If this rugged and scruffy heartthrob seems exceptionally athletic, it may be due to his eight-year stint in the '80s as a minor-league pitcher for such outfits as the New York Yankees and the Texas Rangers. Fittingly, Patterson made his film debut as a baseball player in the 1994 comedy Little Big League. He also found work as a Hollywood stuntman. But TV would turn him into a star, and after catching viewers' attention in steamy guest spots on Seinfeld (as a "sponge-worthy" date), Will & Grace and other sitcoms, he landed his most well-known role as Lauren Graham's outspoken on-again off-again better half on Gilmore Girls. Although his character was originally only supposed to appear in the pilot, he earned many fans with his manly good looks and blunt tongue and ended up sticking around for the long haul. His success on the small screen led to several film roles, including Agent Peter Strahm in three Saw franchise films.
- Appeared in numerous stage productions at The Actors Studio, including Rasputin and Miss Julie, though he wasn't actually a member.
- Plays the guitar.
- Credits the 1980 film Altered States as his inspiration for wanting to become an actor.
- Judy — Sister
- Barbara — Sister
- Frank — Father
- Hope — Mother
- Vera Davich — Ex-wife
- Abigail Wiest — Sister
- Christine Wiest — Niece
- Attended Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
- Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
- Profession: Actor