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While Thomas was trying desperately to build the infrastructure to get their people home, Michael assimilated well into human society. He made friends, served in the U.S. military, and found a job as an airline pilot.
Eventually, he settled in suburban Atlanta to raise a family with Valerie, his human wife. They had two daughters – Leila and Samantha – for whom he proved that he would do anything, including crashing a plane into President Martinez and Sophia.
Despite his protectiveness, Michael was proud to welcome Leila’s boyfriend, Sean Walker, into their home. And when Sean attempted to ask for Michael’s blessing to propose to Leila, Michael beat Sean to the punch and offered his approval preemptively.
At times, Michael toyed with the notion of leaking information about Mt. Inostranka and its inhabitants to a conspiracy theorist named Madeline, but it never gained any traction.
Prior to his domestic "human" life, Michael was one of Sophia’s trusted inner circle. Only time will tell if he will be able to regain her trust and prove his loyalty to his people.
Scott Patterson stars as Michael Buchanan, Leila's (Sarah Roemer) father, who's thrown into a global conspiracy and must go to great lengths to protect his family in NBC's new high-octane thriller The Event.
Television audiences first discovered Patterson after seeing him as Luke Danes on the critically acclaimed series "Gilmore Girls." Patterson starred on the show for seven seasons.
Born in Philadelphia and raised in New Jersey, Patterson studied comparative literature at Rutgers University. He also played professional baseball, gaining major league roster spots with the New York Yankees and the Texas Rangers.
Patterson studied acting in New York with renowned coaches Robert Lewis and Sondra Lee, and was trained at the Actors Studio by such notables as Paul Newman and Arthur Penn.
Patterson appeared on the big screen as the co-lead Agent Strahm in two installments of the wildly popular "Saw" ("V" and "IV") horror franchise. His other feature film credits include "Little Big League" with Jason Robards; "Three Wishes" with Patrick Swayze; "Rhapsody in Bloom" with Penelope Ann Miller; and "The Frankenstein Brothers" with Zelda Williams.
Patterson has appeared opposite some of the leading actresses of the small screen. He has played the love interest of such characters as Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) on "Seinfeld"; Grace (Debra Messing) on "Will & Grace"; Gwen (Sharon Lawrence) on "Fired Up"; and Jennifer Grey in "It's Like, You Know."
Patterson has voiced the character of Lieutenant Farraday on the animated series "Justice League Unlimited." His additional TV credits include the role of Gary Tolchuk in "Aliens in America," and a starring role opposite Ving Rhames in "Minkow."
In addition to acting, Patterson's passions include painting. Patterson currently resides in Los Angeles.