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Kenneth Edward Olin (born July 30, 1954) is an American actor, director and producer. He is known for his starring role on the television series thirtysomething, and as executive producer, director, and recurring guest star of the television series Brothers & Sisters (2006–2011).[1] He is currently a director and producer of the television series This Is Us.

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Olin at the 41st Annual Emmy Awards in September 1989
Kenneth Edward Olin

(1954-07-30) July 30, 1954 (age 65)
OccupationActor, director, producer
Years active1976 – present
Patricia Wettig (m. 1982)


As an actor, Olin played Michael Steadman on thirtysomething (1987–1991) and Dr. Roger Cattan on L.A. Doctors (1998–1999). He was also noted for his performance as Detective Harry Garibaldi on Hill Street Blues and as the lead character in the short-lived EZ Streets. Olin has also appeared in other series, including Falcon Crest (as Father Christopher Rossini), Alias (as David McNeil), Murder, She Wrote, and the television movies Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac (1984) and A Stoning in Fulham County (1988). In 1995, Olin starred as Bradly Morris Cunningham in the made-for-TV film Dead by Sunset, which aired on the Lifetime television network. The film was based on the best selling true crime novel of the same name by Ann Rule. His film credits include roles in Ghost Story (1981), Queens Logic (1991), and 'Til There Was You (1997).

Prior to working on Brothers & Sisters, Olin produced and directed episodes of Alias. He has directed episodes of L.A. Doctors, The West Wing, Felicity, Judging Amy, Freaks and Geeks, thirtysomething, and EZ Streets. In 2012, Olin co-starred on the ABC drama pilot Americana.[2] He is currently the executive producer of This Is Us on NBC.

In the summer of 1990, Olin directed his wife in a production of "My Mother Said I Never Should" at the The Powerhouse Theatre at Vassar College. [3]

Personal lifeEdit

Olin was born to a Jewish family[4] in Chicago, Illinois, the son of a former Peace Corps official and pharmaceutical company owner.[5] He was raised in Highland Park, Illinois. He graduated from The Putney School in Putney, Vermont, in 1972.[6] He then completed his college career at the University of Pennsylvania. He is married to his thirtysomething and Brothers & Sisters co-star, Patricia Wettig, with whom he has a son, Clifford, and a daughter, Roxanne, who appears on The City.


  1. ^ Interview: producer Ken Olin on the new series of Brothers and Sisters,, February 20, 2009
  2. ^ Lesley Goldberg (February 21, 2012). "'Brothers & Sisters' Star Joins ABC Drama Pilot 'Americana' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
  3. ^ O'Haire, Patricia. "Vassar Inspires Theatrical Growing Pains".
  4. ^ Elkin, Michael (December 21, 2006). "Jewish Jingle Belles?". The Jewish Exponent. Retrieved December 22, 2006.
  5. ^ Profile,; accessed July 31, 2015.
  6. ^ John J. O'Connor (May 28, 1991). "CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK; Saying Goodbye, Fondly, to a Bit of Reality on TV". New York Times. Retrieved June 24, 2013.

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