Patricia Wettig

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Patricia Wettig
Patricia Wettig (2).jpg
Wettig at the 41st Emmy Awards, 1989
Born(1951-12-04) December 4, 1951 (age 63)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
OccupationActress, playwright
Years active2000–present
Spouse(s)Ken Olin (1982–present)
ChildrenClifford Olin
Roxy Olin
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Patricia Wettig
Patricia Wettig (2).jpg
Wettig at the 41st Emmy Awards, 1989
Born(1951-12-04) December 4, 1951 (age 63)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
OccupationActress, playwright
Years active2000–present
Spouse(s)Ken Olin (1982–present)
ChildrenClifford Olin
Roxy Olin

Patricia Wettig (born December 4, 1951) is an American actress and playwright. She received three Primetime Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award for her role as Nancy Krieger Weston in the ABC television drama Thirtysomething (1987-91).[1]

Other notable works include the portrayal of President Caroline Reynolds in the Fox serial drama Prison Break (2005-07), and playing Holly Harper in the ABC television drama Brothers & Sisters (2006-11). She is also known for her roles in the comedy films City Slickers (1991), City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (1994), and the science fiction miniseries The Langoliers (1995).

Early life[edit]

Wettig was born in Milford, Ohio to Florence (née Morlock) and Clifford Neal Wettig, a high school basketball coach. She has three sisters: Pam, Phyllis, and Peggy. She was raised in Grove City, Pennsylvania and graduated from Grove City High School in 1970.[2] She attended Ohio Wesleyan University and graduated from Temple University in 1975. She returned to her studies later in life and received an M.F.A. in playwriting from Smith College in 2001.[3] F2M, a play she authored, was performed in 2011 as part of the New York Stage and Film and Vassar College's 2011 Powerhouse Theater season.[4][5]


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. She received critical acclaim (and a number of awards) for her role as Nancy Weston on ABC's Thirtysomething. Her portrayal of Nancy's cancer struggle attracted considerable acclaim and attention.[6][7] 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.[3]

Wettig starred in the ABC comedy-drama series Brothers & Sisters, which debuted in September 2006, where she portrays the Walker family patriarch's mistress, Holly Harper. Her character was the co-CEO at Ojai Foods with Sarah Walker, the daughter of William Walker. She left the show mid-season during Season 5 after her character Holly Harper followed her daughter to New York along with her fiance David played by real life husband Ken Olin.[8] This season sees the whole Harper family absent from the show. Wettig also had the recurring role of CIA psychotherapist Dr. Judy Barnett on Alias (husband Olin was a producer and director on the series). 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. 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.[9]

Patricia Wettig and Ken Olin on the red carpet at the 41st Annual Emmy Awards

In 2012, Wettig joined the national tour for Larry Kramer's production, The Normal Heart.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Wettig is married to actor and producer Ken Olin; they have two children, Clifford (b. 1983) and Roxanne (b. 1985).[1] Their daughter, Roxanne (better known as "Roxy"), was a principal cast member of the MTV series The City, and also had a regular role on the ABC drama Brothers & Sisters.



1991Guilty by SuspicionDorothy NolanDomestic Total Gross: $9,480,198
City SlickersBarbara RobbinsWorldwide Total Gross: $179,033,791
1993Me and VeronicaVeronica
1994City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's GoldBarbara RobbinsDomestic Total Gross: $43,622,150
1998Dancer, Texas Pop. 81Mrs. Lusk
Nightmare in Big Sky CountryJudge


1982ParoleMaureenTV movie
1984Remington SteeleBarbara Frick1 episode "Blood Is Thicker Than Steele"
1985Hill Street BluesMrs. Florio1 episode "The Life and Time of Dominic Florio Jr."
1986StingrayAnnie Murray1 episode "Below the Line"
1986-87St. ElsewhereJoanne6 episodes
1987L.A. LawCarolyn Glasband1 episode "Beef Jerky"
1987–1991thirtysomethingNancy Krieger WestonSeries regular, 85 episodes
1988Police Story: Cop KillerDede MandellTV movie
1991Silent MotiveLaura BardellTV movie
1992Taking Back My Life: The Nancy Ziegenmeyer StoryNancy ZiegenmeyerTV movie
1994Parallel LivesRebecca Ferguson StoneTV movie
1995The LangoliersLaurel StevensonMiniseries
Nothing But the TruthJill RossTV movie
KansasVirginia 'Giny' Mae FarleyTV movie
CourthouseJudge Justine ParkesLead role, 13 episodes
1997FrasierStephanie1 episode "To Kill a Talking Bird"
1998–1999L.A. DoctorsEleanor Riggs-Cattan8 episodes
2002Breaking NewsAlison Dunne5 episodes
BoomtownNora Jean Flannery1 episode "Reelin' in the Years"
2002–2004AliasDr. Judy Barnett12 episodes
2005Lackawanna BluesLaura's MotherTV movie
2005–2007Prison BreakVice President/President Caroline Reynolds18 episodes
2006–2011Brothers & SistersHolly HarperSeries regular, 109 episodes
2010The 19th WifeBeckyLynTV movie
2014Identity[11]Liana GrantTV pilot

Awards and nominations[edit]

1988Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesthirtysomethingWon
1990Emmy AwardOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesWon
1990Q AwardBest Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama SeriesNominated
1991Golden Globes AwardsBest Actress – Television Series DramaWon
1991Emmy AwardOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesWon
1991Q AwardBest Actress in a Quality Drama SeriesNominated


  1. ^ a b "Patricia Wettig: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  2. ^ "GHC417.html". Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  3. ^ a b "Patricia Wettig- Biography". Yahoo!. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  4. ^ Wettig, Patricia. F2M. Dramatist Playservice. 2012. ISBN 9780822226338
  5. ^ Hetrick, Adam. “Patricia Wettig's F2M, With Keira Keeley, Ken Olin, Begins Powerhouse Run June 29”. Playbill. 29 June 2011 [1]
  6. ^ TELEVISION; Life, Loss, Death And 'Thirtysomething' New York Times. 10 February 1991
  7. ^ Nancy Lives Entertainment Weekly. 22 February 1991
  8. ^ "Patricia Wettig Leaves Brothers & Sisters". TV Fanatic. 2011-01-11. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  9. ^ Brothers & Sisters' Patricia Wettig Plots a Prison Break TV Guide. 26 January 2007
  10. ^ Patricia Wettig, Michael Berresse Will Join Patrick Breen, Luke MacFarlane, Christopher J. Hanke In Normal Heart Tour Playbill. 4 May 2012
  11. ^ Nikara Johns @NikaraJohns (2014-03-20). "Patricia Wettig Joins CW’s ‘Identity’ Pilot". Variety. Retrieved 2014-06-03. 

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