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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 movie Women at West Point 1979-02-27
Latest Project:
Movie The Story of Soaps 2020-05-19
Known For
Poster of Brothers and Sisters
Poster of Evolution's Child
Poster of Murder, She Wrote
Poster of Hill Street Blues
Movie The Story of Soaps Himself 2020-05-19
Series Brothers and Sisters David Caplan 2006-09-24
Movie The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie Himself 2005-10-23
Series Breaking News Unknown 2002-07-17
Series Alias Unknown 2001-09-30
Movie Evolution's Child Unknown 1999-10-22
Movie Y2K Nick Cromwell 1999-12-22
Series L.A. Doctors Dr. Roger Cattan 1998-09-21
Movie The Advocate's Devil Abe Ringel 1997-10-05
Movie Til There Was You Gregory 1997-05-30
Series EZ Streets Det. Cameron Quinn 1996-10-27
Series Dead by Sunset Unknown 1995-11-19
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Movie Telling Secrets Det. Jay Jensen 1993-06-30
Movie Queens Logic Ray 1991-02-01
Movie Goodnight Sweet Wife: A Murder in Boston Charles Stuart 1990-09-25
Movie Police Story: Cop Killer Officer Manny Mandell 1988-10-27
Movie A Stoning in Fulham County Jim Sandler 1988-10-24
Movie Tonight's the Night Henry Fox 1987-02-02
Series thirtysomething Michael Steadman 1987-09-29
Series I'll Take Manhattan Nat Lammerman 1987-03-01
Movie There Must Be a Pony Jay Savage 1986-10-05
Movie Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac David Frank 1984-04-01
Series Murder, She Wrote Unknown 1984-09-30
Series Bay City Blues Rocky Padillo 1983-10-25
Series The Hitchhiker Steve 1983-11-01
Series Hotel Unknown 1982-08-21
Series Hill Street Blues Unknown 1981-01-15
Series Falcon Crest Unknown 1981-12-04
Movie Ghost Story Young Sears James 1981-12-18
Movie Women at West Point Board Member 1979-02-27