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Patrick Whitesell (born February 4, 1965)[1] is an American talent agent and co-CEO of WME, an entertainment and media agency.[2] He joined the Endeavor Talent Agency as a partner in February 2001, where he was a member of the company’s Executive Committee.[3]

Patrick Whitesell
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Whitesell in 2016
Born (1965-02-04) February 4, 1965 (age 54)
ResidenceBeverly Hills, California
NationalityUnited States
Alma materLuther College (1987)
OccupationTalent agent
OrganizationWilliam Morris Endeavor
Lauren Sanchez (m. 2005)
FamilyJohn Whitesell (brother)
Chris Whitesell (brother)
Sean Whitesell (brother)
Jim Whitesell (brother)
Tom Whitesell (brother)
Maria Quiban (sister-in-law)


Early lifeEdit

Whitesell was born to a Jewish family[4][5] on February 4, 1965 in Iowa Falls, Iowa. He is the son of Patricia and John Patrick "Jack" Whitesell.[6][7] His brothers are the late film and television actor Sean Whitesell, Thomas Whitesell, writer Christopher Whitesell, college basketball coach James Whitesell, and director John Whitesell.[8][9][7] Whitesell graduated from Iowa Falls High School in 1983.[citation needed] He graduated from Luther College in Iowa in 1987.[10]


Whitesell worked at InterTalent from 1990 to 1992.[11] He was an agent at United Talent Agency (UTA), from 1992 to 1995.[3][12] Whitesell served as head of the talent department of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), from 1995 to 2001.[3]

Whitesell and WME co-CEO Ari Emanuel have been characterized as “rewriting the Hollywood script,” and they have been named to Fortune’s Businessperson of the Year list.[13][14]

Whitesell is an appointed member of the Governor's California Film Commission and an associate member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

Whitesell resides in Beverly Hills, California with his wife, news anchor Lauren Sánchez, and three children.[16][17]


  1. ^ "Patrick Whitesell Bio". IMDb. July 13, 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  2. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (April 27, 2009). "WMA, Endeavor approve merger". Variety.
  3. ^ a b c Brodesser, Claude (February 26, 2001). "Whitesell exits CAA". Variety. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  4. ^ Brook, Vincent. From Shtetl to Stardom: Jews and Hollywood: Chapter 1: Still an Empire of Their Own: How Jews Remain Atop a Reinvented Hollywood. Purdue University Press. p. 11.
  5. ^ The Jewish Daily Forward: "Pope Francis Invites Hollywood Jews to Vatican" by Rachel X. Landes August 6, 2015
  6. ^ Chicago Sun-Times: "Celebrity Status: Like Rest of Family, Whitesell at Home on Stage -- Only His Is Gentile Center" by Toni Ginnetti January 30, 2006
  7. ^ a b The Courier: "Iowa Falls family finds ties to show business" by Jessica Miller Mar 12, 2001
  8. ^ Deadline: "Sean Whitesell Dies: Television Writer-Producer And Brother Of WME’s Patrick Whitesell Was 52" by Ross A. Lincoln December 31, 2015
  9. ^ The Wrap: "Sean Whitesell, TV Writer and Brother of WME’s Patrick Whitesell, Dead at 52" by Jeff Sneider December 31, 2015
  10. ^ Luther Alumni Magazine: "Watch Hugh Jackman onstage at the Iowa Falls, Iowa, theatre recently restored by Patrick Whitesell '87 and his father" Volume 47, No. 2 Winter 2014 (1/03/14)
  11. ^ Solomon, Deborah (December 10, 2010). "Questions for Patrick Whitesell". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  12. ^ Eller, Claudia (October 14, 1992). "Ex-ITA exex cut deal to move to UTA". Variety. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  13. ^ Garrahan, Matthew (December 6, 2011). "Rewriting the Hollywood script". Financial Times. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
  14. ^ P.N. (November 19, 2010). "Businessperson of the Year". Fortune. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
  15. ^ "Patrick Whitesell Bio" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  16. ^ Lauren Sanchez and Patrick Whitesell Welcome a Girl - Babies :
  17. ^ "Lauren Sánchez Whitesell and sons attend Second Annual Kidstock Music and Art Festival – Moms & Babies – Celebrity Babies and Kids - Moms & Babies -". 2008-06-02. Retrieved 2015-06-02.

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