• Dana Wheeler-Nicholson is an American singer and actress, best known for her roles in “Fletch”, “Fast Food Nation” and “Tombstone” movies, as well as “Nashville” and “Friday Night Lights” TV series.
• She is 60 years old and was born in New York City, USA to Douglas Wheeler-Nicholson and Joan (nee Weitemeyer).
• She is the granddaughter of Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, founder of DC Comics.
• She is married to Alex Smith, a fellow movie actor, director, writer and producer.
• Her net worth is estimated to be around $500,000.

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Short Info

Date Of BirthOctober 9, 1960
SpouseAlex Smith
FactLiving in Austin, Texas. [February 2008]

Who is Dana Wheeler-Nicholson?

Dana is an American singer and actress, who is best known for her roles in “Fletch,” “Fast Food Nation” and “Tombstone” movies, as well as “Nashville,” and “Friday Night Lights” TV series.

Dana Wheeler- Nicholson Age, Early Life, Family, and Education Background

Dana was born under the Libra Zodiac sign on 9 October 1960, in New York City, USA to Douglas Wheeler-Nicholson and Joan (nee Weitemeyer). This makes her 60 years old in October 2020. Dana is American by nationality and belongs to white ethnicity.

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She is the granddaughter of Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, the pioneering American comic book publisher and the founder of DC Comics. Unfortunately, ‘the Major’ as he was known for his military career, was later financially kicked out of the corporation, and therefore the family doesn’t have any financial connection with DC Comics.

It’s not known whether Wheeler has any siblings as she hasn’t shared such details online. Dana attended Friends Seminary High School in New York, from where she matriculated in 1978. There are no details of which, if any college she enrolled into.

Dana Wheeler-Nicholson Professional Career

Dana started working on-camera professionally when she was in her twenties. She was only 23 when she landed the audition for “Fletch”, which is among the various roles she is best known for. In the film, Dana appeared as Gail Stanwyk, the villain’s wife and love interest of Chevy Chase.

Dana is also well-known for her performance as Mattie Blaylock, the common-law wife of Wyatt Earp in “Tombstone.” She also featured in other films, including “Bye Bye Love,” “Fast Food Nation,” “Denise Calls Up,” and “Parkland.”

Dana Wheeler

Wheeler has also appeared in many television shows, guest-starring in “Sex and the City,” “Law & Order,” “Seinfeld,” “Boston Legal,” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” Between 1987 and 1988, Dana starred in 13 episodes of “Beverly Hills Buntz,” a short-lived NBC comedy series.

In 2001, she was cast in “All My Children” daytime soap opera on ABC channel. From 2007 to 2011, she landed a recurring role in “Friday Night Lights,” an NBC drama as Angela Collette.

In 2014, Dana appeared in the “Nashville” series as Scarlett O’Connor’s abusive mother. The following year, she got a supporting role as Ben Rosenfield’s mother in “6 Years,” a Hannah Fidell’s independent drama movie.

She also acted as a single parent in “Five Time Champion,” a Berndt Mader’s film. The story follows a small-town family with three imperfect generations as their lives are tossed in and out of control – Dana found this film impressive with a great script.

To this day, Dana has pushed her limits and managed to keep abreast with the constantly-evolving landscape, as Hollywood was fast changing to create itself a new identity.

The move has helped her keep her career progressing so that she fits in with the rest of the upcoming actors. Dana’s latest film roles are “Miss Arizona” in 2019 as Maybelle and “On the Line” as Tricia Bisbee in 2020. She has also been appearing in television shows with her latest roles being on “Emergence” as Vanessa Cox, “Chicago Med,” and “Grey’s Anatomy” as Dana Hamilton.

Dana Wheeler Personal Life, Husband, and Children

Dana has been in five relationships, and is now married. She dated Timothy Hutton, an actor and director in 1985, but the two broke-up the same year, and she started dating Erick Roberts – that only lasted a year too.

She then dated David Duchovny in 1995, again for about a year. She remained single for some time, then got back into the dating arena in 2002, when she began a relationship with Nick Chinlund.

Dana married Alex Smith, a fellow movie actor in 2011. Alex is also a writer, movie director, and producer, and the two have worked together in various movies, including “Dance with One” and “Blood in the Blood”. Her husband has won multiple Best Director awards at the movie festivals, having directed various movies such as “Slaughter Rule,” “Blood in the Blood,” “The Canning,” and “Walks Out” among many others.

Many of his films have been nominated for Best Film, and he’s also won the Author Award and Best Director. Some of the films he has helped produce include “Dance with the One,” “Winter in the Blood,” and “Walking Out,” among others. Alex is considered one of the favorite directors in Hollywood.

