William Devane

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 ...

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Interstellar (2014)

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The adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
CAST:  Matthew McConaughey  •  Anne Hathaway  •  Jessica Chastain  •  Michael Caine

The adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
CAST:  Matthew McConaughey  •  Anne Hathaway  •  Jessica Chastain  •  Michael Caine

Freefall: Flight 174 (1995)

True story of a brand-new Canadian airliner running out of fuel in-flight and forced to glide to the nearest airfield.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jorge Montesi
CAST:  William Devane  •  Scott Hylands  •  Shelley Hack  •  Kevin McNulty

True story of a brand-new Canadian airliner running out of fuel in-flight and forced to glide to the nearest airfield.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jorge Montesi
CAST:  William Devane  •  Scott Hylands  •  Shelley Hack  •  Kevin McNulty

Family Plot (1976)

Spiritualist Blanche Tyler is asked to locate a missing heir, whom she pursues with her cab driver boyfriend George Lumley, an unemployed actor.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Barbara Harris  •  Bruce Dern  •  Karen Black  •  William Devane

Spiritualist Blanche Tyler is asked to locate a missing heir, whom she pursues with her cab driver boyfriend George Lumley, an unemployed actor.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Barbara Harris  •  Bruce Dern  •  Karen Black  •  William Devane

Hollow Man (2000)

Cocky researcher, Sebastian Caine is working on a project to make living creatures invisible and he's so confident he's found the right formula that he tests it on himself and soon begins to vanish. The only problem is – no-one can determine how to make him visible ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Elisabeth Shue  •  Kevin Bacon  •  Josh Brolin  •  Kim Dickens

Cocky researcher, Sebastian Caine is working on a project to make living creatures invisible and he's so confident he's found the right formula that he tests it on himself and soon begins to vanish. The only problem is – no-one can determine how to make him visible ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Elisabeth Shue  •  Kevin Bacon  •  Josh Brolin  •  Kim Dickens

McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)

A gambler and a prostitute become business partners in a remote Old West mining town, and their enterprise thrives until a large corporation arrives on the scene.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Warren Beatty  •  Julie Christie  •  René Auberjonois  •  William Devane

A gambler and a prostitute become business partners in a remote Old West mining town, and their enterprise thrives until a large corporation arrives on the scene.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Warren Beatty  •  Julie Christie  •  René Auberjonois  •  William Devane

Payback (1999)

With friends like these, who needs enemies? That's the question bad guy Porter is left asking after his wife and partner steal his heist money and leave him for dead -- or so they think. Five months and an endless reservoir of bitterness later, Porter's partners ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian Helgeland
CAST:  Mel Gibson  •  Kris Kristofferson  •  Gregg Henry  •  Maria Bello

With friends like these, who needs enemies? That's the question bad guy Porter is left asking after his wife and partner steal his heist money and leave him for dead -- or so they think. Five months and an endless reservoir of bitterness later, Porter's partners ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian Helgeland
CAST:  Mel Gibson  •  Kris Kristofferson  •  Gregg Henry  •  Maria Bello

Poor White Trash (2000)

Mike and Lenny are two buddies who dream of getting out of the trailer park. Out of desperation they resort to burglary as a means of financing Mike's college education. Their dream is jeopardized one summer day when their ploy to shoplift Near Beer begins a crime ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Addis
CAST:  Jaime Pressly  •  Jason London  •  William Devane  •  Sean Young

Mike and Lenny are two buddies who dream of getting out of the trailer park. Out of desperation they resort to burglary as a means of financing Mike's college education. Their dream is jeopardized one summer day when their ploy to shoplift Near Beer begins a crime ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Addis
CAST:  Jaime Pressly  •  Jason London  •  William Devane  •  Sean Young

Rolling Thunder (1977)

A Vietnam veteran, Charles Rane, returns home after years in a POW camp and is treated as a hero. When thugs invade his home to steal the silver coins he received for his service, they mangle his hand and leave him and his family for dead. Rane survives and becomes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Flynn
CAST:  William Devane  •  Tommy Lee Jones  •  Linda Haynes  •  James Best

