William Devane

Actor, Director, Producer
A charismatic lead on television and in the occasional feature, William Devane was an inveterate scene-stealer whose devilish grin and intense focus were among the highlights of such projects as "The Missiles of ... Read more »
Born: 09/04/1937 in Albany, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (123)

The Grinder 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

24: Live Another Day 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

50 to 1 2014 (Movie)

Leonard "Doc" Blach (Actor)

Bad Turn Worse 2014 (Movie)

Big Red (Actor)

Driven 2014 (Movie)

Victor Gatling (Actor)

Interstellar 2014 (Movie)

Williams (Actor)

Good Morning, Killer 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Leprechaun's Revenge 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Revenge 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Dark Knight Rises 2012 (Movie)

President (Actor)

NCIS 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Psych 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chasing the Green 2009 (Movie)

Victor Gatling (Actor)

The Fall 2009 (Movie)

Judge Seeban (Actor)

The Least Among You 2008 (Movie)

Beckett (Actor)

24 2005 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

What About Brian 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Crumbs 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Knots Landing Reunion: Together Again 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Deceit (Lifetime) 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Stargate SG-1 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Monte Walsh 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The West Wing 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Judging Amy 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Race To Space 2002 (Movie)

Richard Thornhill (Actor)

The X-Files 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Control 2001 (Movie)

Colonel Weldon (Actor)

The Michael Richards Show 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Early Edition 1994 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hollow Man 2000 (Movie)

Dr Kramer (Actor)

Poor White Trash 2000 (Movie)

Ron Lake (Actor)

Space Cowboys 2000 (Movie)

Eugene Davis (Actor)

Touched By an Angel 1994 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Payback 1999 (Movie)

Carter (Actor)

Turks 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Invasion America 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Timecop 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Diaries 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-De-Sac 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Alistair MacLean's Night Watch 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Hope & Gloria 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1994 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Monroes 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Robin Cook's Virus 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Lady in Waiting 1994 (Movie)

Lieutenant (Actor)

Phenom 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Secrets Revealed 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 20th Annual People's Choice Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Knots Landing 1979 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Knots Landing Block Party 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Obsessed 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Prophet of Evil: The Ervil LeBaron Story 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Ancient Secrets of the Bible 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 18th Annual People's Choice Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder C.O.D. 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Most Dangerous Game 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Narrator

Vital Signs 1990 (Movie)

Dr Chatham (Actor)

America's Polo Championship 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Hadley's Rebellion 1986 (Movie)

Coach Ball (Actor)

The Wildest West Show of the Stars 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars XVII 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

With Intent to Kill 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars XV 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars XVI 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Testament 1983 (Movie)

Tom Wetherly (Actor)

Jack London With William Devane 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Easy 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Honky Tonk Freeway 1981 (Movie)

Mayor Calo (Actor)

Battle of the Network Stars VIII 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

From Here to Eternity 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Celebrity Football Classic 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars V 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars VI 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

From Here to Eternity 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Yanks 1979 (Movie)

John (Actor)

Black Beauty 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dark 1978 (Movie)

Roy Warner (Actor)

Rolling Thunder 1977 (Movie)

Major Charles Rane (Actor)

The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training 1977 (Movie)

Mike Leak (Actor)

Family Plot 1976 (Movie)

Adamson (Actor)

Marathon Man 1976 (Movie)

Janeway (Actor)

Report to the Commissioner 1975 (Movie)

Assistant District Attorney (Actor)

Irish Whiskey Rebellion 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

La Mortadella 1971 (Movie)

Jock Fenner (Actor)

McCabe & Mrs. Miller 1971 (Movie)

Lawyer (Actor)

Glory Boy 1970 (Movie)

Jimmy Pilgrim (Actor)

The Pursuit of Happiness 1970 (Movie)

Pilot (Actor)

300 Year Weekend 1969 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

A Christmas Visitor (TV Show)

Actor

A Woman Named Jackie (TV Show)

Actor

Chips, the War Dog (TV Show)

Actor

Crime Club (TV Show)

Actor

Doomsday Rock (TV Show)

Actor

Exception to the Rule (TV Show)

Actor

Fear on Trial (TV Show)

Actor

For the Love of Nancy (TV Show)

Actor

Forgotten Sins (TV Show)

Actor

Freefall: Flight 174 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Donna Mills (TV Show)

Narrator

Jane Doe (TV Show)

Actor

Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost (TV Show)

Actor

Jesse Stone: No Remorse (TV Show)

Actor

Jesse Stone: Sea Change (TV Show)

Actor

Jesse Stone: Thin Ice (TV Show)

Actor

Red Alert (TV Show)

Actor

Red Flag: The Ultimate Game (TV Show)

Actor

Rubdown (TV Show)

Actor

Stargate: Continuum (TV Show)

Actor

The Absolute Truth (TV Show)

Actor

The Badge (TV Show)

Actor

The Bait (TV Show)

Actor

The Man Who Used to Be Me (TV Show)

Actor

The Missiles of October (TV Show)

Actor

The Other Victim (TV Show)

Actor

The Preppie Murder (TV Show)

Actor

The President's Child (TV Show)

Actor

Timestalkers (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (1)

The Million Dollar Rip-Off (TV Show)

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Biography

A charismatic lead on television and in the occasional feature, William Devane was an inveterate scene-stealer whose devilish grin and intense focus were among the highlights of such projects as "The Missiles of October" (ABC, 1974), "Marathon Man" (1976), "Rolling Thunder" (1977) and the soap "Knots' Landing" (CBS, 1980-1993). Devane's versatility allowed him to play presidents and politicians, including several Kennedys, with the same degree of believability as his evil but lovable Greg Sumner on "Knots." Along the way, he netted Emmy nods, a fistful of Soap Opera Digest Awards, and a favored player status among television audiences that was reserved for very few performers over the course of a four-decade career. As much in demand in his seventh decade as he was at the beginning of his career, Devane remained one of the most respected and appreciated actors to frequent the small screen.

