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Ken Olin Biography

Birth Place:
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Actor, director, producer

Fast Facts

  • Met his wife while both were acting in a New Hampshire production of A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Spent part of his childhood in Chile, where his father served as the deputy director of the Peace Corps
  • Befriended thirtysomething producer Marshall Herskovitz when his son and Herskovitz's daughter became playmates at their preschool
  • His numerous directorial credits include Fox's inaugural made-for-TV movie Doing Time on Maple Drive (1992), featuring the dramatic debut of Jim Carrey
  • In 2011, starred in F2M, a play written by his wife, Patricia Wettig, that was presented as part of the Powerhouse Theater season at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N
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  • ABC drama Brothers & Sisters (2006-2011) was a family affair for Olin (executive producer and occasional actor), Wettig (star) and their children, Cliff (staff writer) and Roxy (recurring role)


  • 2019Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: nominated
  • 2019Producers Guild Awards-Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama: nominated
  • 2017Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: nominated
  • 1990Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: nominated