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Ken Olin

Ken Olin
Olin at the 41st Annual Emmy Awards, September 1989
Born Kenneth Edward Olin
(1954-07-30) July 30, 1954
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Years active 1976 – present
Spouse(s) Patricia Wettig (1982 – present; 2 children)

Kenneth Edward "Ken" Olin (born July 30, 1954) is an American actor, director and producer. He is known for his starring role on the television series thirtysomething, and most recently as executive producer, director, and recurring guest star of the television series Brothers & Sisters (2006–2011).[1]


  • Career 1
  • Personal life 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


As an actor, Olin played Michael Steadman on thirtysomething (1987–1991) and Dr. Roger Cattan on L.A. Doctors (1998–1999). He was also noted for his performance as Detective Harry Garibaldi on Hill Street Blues and as the lead in the short-lived but critically praised EZ Streets. Olin has also performed in a number of television programs including Alias (as David McNeil), Falcon Crest, and Murder, She Wrote. In 1995, Olin starred as Bradly Morris Cunningham in the made for TV film Dead by Sunset which aired on the Lifetime television network. The film was based on the best selling true crime novel, Dead by Sunset which was written by true crime author Ann Rule.

Prior to working on Brothers & Sisters, Olin produced and directed the television program Alias. He has directed for other television including L.A. Doctors, The West Wing, Felicity, Judging Amy, Freaks and Geeks, thirtysomething, and EZ Streets. In 2012, Olin co-starred on the ABC drama pilot Americana.[2]

Personal life

Olin was born to a Jewish family[3] in Chicago, Illinois, the son of a former Peace Corps official and pharmaceutical company owner.[4] He was raised in Highland Park, Illinois. He graduated from The Putney School in Putney, Vermont, in 1972. He holds a degree in English Literature from Pennsylvania State University.[5] He then completed his college career at the University of Pennsylvania. He is married to his thirtysomething and Brothers & Sisters co-star, Patricia Wettig, with whom he has a son, Clifford, and a daughter, Roxanne, who appears on The City.


  1. ^ Brothers and SistersInterview: producer Ken Olin on the new series of ,, February 20, 2009
  2. ^ Lesley Goldberg (February 21, 2012). Brothers & Sisters' Star Joins ABC Drama Pilot 'Americana' (Exclusive)"'".  
  3. ^ Elkin, Michael (December 21, 2006). "Jewish Jingle Belles?". The Jewish Exponent. Retrieved December 22, 2006. 
  4. ^ Profile,; accessed July 31, 2015.
  5. ^ John J. O'Connor (May 28, 1991). "CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK; Saying Goodbye, Fondly, to a Bit of Reality on TV". New York Times. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 

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