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. Among Patterson's recent projects are a co-starring role on Aliens in America and voicing the character of King Faraday in the 2004 animated series Justice League Unlimited, from Warner Bros. He has also starred as Agent Strahm in two iterations of the Saw franchise, Saw IV and Saw V respectively, also appearing through flashback sequences in Saw VI.Patterson appeared in some episodes of the second season of 90210 as Liam Court's ex-con father who has recently been released from prison and wants to reconnect with his son.In 1988, Patterson formed the Arclight Theatre Company in Soho, NYC with John Bishop.Patterson played Jedediah Kohler in Bishop's The Great, Great Grandson of Jedediah Kohler in the Company's debut production. It’s one of the main threads of the show, constantly flowing and bringing everyone together at Luke’s Diner.On screen, Lorelai always has a cup (or two) in front of her.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.Patterson completed filming the leading role in the feature film Her Best Move, directed by Norm Hunter and co-starring Lisa Darr.
Patterson signed a minor league contract with Los Angeles Dodgers affiliate the Albuquerque Dukes in late 1986 but never played at the major league level.
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 was born September 11, 1958, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Hope Gordon, a homemaker, an actress in the Haddonfield Plays and Players Theatre Troupe and journalist, and Francis Ford Patterson IV, an advertising executive. Patterson formed his first band in the third grade with longtime friend Tommy Poitras.
He was named the Braves Minor League Pitcher of the month twice.
In 1982, Patterson was traded from the Braves to the New York Yankees for Bob Watson, While in the Yankees organization Patterson was named their minor league Pitcher of the Month once, and Pitcher of the Week three times.