Katherine Willis

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Katherine Willis
Born (1971-05-02) May 2, 1971 (age 46)
Kolofo'ou, Tonga
Occupation Actress, Film Producer
Years active 1991–present

Charles Wiedman (2009–present; one child)

previous marriage (2 children)

Katherine Willis (born May 2, 1971) is an American actress and producer, best known for roles as Joanne Street on the NBC series "Friday Night Lights" (2 seasons) as the mother of paralyzed quarterback Jason Street, FBI Agent Foley on "Prison Break", and as Nancy Rogers on ABC Family's "The Lying Game".

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Kolofo'ou, Tonga, Katherine's father was a high school art teacher working under contract at a private high school. She is the fourth of seven children to Kathleen Perkins Willis, a homemaker, and Emmanuel Van Willis. Her father changed careers from high school art teacher to psychologist. Worked in maximum security prisons for 24 years before retiring.[1] Katherine's parents divorced when she was 16. Katherine spent most of her childhood on a 200-acre farm in Southwest Missouri.[2]

High school state and national Forensics champion. Won awards in humorous interpretation, dramatic interpretation and poetry reading.[3] She studied Theater and Film at Brigham Young University. She settled in Austin, Texas in 1994 where most of her studio film and television credits are from.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Willis married Charles Wiedman, a writer and film director and creator of the Lunch Money card game, on May 23, 2009. They have one child together. Willis has two children from a previous marriage.


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Little Heroes Rachel Wilson
1995 Pure Race Kim Grey
1998 The Faculty Officer Campbell
2001 The Right Girl Lauren
2003 The Life of David Gale Bullhorn Protestor
2004 The Sum of Jobe Dr. Wills short film
2004 Re-Elect Joe Josephine Fitzsimmons short film
2004 Friday Night Lights Racist Booster Wife
2005 Sin City Nurse
2005 The Ringer Ditzy Woman
2006 Momma's Boy Shelly short film
2006 Jumping off Bridges Mrs. Adams
2006 The Return Mother
2007 Kabluey Veronica
2011 The Curse of Babylon FBI Commander Ross
2012 Deep in the Heart Betty
2012 The Sinner Agent Valentine
2013 Mercury Plains Mitch's Mom
2013 This is Where We Live Leigh Ann
2015 The Doo Dah Man Becky
2016 Divine Access Becky
2016 Mercury Plains
2016 Round of Your Life Jenny


Year Title Role Notes
2015 The Leftovers Violet's Mom 3 episodes
2014 Deliverance Creek Cordelia Series Regular
2014 Revolution General Donagan General of Texas
2014 Resurrection Kimberly 3 Episodes
2012-2013 The Lying Game Nancy Rogers
2011 Drop Dead Diva Catherine Gibson episode: "Toxic"
2006-2007 Friday Night Lights Joanne Street 15 episodes
2006 Prison Break FBI Agent Foley episode: "Manhunt"
2005 Three Wise Guys Ruth Roberts TV movie
2001 Arrest & Trial Mrs. McClellan episode: Nightmare Nurse
1993 Moment of Truth: Stalking Back Jill Boyer TV movie
1992 Miracles & Other Wonders Cassie Anders


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