Scott Patterson

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Scott Patterson
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Scott Patterson at the ATX Television Festival in 2015
Born Scott Gordon Patterson
(1958-09-11) September 11, 1958 (age 59)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Residence Los Angeles, California, United States
Education Haddonfield Memorial High School
Alma mater Rutgers University
Occupation Baseball player (1980–1986)
Actor (1993–present)
Musician, (1990–present)
Spouse(s) Vera Davich (m. 1983–1985), Kristine Saryan[1]
Children 1

Scott Gordon Patterson (born September 11, 1958) is an American actor and musician. He is known for his role as Luke Danes in Gilmore Girls and Special Agent Peter Strahm in Saw IV, Saw V and Saw VI. 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]

He was born September 11, 1958, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Hope Gordon, a homemaker, an actress in the Haddonfield Plays and Players Theatre Troupe and journalist, and Francis Ford Patterson IV, an advertising executive. His parents divorced in 1974. Patterson formed his first band in the third grade with longtime friend Tommy Poitras. They played just two songs – Back In The USSR by The Beatles, and I'm Not Your Stepping Stone. The name of the band was The Unknowns. The Unknowns added to their set list and performed throughout grade school and high school but disbanded after HS graduation.[2][3][4] Patterson was raised in Haddonfield, New Jersey and attended Haddonfield Memorial High School. He attended Rutgers University, pursuing a degree in Comparative Literature. He studied acting in New York with renowned coaches Robert Lewis and Sondra Lee. He was exposed to the teachings of such luminaries as Paul Newman, Arthur Penn, and Frank Corsaro at The Actors Studio. At The Actor's Studio, he also participated in the Producer's Unit chaired by Arthur Penn. He appeared in numerous productions, including Rasputin and Miss Julie.

Baseball career[edit]

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 draft. 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.

In 1982, Patterson was traded from the Braves to the New York Yankees for Bob Watson,[5] and was placed on the Yankees Major League roster in 1983. Patterson was named as an All-Stars both with the Yankees' Double-A Albany-Colonie Yankees and Triple-A Columbus Clippers in 1986.[6] In 1985 he was selected by the Texas Rangers in the Rule 5 draft but subsequently returned to the Yankees.[7] 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 1984-1985, and the Dominican Professional Baseball League with Santo Domingo in 1985-86. Patterson signed a minor league contract with Los Angeles Dodgers affiliate the Albuquerque Dukes in late 1986[8] but never played at the major league level.

Acting career[edit]

In 1988, Patterson formed the Arclight Theatre Company in Soho, NYC with John Bishop. Patterson played Jedediah Kohler in Bishop's The Great, Great Grandson of Jedediah Kohler in the Company's debut production. One night, George Wolfe was in the audience and offered Gordon-Patterson a role in the European Traveling Company's Tamara but he turned it down to continue work with Arclight.

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.

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 starred 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-Grant.

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 on-again, off-again love interest of the show's protagonist, Lorelai Gilmore, played by Lauren Graham.

On Seinfeld, Patterson was deemed "spongeworthy" by Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). He had a profound effect on Grace (Debra Messing) in the "Das Boob" episode of Will & Grace, and he played the love interests of Jennifer Grey in It's Like, You Know and Sharon Lawrence's character in Fired Up. He has also guest starred 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.[9] He has also starred as Agent Strahm in two iterations of the Saw franchise, Saw IV and Saw V respectively, also appearing through flashback sequences in Saw VI.

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.[10][11]

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.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Intent to Kill Al 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
2007 Saw IV Agent Peter Strahm
2008 Saw V Agent Peter Strahm
2009 Saw VI Agent Peter Strahm
2012 The Frankenstein Brothers George Martin
2013 Meth Head Hank
2014 Boys of Abu Ghraib Captain Hayes
2015 Other People's Children Frank Tassler
2016 Ape Bill Short
2016 Yellow Fever
2017 The Rogue Agent Wyatt
2017 Liberty Ian Jensen
2017 The Sons of Summer Coach
2018 Batman: Gotham by Gaslight James Gordon Voice


Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Return of Ironside Gillette TV film
1994 Alien Nation: Dark Horizon Ahpossno TV film
1995 Seinfeld Billy "The Sponge"
1996 Them Simon Trent TV film
1996 Silk Stalkings Chick Chandler "Pre-Judgement Day"
1997 Arliss Dan Manville "The Real Thing"
1997–98 Fired Up Mickey "Where There's Smoke", "Fire and Nice"
1998 Rhapsody in Bloom Phil TV film
1998 Vengeance Unlimited Det. Tom Swain "Justice", "Noir"
1999 It's Like, You Know... Ted "The Client"
1999 Get Real Jacob Perryhill "Performance Anxiety"
1999 Will & Grace Don Gregorio "Das Boob"
2000–07 Gilmore Girls Luke Danes Main role
2005 Justice League Agent King Faraday / Franco Bertinelli (voice) "Double Date", "I Am Legion", "To Another Shore"
2007–08 Aliens in America Gary Tolchuck Main role
2010 90210 Finnigan "Finn" Court "Another, Another Chance", "Multiple Choices", "Meet the Parent"
2010 Concrete Canyons Ben Sloane TV film
2010–11 The Event Michael Buchanan Main role
2011 CSI: Miami Brendon Dwyer "Killer Regrets"
2012 Love at the Christmas Table Tom Patton TV film
2015 Kidnapped: The Hannah Anderson Story James DiMaggio TV film
2016 Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Luke Danes Netflix miniseries


  1. ^,,20136305,00.html
  2. ^ He is a direct descendent of Napoleon Bonaparte, Sir Francis Drake, Richard Stockton (signer of the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States), and Richard Leeds, who fathered thirteen children in the Pine Barrens section of South Jersey. Leeds thirteenth child was known as the Jersey Devil. Scott Patterson Biography (1958-)
  3. ^ Scott Patterson Biography – Yahoo! Movies
  4. ^ Olivia Abel. "Out of the Bullpen". 
  5. ^ Baseball Reference: Bob Watson
  6. ^ "Scott Patterson Statistics". The Baseball Cube. 24 January 2008.
  7. ^ Newberg, Jamey (2009). The Newberg Report 2010. Brown Books Publishing Group. p. 35. ISBN 9781933651774. Retrieved 21 January 2018. 
  8. ^ "Names in the News". Los Angeles Times. 11 November 1986. Retrieved 21 January 2018. 
  9. ^ "Scott Patterson as Luke Danes". Archived from the original on 2006-11-10. Retrieved 2006-09-12. 
  10. ^ "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. 
  11. ^ Hibberd, James (May 16, 2010). "NBC's fall schedule, upfront revealed". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on August 1, 2012. Retrieved May 16, 2010. 
  12. ^ Highfill, Samantha (April 8, 2016). "The 37 characters returning for Netflix's Gilmore Girls revival". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 17, 2016. 

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