A Vietnam veteran, Charles Rane, returns home after years in a POW camp and is treated as a hero. When thugs invade his home to steal the silver coins he received for his service, they mangle his hand and leave him and his family for dead. Rane survives and becomes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Flynn
CAST:  William Devane  •  Tommy Lee Jones  •  Linda Haynes  •  James Best

Space Cowboys (2000)

Frank Corvin, ‘Hawk’ Hawkins, Jerry O'Neill and ‘Tank’ Sullivan were hotdog members of Project Daedalus, the Air Force's test program for space travel, but their hopes were dashed in 1958 with the formation of NASA and the use of trained chimps. They blackmail ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clint Eastwood
CAST:  Clint Eastwood  •  Tommy Lee Jones  •  Donald Sutherland  •  James Garner

Frank Corvin, ‘Hawk’ Hawkins, Jerry O'Neill and ‘Tank’ Sullivan were hotdog members of Project Daedalus, the Air Force's test program for space travel, but their hopes were dashed in 1958 with the formation of NASA and the use of trained chimps. They blackmail ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clint Eastwood
CAST:  Clint Eastwood  •  Tommy Lee Jones  •  Donald Sutherland  •  James Garner

Testament (1983)

It is just another day in the small town of Hamlin until something disastrous happens. Suddenly, news breaks that a series of nuclear warheads has been dropped along the Eastern Seaboard and, more locally, in California. As people begin coping with the devastating ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lynne Littman
CAST:  Jane Alexander  •  William Devane  •  Kevin Costner  •  Ross Harris

It is just another day in the small town of Hamlin until something disastrous happens. Suddenly, news breaks that a series of nuclear warheads has been dropped along the Eastern Seaboard and, more locally, in California. As people begin coping with the devastating ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lynne Littman
CAST:  Jane Alexander  •  William Devane  •  Kevin Costner  •  Ross Harris

The Preppie Murder (1989)

This is the story of a young woman who was found dead. Now the police investigate, and evidence points to a man she was seen leaving a party with. Now when questioned, he claims that her death was accidental, as a result of rough sex. Now her family doesn't believe ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Herzfeld
CAST:  William Baldwin  •  Lara Flynn Boyle  •  Danny Aiello  •  Joanna Kerns

This is the story of a young woman who was found dead. Now the police investigate, and evidence points to a man she was seen leaving a party with. Now when questioned, he claims that her death was accidental, as a result of rough sex. Now her family doesn't believe ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Herzfeld
CAST:  William Baldwin  •  Lara Flynn Boyle  •  Danny Aiello  •  Joanna Kerns

The Bait (1973)

Tracy Fleming is a widowed police officer, with a young son, who has risen to the role of plainclothes operative. After six women have been raped and killed, Fleming agrees to go undercover in an effort to make herself a target for the killer. The climax places her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Leonard Horn
CAST:  Donna Mills  •  Michael Constantine  •  William Devane  •  Arlene Golonka

Tracy Fleming is a widowed police officer, with a young son, who has risen to the role of plainclothes operative. After six women have been raped and killed, Fleming agrees to go undercover in an effort to make herself a target for the killer. The climax places her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Leonard Horn
CAST:  Donna Mills  •  Michael Constantine  •  William Devane  •  Arlene Golonka

The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (1977)

Sentimental sequel film finds the Bears, somehow, the little league champions of California. As a result, the team is invited to play a between-games exhibition at the Houston Astrodome with the local champs, the Toros. Kelly Leak, the Bears' star player, decides ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Pressman
CAST:  Jackie Earle Haley  •  William Devane  •  Clifton James  •  Jimmy Baio

Sentimental sequel film finds the Bears, somehow, the little league champions of California. As a result, the team is invited to play a between-games exhibition at the Houston Astrodome with the local champs, the Toros. Kelly Leak, the Bears' star player, decides ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Pressman
CAST:  Jackie Earle Haley  •  William Devane  •  Clifton James  •  Jimmy Baio

Hadley's Rebellion (1983)

After he transfers to a new school, Hadley is victimized and ostracized by his too-cool classmates. To prove his worth, our hero takes up wrestling, and before long he’s the school champ, thanks to the input of coach Ball, a washed-up alcoholic who finds redemption ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred Walton
CAST:  Griffin O'Neal  •  William Devane  •  Charles Durning  •  Adam Baldwin

