He also starred as Michael Buchanan in the NBC drama series The Event and as a Tenctonese alien commander in the TV film Alien Nation: Dark Horizon. He studied acting in New York with renowned coaches Robert Lewis and Sondra Lee.He was born September 11, 1958, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Hope Gordon, a homemaker, journalist, and actress in the Haddonfield Plays and Players Theatre Troupe, and Francis Ford Patterson IV, an advertising executive. Patterson formed The Unknowns, his first band, in the third grade with longtime friend Tommy Poitras. He was exposed to the teachings of such luminaries as Paul Newman, Arthur Penn, and Frank Corsaro at the Actors Studio, where he also participated in the Producer's Unit chaired by Penn."I flipped open my cell phone and saw there were, like, 15 messages. Was the vibe on the set different this year with [series creator] Amy [Sherman-Palladino] gone? Lauren was a producer this year, and there was a little more leeway in how things were shaped. That's the most important thing that I took away from this: my friendship with Amy. Like I told her on the phone, "Not only would I hide a body for you, I would chop one up as well." Were you satisfied with the way the Luke and Lorelai story was wrapped up?I was like, " Ooooh, that's either really good or really bad." For fans of Patterson's gruff-but-lovable Luke Danes, it was most certainly the latter. How does he feel about bidding Stars Hollow adieu after seven years? The actors had more input than in the previous six years. I always loved it when she directed an episode, or when she visited the set. Patterson: No, I wasn't, because there was still a lot of life left in it. Darren Lynn Bousman is directing it, and he's just amazing.I didn't sense there was any passion left, and, therefore, little reason to do it. Creatively, maybe, certain cast members were bankrupt and wanted to recharge their batteries in another venue. But I think the show will live in their imaginations longer as a result of this type of an ending. It showed Luke in a much different light than what we were used to seeing. If they felt the deal was good enough, they would've signed. I posed this question to Lauren and I'll as you as well: Would you be up for doing a Gilmore Girls reunion movie penned by Amy?
Patterson also pitched in the Puerto Rican Winter League with the Lobos de Arecibo in 1984-85, and the Dominican Professional Baseball League with Santo Domingo in 1985-86.Patterson 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 and was selected to four All-Star Teams (two with Atlanta and two with the New York Yankees).In 1993, Patterson was slated to play the lead in Castle Rock's Little Big League opposite Sela Ward.The producers recast the role at the last minute with Revenge of the Nerds star Timothy Busfield, opting to offer Patterson the role of Mike Mc Grevey.
He also starred in the independent films Highway 395 and Rhapsody in Bloom with Penelope Ann Miller and Ron Silver, Boys of Abu Ghraib with Sean Astin, and Other People's Children with Diane Marshall-Grant.