Monica Potter

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Monica Potter
Monica Potter 2, Paleyfest 2013.jpg
Potter at Paleyfest 2013
Born Monica Gregg Brokaw
(1971-06-30) June 30, 1971 (age 46)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Tom Potter (m. 1990–1998)
Daniel Christopher Allison (m. 2005)
Children 3

Monica Potter (born Monica Gregg Brokaw;[1] June 30, 1971) is an American actress. She is known for her starring roles in the films Con Air (1997), Patch Adams (1998), and Along Came a Spider (2001). She also appeared in the horror films Saw (2004) and the 2009 remake of The Last House on the Left.

Potter has also appeared on television, as a series regular on Boston Legal, as well as a Golden Globe-nominated role as Kristina Braverman in the NBC drama series Parenthood from 2010 to 2015. She is a series regular in the CBS drama, Wisdom of the Crowd.

Early life[edit]

Potter was born Monica Gregg Brokaw on June 30, 1971, in Cleveland, Ohio to Nancy and Paul Brokaw. Her mother was a secretary in a hospital, and her father invented the first flame-resistant car wax.[2] Potter has three sisters (Kerry, Jessica, and Brigette). Her maternal grandparents were Irish immigrants, and she was raised Catholic.[3][4]

During her childhood she attended the Villa Angela Academy, and graduated from Euclid High School.[5] She also spent part of her early years in Arab, Alabama.[5] Potter had wanted to be an actress since childhood.[3] She began acting at the Cleveland Play House when she was in elementary school.[5] Starting at age 12, she worked at a flower shop, and later in her teens, a sub sandwich shop and did some modeling for newspaper and magazine ads and local commercials.[6] After appearing in several commercials in Chicago, Potter relocated to Los Angeles in 1994.[5] In 1995 she appeared in the Alan Jackson music video for "Tall, Tall Trees".


Potter made her screen debut in 1994, on CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless as Sharon Newman.[7] She later appeared in several feature films, including Con Air (playing the wife of Nicolas Cage's character) and starring opposite Robin Williams in Patch Adams. In 1998, she played the love interest of doomed distance runner Steve Prefontaine in the movie Without Limits, and also appeared in the British comedy Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence (1998).[8] In 2001, she had two major roles, co-starring with Freddie Prinze, Jr. in Head Over Heels, and in the thriller Along Came a Spider with Morgan Freeman, based on the James Patterson best-seller.

In 2004, Potter played the role of Alison Gordon in the first Saw film. Later Potter worked on television. She was a cast member of the ABC legal drama Boston Legal but left during the second season. In 2009, Potter became a cast member of the new TNT series Trust Me which was cancelled after the first season due to low ratings. In 2009, she had a lead role in the horror-thriller remake of Wes Craven's The Last House on the Left, opposite Tony Goldwyn.

Potter played the role of Kristina Braverman in the comedy-drama Parenthood, receiving critical acclaim for her performance in the fourth season.[9][10][11] In 2013, she won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Drama Supporting Actress and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film for her role in the show.[12][13]

In 2014, Potter created Monica Potter Home, an upscale home goods, natural skin care and home decor business in Cleveland, Ohio. The business began based on her skin care regimen using Sea Buckthorn essential oils. Her father started using this natural product when she was a young child due to her eczema. The business is a family affair, as her mother and sisters work for her in the business. In 2017, with the business failing, she collaborated with Marcus Lemonis of 'The Profit'. She and her business appeared on Season 5 Episode 4 of The Profit.

In 2015, Potter was joined by her mother and all three sisters on Celebrity Family Feud.[14] The following year, she appeared in a HGTV reality series titled Welcome Back Potter, which chronicled the purchase and restoration of her childhood home in Cleveland, Ohio thirty years after the family sold it in 1987.[15]

In 2016, Counting Crows' frontman Adam Duritz admitted that the band's song Mrs Potter's Lullaby was written about her. Duritz explained that although the song was based on an imaginary version of the actress, Potter's subsequent involvement led to its appearance on the album This Desert Life (1999).[16]

Personal life[edit]

