Monica Potter

Monica Potter

Potter at Paleyfest 2013
Born Monica Gregg Brokaw
(1971-06-30) June 30, 1971
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Tom Potter (m. 1990–98)
Daniel Christopher Allison (m. 2005)
Children 3

Monica Potter (born Monica Gregg Brokaw;[1] June 30, 1971) is an American actress, best known for starring in Con Air, amongst other films. She was in a long-running, Golden Globe nominated role as Kristina Braverman in the NBC drama series Parenthood.

Early life

Monica was born on June 30, 1971, in Cleveland, Ohio to Nancy and Paul Brokaw. Her mother was a secretary in a hospital, and her father invented the first flame-resistant car wax.[2] Potter has three sisters (Kerry, Jessica, and Brigette). Her maternal grandparents were Irish immigrants, and she was raised Catholic.[3][4]

During her childhood she attended the Villa Angela Academy, and graduated from Euclid High School.[5] She also spent part of her early years in Arab, Alabama.[5] Potter had wanted to be an actress since childhood.[3] She began acting at the Cleveland Play House when she was in elementary school.[5] Starting at age 12, she worked at a flower shop, and did some modeling for newspaper and magazine ads and some local commercials.[6] She also did a few commercials in Chicago, went to Miami to film a Seinfeld pilot, and then moved to Los Angeles in 1994.[5] In 1995 she appeared in the Alan Jackson music video for "Tall , Tall , Trees"


Potter made her screen debut in 1994, on CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless as Sharon Newman.[7] She later appeared in several feature films, including Con Air (playing the wife of Nicolas Cage's character) and starring opposite Robin Williams in Patch Adams. In 1998, she played the love interest of doomed distance runner Steve Prefontaine in the movie Without Limits. In 2001, she had two major roles, co-starring with Freddie Prinze, Jr. in Head Over Heels, and in the thriller Along Came a Spider with Morgan Freeman, based on the James Patterson best-seller.

In 2004, Potter played the role of Alison Gordon in the first Saw film. Later Potter worked on television. She was a cast member of the ABC legal drama Boston Legal but left during the second season. In 2009, Potter became a cast member of the new TNT series Trust Me which was cancelled after the first season due to low ratings. Potter played the role of Kristina Braverman in the comedy-drama Parenthood, receiving critical acclaim for her performance in the fourth season.[8][9][10] In 2013, she won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Drama Supporting Actress and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film for her role in the show.[11][12]

In 2015, Potter was joined by her mother and all three sisters on Celebrity Family Feud.[13]

Personal life

Potter was married to Tom Potter from 1990 to 1998; together they have two sons. In 2005, Potter married Daniel Allison, an orthopedic surgeon.[14] Potter and Allison have one child, a daughter born in 2005.[15]

Her father died in 2004 of cardiovascular disease.[16]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Bulletproof Biker's Woman
1997 Con Air Tricia Poe
1998 A Cool, Dry Place Kate Durrell
1998 Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence Martha Alternative title: The Very Thought of You
1998 Without Limits Mary Marckx
1998 Patch Adams Carin Fisher
1999 Heaven or Vegas Lilli
2001 Head Over Heels Amanda Pierce
2001 Along Came a Spider Jezzie Flannigan
2002 I'm with Lucy Lucy
2004 Saw Alison Gordon
2008 Lower Learning Laura Buchwald
2009 The Last House on the Left Emma Collingwood
2014 Lennon or McCartney Herself Short documentary film; interview clip[17]


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Nubeluz Dalina TV pilot for English version of Peruvian TV Children's show.
1994 The Young and the Restless Sharon Newman #1
2003 The Lunchbox Chronicles Kate TV pilot
2004 Reversible Errors Muriel Wynn Miniseries
2004–2005 Boston Legal Lori Colson Series regular, 21 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2005)
2007 Protect and Serve Lizzie Borelli TV pilot
2009 Trust Me Sarah Krajicek-Hunter Series regular, 13 episodes
2010–2015 Parenthood Kristina Braverman Main Cast; 103 episodes
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Drama Supporting Actress (2013)
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2013)
Nominated — TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama (2013)

2016 Reality show on the network HGTV called "Welcome Home Potter" chronicling the purchase of her childhood home in Cleveland, OH thirty years after the family sold it in 1987 and restoring it along with her three sisters and showcasing her mother's reaction of seeing the restorations as they take place.


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  2. Hobson, Louis B. (December 19, 1998). "Payback time for Potter". Retrieved January 10, 2014.
  3. 1 2 "Potter, Monica: Potter has planted her roots". CANOE - JAM! Movies - Artists. April 7, 2001. Retrieved March 31, 2007.
  4. The Full Monica Article on :: Hot Girls, Babes, Sex, Photos, Videos, Gear, Entertainment Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
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  6. Hobson, Louis B. (April 5, 2001). "Along came Monica". Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  7. "Monica Potter On 'The Young And The Restless': 'Parenthood' Actress Opens Up About Getting Fired". The Huffington Post. June 18, 2013. Retrieved October 9, 2013.
  8. "Emmy Hopeful: Monica Potter - 'Parenthood'". April 29, 2013. Retrieved October 9, 2013.
  9. "Deserving And Early Emmy Award Prospects For A Perfect World". January 22, 2013. Retrieved October 9, 2013.
  10. Busis, Hillary (July 18, 2013). "Emmy nominations: The biggest snubs". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 9, 2013.
  11. Bierly, James (December 12, 2013). "Golden Globes nominations TV shocks and snubs". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 12, 2013.
  12. Busis, Hillary (June 11, 2013). "Critics' Choice Television Awards winners: 'Big Bang,' HBO". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 9, 2013.
  13. "S1E01 Series Premiere: Anthony Anderson vs. Toni Braxton; Monica Potter vs. Curtis Stone". 2015-06-21. Retrieved 2016-02-07.
  14. "Monica Potter Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved October 9, 2013.
  15. Gee, Alison; Silverman, Stephen M. (August 11, 2005). "Monica Potter Has a Baby Girl". People. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  16. Marrone, Kelly (January 13, 2011). "Interview with 'Parenthood's Monica Potter". Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  17. Falkner, Scott (22 December 2014). "Lennon or McCartney? New Documentary Asks 550 Celebrities Their Preference — See Their Answers". Inquisitr. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
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