Dana Wheeler-Nicholson

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Dana Wheeler-Nicholson
Born (1960-10-09) October 9, 1960 (age 58)
ResidenceAustin, Texas
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Alex Smith (?–present)
RelativesMalcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (grandfather)

Dana Wheeler-Nicholson (born October 9, 1960) is an American actress and singer best known for her roles in the films Fletch (1985), Tombstone (1993), Fast Food Nation (2006) and Parkland (2013). She is also known for her roles on television series such as Friday Night Lights, and Nashville.

Personal life[edit]

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.[1]


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 love interest of the title character. She is well known for her performance in Tombstone (1993) as Mattie Blaylock, Wyatt Earp's common law wife.[2] 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 the short-lived comedy Beverly Hills Buntz from 1987 to 1988, and in 2001 was cast on the daytime soap opera All My Children.[3] In the mid-2000s, Wheeler-Nicholson moved from Los Angeles to Austin, Texas.[2] From 2007 to 2011, she had a recurring role in the television drama Friday Night Lights as Angela Collette. In 2014, Wheeler-Nicholson played the role of character Scarlett O'Connor's abusive mother on the musical drama series Nashville.[4] In 2015, she had a supporting role in the independent drama film 6 Years.



Year Title Role Notes
1984 The Little Drummer Girl Katrin
1984 Mrs. Soffel Jessie Bodyne
1985 Fletch Gail Stanwyk
1990 Circuitry Man Lori
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 Blacktino Moon
2011 Dadgum, Texas Bettie Crawley Magee
2013 Angels Sing Maggie
2013 Winter in the Blood Malvina
2013 Parkland Lillian Zapruder
2015 6 Years Joanne Mercer


Year Title Role Notes
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, 2008 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Hilary Marsden, Tara Black Episodes: "Slither", "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 12 episodes
2014 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Donna Evans Episode: "Producers Backend"


  1. ^ "Other People's Songs: Dana Wheeler-Nicholson's night job". Austin Chronicle. January 18, 2013.
  2. ^ a b O'Connell, Joe (March 18, 2011). "Most Valuable Player". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved December 11, 2011.
  3. ^ "Dana Wheeler-Nicholson Biography ((?)-)". Film Reference. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
  4. ^ Weiss, Max (April 3, 2014). "Nashville Recap: The Mother Lode". Vulture.

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