The couple are ending their marriage after 16 years
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Actor Bradley Whitford and wife Jane Kaczmarek filed divorce papers Friday in Los Angeles, PEOPLE has confirmed.

“He hopes the media will respect their wish for privacy as they focus on their children,” says a rep for Whitford.

The former West Wing star and Malcolm in the Middle mom were married in August 1992, and have three children, Frances Genevieve, 12, George Edward, 9, and Mary Louisa, 6.
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