Award-winning actress and playwright Patricia Wettig was born on December 4, 1951 in Grove City, Pennsylvania. She attended Ohio Wesleyan University, and later graduated from Temple University in 1975. She started her acting career in the early 1980s, after training at New York’s Neighborhood Playhouse and appearing in stage productions, and later, in some television roles, eventually playing a recurring role in the medical drama St. Elsewhere.
Wettig became more prominent, however, with her role in the acclaimed drama series Thirtysomething, which premiered in 1987. She played Nancy Weston, a stay-at-home mother and artist who struggles with her life as a homemaker, her husband’s (Timothy Busfield) infidelities, and later, her bout with ovarian cancer. It earned her numerous acting awards, including three Emmy Awards (including two for Best Actress in 1990 and 1991) and one Golden Globe Award.
After her success in Thirtysomething, Wettig went on to appear in several other dramatic television series, either as a recurring character or as a guest: Courthouse, L.A. Doctors, The Practice and Breaking News, among others. She also became a reputable film actress, making her debut alongside Robert De Niro in the 1991 drama Guilty by Suspicion. That same year, she also starred in the comedy City Slickers, playing the wife of Billy Crystal’s lead character; she went on to appear in the 1994 sequel.
Wettig’s more recent roles include recurring characters in Alias and Prison Break, as well as a regular role in Brothers & Sisters. She joined Alias in 2002 as CIA psychotherapist Judy Barnett. She followed it up with a major role in the first season of Prison Break, which premiered in 2005; she played US Vice President Caroline Reynolds, whose brother (John Billingsley) was the man who Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell) was convicting of killing. Her appearances in the second season became rare as she joined the cast of the drama series Brothers & Sisters in 2006, playing Holly Harper, the long-term mistress of William Walker (Tom Skerritt).
Wettig has recently concentrated on writing stage plays; she graduated with an MFA in playwriting from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts in 2001.
- She married Ken Olin on May 8, 1982. They have two children together: Clifford Olin and Roxanne Elizabeth "Roxy" Olin.
- In 2001, she received her master's degree in playwriting from Smith College.
- In 2005, she became a finalist for the Blackburn Prize, awarded annually for an outstanding new English-language play by a woman, for her play known as My Andy.
1991: Golden Globe Awards - Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Drama for: "thirtysomething"
1991: Emmy Awards - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for:
1990: Emmy Awards - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for: "thirtysomething"
1988: Emmy Awards - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for: "thirtysomething"
2006-2011: Brothers & Sisters (TV series) - Holly Harper
2010: The 19th Wife (TV movie) - BeckyLy
2007: Brothers & Sisters: Family Album (TV movie) - Holly Harper
2005-2007: Prison Break (TV series) - Vice President Caroline Reynolds/President Caroline Reynolds/Menacing Woman in Kitchen/…
2005: Lackawanna Blues (TV movie) - Laura's Mother
2002-2004: Alias (TV series) - Dr. Judy Barnett
2002: Boomtown (TV series) - Nora Jean Flannery/Sharon Renee Loftin
2002: Breaking News (TV series) - Alison Dunne
2001: The Practice (TV series) - Allison Tucker
1998-1999: L.A. Doctors (TV series) - Eleanor Riggs-Cattan/Eleanor Riggs
1998: Nightmare in Big Sky Country - Judge
1998: Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 - Mrs. Lusk
1997: Frasier (TV series) - Stephanie
1997: Bongwater - Mom
1995: Courthouse (TV series) - Judge Justine Parkes
1995: Kansas (TV movie) - Virginia 'Giny' Mae Farley
1995: Nothing But the Truth (TV movie) - Jill Ross
1995: The Langoliers (TV movie) - Laurel Stevenson
1994: Parallel Lives (TV movie) - Rebecca Ferguson Stone
1994: City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold - Barbara Robbins
1993: Me and Veronica - Veronica
1992: Taking Back My Life: The Nancy Ziegenmeyer Story (TV movie) - Nancy Ziegenmeyer
1991: Silent Motive (TV movie) - Laura Bardell
1991: City Slickers - Barbara Robbins
1987-1991: thirtysomething (TV series) - Nancy Krieger Weston
1991: Guilty by Suspicion - Dorothy Nolan
1988: Police Story: Cop Killer (TV movie) - Dede Mandell
1986-1987: St. Elsewhere (TV series) - Joanne
1987: L.A. Law (TV series) - Carolyn Glasband
1986: Stingray (TV series) - Annie Murray
1985: Hill Street Blues (TV series) - Mrs. Florio
1984: Remington Steele (TV series) - Barbara Frick
1982: Parole (TV movie) - Maureen
"I've always written. When I got my first acting job, I was paid $300 a week and thought that was a lot of money, so I went out and bought my first typewriter."