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Scott Patterson
BornScott Gordon-Patterson
(1958-09-11) September 11, 1958 (age 56)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
OccupationBaseball pitcher (1980–1986)
Actor (1993–present)
Spouse(s)Vera Davich (1983-1985; divorced)[1]
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Scott Patterson
BornScott Gordon-Patterson
(1958-09-11) September 11, 1958 (age 56)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
OccupationBaseball pitcher (1980–1986)
Actor (1993–present)
Spouse(s)Vera Davich (1983-1985; divorced)[1]

Scott Gordon-Patterson (born September 11, 1958) is an American actor. He is known for his role as Luke Danes in Gilmore Girls and Agent Strahm in Saw IV, Saw V and Saw VI. He also starred as Michael Buchanan in the NBC drama series The Event.

Early life[edit]

Gordon-Patterson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Hope Gordon, a homemaker, an actress in the Haddonfield Plays and Players Theatre Troupe and journalist, and Francis Ford Patterson IV, an advertising executive. His parents divorced in 1974.[2][3][4] Patterson was raised in Haddonfield, New Jersey and attended Haddonfield Memorial High School. He attended Rutgers University, pursuing a degree in comparative literature. He studied acting in New York with renowned coaches Robert Lewis and Sondra Lee. He was exposed to the teachings of such luminaries as Paul Newman, Arthur Penn, and Frank Corsaro at The Actors Studio. At The Actor's Studio, he also participated in the Producer's Unit chaired by Arthur Penn. He appeared in numerous productions, including Rasputin and Miss Julie.


Gordon-Patterson spent seven years, from 1980 to 1986, as a professional pitcher in minor league baseball, topping out at the Triple-A level (the highest before the major leagues). He played in two major league farm systems for seven different minor league teams and was selected to four All-Star Teams (two with Atlanta and two with the New York Yankees). He was placed on the New York Yankees Major League Roster in 1983. In the winter of 1985-86 he was selected by the Texas Rangers of the American League in the Rule 5 Draft and placed on their Major League Roster. In 1981 Gordon-Patterson won 13 consecutive games as a starting pitcher between class A Durham and class AA Savannah to set a Braves record for most consecutive wins to start a season. He was selected Braves Minor League Pitcher of the month 2 times and New York Yankees Pitcher of the Month once, and Pitcher of the Week 3 times. He was initially selected by the Atlanta Braves in the first round (12th overall pick) of the 1980 amateur entry draft. He played his first pro season with their Class A Anderson Braves in 1980, and his last with the New York Yankees' Double-A Albany-Colonie Yankees and Triple-A Columbus Clippers in 1986.[5]

In 1982, Gordon-Patterson was traded from the Braves to the Yankees for Bob Watson.[6]

Gordon-Patterson also pitched in the Puerto Rican Winter League (Arecibo Wolves, 1984-5) as a member of the New York Yankees, and the Dominican Republic Winter League (Santa Domingo, 1985-6), as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Acting career[edit]

In 1988, Gordon-Patterson formed the Arclight Theatre Company in Soho, NYC with John Bishop. Gordon-Patterson played Jedediah Kohler in Bishop's 'The Great, Great Grandson of Jedediah Kohler' in the Company's debut production. One night, George Wolfe was in the audience and offered Gordon-Patterson a role in the European Traveling Company's 'Tamara', but he turned it down to continue work with Arclight.

Gordon-Patterson was down to the wire on the Buffalo Bill role in 'Silence of the Lambs' that eventually went to Ted Levine. In 1991, Gordon-Patterson nearly nabbed the role of Mr. Blonde in Quentin Tarantino's debut feature 'Reservoir Dogs'. After an arduous, month long auditioning process it was down to Gordon-Patterson and Michael Madsen, with Madsen eventually getting the role.

In 1993, Gordon-Patterson was slated to play the lead in Castle Rock's 'Little Big League' opposite Sela Ward. The producers recast the role at the last minute with 'Revenge of the Nerds' star Timothy Busfield, opting to offer Gordon-Patterson the role of Mike McGrevey.

Gordon-Patterson completed filming the leading role in the feature film Her Best Move, directed by Norm Hunter and co-starring Lisa Darr. He also appeared on the big screen in Little Big League, with Jason Robards, and in Three Wishes, with Patrick Swayze and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. He also starred in the independent films Highway 395 and Rhapsody in Bloom, with Penelope Ann Miller, Ron Silver, "The Boys of Abu Gahrib" (Sean Astin), and "Other People's Children" (Diane Marshall-Grant).

