Olin at the 41st Annual Emmy Awards in September 1989
|Born||Kenneth Edward Olin
July 30, 1954
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, director, producer|
|Years active||1976 – present|
|Spouse(s)||Patricia Wettig (1982 – present)|
Kenneth Edward "Ken" Olin (born July 30, 1954) is an American actor, director and producer. He is known for his starring role on the television series Thirtysomething, and as executive producer, director, and recurring guest star of the television series Brothers & Sisters (2006–2011). Most recently he is the director/producer of the acclaimed television show This Is Us.
As an actor, Olin played Michael Steadman on Thirtysomething (1987–1991) and Dr. Roger Cattan on L.A. Doctors (1998–1999). He was also noted for his performance as Detective Harry Garibaldi on Hill Street Blues and as the lead character in the short-lived EZ Streets. Olin has also performed in a number of television programs including Alias (as David McNeil), Falcon Crest, Murder, She Wrote, and the television movies Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac (1984) and A Stoning in Fulham County (1988). In 1995, Olin starred as Bradly Morris Cunningham in the made-for-TV film Dead by Sunset, which aired on the Lifetime television network. The film was based on the best selling true crime novel, Dead by Sunset which was written by true crime author Ann Rule. His film credits included roles in Ghost Story (1981), Queens Logic (1991) and 'Til There Was You (1997).
Prior to working on Brothers & Sisters, Olin produced and directed the television program Alias. He has directed for other television including L.A. Doctors, The West Wing, Felicity, Judging Amy, Freaks and Geeks, thirtysomething, and EZ Streets. In 2012, Olin co-starred on the ABC drama pilot Americana. He appeared in the video "Burnin' for You" by Blue Öyster Cult, in 1981. Ken Olin is currently the executive producer of This Is Us on NBC.
Olin was born to a Jewish family in Chicago, Illinois, the son of a former Peace Corps official and pharmaceutical company owner. He was raised in Highland Park, Illinois. He graduated from The Putney School in Putney, Vermont, in 1972. He holds a degree in English Literature from Pennsylvania State University. He then completed his college career at the University of Pennsylvania. He is married to his thirtysomething and Brothers & Sisters co-star, Patricia Wettig, with whom he has a son, Clifford, and a daughter, Roxanne, who appears on The City.
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