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Monica Potter (born Monica Gregg Brokaw; June 30, 1971) is an American actress, best known for her roles in films Con Air (1997), Patch Adams (1998), Along Came a Spider (2001), and Saw (2004). She appears as Kristina Braverman in the NBC drama series Parenthood, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
Potter, one of four daughters, was born on June 30, 1971 in Cleveland, Ohio, to an Irish American Catholic family. Her father, Paul Brokaw, was the inventor of the first flame-resistant car wax, and her mother, Nancy, was a secretary in a hospital. During her childhood, she was part of the St. Jerome Parish in Cleveland, and attended the local elementary, as well as Villa Angela Academy, before graduating from Euclid High School. She also spent part of her early years in Arab, Alabama. Potter had wanted to be an actress since childhood. She began acting at the Cleveland Play House when she was in elementary school. Starting at age 12, she worked at a flower shop, did some modelling for newspaper and magazine ads and some local commercials. She also did a few commercials in Chicago, went to Miami to film a Seinfeld pilot and then moved to Los Angeles in 1994.
Potter made her screen debut in 1994, on CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless as Sharon Newman. 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 plays the role of Kristina Braverman in NBC's comedy-drama Parenthood as of 2010. She received critical acclaim for her performance in the fourth season. 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.
Potter was married to Tom Potter from 1990 to 1998; together they have two sons. In 2005, Potter married Daniel Allison, an orthopedic surgeon. Potter and Allison have one child, a daughter born in 2005.
In recent years, Potter has sometimes been satirically known as the "poor man's Julia Roberts," with some fans using the phrase in articles debunking the comparison.
Her father died in 2004 of cardiovascular disease.
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Monica Potter (born Monica Gregg Brokaw; June 30, 1971) is an American actress, best known for her roles in films Con Air (1997), Patch Adams (1998), Along Came a Spider (2001), and Saw (2004). She recently appeared as Kristina Braverman in the NBC drama series Parenthood, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
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