On television, he has landed romantic roles guest starring opposite some appealing leading women; his most notable role, which he played for seven years on the television show Gilmore Girls, is Luke Danes, the on-again, off-again love interest of the show's protagonist, Lorelai Gilmore, played by Lauren Graham.

On Seinfeld, Patterson was deemed "spongeworthy" by Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). He had a profound effect on Grace (Debra Messing) in the "Das Boob" episode of Will & Grace, and he played the love interests of Jennifer Grey in It's Like, You Know and Sharon Lawrence's character in Fired Up. He has also guest starred on Arli$$ and Get Real.

Among Gordon-Patterson's recent projects are a co-starring role on Aliens in America and voicing the character of King Faraday in the 2004 animated series Justice League Unlimited, from Warner Bros. Animation.[7] He has also starred as Agent Strahm in two iterations of the Saw franchise, Saw IV and Saw V respectively, also appearing through flashback sequences in Saw VI.

Gordon-Patterson appeared in some episodes of the second season of 90210 as Liam Court's ex-con father who has recently been released from prison and wants to reconnect with his son.

Gordon-Patterson starred as Michael Buchanan in the NBC drama series The Event, which premiered on September 20, 2010. His character was killed off in episode 18.

Producing Career[edit]

Gordon-Patterson is producing Tyler Shields second film, "Outlaw", through his N O M E N C L A T U R E+ F I L M S. "Outlaw" stars Ana Mulvoy-Ten, Ali Cobrin (American Reunion), Ashley Bell (The Last Exorcism), Logan Huffman, Conner Paolo. Production begins September 30 in Los Angeles and Palm Springs.



1992Intent to KillAlDirect-to-video
1994Little Big LeagueMike McGrevey
1995A Boy Called HateCHP Officer
Three WishesScott's Father
2000Highway 395Mark Bradley
2007Her Best MoveGil
Saw IVAgent Peter Strahm
2008Saw VAgent Peter Strahm
2009Saw VIAgent Peter Strahmuncredited, Archive Footage
2010The Frankenstein BrothersGeorge
LibertyWesley Jensenpre-production[10]
The RogueAgent Wyattpre-production[10]


1993The Return of IronsideTV film
1994Alien Nation: Dark HorizonAhpossnoTV film
1995SeinfeldBillyEpisode: "The Sponge"
1996ThemSimon TrentTV film
Silk StalkingsChick ChandleEpisode: "Pre-Judgement Day"
1997ArlissDan ManvilleEpisode: "The Real Thing"
1997,1998Fired UpMickeyEpisodes: "Where There's Smoke", "Fire and Nice"
1998Rhapsody in BloomPhilTV film
Vengeance UnlimitedDetective Tom SwainEpisodes: "Justice", "Noir"
1999It's Like, You Know...TedEpisode: "The Client"
Get RealJacob PerryhillEpisode: "Performance Anxiety"
Will & GraceJohn GregorioEpisode: "Das Boob"
2000–2007Gilmore GirlsLuke Danes153 episodes
2005Justice LeagueAgent King FaradayEpisodes: "Double Date", "I Am Legion", "To Another Shore"
2007–2008Aliens in AmericaGary Tolchuck18 episodes
2010Concrete CanyonsBen SloaneLifetime TV Film
90210Finn CourtEpisodes: "Another Another Chance", "Multiple Choices"
The EventMichael BuchananMain cast
2011CSI:MiamiBrendon DwyerSeason 10 Episode 5: "Killer Regrets"


  1. ^,,20136305,00.html
  2. ^ He is a direct descendent of Napoleon Bonaparte, Sir Francis Drake, Richard Stockton (signer of the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States), and Richard Leeds, who fathered thirteen children in the Pine Barrens section of South Jersey. Leeds thirteenth child was known as the Jersey Devil. Scott Patterson Biography (1958-)
  3. ^ Scott Patterson Biography - Yahoo! Movies
  4. ^ Olivia Abel. "Out of the Bullpen". 
  5. ^ "Scott Patterson Statistics". The Baseball Cube. 24 January 2008.
  6. ^ Baseball Reference: Bob Watson
  7. ^ "Scott Patterson as Luke Danes". Retrieved 2006-09-12. 
  8. ^ "NBC Picks Up Three New Series for 2010-11 Season with "The Event", "Outsourced" and "Love Bites"". The Futon Critic. May 7, 2010. Retrieved May 16, 2010. 
  9. ^ Hibberd, James (May 16, 2010). "NBC's fall schedule, upfront revealed". The Live Feed. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 16, 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "Scott Patterson in "The Rogue" and "Liberty"". Crushable. b5media, Inc. January 5, 2009. Retrieved February 19, 2010. 

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