William Devane

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Date of Birth 5 September 1939, Albany, New York, USA Birth Name William Joseph Devane Height 5' 10" (1.78 m) Mini Biography William Devane, the movie and television actor, was born in Albany, New York, the son of Joseph Devane, who served as Franklin Delano Roosevelt's chauffeur when he was Governor of New York. After graduating from New York City's American Academy of Dramatic Arts, he appeared on-stage. He finally made his Broadway debut in "The Watering Place" with Shirley Knight, a flop that lasted but one performance. (He was more successful with "The Chinese and Dr. Fish" during the 1970 season, which lasted three weeks. His sole Broadway directorial effort, the Vietnam War drama "G. R. Point," lasted for 32 performances in 1979 and brought Michael Jeter a 1979 Theatre World Award.) He made his movie debut as a revolutionary in the independently produced In the Country (1967) and began appearing on series TV. He had a small but memorable part as the lawyer committed to free-enterprise in Robert Altman's masterpiece McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) in 1971, but what made his reputation was his turn as President John F. Kennedy in the The Missiles of October (1974) (TV), a 1973 telefilm about the Cuban Missile Crisis. He made a bid for stardom with major roles in Alfred Hitchcock's Family Plot (1976) and John Schlesinger's Marathon Man (1976) (both 1976) and The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (1977) (1977), as well as roles in Schlesinger's Yanks (1979) and the TV adaptation of James Jones' classic barracks drama "From Here to Eternity" (1979). However, any chances for a successful movie career essentially were doomed by the monumental failure of Schlesinger's comedy Honky Tonk Freeway (1981), one of the great flops its time, bringing in only $2 million at the box office against a $24 million budget. Devane moved over to nighttime series TV, playing the cad Greg Sumner on the night-time soap opera "Knots Landing" (1979) for 10 years. Because of his resemblance to President Kennedy and his ability to master a Kennedyesque Boston accent, Devane continues to be in demand as politicians, including presidents, in such shows as "The West Wing" (1999), "24" (2001), and "Stargate SG-1" (1997). Spouse Eugenie (1961 - present) 2 children Trivia Enjoys horseback riding and is an avid polo player and has won many awards for it. Owns a Restaurant, Devane's, that specializes in New York-Italian cuisine. Originally located in Indio, the restaurant has expanded to offer locations in Rancho Mirage, CA. Additional restaurants in La Quinta and Palm Springs are slated for a 2008 opening. Has the rare distinction of being in two movies that opened on the same weekend in the U.S.: Hollow Man (2000) and Space Cowboys (2000) (August 6, 2000). He replaced Roy Thinnes in Alfred Hitchcock's Family Plot (1976) one month into the filming, after the legendary director found out that he was then available because Devane was Hitchcock's first choice for the part. Some long shots in the film are still of Thinnes, but all other footage was re-shot with Devane. Appeared with Donald Sutherland in Space Cowboys (2000). He is currently co-starring with Donald's son, Kiefer Sutherland, in "24" (2001). Has played two US cabinet members in his roles: the Secretary of Defense in "24" (2001) and the Secretary of State in "The West Wing" (1999). As an added irony after playing cabinet members in "The West Wing" (1999), he went on to play the President on "Stargate SG-1" (1997). Best-known for political roles, largely because of his Kennedyesque looks and mannerisms. When "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" debuted as a stage play in 1971, he originated the role of Randall P. McMurphy. Personal Quotes [on Robert Redford] I can't stand around like Redford. I'm not that narcissistic. Not that photogenic, either. [on working with Vanessa Redgrave in Yanks (1979)] It's been a terrific experience working with somebody as good as she is. An incredible actress. I'm in there with a really high-powered dame, you know. You cut back and forth and Vanessa is incredible. Incredible! She'd survive with Marlon Brando and no woman ever has, except maybe Eva Marie Saint at the beginning.

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Rolling Thunder

Major Charles Rane

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A Christmas Visitor

George Boyajian

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Detonator 2 - Night Watch

Nick Caldwell

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The Badge

The Judge

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Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost

Dr. Dix

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The Dark

Roy Warner / Steve Dupree

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Testament

Tom Wetherly

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Yanks

John

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Freefall: Flight 174

Capt. Bob Pearson

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50 to 1

Leonard Doc Blach

Starring In
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Jesse Stone: Lost In Paradise

Dr. Dix

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Interstellar

Williams

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50 to 1

Leonard Doc Blach

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We Gotta Get Out of This Place

Big Red

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The Dark Knight Rises

President

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Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt

Dr. Dix

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Red Clover

Pop O'Hara

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Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost

Dr. Dix

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Good Morning, Killer

Everett Morgan Gray

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Flag of My Father

Jake

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Jesse Stone: No Remorse

Dr. Dix

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The River Why

Dutch Hines

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Jesse Stone: Thin Ice

Dr. Dix

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24: Redemption

James Heller (20 episodes, 2005-2007)

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Stargate Continuum

President Henry Hayes

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The Fall

Judge Stanley Seeban

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Jesse Stone: Sea Change

Dr. Dix

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24 Hours - Season 6

James Heller

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Payback: Straight Up

Carter (archive footage)

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Jesse Stone: Death In Paradise

Dr. Dix

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24 - Season 6

Secretary of Defense James Heller / ... (20 episodes, 2005-2007)

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24 Hours Season 1-5 Boxset

James Heller (20 episodes, 2005-2007)

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What About Brian: The Complete Series

Michael Davis / ... (6 episodes, 2006-2007)

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Monte Walsh

Cal Brennan

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A Christmas Visitor

George Boyajian

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The Badge

The Judge

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Race to Space

Roger Thornhill

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Threat of Exposure

Col. Weldon

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Hollow Man

Dr. Howard Kramer

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Space Cowboys

Eugene Davis

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Poor White Trash

Ron Lake

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Payback

Carter

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Doomsday Rock

Dr. Karl Sorenson

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Forgotten Sins

Dr. Richard Ofshe

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Detonator 2 - Night Watch

Nick Caldwell

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Freefall: Flight 174

Capt. Bob Pearson

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Lady in Waiting

Lt. Barrett

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Formula for Death

Dr. Harbuck

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Prophet of Evil: The Ervil LeBaron Story

Daniel 'Dan' Fields

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Obsessed

Ed Bledsoe

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Murder C.O.D.

Alex Brandt

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Vital Signs

Dr. Chatham

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Chips, the War Dog

Col. Charnley

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The Preppie Murder

Jack Litman

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Timestalkers

Scott McKenzie

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Testament

Tom Wetherly

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Honky Tonk Freeway

Mayor Kirby T. Calo

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Knots Landing: Season 1

Gregory Sumner (259 episodes, 1983-1993)

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The Dark

Roy Warner / Steve Dupree

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Yanks

John

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Rolling Thunder

Major Charles Rane

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The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training

Mike Leak

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Red Alert

Frank Brolen

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Marathon Man

Janeway

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Family Plot

Arthur Adamson

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Der einsame Job

Asst. D.A. Jackson

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The Missiles of October

President John F. Kennedy

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Crime Club

Kilburn

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The Pursuit of Happiness

Pilot

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The 300 Year Weekend

Tom

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Mortadela

Jock Fenner

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McCabe & Mrs Miller

The Lawyer

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