation given][citation needed] and her mother, Nancy, was a secretary.[2] During her childhood, she was part of the St. Jerome Parish in Cleveland, and attended the local elementary school, as well as Villa Angela Academy, before graduating from Euclid High School.[4] She also spent part of her early years in Arab, Alabama. Potter had wanted to be an actress since childhood.[2]

Career[edit]

Potter made her screen debut in 1994, on CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless as Sharon Newman.[5] She later has 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 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.[6][7][8] 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.[9][10]

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. Potter and Allison had a daughter named Molly Brigid Allison, on August 3, 2005.[11]

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 BravermanSeries regular
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Drama Supporting Actress (2013)
Pending — 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 d "Potter, Monica: Potter has planted her roots". CANOE - JAM! Movies - Artists. 
  3. ^ The Full Monica Article on Maxim.com :: Hot Girls, Babes, Sex, Photos, Videos, Gear, Entertainment[dead link]
  4. ^ Untitled Document 29 may 1997, Sun Newspapers, Cleveland, EX-CLEVELANDER SOARS IN "CON AIR"
  5. ^ Posted: 06/18/2013 12:56 pm EDT (2013-06-18). "Monica Potter On 'The Young And The Restless': 'Parenthood' Actress Opens Up About Getting Fired". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2013-10-09. 
  6. ^ "Emmy Hopeful: Monica Potter - 'Parenthood'". ETonline.com. 2013-04-29. Retrieved 2013-10-09. 
  7. ^ "Deserving And Early Emmy Award Prospects For A Perfect World". ScottFeinberg.com. 2013-01-22. Retrieved 2013-10-09. 
  8. ^ Busis, Hillary (2013-07-18). "Emmy nominations: The biggest snubs | Inside TV | EW.com". Insidetv.ew.com. Retrieved 2013-10-09. 
  9. ^ Bierly, Mandi. "Golden Globes nominations TV shocks and snubs | Inside TV | EW.com". Insidetv.ew.com. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  10. ^ Busis, Hillary (2013-06-11). "Critics' Choice Television Awards winners: 'Big Bang,' HBO | Inside TV | EW.com". Insidetv.ew.com. Retrieved 2013-10-09. 
  11. ^ "Monica Potter Biography". Tvguide.com. Retrieved 2013-10-09. 

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