Patricia Wettig

Patricia Wettig

Active - 1982 - 2010  |   Born - Dec 4, 1951   |   Genres - Drama, Action, Adventure

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Supporting actress Patricia Wettig is best remembered for co-starring with her husband, Ken Olin, on the popular television drama series thirtysomething (1987-1991). Just before that she was a regular on St. Elsewhere (1982-1988). Wettig made her feature film debut in Guilty By Suspicion (1991). Fans of the two City Slickers films starring Billy Crystal will recognize Wettig for playing his wife Barbara. She had the lead in Taking Back My Life: The Nancy Ziegenmeyer Story, and appeared in the Stephen King adaptation The Langoliers. She had a recurring role on the popular series Alias, and was an original cast member of the drama Brothers & Sisters.

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  • Early in career, worked as a personal dresser for Shirley MacLaine.
  • First met Ken Olin on a train to New England before the two were slated to appear in a Portsmouth, NH, production of A Streetcar Named Desire; they were married a few months later.
  • Son Clifford went to preschool with producer Marshall Herskovitz's daughter Lizzie; Wettig and Olin were later cast in Herskovitz and Edward Zwick's hit thirtysomething.
  • A 2005 finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, honoring outstanding work by female playwrights, for her play My Andy.