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Scott Patterson
Patterson at GalaxyCon Richmond in 2020
Born (1958-09-11) September 11, 1958 (age 65)
  • Baseball player (1980–1986)
  • Actor (1992–present)
Known for

Scott Patterson (born September 11, 1958)[1] is an American actor. He is known for his role as Luke Danes in Gilmore Girls and as Peter Strahm in the Saw films. He also starred as Michael Buchanan in the NBC drama series The Event and as a Tenctonese alien commander in the TV film Alien Nation: Dark Horizon

Early life[edit]

Patterson was born on September 11, 1958, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,[1][2] and raised in Haddonfield, New Jersey.[3] [4] He attended Haddonfield Memorial High School, graduating in 1977, before attending Rutgers University, where he pursued a degree in comparative literature, eventually leaving college to play baseball.[5][6] He studied acting in New York with coaches Robert Lewis and Sondra Lee. He was exposed to the teachings of Paul Newman, Arthur Penn, and Frank Corsaro at the Actors Studio, where he also participated in the Producer's Unit Penn chaired.[citation needed] He appeared in numerous productions, including Rasputin and Miss Julie.[citation needed]

Baseball career[edit]

Patterson with the Nashville Sounds in 1983

Patterson spent seven years, from 1980 to 1986, as a professional pitcher in minor league baseball, topping out at the Triple-A level, the highest before the major leagues. He played in two major-league farm systems for seven different minor-league teams and was selected to four all-star teams (two with Atlanta and two with the New York Yankees). Patterson was initially selected by the Atlanta Braves in the first round (12th overall) of the 1980 Major League Baseball secondary draft (an event distinct from the amateur draft).[7] He played his first pro season with their Class A Anderson Braves in 1980. In 1981 Patterson won 13 consecutive games as a starting pitcher between Class A Durham and Double-A Savannah to set a Braves record for most consecutive wins to start a season. He was named the Braves Minor League Pitcher of the Month twice.

Patterson was traded from the Braves to the New York Yankees for Bob Watson on April 23, 1982,[8] and was placed on the Yankees Major League roster in 1983. Patterson was named as an All-Star both with the Yankees' Double-A Albany-Colonie Yankees and Triple-A Columbus Clippers in 1986.[9] In 1985 he was selected by the Texas Rangers in the Rule 5 draft but subsequently returned to the Yankees.[10] While in the Yankees organization Patterson was named their minor league Pitcher of the Month once, and Pitcher of the Week three times. Patterson also pitched in the Puerto Rican Winter League with the Lobos de Arecibo in 1984–85, and the Dominican Professional Baseball League with Santo Domingo in 1985–86. Patterson signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers affiliate, the Albuquerque Dukes, in late 1986[11] but never played at the major league level.

Acting career[edit]

In 1993, Patterson was slated to play the lead in Castle Rock's Little Big League opposite Sela Ward. The producers recast the role at the last minute with Revenge of the Nerds star Timothy Busfield, opting to offer Patterson the role of Mike McGrevey.[citation needed]

Patterson completed filming the leading role in the feature film Her Best Move, directed by Norm Hunter and co-starring Lisa Darr. He also appeared on the big screen in Little Big League, with Jason Robards, and in Three Wishes, with Patrick Swayze and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. He also appeared in the independent films Highway 395 and Rhapsody in Bloom with Penelope Ann Miller and Ron Silver, Boys of Abu Ghraib with Sean Astin, and Other People's Children with Diane Marshall-Green.

On television, he has landed romantic roles; his most notable role, which he played for seven years on the television show Gilmore Girls, is Luke Danes, the backwards baseball cap-wearing on-again, off-again love interest of the show's protagonist, Lorelai Gilmore, played by Lauren Graham.[citation needed]

On Seinfeld, Patterson's character was deemed "spongeworthy" by Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). In the "Das Boob" episode of Will & Grace, his character had a profound effect on Grace (Debra Messing). Patterson also played the love interests of Jennifer Grey in It's Like, You Know and Sharon Lawrence's character in Fired Up. He has also appeared on Arli$$ and Get Real.

Among Patterson's recent projects are a co-starring role on Aliens in America and voicing the character of King Faraday in the 2004 animated series Justice League Unlimited, from Warner Bros. Animation.[12] He has also starred as Agent Strahm in two iterations of the Saw franchise, Saw IV and Saw V.

Patterson appeared in some episodes of the second season of 90210 as Liam Court's ex-con father who has recently been released from prison and wants to reconnect with his son.

Patterson starred as Michael Buchanan in the NBC drama series The Event, which premiered on September 20, 2010. His character was killed off in episode 18.[13][14]

In 2016, Patterson reprised his role as Luke Danes for the revival miniseries Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, which streamed on Netflix on November 25, 2016, and consisted of four 90-minute episodes featuring most of the original cast.[15]

I Am All In podcast[edit]

In 2021, Patterson partnered with I Heart Radio to launch the I Am All In podcast dedicated to fans of Gilmore Girls.[16] For the podcast, he watches an episode and discusses the content with his producers and guests.



