William Devane

William Devane


  • Known For: Acting
  • Birthday: 05-09-1939
  • Gender: Male
  • Place of Birth: Albany, New York, USA
  • Also Known As:

    William Joseph Devane
    Γουίλιαμ Ντιβέιν

  • Popularity: 113.66
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William Joseph Devane (born September 5, 1937) is an American film, television and theater actor, known for his role as Greg Sumner on the primetime soap opera Knots Landing and as James Heller on the Fox serial drama 24, the role he reprised in Live Another Day. He is also known for his supporting roles in films such as McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Family Plot), Marathon Man, Rolling Thunder and Space Cowboys. Devane began his acting career with the New York Shakespeare Festival where he performed in 15 plays. In 1966, Devane portrayed Robert F. Kennedy in the Off-Broadway spoof MacBird. He gained acclaim for his role as President John F. Kennedy in a television docudrama about the Cuban Missile Crisis, The Missiles of October, and again when he played blacklisted radio personality John Henry Faulk in the Emmy Award-winning TV movie Fear on Trial. He is widely known for his ten years as the ambitious and hardnosed politician-turned-corporate titan Greg Sumner on Knots Landing. In 1994, Devane appeared as Al Capone in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman in an episode entitled "That Old Gang of Mine". He also had a recurring role on the CBS show Early Edition as the lead character's father. Devane appeared in the films McCabe & Mrs. Miller; Lady Liberty; Family Plot; Marathon Man; Rolling Thunder; Yanks; Testament; Timestalkers; Forgotten Sins; Exception to the Rule; Payback; Hollow Man and Space Cowboys. Devane has played members of the Presidential Cabinet on two evening dramas. In 2004, on The West Wing, he guest-starred as the Secretary of State and potential Vice-Presidential nominee. Devane appeared in several scenes with Martin Sheen; they also appeared together as President John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert, respectively, 30 years earlier in The Missiles of October. In 2005, he joined the cast of 24 as Secretary of Defense James Heller for seasons 4, 5 and 6.




Year Movie Character
1977 Rolling Thunder as Major Charles Rane
2002 A Christmas Visitor as George Boyajian
1977 The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training as Mike Leak
1987 Timestalkers as Scott McKenzie
1967 In the Country
1995 Freefall: Flight 174 as Capt. Bob Pearson
1974 The Missiles of October as President John F. Kennedy
1979 The Dark as Roy Warner, aka Steve Dupree
1977 Red Alert as Frank Brolen
1996 Forgotten Sins as Dr. Richard Ofshe
1991 Nightmare in Columbia County as Sheriff Jim Metts
2000 The Man Who Used to Be Me as Older Sam Ryan
1992 Ancient Secrets of the Bible as Host & Narrator
1972 The Irish Whiskey Rebellion as LT. Ashley
1971 The 300-Year Weekend as Tom
1981 The Other Victim as Harry Langford
2011 Flag of My Father as Jake
1992 Obsessed as Ed Bledsoe
1993 Prophet of Evil: The Ervil LeBaron Story as Daniel 'Dan' Fields
1975 Fear on Trial as John Henry Faulk
1983 Hadley's Rebellion as Coach Ball
2015 Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise as Dr. Dix
2001 Miracle on the Mountain: The Kincaid Family Story as Tom Kincaid
1983 Testament as Tom Wetherly
1992 The President's Child as Elliot McSwain
1995 Virus as Dr. Harbuck
1983 Jane Doe as William Quinn
1990 Murder C.O.D. as Alex Brandt
2000 Poor White Trash as Ron Lake
2010 The Kane Files: Life of Trial as Thompson
1995 Night Watch as Nick Caldwell
2012 Red Clover as Pop O'Hara
1990 Chips, the War Dog as Col. Charnley
2014 50 to 1 as Leonard Doc Blach
1971 Lady Liberty as Jock Fenner
1973 The Bait as Earl Stokey
2002 Threat of Exposure as Col. Weldon
2001 Plotting 'Family Plot' as Self
1971 My Old Man's Place as Jimmy Pilgrim
1997 The Absolute Truth as Sen. Emmett Hunter
2002 The Badge as The Judge
1976 Marathon Man as Janeway
1979 Yanks as John
1976 Family Plot as Arthur Adamson
1971 McCabe & Mrs. Miller as The Lawyer
2009 The Least Among You as Alan Beckett
1994 Lady in Waiting as Lt. Barrett
1997 Doomsday Rock as Dr. Karl Sorenson
1997 Exception to the Rule as Lawrence Kellerman
2014 Bad Turn Worse as Big Red
1973 Crime Club as Kilburn
2011 Good Morning, Killer as Everett Morgan Gray
1993 Rubdown as Harry Orwitz
2000 Space Cowboys as Eugene Davis
1994 For the Love of Nancy as Tom
1989 The Preppie Murder as Jack Litman
1999 Payback as Carter
2011 Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost as Dr. Dix
2000 Hollow Man as Dr. Howard Kramer
1971 The Pursuit of Happiness as Pilot
1984 With Intent to Kill as Aaron Charney
1981 Red Flag: The Ultimate Game as Maj. Phil Clark
1990 Vital Signs as Dr. Chatham
2010 Jesse Stone: No Remorse as Dr. Dix
2010 The River Why as Dutch Hines
2008 Stargate: Continuum as President Henry Hayes
1975 Report to the Commissioner as Asst. D.A. Jackson
2012 Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt as Dr. Dix
2007 Jesse Stone: Sea Change as Dr. Dix
2009 Jesse Stone: Thin Ice as Dr. Dix
2014 Interstellar as NASA Board Member
2006 Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise as Dr. Dix
2001 Race to Space as Roger Thornhill
1981 Honky Tonk Freeway as Mayor Kirby T. Calo
2003 Monte Walsh as Cal Brennan
2015 Truth as Gen. Hodges (voice) (uncredited)
2012 The Dark Knight Rises as President
1971 The 300-Year Weekend
1976 The Million Dollar Rip-Off
Photo Name Department
2006 Crumbs (13 episode)
1997 King of the Hill (1 episode) as Chuck Garrison (voice)
1979 Knots Landing (269 episode) as Greg Sumner
1993 Phenom (22 episode) as Lou Della Rosa
1955 Gunsmoke (1 episode) as Moss Stratton
2000 The Michael Richards Show (9 episode) as Brady McKay
1997 Stargate SG-1 (1 episode) as President Hayes
2011 Revenge (2 episode) as Edward Grayson
1993 The X-Files (1 episode) as General Mark Suveg
2003 NCIS (1 episode) as Nicolas Mason
1995 The Monroes (9 episode)
1999 Turks (13 episode) as Sergeant Joseph Turk
2001 24 (60 episode) as President James Heller
2006 Psych (1 episode) as Peters
2001 24 (15 episode) as James Hiller
2015 The Grinder (22 episode) as Dean Sanderson Sr.
1979 From Here to Eternity (3 episode) as Sergeant Milt Warden
1991 A Woman Named Jackie (3 episode) as Black Jack Bouvier
1978 Black Beauty (5 episode) as John Manly
1974 The Missiles of October (2 episode) as John F. Kennedy - US President
1999 The West Wing (1 episode) as Secretary of State Lewis Berryhill
2022 Bosch: Legacy (4 episode) as Whitney Vance
1997 Stargate SG-1 (1 episode) as President Henry Hayes

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