Kenneth Edward Olin
July 30, 1954
|Occupation||Actor, director, producer|
Kenneth Edward Olin (born July 30, 1954) is an American actor, television director and producer. He is known for his role as Michael Steadman in the ABC drama series Thirtysomething (1987–1991), for which he received Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama nomination in 1990. Olin later began working as television director and producer; his producer credits include Alias (2001–2006), Brothers & Sisters (2006–2011), and This Is Us (2016-present). Olin is married to actress Patricia Wettig.
Olin began appearing on television as of late 1970's. His first series regular role was on the short-lived NBC comedy-drama Bay City Blues in 1983. He later joined the cast of NBC police drama Hill Street Blues playing Detective Harry Garibaldi from 1984 to 1985, and from 1985 to 1986 co-starred on the CBS prime time soap opera Falcon Crest as Father Christopher Rossini. Olin also guest-starred on Murder, She Wrote and Hotel, before was cast as Michael Steadman in the ABC drama series, Thirtysomething. Debuting in 1987, the series received critical acclaim, setting a new bar for realism in the realm of prime-time drama. For his performance, Olin was nominated for Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama in 1990.
In 1996, Olin played a leading role in the short-lived CBS crime drama EZ Streets. From 1998 to 1999, he played the leading role in the another short-lived CBS series, medical drama L.A. Doctors. He starred opposite his wife, Patricia Wettig in the 1995 television film Nothing But the Truth, and well as in Telling Secrets (1993) with Cybill Shepherd, The Advocate's Devil (1997) alongside Mariska Hargitay, and Evolution's Child (1999). His film credits include roles in Ghost Story (1981), Queens Logic (1991), and 'Til There Was You (1997).
From 2007 to 2011, Olin had a recurring role opposite Patricia Wettig in the ABC drama series Brothers & Sisters. From 2015 to 2017, he had a recurring role in the CBS drama series, Zoo. In 2020, ABC ordered a sequel for Thirtysomething and Olin is set to return alongside Mel Harris, Timothy Busfield and Patricia Wettig.
Producing and directing
In the summer of 1990, Olin directed his wife in a production of "My Mother Said I Never Should" at the Powerhouse Theatre at Vassar College. Prior this, he directed six episodes of Thirtysomething. He directed television movies The Broken Cord (1992), Doing Time on Maple Drive (1992), In Pursuit of Honor (1995) and Phenomenon II (2003). He also directed White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf (1994) for Buena Vista Pictures. He directed episodes of L.A. Doctors, Judging Amy, Felicity, The West Wing, 23 episodes of Alias, 20 episodes of Brothers & Sisters, Sleepy Hollow, and 20 episodes of This Is Us.
Olin was executive producer of number of television dramas in 2000s and 2010s. First was ABC action drama Alias (2001-2006). From 2006 to 2011, he produced ABC family drama Brothers & Sisters featuring ensemble cast led by Sally Field. His wife, Patricia Wettig also was regular cast member. His other credits include Breaking News (2002), The Mob Doctor (2012-2013) and Sleepy Hollow. In 2016, he began producing NBC family drama This Is Us, the series received three Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series nominations.
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 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.
