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.
“He said, ‘Then this is where you should get out.’ ” Spending the next year traveling around Europe, Patterson met a pair of vacationing theater students who sparked his interest in acting.
Moving to New York City, he enrolled in acting classes and spent a decade working in commercials and getting occasional film and TV guest spots before landing in 1999.
Now the hard part, he says, is adjusting to success. My accountant worships me because I’m so cautious with my money.” Patterson, who lives in the same West Hollywood one-bedroom apartment he rented when he first arrived from New York City in 1992, is also cautious with his heart.
“So I decided to give it a shot.” Dropping out of Rutgers, Patterson began playing ball for community colleges in Florida and Arizona.
Drafted to the minor leagues in 1980, he spent the next eight years pitching for the AAA and AA teams of the New York Yankees, the Atlanta Braves and the Texas Rangers.