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Also Known As: Monica Gregg Brokaw Died:
Born: June 30, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio, USA Profession: actor, model

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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.

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Lower Learning (2008)
3.
 Saw (2004) Alison Gordon
4.
 Head Over Heels (2001) Amanda Pierce
5.
 Along Came a Spider (2001) Agent Jezzie Flannigan
6.
 The Very Thought of You (1999) Martha
7.
 Cool Dry Place, A (1999) Kate
8.
 Without Limits (1998) Mary Marckx
9.
 Patch Adams (1998) Carin
10.
 Heaven or Vegas (1998)
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At the age of 12, started modeling and appearing in commercials
1994:
Moved to Los Angeles, CA with husband Tom
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Appeared in a commercial directed by Luc Besson, who brought her to the attention of his agents at Creative Artists Agency
1994:
Cast as Sharon Newman on CBS daytime serial "The Young and the Restless"
1996:
Made feature acting debut in "Bulletproof"
1997:
Played the wife of Nicolas Cage in action movie "Con Air"
1998:
Portrayed the love interest of doomed distance runner Steve Prefontaine in Robert Towne's "Without Limits"
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:
Cast opposite Robin Williams in "Patch Adams"
1999:
Played Vince Vaughn's wife in John N. Smith's "A Cool, Dry Place"
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"
2002:
Played title role in "I'm With Lucy"
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
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
2009:
Cast in TNT drama "Trust Me" as Sarah Krajicek-Hunter, the new ad copywriter
2009:
Co-starred in horror remake "The Last House on the Left"
2010:
Cast as Kristina Braverman, Peter Krause's wife on NBC's updated version of 1989 film "Parenthood"
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Education

Villa Angela Catholic School: Cleveland , Ohio -
Euclid High School: Euclid , Ohio -

Notes

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!" --Monica Potter in Vanity Fair, June 1997.

" ... 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 co-star Vince Vaughn in Interview, May 1998.

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husband:
Tom Potter. House builder. Separated in late 1998.

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son:
Daniel Potter. Born c. 1990.
son:
Liam Potter. Born c. 1994.

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