Patrick Petersen

Patrick Petersen (born August 9, 1966) is an American actor best known for his role as Michael Fairgate in the television drama Knots Landing. He played the role from episode one on December 27, 1979 to May 16, 1991, reprising the part for Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac in May 1997.[1] Patrick Petersen is brother of actor Chris Petersen.[1]

Patrick Petersen
Chris Petersen and Pat Petersen in The Little Dragons (1980)
Years active1977—1997

Petersen also was regular cast member on the short-lived sitcom The Kallikaks (1977), and co-starred in films Alligator (1980) and The Little Dragons (1980).[2]

Since retiring, Petersen owns a health-food business. He is married with two children.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
1977The KallikaksJ.T. Jr. KallikakMain role (5 episodes)
1977ABC Weekend Specials Red ChiefEpisode: "The Ransom of Red Chief"
1978How the West Was WonJeffreyMain role (6 episodes)
1978ABC Weekend Specials Harvey SmallEpisode: "The Contest Kid and the Big Prize"
1979Having BabiesDouglasEpisode: "Sisters"
1979CBS LibraryTarby CorriganEpisode: "Once Upon a Midnight Dreary"
1979ABC Weekend Specials Harvey SmallEpisode: "The Contest Kid Strikes Again"
1979ABC Weekend Specials Red ChiefEpisode: "The Revenge of Red Chief"
1979The Man in the Santa Claus SuitLanceTV film
1979–1991Knots LandingMichael FairgateMain role (186 episodes)
1980ShirleyRoss BurkeEpisode: "Fenced In"
1980CHiPsWarrenEpisode: "E.M.T."
1980AlligatorJoeyFeature film
1980The Little DragonsWoodyFeature film (aka Karate Kids U.S.A)
1981Here's BoomerJoeyEpisode: "Boomer's East Side Story"
1981Code RedSamEpisode: "Framed by Fire"
1982The Kid from NowhereGreg Baker Jr.TV film
1982ABC Weekend Specials Toby Monroe (voice)Episode: "Bunnicula, the Vampire Rabbit"
1982Cold RiverTim HoodFeature film
1984Best Kept SecretsRamseyTV film
1987CBS Schoolbreak SpecialSteve HunterEpisode: "Little Miss Perfect"
1997Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-SacMichael FairgateTV miniseries


  1. "Pat Petersen". Retrieved 2017-07-25.
  2. "The Little Dragons". Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  3. Patrick Petersen Interview,; accessed 2017-07-25

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