List of films and roles
Year Title Role Notes
1992 Intent to Kill Al Direct-to-video
1994 Little Big League Mike McGrevey
1995 A Boy Called Hate CHP Officer
1995 Three Wishes Scott's Father
2000 Highway 395 Mark Bradley
2007 Her Best Move Gil Davis
2007 Saw IV Agent Peter Strahm
2008 Saw V
2012 The Frankenstein Brothers George Martin also known as A Beer Tale
2013 Meth Head Hank
2014 Boys of Abu Ghraib Captain Hayes
2015 Other People's Children Frank Tassler
2016 Outlaw (producer - as Scott-Gordon-Patterson)
2017 Yellow Fever John Smart
2018 Batman: Gotham by Gaslight James Gordon Voice role
2018 Con Man Older Mikey


List of television appearances and roles
Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Return of Ironside Gillette Television film
1994 Alien Nation: Dark Horizon Ahpossno Television film
1995 Seinfeld Billy Episode: "The Sponge"
1996 Them Simon Trent Television film
1996 Silk Stalkings Chick Chandler Episode: "Pre-Judgement Day"
1997 Arliss Dan Manville Episode: "The Real Thing"
1997–1998 Fired Up Mickey Guest role; 2 episodes
1998 Rhapsody in Bloom Phil Television film
1998 Vengeance Unlimited Det. Tom Swain Recurring role; 2 episodes
1999 It's Like, You Know... Ted Episode: "The Client"
1999 Get Real Jacob Perryhill Episode: "Performance Anxiety"
1999 Will & Grace Don Gregorio Episode: "Das Boob"
2000–2007 Gilmore Girls Luke Danes Main role; 153 episodes
2002 Hollywood Squares Himself Panelist; 5 episodes
2002–2003 Pyramid Himself Celebrity contestant; 3 episodes
2005 Justice League Unlimited Agent King Faraday Voice role; 3 episodes
2007 Up Close with Carrie Keagan Himself Episode: "25 October 2007"
2007–2008 Aliens in America Gary Tolchuck Main role
2010 90210 Finnigan "Finn" Court 3 episodes
2010 Concrete Canyons Ben Sloane Television film
2010–2011 The Event Michael Buchanan Main role
2011 CSI: Miami Brendon Dwyer Episode: "Killer Regrets"
2011 Celebrity Ghost Stories Himself Episode: "Scott Patterson/Maria Conchita Alonso/Christopher Atkins"
2012 Love at the Christmas Table Tom Patton Television film
2015 Kidnapped: The Hannah Anderson Story James DiMaggio Television film
2016 Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Luke Danes Television miniseries
2018 Home & Family Himself Episode: "Scott Patterson/Tate Ellington/Alexandra Catalano"
2023 Sullivan's Crossing Sully Sullivan Series regular


  1. ^ a b Rose, Mike (September 11, 2016). "Today's celebrity birthdays: Harry Connick Jr., Moby (September 11, 2016)". Cleveland.com. Retrieved February 23, 2023.
  2. ^ "Gilmore Girls actor to return home to Haddonfield", Haddonfield news, August 23, 2019. Accessed February 23, 2023. "Patterson, 60, was born in Philadelphia, Pa., grew up in Haddonfield and is an alum of Haddonfield Memorial High School."
  3. ^ "FRANK PATTERSON Obituary (2013) - Philadelphia, PA - the Philadelphia Inquirer". Legacy.com.
  4. ^ "A Hush in Hollywood?". April 4, 2002.
  5. ^ Paolino, Tammy. "Scott Patterson talks Haddonfield childhood, 'Gilmore Girls,' Comic Con and coffee", Courier-Post, August 21, 2019. Accessed February 23, 2023. "Fast forward nearly 20 years since fans first began crushing on Luke, and Patterson, who was born in Philly and grew up in Haddonfield, is still pouring coffee. But we’ll get to that in a bit.... Patterson, 60, is an alum of Haddonfield Memorial High School and attended Rutgers University before dropping out to play pro ball."
  6. ^ Abel, Olivia. "Out of the Bullpen", People, January 28, 2002, backed up by the Internet Archive as of November 1, 2008. Accessed February 23, 2023.
  7. ^ "MLB News, Videos, Scores, Teams, Standings, Stats".
  8. ^ Shanks, Bill. "Former Braves first baseman Bob Watson dies at 74," BravesCentral (Sports Illustrated), Friday, May 15, 2020. Retrieved May 26, 2020
  9. ^ "Scott Patterson Statistics". The Baseball Cube. 24 January 2008.
  10. ^ Newberg, Jamey (2009). The Newberg Report 2010. Brown Books Publishing Group. p. 35. ISBN 9781933651774. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  11. ^ "Names in the News". Los Angeles Times. November 11, 1986. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  12. ^ "Scott Patterson as Luke Danes". CWTV.com. Archived from the original on November 10, 2006. Retrieved September 12, 2006.
  13. ^ "NBC Picks Up Three New Series for 2010-11 Season with "The Event", "Outsourced" and "Love Bites"". The Futon Critic. May 7, 2010. Retrieved May 16, 2010.
  14. ^ Hibberd, James (May 16, 2010). "NBC's fall schedule, upfront revealed". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on July 16, 2012. Retrieved May 16, 2010.
  15. ^ Highfill, Samantha (April 8, 2016). "The 37 characters returning for Netflix's Gilmore Girls revival". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 17, 2016.
  16. ^ "I Am All In with Scott Patterson". iHeartRadio. Retrieved August 21, 2021.

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