Scott Patterson is an American actor best known for his role as Luke Danes in the television drama series Gilmore Girls (2000-2007), and as Agent Strahm in the 2007 horror film Saw IV.
Patterson was born in Philadelphia, and raised in New Jersey. He attended Rutgers University and pursued a degree in comparative literature.
He spent seven years, from 1980 to 1986, as a professional pitcher in minor league baseball, topping out at the Triple-A level (the highest before the major leagues).
He played in two major league farm systems for seven different minor league teams. He was initially selected by the Atlanta Braves in the first round (12th overall pick) of the 1980 amateur entry draft.
He played his first pro season with their Class A Anderson Braves in 1980, and his last with the New York Yankees' Double-A Albany-Colonie Yankees and Triple-A Columbus Clippers in 1986.
He studied acting in New York with renowned coaches Robert Lewis and Sondra Lee, and was exposed to the teachings of such luminaries as Paul Newman, Arthur Penn and Frank Corsaro at The Actors Studio, where he appeared in numerous productions, including Rasputin and Miss Julie.
Patterson's best known film role was in Saw IV. He also appeared on the big screen in Her Best Move, directed by Norm Hunter; Little Big League, with Timothy Busfield and Jason Robards; and in Three Wishes, with Patrick Swayze and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio.
He also starred in the independent films Highway 395 and Rhapsody in Bloom, with Penelope Ann Miller.
On television, in addition to his memorable role as Luke on Gilmore Girls, he has landed many romantic roles.
On Seinfeld, Patterson was deemed "spongeworthy" by Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). He had a profound effect on Grace (Debra Messing) in the Das Boob episode of Will & Grace, and he played the love interests of Jennifer Grey in It's Like, You Know and Sharon Lawrence's character in Fired Up.
He has also guest starred on Arli$$ and Get Real, and voiced the character of Lieutenant Farraday in the 2004 animated series Justice League Unlimited, from Warner Bros. Animation.
From 2007-2008 he played the role of Gary Tolchuck, the aspiring entrepreneur dad of a Wisconsin family whose lives are turned upside down by the arrival of a Pakistani Muslim exchange student, in the sitcom Aliens in America.
Patterson lives in Los Angeles.