Scott Gordon Patterson (born September 11, 1958) is an American actor. He is known for his role as Luke Danes in Gilmore Girls and Agent Strahm in Saw IV, Saw V and Saw VI. He is currently starring as Michael Buchanan in the NBC drama series The Event. Scott Patterson

Early life

Patterson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Hope, a homemaker, and Frank Patterson, a boxer turned advertising executive. His parents divorced in 1974. Patterson was raised in Haddonfield, New Jersey. He attended Rutgers University, pursuing a degree in comparative literature, but eventually dropped out. He studied acting in New York with renowned coaches Robert Lewis and Sondra Lee. He was exposed to the teachings of such luminaries as Paul Newman, Arthur Penn and Frank Corsaro at The Actors Studio, where he appeared in numerous productions, including Rasputin and Miss Julie.


Patterson spent seven years, from 1980 to 1986, as a professional pitcher in minor league baseball, topping out at the Triple-A level (the highest before the major leagues). He played in two major league farm systems for seven different minor league teams. He was initially selected by the Atlanta Braves in the first round (12th overall pick) of the 1980 amateur entry draft. He played his first pro season with their Class A Anderson Braves in 1980, and his last with the New York Yankees' Double-A Albany-Colonie Yankees and Triple-A Columbus Clippers in 1986.

Acting career

Patterson completed filming the leading role in the feature film Her Best Move, directed by Norm Hunter and co-starring Lisa Darr. He also appeared on the big screen in Little Big League, with Timothy Busfield and Jason Robards, and in Three Wishes, with Patrick Swayze and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. He also starred in the independent films Highway 395 and Rhapsody in Bloom, with Penelope Ann Miller.

On television, he has landed romantic roles guest starring opposite some appealing leading women; his most notable role, which he played for seven years on the television show Gilmore Girls, is Luke Danes, the on again off again love interest of the show's protagonist, Lorelai Gilmore, played by Lauren Graham. On Seinfeld, Patterson was deemed "spongeworthy" by Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). He had a profound effect on Grace (Debra Messing) in the "Das Boob" episode of Will & Grace, and he played the love interests of Jennifer Grey in It's Like, You Know and Sharon Lawrence's character in Fired Up. He has also guest starred on Arli$$ and Get Real.

Among Patterson's recent projects are a co-starring role on Aliens in America and voicing the character of King Faraday in the 2004 animated series Justice League Unlimited (which also featured George Newbern), from Warner Bros. Animation. He has also starred as Agent Strahm in two iterations of the Saw franchise, Saw IV and Saw V respectively, also appearing through flashback sequences in Saw VI.

Patterson appeared in some episodes of the second season of 90210 as Liam Court's ex con father who has recently been released from prison and wants to reconnect with his son.

Patterson is currently starring as Michael Buchanan in the NBC drama series The Event, which premiered on September 20, 2010.


Year Film Role Notes
1992 Intent to Kill Al Direct-to-video
1994 Little Big League Mike McGrevey
1995 A Boy Called Hate CHP Officer
Three Wishes Scott's Father
2000 Highway 395 Mark Bradley
2007 Her Best Move Gil
Saw IV Agent Peter Strahm
2008 Saw V Agent Peter Strahm
2009 Saw VI Agent Peter Strahm uncredited
2010 The Frankenstein Brothers George post-production
Liberty Wesley Jensen pre-production[8]
The Rogue Agent Wyatt pre-production[8]


Year Film Role Notes
1993 The Return of Ironside TV film
1994 Alien Nation: Dark Horizon Ahpossno TV film
1995 Seinfeld Billy Episode: "The Sponge"
1996 Them Simon Trent TV film
Silk Stalkings Chick Chandle Episode: "Pre-Judgement Day"
1997 Arliss Dan Manville Episode: "The Real Thing"
1997,1998 Fired Up Mickey Episodes: "Where There's Smoke", "Fire and Nice"
1998 Rhapsody in Bloom Phil TV film
Vengeance Unlimited Detective Tom Swain Episodes: "Justice", "Noir"
1999 It's Like, You Know... Ted Episode: "The Client"
Get Real Jacob Perryhill Episode: "Performance Anxiety"
Will & Grace John Gregorio Episode: "Das Bomb"
2000–2007 Gilmore Girls Luke Danes 153 episodes
2005 Justice League Agent King Faraday Episodes: "Double Date", "I Am Legion", "To Another Shore"
2007–2008 Aliens in America Gary Tolchuck 18 episodes
2010 Concrete Canyons Ben Sloane Lifetime TV Film
90210 Finn Court Episodes: "Another Another Chance", "Multiple Choices"
The Event Michael Buchanan Main cast

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