It’s not known when the two started dating – Dana may have started dating Alex after breaking up with Nick. The couple is yet to have any children.

When Dana isn’t acting, you’ll often find her teaching other actors, singing, or out enjoying music – she is serious about performing jazz music. Dana also wishes to have a sustained acting career from Austin as she believes that there should be adequate production in the area.

Dana Wheeler-Nicholson Body Measurements and Features

Dana is 5ft 9in (175cm) tall, is reputed to weigh 143lbs (65kgs), and her vital statistics are 34-25-35. She had blonde hair with blue eyes.

Dana Wheeler-Nicholson Net Worth

Dana has accumulated most of her wealth from her acting career over the years. According to reputable sources, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson net worth is estimated to be around $500,000 as of early 2020.

General Info

Full NameDana Wheeler-Nicholson
Date Of BirthOctober 9, 1960
ProfessionActor, Singer


SpouseAlex Smith
ParentsDouglas Wheeler-Nicholson


MoviesFletch, Tombstone, 6 Years, Circuitry Man, Winter in the Blood, Angels Sing, Denise Calls Up, Frank and Jesse, Five Time Champion, Living in Peril, The Pompatus of Love, My Life’s in Turnaround, Blacktino, Dance with the One, Fire Season
TV ShowsBeverly Hills Buntz

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1Living in Austin, Texas. [February 2008]
2She is the granddaughter of Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, who started DC Comics (home of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman). Unfortunately the Major was financially squeezed out of the company, so the family has no connection with DC Comics today.
3Currently lives in New York.
4Graduated Friends Seminary High School, New York City in 1978.




Nashville2014-2015TV SeriesBeverly O'Connor
6 Years2015Joanne
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2014TV SeriesDonna Evans
Fire Season2013Short
Parkland2013Lillian Zapruder
Winter in the Blood2013Malvina
Angels Sing2013Maggie
A Gifted Man2012TV SeriesJayne Reinhart
Dadgum, Texas2011Bettie Crawley Magee
Friday Night Lights2007-2011TV SeriesAngela Collette
5 Time Champion2011Danielle
The Good Guys2010TV SeriesMeredith
Dance with the One2010Mary
The Deep End2010TV SeriesJudge Reyes
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2006-2008TV SeriesTara Black / Hilary Marsden
Fast Food Nation2006Debi Anderson
McBride: Anybody Here Murder Marty?2005TV MovieVictoria Caine
Boston Legal2005TV SeriesStephanie Rogers
Grounded for Life2005TV SeriesArianna
Boston Public2003TV SeriesFBI Agent Monica Price
The Battle of Shaker Heights2003Mathilda (as Dana Wheeler Nicholson)
Without a Trace2002TV SeriesSarah Pritchard
In My Life2002TV Movie
All My Children2001TV SeriesIlene Pringle
What's the Worst That Could Happen?2001Gallery Hostess (uncredited)
Big Apple2001TV SeriesJoan Kellogg
Sam the Man2001Woman #2 in Restaurant (as Dana Wheeler Nicholson)
Law & Order2000TV SeriesMaggie Callister
NYPD Blue2000TV SeriesJenny Peters
Sex and the City1998TV SeriesLaney Berlin
Jamaica Beat1997Lori Peterson
Living in Peril1997Linda Woods
Orleans1997TV Series
The Single Guy1997TV SeriesErika
Nick and Jane1997Jane
The X-Files1996TV SeriesDet. Angela White
Frank & Jesse1995Annie
The Pompatus of Love1995Kathryn
Denise Calls Up1995Gail Donelly
Seinfeld1995TV SeriesShelly
Bye Bye Love1995Heidi Schmidt
Fortune Hunter1994TV SeriesCristina
Tombstone1993Mattie Earp
The Night We Never Met1993Inga
My Life's in Turnaround1993Rachel
Palace Guard1991TV SeriesApache
N.Y.P.D. Mounted1991TV MovieDonna Lee Wellington
Murder in High Places1991TV Movie
Circuitry Man1990Lori
Beverly Hills Buntz1987-1988TV SeriesRebecca Giswold
The Hitchhiker1987TV SeriesBelinda Haskell
Crime Story1986-1987TV SeriesMarilyn Stewart
Fletch1985Gail Stanwyk
Mrs. Soffel1984Jessie Bodyne
The Little Drummer Girl1984Katrin


Nashville2014TV Series performer - 1 episode


Playing House2010special thanks


Crashing the Fest2011TV SeriesHerself
Baby M1988TV MovieSherri

Archive Footage

Crime Story1986TV SeriesMarilyn Stewart

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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