Monica Potter

Actor, Model
Despite having been in the spotlight for most of her life, actress Monica Potter struggled to make a name for herself in a variety of film and television projects. Potter had her official start with a short stay on the ... Read more »
Born: 06/29/1971 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (23)

A Toast to 2014! 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Interviewee

Parenthood 2009 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

The Young and the Restless 1972 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Game Night 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

After Lately 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual People's Choice Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Last House on the Left 2009 (Movie)

Emma Collingwood (Actor)

Trust Me 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Head Case 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lower Learning 2008 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

Boston Legal 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saw 2004 (Movie)

Alison Gordon (Actor)

Scott Turow's Reversible Errors 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

I'm With Lucy 2002 (Movie)

Lucy (Actor)

Along Came A Spider 2001 (Movie)

Agent Jezzie Flannigan (Actor)

Head Over Heels 2001 (Movie)

Amanda Pierce (Actor)

A Cool Dry Place 1999 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

The Very Thought of You 1999 (Movie)

Martha (Actor)

Heaven or Vegas 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Patch Adams 1998 (Movie)

Carin (Actor)

Without Limits 1998 (Movie)

Mary Marckx (Actor)

Con Air 1997 (Movie)

Tricia Poe (Actor)

Bulletproof 1996 (Movie)

Biker's Woman (Actor)

Biography

Despite having been in the spotlight for most of her life, actress Monica Potter struggled to make a name for herself in a variety of film and television projects. Potter had her official start with a short stay on the daytime soap opera "The Young and the Restless" (CBS, 1973- ), while appearing in high-profile features like "Con Air" (1997) and "Patch Adams" (1998) - none of which gave her an opportunity to display her true talents. Though she had her chance to shine in "Without Limits" (1998), the film's low profile and limited release dampened the effects of a solid performance. Undeterred, she plugged away for a few years in mediocre romantic comedies like "Head Over Heels" (2001) and "I'm With Lucy" (2002) until she found her stride not on the big screen, but on television. For two seasons, she delivered a fine performance as an upstanding attorney surrounded by more ethically-challenged counsel on the award-winning dramedy "Boston Legal" (ABC, 2004- ), an opportunity that opened the doors for a prominent career on the small screen.

Relationships

Daniel Allison

Husband
Married June 1, 2005

Molly Allison

Daughter
Born Aug. 3, 2005; father, Daniel Allison

Paul Brokaw

Father
Invented first flame-resistant car wax

Nancy Brokaw

Mother

Tom Potter

Husband
Married July 21, 1990 Divorced April 4, 1998

Daniel Potter

Son
Born 1990; father, Tom Potter

Liam Potter

Son
Born 1994; father, Tom Potter

EDUCATION

Euclid High School

Euclid , Ohio

Villa Angela Catholic School

Cleveland , Ohio

Milestones

2010

Cast as Kristina Braverman, Peter Krause's wife on NBC's updated version of 1989 film "Parenthood"

2009

Co-starred in horror remake "The Last House on the Left"

2009

Cast in TNT drama "Trust Me" as Sarah Krajicek-Hunter, the new ad copywriter

2004

Co-starred in black comedy "Eulogy," which followed a dysfunctional family who comes together for the funeral of the patriarch

2004

Played role of Alison Gordon in first "Saw" film

2004

Starred in CBS miniseries "Reversible Errors" opposite Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy

2004

Joined cast of ABCs "Boston Legal" as Lori Colson, a junior partner

2002

Played title role in "I'm With Lucy"

2001

Delivered a comic turn as an art restorer who falls in love with her neighbor (Freddie Prinze Jr.) in "Head Over Heels"

2001

Cast as a Secret Service agent in "Along Came a Spider"

1999

Played Vince Vaughn's wife in John N. Smith's "A Cool, Dry Place"

1998

Cast opposite Robin Williams in "Patch Adams"

1998

Snagged coveted female lead in British comedy "Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Lawrence" (released in U.S. under the title "The Very Thought of You")

1998

Portrayed the love interest of doomed distance runner Steve Prefontaine in Robert Towne's "Without Limits"

1997

Played the wife of Nicolas Cage in action movie "Con Air"

1996

Made feature acting debut in "Bulletproof"

1994

Moved to Los Angeles, CA with husband Tom

1994

Cast as Sharon Newman on CBS daytime serial "The Young and the Restless"

Appeared in a commercial directed by Luc Besson, who brought her to the attention of his agents at Creative Artists Agency

At the age of 12, started modeling and appearing in commercials

Bonus Trivia

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When asked who has inspired her, she replied, "Kathie Lee. Everyone I knew was pushing me to be a housewife, and I remember watching Regis and Kathie Lee and thinking, 'Well, if she can do it, I can!'" – Potter quoted in Vanity Fair, June 1997

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"From the age of nineteen, I've moved around a lot, living out of suitcases, trying to get jobs. I had faith, you have to have faith, or else you're going to be eaten alive." – Potter to "A Cool, Dry Place" (1999) co-star Vince Vaughn in Interview magazine, May 1998

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