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Ken Olin

His dark, sincere good looks were steadily put to use on the small screen during the 80s, but, in retrospect, actor Ken Olin will probably be considered more of a major force behind the camera. Born in Chicago, Ken went to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and headed for Hollywood in the late 70s. After the typical route of bit parts, he started moving up in leaps and bounds on TV's top shows. A couple of strong, single season regular parts on both Hill Street Blues (1981)and Falcon Crest (1981) ultimately led to his casting as the introspective and quietly sexy Michael Steadman on Thirtysomething (1987), which ran for four seasons and nabbed numerous awards for its liberal writing and sensitive content. Ken co-starred with wife Patricia Wettig on the show, but the multi-Emmy winner Wettig did not play Ken's wife (actress Mel Harris did) and the public was often confused as to who Ken's wife really was. Ken also earned the chance to direct occasionally on Thirtysomething (1987) and this would have a significant impact as to the direction of his career in the years to come. Following Thirtysomething (1987), Ken pursued acting work in mini-movies as both hero ( Police Story: Cop Killer (1988) ) and villain ( Dead by Sunset (1995) ), but almost always seemed on the verge of leaving acting altogether. It was his burgeoning interest in directing that took over, and he has since found steady helming duties on such popular shows as Felicity (1998) and The West Wing (1999). His TV drama Doing Time on Maple Drive (1992)was nominated for three Emmys.

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Jul 30, 1954 In Chicago, Illinois, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Paper Chase 1978-09-09
Latest Project:
Series Sleepy Hollow 2013-09-16

Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Brothers & Sisters
Poster of Alias
Poster of Thirtysomething
Sleepy Hollow Unknown 2013-09-16
The Mob Doctor Unknown 2012
Eli Stone Unknown 2008-01-31
The City Unknown 2008-12-01
Brothers & Sisters Unknown 2006-09-24
Criminal Minds Unknown 2005-09-22
Alias Unknown 2001-09-30
The West Wing Unknown 1999-09-22
Judging Amy Unknown 1999-09-19
Freaks and Geeks Unknown 1999-09-25
Felicity Unknown 1998-09-29
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Thirtysomething Michael Steadman 85 episodes, 1987-1991 1987-09-29
Murder, She Wrote Unknown 1984-09-30
The Hitchhiker Unknown 1983-11-23
Hill Street Blues Unknown 1981-01-15
Falcon Crest Unknown 1981-12-04
The Paper Chase Unknown 1978-09-09