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Ken Olin

Ken Olin gained an enormous following while starring as Michael Steadman on the highly acclaimed television series thirtysomething. He directed six episodes of the show, two of which garnered the prestigious Humanitas Prize. He also received critical acclaim for directing the television movie Doing Time on Maple Drive, co-starring Jim Carrey, Jayne Brooke and William McNamara. The movie was nominated for three Emmy awards, including Best Movie. Olin also directed HBO's In Pursuit of Honor, starring Don Johnson and Gabrielle Anwar, and the telefilm The Broken Cord, which won a Christopher Award and a Scott Newman Award.

In 1983, accomplished producer Steven Bochco selected him to star in the critically- acclaimed series Bay City Blues. Olin then went on to star for two seasons as Detective Harry Garibaldi in the highly successful series Hill Street Blues. Other television credits include the telefilms A Stoning in Fulham County, Manhattan, and Good Night Sweet Wife: A Murder in Boston; the mini-series Dead by Sunset; and starring roles in the series EZ Streets and L.A. Doctors.

Olin's also starred in the feature film Queens Logic, and made his directorial debut in Walt Disney's White Fang II: Myth of the White Wolf.

Originally a native of Chicago, Olin's desire to become an actor did not surface until his graduation from the University of Pennsylvania. Moving to New York, he enrolled in acting classes and began doing regional theater. After completing numerous theater roles, Olin went on to star in the Broadway production of Taxi Tales and off-Broadway theater performances of The Fairy Garden, Self Torture and Strenuous Exercise, and Cacciatore.

Olin is married to actress Patricia Wettig. They have two children.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Ken Olin Facts

BirthdayJuly 30, 1954 (69)
BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA
Height5' 11" (1m80)  How tall is Ken Olin compared to you?

Selected Filmography

The Illustrated Woman
Alias: Season 2
Alias: Season 1
Alias: Season 3
In Pursuit of Honor
Eli Stone: Season 1
White Fang 2: Myth Of The White Wolf
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