October 9, 1960 |
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Alex Smith (?–present)|
|Relatives||Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (paternal grandfather)|
Dana Wheeler-Nicholson (born October 9, 1960) is an American actress and singer best known for her roles in the films Fletch (1985), Circuitry Man (1990), Tombstone (1993), Denise Calls Up (1995), Fast Food Nation (2006), Parkland (2013), and 6 Years (2015). She is also known for her recent roles on television series such as Friday Night Lights, and Nashville.
Wheeler-Nicholson was born in New York City, New York, the daughter of Joan (née Weitemeyer) and Douglas Wheeler-Nicholson. She is the granddaughter of pioneering American comic book publisher Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, who founded DC Comics under the original company name National Allied Publications. Wheeler-Nicholson is married to film director Alex Smith and lives in Austin, Texas.
Sometimes credited as Dana Wheeler Nicholson, she has appeared in numerous feature films, but is perhaps best known for her role in Fletch (1985) as Gail Stanwyk, the wife of the villain (Tim Matheson), and love interest of the title character (Chevy Chase). She is well known for her performance in Tombstone (1993) as Mattie Blaylock, Wyatt Earp's common law wife. Wheeler-Nicholson has also appeared in the films 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. In the mid-2000s, Wheeler-Nicholson moved from Los Angeles to Austin, Texas. 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's musical drama series Nashville. In 2015, she had a supporting role in Hannah Fidell's independent drama film 6 Years, portraying the mother of Ben Rosenfield.
|1984||The Little Drummer Girl||Katrin|
|1984||Mrs. Soffel||Jessie Bodyne|
|1993||My Life's in Turnaround||Rachel|
|1993||The Night We Never Met||Inga|
|1993||Tombstone||Mattie Blaylock Earp|
|1995||Bye Bye Love||Heidi Schmidt|
|1995||Frank and Jesse||Annie Ralston|
|1995||Denise Calls Up||Gail Donelly|
|1995||The Pompatus of Love||Kathryn|
|1997||Nick and Jane||Jane Whitmore|
|1997||Living in Peril||Linda Woods|
|1997||Jamaica Beat||Lori Peterson|
|2001||Sam the Man||Woman|
|2001||What's the Worst That Could Happen?||Gallery Hostess||Uncredited|
|2003||The Battle of Shaker Heights||Mathilda Bowland|
|2006||Fast Food Nation||Debi Anderson|
|2010||Dance with the One||Mary|
|2011||5 Time Champion||Danielle|
|2011||Dadgum, Texas||Bettie Crawley Magee|
|2013||Winter in the Blood||Malvina|
|2015||6 Years||Joanne Mercer|
|1986–87||Crime Story||Marilyn Stewart||2 episodes|
|1987||The Hitchhiker||Belinda Haskell||Episode: "Secret Ingredient"|
|1987–88||Beverly Hills Buntz||Rebecca Giswold||13 episodes|
|1991||N.Y.P.D. Mounted||Donna Lee Wellington||TV film|
|1991||Palace Guard||Apache||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1994||Fortune Hunter||Cristina||Episode: "The Frostfire Intercept"|
|1995||Seinfeld||Shelly||Episode: "The Doodle"|
|1996||The X-Files||Det. Angela White||Episode: "Syzygy"|
|1997||The Single Guy||Erika||Episode: "Like Father..."|
|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||Big Apple||Joan Kellogg||3 episodes|
|2001||All My Children||Ilene Pringle||9 episodes|
|2002||Without a Trace||Sarah Pritchard||Episode: "Midnight Sun"|
|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 film|
|2006||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Hilary Marsden||Episode: "Slither"|
|2008||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Tara Black||Episode: "Reunion"|
|2010||The Deep End||Judge Reyes||Episode: "White Lies, Black Ties"|
|2010||The Good Guys||Meredith||Episode: "Old Dogs"|
|2007–11||Friday Night Lights||Angela Collette||22 episodes|
|2012||A Gifted Man||Jayne Reinhart||Episode: "In Case of (Re)Birth"|
|2014–15||Nashville||Beverly O'Connor||10 episodes|
|2014||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Donna Evans||Episode: "Producers Backend"|
- "Other People's Songs: Dana Wheeler-Nicholson's night job". Austin Chronicle. January 18, 2013.
- O'Connell, Joe (March 18, 2011). "Most Valuable Player". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved December 11, 2011.
- "Dana Wheeler-Nicholson Biography ((?)-)". Film Reference. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
- Weiss, Max (April 3, 2014). "Nashville Recap: The Mother Lode". Vulture.