Patricia Wettig

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).

    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. 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.

    Career

    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.

    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.

    Personal life

    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.

    Filmography

    Film

    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

    Television

    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 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

    References

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