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Born in Albany, New York, WILLIAM DEVANE started acting in neighborhood theater while in high school. He went on to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and was chairman of the Playwrights Department at the Actors Studio. He made his professional debut with the New York Shakespeare Festival in Merchant of Venice. In 1971, Devane gave his critically acclaimed performance in the Broadway revival production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

In 1983, Devane landed the role of enigmatic and unpredictable business tycoon Gregory Sumner on the hugely successful Knot's Landing - a performance US Magazine called "...cohesive and compelling, year after year..." During the show's nine-year run, Devane garnered a Golden Globe nomination for Best Dramatic Actor.

Devane has starred with an illustrious group of actors in feature films, including Dustin Hoffman and Sir Laurence Olivier in Marathon Man, and Vanessa Redgrave in Yanks. He worked with the legendary Alfred Hitchcock in the director's final film, Family Plot. Devane also starred in the films The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training, Rolling Thunder, Report to the Commissioner and Testament with Jane Alexander. He was a favorite of director John Schlesinger.

Devane's upcoming projects include a regular role on the FOX special event series 24: Live Another Day, Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, and 50 to 1, the story of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird.

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