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William Devane

1939-09-05 Albany, New York, USA

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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.


Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise Dr. Dix 2015-10-18
Truth Gen. Hodges (voice) (uncredited) 2015-10-16
Bad Turn Worse Big Red 2014-08-15
50 to 1 Leonard Doc Blach 2014-03-21
Interstellar Williams 2014-11-05
Leprechaun's Revenge Pop O'Hara 2012-03-17
Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt Dr. Dix 2012-05-19
The Dark Knight Rises President 2012-07-17
Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost Dr. Dix 2011-05-21
Good Morning, Killer Everett Morgan Gray 2011-12-13
Flag of My Father Jake 2011-11-01
The Kane Files: Life of Trial Thompson 2010-10-02
The River Why Dutch Hines 2010-04-09
Jesse Stone: No Remorse Dr. Dix 2010-05-09
The Least Among You Alan Beckett 2009-01-12
Jesse Stone: Thin Ice Dr. Dix 2009-03-01
The Fall judge Stanley Seeban 2009-10-30
The Dealership Frank Carson 2009-01-01
Stargate: Continuum President Henry Hayes 2008-07-29
Jesse Stone: Sea Change Dr. Dix 2007-05-22
Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise Dr. Dix 2006-04-30
Deceit Grove McCarthy 2004-03-15
Monte Walsh Cal Brennan 2003-01-17
Threat of Exposure Col. Weldon 2002-11-07
A Christmas Visitor George Boyajian 2002-11-24
The Badge The Judge 2002-09-07
Miracle on the Mountain: The Kincaid Family Story Tom Kincaid 2001-06-22
Race to Space Roger Thornhill 2001-10-31
Plotting 'Family Plot' Self 2001-03-06
Poor White Trash Ron Lake 2000-12-01
Hollow Man Dr. Kramer 2000-08-04
Space Cowboys Eugene Davis 2000-08-04
The Man Who Used to Be Me Older Sam Ryan 2000-07-16
Payback Carter 1999-02-05
The Absolute Truth Sen. Emmett Hunter 1997-04-30
Exception to the Rule Lawrence Kellerman 1997-01-01
Doomsday Rock Dr. Karl Sorenson 1997-08-23
Forgotten Sins Dr. Richard Ofshe 1996-03-07
Night Watch Nick Caldwell 1995-10-04
Freefall: Flight 174 Capt. Bob Pearson 1995-10-10
Virus Dr. Harbuck 1995-05-08
Lady in Waiting Lt. Barrett 1994-12-07
For the Love of Nancy Tom 1994-10-02
Rubdown Harry Orwitz 1993-09-15
Prophet of Evil: The Ervil LeBaron Story Daniel 'Dan' Fields 1993-05-04
The President's Child Elliot McSwain 1992-10-27
Ancient Secrets of the Bible Host & Narrator 1992-05-15
Obsessed Ed Bledsoe 1992-09-26
Nightmare in Columbia County Sheriff Jim Metts 1991-12-10
Murder C.O.D. Alex Brandt 1990-09-24
Chips, the War Dog Col. Charnley 1990-03-24
Vital Signs Dr. Chatham 1990-04-13
The Preppie Murder Jack Litman 1989-09-24
Timestalkers Scott McKenzie 1987-03-10
With Intent to Kill Aaron Charney 1984-10-24
Jane Doe William Quinn 1983-03-12
Testament Tom Wetherly 1983-11-04
Hadley's Rebellion Coach Ball 1983-09-30
Red Flag: The Ultimate Game Maj. Phil Clark 1981-10-03
Honky Tonk Freeway Mayor Kirby T. Calo 1981-08-21
The Other Victim Harry Langford 1981-11-04
The Dark Roy Warner, aka Steve Dupree 1979-04-27
Yanks John 1979-09-01
Rolling Thunder Major Charles Rane 1977-11-02
The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training Mike Leak 1977-07-08
Red Alert Frank Brolen 1977-05-18
Family Plot Arthur Adamson 1976-04-09
Marathon Man Janeway 1976-10-08
Fear on Trial John Henry Faulk 1975-10-02
Report to the Commissioner Asst. D.A. Jackson 1975-02-05
The Missiles of October President John F. Kennedy 1974-12-18
The Bait Earl Stokey 1973-03-13
Crime Club Kilburn 1973-03-06
The Irish Whiskey Rebellion LT. Ashley 1972-01-10
McCabe & Mrs. Miller The Lawyer 1971-06-24
The 300-Year Weekend Tom 1971-02-26
La mortadella Jock Fenner 1971-12-22
The Pursuit of Happiness Pilot 1971-02-23
My Old Man's Place Jimmy Pilgrim 1971-06-29
In the Country 1967-01-01