Scott Patterson

Scott Patterson


9/11/1958, Philadelphia, PA

Birth Name

Scott Gordon Patterson


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Scott graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in Journalism all the while pursuing another passion: baseball. Scott has played Pro Ball with the New York Yankees, the Texas Rangers and the L.A. Dodgers. He then retired from this career in search of another. Thanks to a chance…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Scott is of Jewish heritage.

    • Scott enjoys opera and is good friends with Measha Brueggergosman, who is a soprano opera singer.

    • Some of Scott's favorite movies are A Clockwork Orange, Damage, and The Bobo.

    • Scott loves to read and owns more than a thousand books.

    • Scott is a big fan of horror movies, and appears in Saw IV and Saw V as Agent Peter Strahm.

    • Scott enjoys trading stocks. His low point was when he lost $25,000 in one day. His high point was when he gained $30,000 in two days from Google.

    • In 1993, Scott ran out of money, and was forced to live out of his car, a 1966 Pontiac Tempest.

    • Scott has said if he could go on a date with anyone, he would go out with Rita Hayworth.

    • On January 22, 2005, Scott co-hosted a celebrity ski challenge at Park City Mountain Resort in Park City, Utah with Olympian skier Picabo Street. The challenge benefited the National Children's Alliance and Children's Advocacy Center.

    • Scott's parents are Hope and Frank Patterson. His mother is a homemaker. His father worked as an advertising executive. His sisters are Judy, a teacher, Abigail, a paralegal, and Barbara, a homemaker. Scott is the youngest of the four children.

    • In his spare time, Scott enjoys watching financial channels such as CNBC. His favorite personalities are Ron Insana, Maria Bartiromo, Jim Kramer and Louis Rukeyser.

    • Scott enjoys reading the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

    • Scott says the worst episodes of Gilmore Girls to film where the ones where they had town meetings inside Mrs. Patty's Dance Studio. Scott had to wear heavy layers because the show was set in Connecticut, when in reality they were filming in Los Angeles.

    • Scott collects art, artifacts and rare writings. His prehistoric petrified baby frog collection is on loan to the Louvre in Paris through 2010.

    • Scott likes to paint in his spare time.

    • Scott loves to ski. When he gets off on Fridays, he goes to Utah to ski for the weekend.

    • Scott made his film debut in 1993 in the movie Intent to Kill.

    • Scott is the brother of three older sisters. He says his sisters are very supportive of his career. One of them called him every week after Gilmore Girls to discuss the show.

    • Scott enjoys writing music in his spare time. He says from 1995 to 1999 he wrote about five or six hundred songs, hoping to find the one that could get him a record deal.

    • Scott's trademark is a backwards baseball cap.

    • As of 2007, Scott resides in Los Angeles. He lives in Hollywood Hills, down the street from Lucy Liu and George Clooney.

    • Scott Patterson's contract for Gilmore Girls was extended for an eighth season but since the show was cancelled, part of his contract said that he was to be scheduled to a new show. Thus he is starring in The CW's new show Aliens in American.

    • Scott has a tattoo on his left arm.

    • Soctt is good friends with Marc Summers, famed television host. Together, they founded a soft-rock band in 2001.

    • In 2000, Scott directed the movie A Lust For Life.

    • After guest starring on Seinfeld, star Julia Louis-Dreyfus deemed Scott "sponge-worthy."

    • In high school, he played guitar and was lead singer for a band.

    • Scott is exactly 6 feet tall (1.83 m).

    • Scott was married to Vera Davich for two years until they got divorced in 1985.

    • Scott has been a celebrity contestant on the game show Pyramid three times.

    • Scott was featured on the cover of TV Guide Magazine for the April 10, 2005 issue.

    • Scott is the third tallest male lead on Gilmore Girls, being 4 inches shorter than Jared Padalecki and 5 inches shorter than Edward Herrmann.

    • Scott attended the Rutgers University to obtain a degree in Comparative Literature but dropped out midway to play baseball.

    • Prior to working together on Gilmore Girls, both Scott Patterson and co-star Lauren Graham guest starred on Seinfeld.

    • Three words he uses to describe himself are intense, fair, and passionate.

    • If Scott could be a rockstar for a day he says that he would be Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam because he's somebody who's tried to make a difference.

    • Scott says that the best concert he's ever been to was the 1987 U2 Joshua Tree concert. He saw it in both New York and Los Angeles.

    • Scott was a minor league pitcher for the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, and Texas Rangers.

  • Quotes

    • Scott: (On his show "Aliens in America being called offensive) The beauty of the show is that it shows there's ignorance on both sides. I think those critics that were railing against the show – quite vehemently to everyone's surprise – I think they completely missed the point. It's not untrue to say that a lot of Americans don't know a lot about Islamic culture. They don't know the history, their daily customs, the whys and wherefores. It's also safe to say that on the other side there are a heck of a lot of Muslims that don't understand what American culture is all about. So I think this is just really an attempt – in the form of a premise for a comedy show – to try to have a couple balls in the air at the same time. Socially, culturally, comedically – and I applaud [producers] Moses [Port] and David [Guarascio] for attempting it. And I think they pulled it off, and to me it's quite an accomplishment.

