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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
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
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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