Will Patton

Will Patton


6/14/1954, Charleston, South Carolina, USA

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Will Patton, the oldest of four siblings, was born on June 14, 1954, in Charleston, SC. Painfully shy as a child, performing became a way for him to connect with people. His parents divorced when he was a young teenager, and he spent less than a year at…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • As of 2008, Patton has over 70 television and film credits.

    • As a child, Patton would perform in plays each Saturday evening for the teenage boys in the foster home that his parents ran.

    • Patton was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as General Bethlehem in The Postman.

    • Patton has performed at London's Royal Court Theatre.

    • Will Patton attended the New York's Actor's Studio. There he studied under Lee Strasberg.

    • Will Patton attended the New York's Actor's Studio. There he studied under Lee Strasberg.

    • Will Patton has lent his voice to numerous books written by author, James Lee Burke.

    • Prior to his career in acting, Patton had worked as a house painter, construction worker, coal shoveler and Christmas tree salesman.

    • Will Patton would like actor Crispin Glover to play him if there were a movie made of Patton's life.

    • Will Patton attended the North Carolina School for the Arts for the better part of one year. He states that he was thrown out of school for his behavior. Patton states that he was "out of control." After this, he decided to travel.

    • Pattons height measures at 5' 10½" (1.79 m).

    • Patton is credited as an actor and a playwright.

    • Will Patton made his film debut in 1982 in the low-budget movie, King Blank.

    • Patton has won 3 Obie Awards (Off Broadway Theatre Award) for his role in:

      - Best Actor for Fool for Love at the Circle Repertory - Best Actor forWhat Did He See? at the Public Theatre

      - Best Ensemble for Tourists and Refugees #2

    • Patton has performed in over 40 Off-Broadway shows.

    • Patton won the award for Best Actor in 1998 at the Newport International Film Festival for his performance in the the film, OK Garage.

  • Quotes

    • Patton: In a way I feel completely frightened of dealing with other human beings at all, yet here I am sticking my face in front of a movie camera all the time.

    • Patton: I knew [acting] was one of the only things I might stand a chance at. It was one of the few things that people took me seriously at.

    • Patton: I think it's good to have to struggle. It helps you keep perspective on what's real.

    • Patton(On how he chooses a role): I think there's gotta be something in the story or the character that somehow corresponds to something I'm thinking about at the moment.

    • Patton:(On how performing in school helped him) When I would get up in front of the class to read something I had written or to be in a play. I would feel everyone was my friend all of a sudden. Everyone understood me. It became my way of reaching the world.

  • Not well known but a great actor.

    In tv and movies. Love him.
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    Will Patton is a very cool actor, but he's really only had supporting roles in movies. You really believe that he got into acting because he loves it for what it is. You'll never see him in any tabloids and you won't hear any gossip about him. In his roles, you sense more realism than many other actor's who are considered more talented than he. Of all of his roles in all of his movies, my favorite has to be "Gone in Sixty Seconds."moreless