    • Scott: (On whether he improved his lines on "Gilmore Girls") Improv? Oh, no. Oh, no. I mean, if you miss a period, they do another take. If you say "the" instead of "and," they do another take. You don't - - you know, the writer is GOD. As well it should be. You don't flub a comma, or a pause, or a word. So, that's no improv on there. No, no, no.

    • Scott: Popstars really draws you in. It's fascinating. It's interesting to watch people thrown together in that kind of a situation. Even if the egos weren't involved and they weren't trying to be world famous. It's the Real World, only better.

    • (On cancellation of "Gilmore Girls")
      Scott: I kind of expected it, actually. And I think I was probably a little relieved, and disappointed at the same time. So many things went through me when I heard the news. I wasn't terribly shocked. I know a lot of people were very optimistic, but I wasn't one of them.

    • (when asked if he was happy about how the Luke/Lorelai relationship ended on "Gilmore Girls")
      Scott: No, I wasn't, because there was still a lot of life left in it. But also, less is more, because it leaves the audience's imagination where it could go, and that's really good writing. Why give them the full meal? And I know fans are a little upset because they feel unsatisfied. They feel like they hung in there for so long and didn't get the full monty, so to speak. But I think the show will live in their imaginations longer as a result of this type of an ending.

    • Scott: (in response to rumors about him and Lauren Graham feuding on the set of "Gilmore Girls") No, I think it's not accurate. I think it's really inaccurate. And I think people thrive on rumor and innuendo that sells papers and gets people to click on websites. Lauren has always been pretty much the rock of that whole production. She did the lion's share of the work, and she did it with real aplomb. I wouldn't have wanted that schedule. Not for 10 minutes would I have wanted that schedule. I mean, that schedule would've broken a workhorse, and she just plowed through it every day, and it was pretty amazing to watch. We would hear those things and just laugh. We had a very comfortable working relationship. I enjoyed doing scenes with her, because I knew she was going to hit the ball back over the net as good as she got. All of that stuff is just overblown.

    • (about "Gilmore Girls") Scott: Look, the fans were the show. We really felt the presence of the fans. What a terrific and loyal group of people they are. I think they have 152 episodes of Gilmore Girls to go over again and again and relive. It's a lot of work that's in there, and I think at the end of the day, they're going to take away from this that they've had a good run as well.

    • Scott: (On what he loves about acting) The connection with other actors and the unpredictability within the structure. In 10 different takes, you can do a scene 10 different ways. Capturing spontaneous moments is what it's all about.

    • Scott: (On being an incorrigible flirt) What can I say? I get bored very easily.

    • Scott: (About his off camera life) I throw the best parties. Off the hook! People jumping in the pool with their clothes on. That kind of thing. I throw parties for no reason. Just because it's a happy Sunday.

    • Scott: I never worked in a coffee shop and I don't drink coffee, so I never thought I would become a coffee pusher on TV.

    • Scott: I think L.A.'s terrific. You fly an hour and a half and you're in the mountains in three feet of powder. I also think it's a much better city if you're working as an actor. If you're not working and you don't see your dreams coming true, there can be a lot of heartache.

    • Scott: Passion is the thing that sustains you in acting. If you're doing it for fame and money, don't even bother because it will never happen. The last thing I ever expected was to be paid for this.

    • Scott: I write a lot of music in my time off and I compose most of the songs on guitar. I've actually gone into the studio and recorded a few things, but it's tough trying to sell a song. It's all about finding that hook, that melody.

  • He is definitely my favorite actor ever!

    Scott has such amazing acting ability. He has this incredible ability to portray so much without saying anything his facial expressions are so expressive. Plus, he had the most extraordinary chemistry with Lauren Graham on "Gilmore Girls." They were the best couple ever on TV! You could tell how much he loved portraying the character of Luke Danes on "Gilmore Girl." In my opinion, he was the best character on the show. For me, he even topped Lauren Graham on the show in acting ability and likability. Of course, Luke and Lorelai on "Gilmore Girls" were unstoppable together.

    I would love to see Scott Patterson in a "Gilmore Girls" movie or miniseries, then I would love to see him in role on TV which would take advantage of his acting strengths. "Aliens in America" was not the kind of show he should have been in after "Gilmore Girls." He needs another deep character like Luke Danes, but a little different.moreless
  • Also a personal fAVORITE!

    A reliable supporting player specializing in slightly gritty and rough-cut characterizations. He WAS GREAT on Gilmore Girls. Just knowing that him and Loralie had a thing for each other but didnt act on it for several seasons ...........made things intense. This guy has a dry sense of humor,quick wit, and handsome to boot. He will go on to do great things. Please check this guy out on Gimore Girls he plays a great part. You will love when he can look so great gritty and cleans up and looks twice as nice!!!! Does anyone know who hes dating? Wink Wink Wink.moreless