Potter was married to Tom Potter from 1990 to 1998; together they have two sons. In 2005, Potter married Daniel Allison, an orthopedic surgeon.[17][18] Potter and Allison have one child, a daughter, Molly, born in 2005.[19] In March 2015, Potter’s husband joined the US Navy Reserve as a doctor, with the starting rank of Lieutenant Commander.[20]

Potter's father died in 2002 of cardiovascular disease.[21]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Bulletproof Biker's Woman
1997 Con Air Tricia Poe
1998 A Cool, Dry Place Kate Durrell
1998 Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence Martha Alternative title: The Very Thought of You
1998 Without Limits Mary Marckx
1998 Patch Adams Carin Fisher
1999 Heaven or Vegas Lilli
2001 Head Over Heels Amanda Pierce
2001 Along Came a Spider Jezzie Flannigan
2002 I'm with Lucy Lucy
2004 Saw Alison Gordon
2008 Lower Learning Laura Buchwald
2009 The Last House on the Left Emma Collingwood
2014 Lennon or McCartney Herself Short documentary film; interview clip[22]


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Nubeluz Dalina TV pilot for English version of Peruvian TV Children's show.
1994 The Young and the Restless Sharon Newman #1
2003 The Lunchbox Chronicles Kate TV pilot
2004 Reversible Errors Muriel Wynn Miniseries
2004–2005 Boston Legal Lori Colson Series regular, 21 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2005)
2007 Protect and Serve Lizzie Borelli TV pilot
2009 Trust Me Sarah Krajicek-Hunter Series regular, 13 episodes
2010–2015 Parenthood Kristina Braverman Series Regular; 103 episodes
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Drama Supporting Actress (2013)
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2013)
Nominated — TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama (2013)
2016 Welcome Back Potter Herself Six episodes
2017 Wisdom of the Crowd Alex Series Regular


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  2. ^ Hobson, Louis B. (December 19, 1998). "Payback time for Potter". Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Potter, Monica: Potter has planted her roots". CANOE - JAM! Movies - Artists. April 7, 2001. Retrieved March 31, 2007. 
  4. ^ The Full Monica Article on :: Hot Girls, Babes, Sex, Photos, Videos, Gear, Entertainment Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
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  6. ^ Hobson, Louis B. (April 5, 2001). "Along came Monica". Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Monica Potter On 'The Young And The Restless': 'Parenthood' Actress Opens Up About Getting Fired". The Huffington Post. June 18, 2013. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  8. ^ Monush, Barry; John Willis, eds. (2000). "The Very Thought of You". Screen World. New York - London: Applause: 277 – via Google Books.  open access publication – free to read
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  10. ^ "Deserving And Early Emmy Award Prospects For A Perfect World". January 22, 2013. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  11. ^ Busis, Hillary (July 18, 2013). "Emmy nominations: The biggest snubs". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  12. ^ Bierly, James (December 12, 2013). "Golden Globes nominations TV shocks and snubs". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  13. ^ Busis, Hillary (June 11, 2013). "Critics' Choice Television Awards winners: 'Big Bang,' HBO". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  14. ^ "S1E01 Series Premiere: Anthony Anderson vs. Toni Braxton; Monica Potter vs. Curtis Stone". 2015-06-21. Retrieved 2016-02-07. 
  15. ^ Stein, Megan (October 13, 2016). "Before and After: Parenthood Star Monica Potter's Childhood Home Makeover". People. Retrieved December 28, 2016. 
  16. ^ Furness, Dyllan (July 19, 2016). "The Serendipitous Events Behind "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby"". Broward Palm Beach New Times. Retrieved October 19, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Monica Potter Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  18. ^ "". Retrieved January 18, 2018. 
  19. ^ Gee, Alison; Silverman, Stephen M. (August 11, 2005). "Monica Potter Has a Baby Girl". People. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  20. ^ Exclusive Q&A: 'Parenthood' TV star becomes Navy wife,, 2015-03-27, accessed 2018-01-09
  21. ^ Marrone, Kelly (January 13, 2011). "Interview with 'Parenthood's Monica Potter". Retrieved January 8, 2014. 
  22. ^ Falkner, Scott (22 December 2014). "Lennon or McCartney? New Documentary Asks 550 Celebrities Their Preference — See Their Answers". Inquisitr. Retrieved 11 November 2016. 

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