After he transfers to a new school, Hadley is victimized and ostracized by his too-cool classmates. To prove his worth, our hero takes up wrestling, and before long he’s the school champ, thanks to the input of coach Ball, a washed-up alcoholic who finds redemption ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred Walton
CAST:  Griffin O'Neal  •  William Devane  •  Charles Durning  •  Adam Baldwin

The Badge (2002)

A sheriff begins an investigation into the death of a local transsexual after hearing that high ranking politicians may have been involved. Although he is homophobic, his investigation causes him to be rejected by others, forcing him to seek help from the people he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robby Henson
CAST:  Billy Bob Thornton  •  Patricia Arquette  •  Sela Ward  •  William Devane

A sheriff begins an investigation into the death of a local transsexual after hearing that high ranking politicians may have been involved. Although he is homophobic, his investigation causes him to be rejected by others, forcing him to seek help from the people he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robby Henson
CAST:  Billy Bob Thornton  •  Patricia Arquette  •  Sela Ward  •  William Devane

Exception to the Rule (1997)

An aggressive woman tries to blackmail a married gem trader who had an affair with her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Winning
CAST:  Sean Young  •  Kim Cattrall  •  Eric McCormack  •  William Devane

An aggressive woman tries to blackmail a married gem trader who had an affair with her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Winning
CAST:  Sean Young  •  Kim Cattrall  •  Eric McCormack  •  William Devane

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

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Following the death of District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman assumes responsibility for Dent's crimes to protect the late attorney's reputation and is subsequently hunted by the Gotham City Police Department. Eight years later, Batman encounters the mysterious ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Gary Oldman  •  Tom Hardy  •  Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Following the death of District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman assumes responsibility for Dent's crimes to protect the late attorney's reputation and is subsequently hunted by the Gotham City Police Department. Eight years later, Batman encounters the mysterious ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Gary Oldman  •  Tom Hardy  •  Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Doomsday Rock (1997)

Dr. Paul Sorenson, a noted astronomer, believes that an approaching comet will collide with earth based on his study of an ancient civilization's prophetic timeline. Frustrated by his inability to convince other scientists of the threat, Sorenson and a band of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian Trenchard-Smith
CAST:  Connie Sellecca  •  Ed Marinaro  •  Jessica Walter  •  William Devane

Dr. Paul Sorenson, a noted astronomer, believes that an approaching comet will collide with earth based on his study of an ancient civilization's prophetic timeline. Frustrated by his inability to convince other scientists of the threat, Sorenson and a band of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian Trenchard-Smith
CAST:  Connie Sellecca  •  Ed Marinaro  •  Jessica Walter  •  William Devane

Red Clover (2012)

An evil leprechaun who has been imprisoned within the roots of a majestic old oak tree, is accidentally set loose on St. Patrick's Day. Once free, he takes out his bloody revenge on the descendants of the people who originally imprisoned him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Drew Daywalt
CAST:  Billy Zane  •  William Devane  •  Courtney Halverson  •  Kelly Washington

An evil leprechaun who has been imprisoned within the roots of a majestic old oak tree, is accidentally set loose on St. Patrick's Day. Once free, he takes out his bloody revenge on the descendants of the people who originally imprisoned him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Drew Daywalt
CAST:  Billy Zane  •  William Devane  •  Courtney Halverson  •  Kelly Washington

Bad Turn Worse (2014)

Three teenage friends get in way over their head when they cross a down-home crime syndicate. They hope to make a break for it and escape their dead-end existence in a cotton-mill town but get sucked into the seedy underbelly of organized crime when one of them ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Simon Hawkins  •  Zeke Hawkins
CAST:  Mark Pellegrino  •  Jon Gries  •  Jeremy Allen White  •  William Devane

Three teenage friends get in way over their head when they cross a down-home crime syndicate. They hope to make a break for it and escape their dead-end existence in a cotton-mill town but get sucked into the seedy underbelly of organized crime when one of them ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Simon Hawkins  •  Zeke Hawkins
CAST:  Mark Pellegrino  •  Jon Gries  •  Jeremy Allen White  •  William Devane
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