Dana Wheeler-Nicholson

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Dana Wheeler-Nicholson
Born (1960-10-09) October 9, 1960 (age 54)
New York City, New York, US
Occupation Actress
Years active 1976; 1984–present

Dana Wheeler-Nicholson (born October 9, 1960) is an American actress and singer,[1] best known for her roles in the films Fletch (1985) and Tombstone (1993).

Early life[edit]

Wheeler-Nicholson was born in New York City, New York. She is the granddaughter of pioneering American comic book publisher Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson.

Wheeler-Nicholson is married to film director Alex Smith.[2]


Sometimes credited as Dana Wheeler Nicholson, she has appeared in numerous feature films, but is perhaps best known for her role in Fletch as Gail Stanwyk, the wife of the villain, and love interest of the title character (Chevy Chase). She also well known for performance in Tombstone (1993) as Mattie Blaylock, Wyatt Earp's common law wife.[3] She also appeared in Bye Bye Love (1995), Denise Calls Up (1995), Fast Food Nation (2006), and Parkland (2013).

On television, Wheeler-Nicholson has guest-starred in Seinfeld, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Sex and the City, Boston Public, and Boston Legal. She starred in short-lived NBC comedy Beverly Hills Buntz from 1987 to 1988, and in 2001 was cast on the ABC daytime soap opera All My Children.[1] In the mid-2000s, Wheeler-Nicholson moved from Los Angeles to Austin, Texas.[3] From 2007 to 2011, she had a recurring role in the NBC drama Friday Night Lights as Angela Collette. In 2014, Wheeler-Nicholson played the role of Scarlett O'Connor's abusive mother on ABC series Nashville.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1984 The Little Drummer Girl Katrin
1984 Mrs. Soffel Jessie Bodyne
1985 Fletch Gail Stanwyk
1986–87 Crime Story Marilyn Stewart 2 episodes
1987 The Hitchhiker Belinda Haskell Episode: "Secret Ingredient"
1987–88 Beverly Hills Buntz Rebecca Giswold Series regular; 13 episodes
1990 Circuitry Man Lori
1991 Murder in High Places Unknown TV Movie
1991 N.Y.P.D. Mounted Donna Lee Wellington TV Movie
1991 Palace Guard Apache Episode: "Pilot"
1993 My Life's in Turnaround Rachel
1993 The Night We Never Met Inga
1993 Tombstone Mattie Earp
1994 Fortune Hunter Cristina Episode: "The Frostfire Intercept"
1995 Bye Bye Love Heidi Schmidt
1995 Seinfeld Shelly Episode: "The Doodle"
1995 Frank & Jesse Annie
1995 Denise Calls Up Gail Donelly
1995 The Pompatus of Love Kathryn
1996 The X Files Det. Angela White Episode: "Syzygy"
1997 Nick and Jane Jane
1997 Living in Peril Linda Woods
1997 Jamaica Beat Lori Peterson
1998 Sex and the City Laney Berlin Episode: "The Baby Shower"
2000 NYPD Blue Jenny Peters Episode: "The Man with Two Right Shoes"
2000 Law & Order Maggie Callister Episode: "Mega"
2001 Sam the Man Woman
2001 Big Apple Joan Kellogg 3 episodes
2001 What's the Worst That Could Happen? Gallery Hostess Uncredited
2001 All My Children Ilene Pringle Recurring role; 9 episodes
2002 Without a Trace Sarah Pritchard Episode: "Midnight Sun"
2003 The Battle of Shaker Heights Mathilda
2003 Boston Public FBI Agent Monica Price Episode: "Chapter Seventy-Four"
2005 Grounded for Life Arianna Episode: "Tom Sawyer"
2005 Boston Legal Stephanie Rogers Episode: "It Girls and Beyond"
2005 McBride: Anybody Here Murder Marty? Victoria Caine TV Movie
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Hilary Marsden Episode: "Slither"
2006 Fast Food Nation Debi Anderson
2008 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Tara Black Episode: "Reunion"
2010 The Deep End Judge Reyes Episode: "White Lies, Black Ties"
2010 Dance with the One Mary
2010 The Good Guys Meredith Episode: "Old Dogs"
2011 5 Time Champion Danielle
2007–11 Friday Night Lights Angela Collette Recurring role; 22 episodes
2011 Blacktino Moon
2011 Dadgum, Texas Bettie Crawley Magee
2012 A Gifted Man Jayne Reinhart Episode: "In Case of (Re)Birth"
2013 Winter in the Blood Malvina
2013 Parkland Lillian Zapruder
2013 Angels Sing Maggie
2014–15 Nashville Beverly O'Connor 3 episodes
2015 6 Years Post-production


  1. ^ a b "Dana Wheeler-Nicholson Biography ((?)-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2014-03-20. 
  2. ^ http://www.austinchronicle.com/music/2013-01-18/other-peoples-songs/
  3. ^ a b O'Connell, Joe (March 18, 2011), "Most Valuable Player", Austin Chronicle, retrieved 2011-12-11 
  4. ^ Weiss, Max (2013-03-26). "Nashville Recap: The Mother Lode". Vulture. Retrieved 2014-04-03. 

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