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Patricia Wettig

Patricia Wettig
Wettig at the 41st Emmy Awards, 1989
Born (1951-12-04) December 4, 1951
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Actress, playwright
Years active 2000–2014
Spouse(s) Ken Olin (m. 1982)
Children Clifford 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 Vice 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 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
    • Film 4.1
    • Television 4.2
  • Awards and nominations 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

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 a Master of Fine Arts 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

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.



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Guilty by Suspicion Dorothy Nolan Domestic Total Gross: $9,480,198
City Slickers Barbara Robbins Worldwide Total Gross: $179,033,791
1993 Me and Veronica Veronica
1994 City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold Barbara Robbins Domestic Total Gross: $43,622,150
1997 Bongwater Mom
1998 Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 Mrs. Lusk
Nightmare in Big Sky Country Judge


Year Title Role Notes
1982 Parole Maureen TV movie
1984 Remington Steele Barbara Frick 1 episode "Blood Is Thicker Than Steele"
1985 Hill Street Blues Mrs. Florio 1 episode "The Life and Time of Dominic Florio Jr."
1986 Stingray Annie Murray 1 episode "Below the Line"
1986-87 St. Elsewhere Joanne 6 episodes
1987 L.A. Law Carolyn Glasband 1 episode "Beef Jerky"
1987–91 thirtysomething Nancy Krieger Weston Series regular, 85 episodes
1988 Police Story: Cop Killer Dede Mandell TV movie
1991 Silent Motive Laura Bardell TV movie
1992 Taking Back My Life: The Nancy Ziegenmeyer Story Nancy Ziegenmeyer TV movie
1994 Parallel Lives Rebecca Ferguson Stone TV movie
1995 The Langoliers Laurel Stevenson Miniseries
Nothing But the Truth Jill Ross TV movie
Kansas Virginia 'Giny' Mae Farley TV movie
Courthouse Judge Justine Parkes Lead role, 13 episodes
1997 Frasier Stephanie 1 episode "To Kill a Talking Bird"
1998–1999 L.A. Doctors Eleanor Riggs-Cattan 8 episodes
2002 Breaking News Alison Dunne 5 episodes
Boomtown Nora Jean Flannery 1 episode "Reelin' in the Years"
2002–2004 Alias Dr. Judy Barnett 12 episodes
2005 Lackawanna Blues Laura's Mother TV movie
2005–2007 Prison Break Vice President/President Caroline Reynolds 18 episodes
2006–2011 Brothers & Sisters Holly Harper Series regular, 99 episodes
2010 The 19th Wife BeckyLyn TV movie
2014 Identity[11] Liana Grant TV pilot

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
1988 Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series thirtysomething Won
1990 Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Won
1990 Q Award Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama Series Nominated
1991 Golden Globes Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Won
1991 Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Won
1991 Q Award Best Actress in a Quality Drama Series Nominated


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  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
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  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
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