|1978||The Paper Chase||Timothy||"The Man Who Would Be King"|
|1979||Women at West Point||Board Member||TV Movie|
|1981||Ghost Story||Young Sears James|
|1983–84||Bay City Blues||Rock Padillo||series regular (8 episodes)|
|1984||Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac||David Frank||TV Movie|
|1984–85||Hill Street Blues||Detective Harry Garibaldi||recurring role (29 episodes)|
|1985–86||Falcon Crest||Father Christopher||series regular (17 episodes)|
|1986||There Must Be a Pony||Jay Savage||TV Movie|
|1986||Murder, She Wrote||Perry Revere||"Deadline for Murder"|
|1987||Tonight's the Night||Henry Fox||TV Movie|
|1987||I'll Take Manhattan||Nat Lammerman||Miniseries|
|1987||Hotel||Mark Fredricks||"Calss of '72"|
|1987||The Hitchhiker||Steve||"Best Shot"|
|1987–91||thirtysomething||Michael Steadman||series regular (85 episodes)|
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama (1990)
Nominated – Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Actor in a Quality Drama Series (1991)
|1988||A Stoning in Fulham County||Jim Sandler||TV Movie|
|1988||Police Story: Cop Killer||Officer Manny Mandell||TV Movie|
|1990||Goodnight Sweet Wife: A Murder in Boston||Charles Stuart||TV Movie|
|1993||Telling Secrets||Detective Jay Jensen||TV Movie|
|1995||Nothing But the Truth||Doctor Peter Clayman||TV Movie|
|1995||Dead by Sunset||Brand Cunninghma||Miniseries|
|1996–97||EZ Streets||Detective Cameron Quinn||series regular (12 episodes)|
|1997||'Till There Was You||Gregory|
|1997||The Advocate's Devil||Abe Ringel||TV Movie|
|1998–99||L.A. Doctors||Dr. Roger Cattan||series regular (24 episodes)|
|1999||Evolution's Child||James Mydell||TV Movie|
|1999||Y2K||Nick Cromwell||TV Movie|
|2001||Say Uncle||unknown role||TV Movie|
|2001–02||Alias||David McNeil||3 episodes|
|2002||Breaking News||Richard Sloan||"Pilot"|
|2005||The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie||Ken Olin|
|2007–2011||Brothers & Sisters||David Caplan||recurring role (30 episodes)|
|2012||Americana||Martin Garano||TV Movie|
|2013||Criminal Minds||Bruce Morrison||"All That Remains"|
|2015–17||Zoo||Professor Robert Oz / Robert Oz||recurring role (10 episodes)|
|2018||The Cloverfield Paradox||Radio Voice (Voice Role)|
|2020||thirtysomething(else)||Michael Steadman||TV Movie|
* "No Promises" (1989)
|1988–1999||L.A. Doctors||4 episodes|
* "Maybe It's You" (1998)
|1992||The Broken Card||TV Movie|
|1992||Doing Time on Maple Drive||TV Movie|
|1994||White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf|
|1995||In Pursuit of Honor||TV Movie|
|1996||EZ Streets||"Every Picture Tells a Story"|
|1999||Judging Amy||"Witch Hunt"|
* "Family Affairs" (1999)
|2000||Freaks and Geeks||"The Diary"|
|2000||The West Wing||3 episodes|
* "Take Out the Trash Day" (2000)
Nominated – OFTA Television Award for Best Direction in a Drama Series (2002)
* "So It Begins" (2001)
|2002||Breaking News||2 episodes|
* "Pilot" (2002)
|2003||The Wonderful World of Disney||"Phenomenon II"|
|2006||Introducing Lennie Rose||TV Movie|
|2006–2011||Brothers & Sisters||20 episodes|
* "Patriarchy" (2006)
|2012||The Mob Doctor||2 episodes|
* "Protect and Serve" (2012)
|2013–14||Sleepy Hollow||4 episodes|
* "Blood Moon" (2013)
|2015||The Slap||4 episodes|
* "Harry" (2015)
|2015||The Man in the High Castle||"The Illustrated Woman"|
|2016–2021||This Is Us||28 episodes|
* "The Big Three" (2016)
|1995||Kansas||TV Movie (Executive Producer)|
|2002||Breaking News||TV Movie (Executive Producer)|
|2002–2006||Alias||Executive Producer (83 episodes)|
Co-Executive Producer (22 episodes)
Nominated – Producers Guild Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama (2004)
|2003||The Wonderful World of Disney||"Phenonmenon II" (Executive Producer)|
|2006||Introducing Lennie Rose||TV Movie (Executive Producer)|
|2006||Enemies||"Pilot" (Executive Producer)|
|2006–2011||Brothers & Sisters||Executive Producer (106 episodes)|
|2007||Brothers & Sisters: Family Album||TV Movie (Executive Producer)|
|2008||Eli Stone||"Pilot" (Executive Producer)|
|2012–13||The Mob Doctor||Executive Producer (7 episodes)|
|2013–14||Sleepy Hollow||Executive Producer (20 episodes)|
|2016–2021||This Is Us||Executive Producer (87 episodes)|
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Outstanding Drama Series (as Producer) (2018)
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series (as Producer) (2017-2019)
Nominated – Producers Guild Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama (2019)
|2017||The Arrangement||"Pilot" (Executive Producer)|
|2019||Grand Hotel||"Pilot" (Executive Producer)|
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- "White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf (1994)" – via www.rottentomatoes.com.
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