Relationships

Eugenie Devane

Wife

Joe Devane

Father
drove Franklin Delano Roosevelt when FDR was governor of New York State

Jake Devane

Son
co-owns and operates Devane's Italian Restaurant

Josh Devane

Son
co-owns and operates Devane's Italian Restaurant in Indio, California

EDUCATION

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York

Milestones

2006

Co-starred as the philandering father in the dysfunctional Crumb family, opposite Jane Curtin and Fred Savage, on ABC's "Crumbs"

2005

Joined the FOX drama "24," in it's fourth season as Secretary of Defense James Heller

2004

Appeared in three episodes of "Stargate SG-1," (Sci-fi) as President Hayes

2003

Played Secretary of State Lewis Berryhill, on the NBC political drama "The West Wing"

2000

Returned to series TV as co-star of the NBC fall sitcom "The Michael Richards Show"

2000

Joined actor-director Clint Eastwood for his "Space Cowboys"

2000

Starred as Tom Kincaid in CBS movie "Miracle on the Mountain: The Kincaid Family Story"

1999

Played a gangster in "Payback"

1999

Returned to series TV as star of the CBS drama "Turks"

1997

Reprised his role of Greg Sumner in "Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-De-Sac"

1995

Starred as a Kennedyesque patriarch in short-lived drama "The Monroes" (ABC)

1993

Portrayed the title character's tennis coach on the short-lived ABC sitcom "Phenom"

1991

Played John Vernou Bouvier III in NBC miniseries, "A Woman Named Jackie"

1987

Appeared in first-rate TV time travel flick, "Timestalkers" (CBS)

1983

Joined the cast of the CBS primetime soap "Knots Landing"; played Greg Sumner, a corporate cad; also directed episodes of the series; remained with series until its 1993 demise

1982

Portrayed tough private detective Jake Rubidoux in ABC movie "The Big Easy"

1981

Reteamed with Schlesinger for "Honky Tonk Freeway"

1980

TV series debut as regular, reprising his role as Sgt. Milt Warden in "From Here to Eternity" (NBC)

1979

Reteamed with Schlesinger for "Yanks"

1979

Starred as Sgt. Milt Warden in NBC miniseries version of "From Here to Eternity"

1978

Acted in lavish NBC miniseries version of "Black Beauty"

1976

Acted in "Family Plot", the last film from legendary director Alfred Hitchcock; also portrayed double-dealing intelligence chief Janeway in John Schlesinger's "Marathon Man"

1976

Received "from screenplay" credit for "The Million Dollar Rip-off", an NBC movie starring Freddie Prinze

1975

Portrayed blacklisted radio commentator John Henry Faulk in "Fear on Trial" (CBS); garnered second Emmy nomination

1974

Breakthrough TV role as President John F Kennedy in "The Missiles of October" (ABC); won first Emmy nomination

1973

Credited as Bill Devane in ABC movie "The Bait"

1970

Starred in the short-lived Broadway production of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"

1970

Acted in Robert Mulligan's "The Pursuit of Happiness" and Robert Altman's "McCabe and Mrs. Miller"

1969

Credited for "additional dialogue", as well as acting in "The 300 Year Weekend"

1967

Played character inspired by Robert F Kennedy in Off-Broadway production "MacBird!", a satire of politics based on Shakespeare's "Macbeth"

1967

Starred as a political activist who, with his wife, leaves the city to begin anew "In the Country" (65-minute black-and-white film)

Worked in construction and as apprentice electrician before moving to NYC

Began acting in neighborhood theater while attending high school in Albany, New York

Professional stage debut as spear carrier in New York Shakespeare production of "The Merchant of Venice"; also worked behind the scenes at NYSF as a member of the construction crew and truck-driving staff

Was a regular on the CBS daytime drama "Where the Heart Is"

Bonus Trivia

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Some sources list Mr Devane's birthyear as 1939 while others say 1940.

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"When you cast Bill Devane, you get someone who walks on the set and there's an instant presence. It's like watching a field general walk on the battlefield. Like Patton. He's a presence. He walks on the set and there's instant charisma. He walks on the set and it changes." --director Vern Gillum in The New York Times, October 15, 1995.

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Hollywood lore has it that Devane was the first actor considered for the role of Sam the bartender of "Cheers". According to the story, he insisted on testing for the role in bare feet and cut them on broken glass, rendering him unavailable for the pilot and subsequent series.

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"There's no high art that motivated me to go into this business. I wanted to be John Wayne. And to be perfectly candid, I was interested in being successful. That's what drove me more than anything." --William Devane in The New York Times, October 15, 1995.

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Devane has directed stage productions like the 1979 Off-Broadway play "G.R. Point" and L.A. productions of the black-list drama "Are You Now or Have You Ever Been?" and the locker room drama "The Changing Room", as well as helming several episodes of "Knots Landing" during its long run.

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An avid horseman, Devane raises thoroughbreads for the racetrack and the polo fields.

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