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).
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).
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. 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.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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
Wettig is married to actor and producer Ken Olin; they have two children, Clifford (b. 1983) and Roxanne (b. 1985). Their daughter, (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.
|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|
|1998||Dancer, Texas Pop. 81||Mrs. Lusk|
|Nightmare in Big Sky Country||Judge|
|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||Liana Grant||TV pilot|
Awards and nominations
|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|