William Devane


William Devane Trivia


  • Trivia

    • William is of Dutch, German and Irish ancestry.

    • His father was the chauffeur of Franklin Roosevelt when he was Governor of New York.

    • He is best known for playing political roles.

    • William Devane was nominated for an Emmy in 1975 and 1976. He was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1987.

    • William Devane owns a ranch in Thermal, California.

    • William Devane has been an actor, producer, director, screenwriter, restaurateur, apprentice electrician, and a construction worker.

    • William Devane was nominated for his first Emmy in 1971, for his portrayal of President John F Kennedy in The Missiles of October.

    • In 1971, William Devane starred in the short-lived Broadway production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

    • William Devane started acting while he was in high school in Albany, New York.

    • Before William Devane moved to New York, he was a construction worker and an apprentice electrician.

    • In 2000, William Devane played Tom Kincaid in the TV movie Miracle on the Mountain: The Kincaid Family Story.

    • William Devane won a Soap Opera Digest Award for "Outstanding Lead Actor" for Knots Landing in 1990 and 1991. He also won a Soap Opera Digest Award for "Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role" for Knots Landing in 1989.

    • William Devane's first real acting role was in 1967 in the off-Broadway play MacBird.

    • William Devane took acting classes at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, New York.

    • William Devane is credited as one of the writers for the 1976 theatrical film The Million Dollar Rip Off.

    • Devane's theatrical credits include a role on the 1997 film Exception to the Rule, as Lawrence Kellerman.

    • William Devane was in the 1999 film Payback alongside Mel Gibson. He played the character Carter.

    • William Devane has been married to Eugenie Devane since 1961.

    • William Devane is 5 foot 10 inches tall.

    • William Devane is the father of two sons, one of whom is fellow actor Joshua Devane, and the other is Jacob Devane.

    • Devane appeared in the theatrical films Hollow Man and Space Cowboys, both of which premiered on the same day. (August 6, 2000) This is a rare feat for any actor. His role on Hollow Man was Dr. Howard Kramer, and was Eugene Davis in Space Cowboys.

    • William Devane owns an Italian restaurant, Devane's, in the Palm Springs, California area.

    • William Devane enjoys horseback riding, is an avid polo player and has won many awards for it.

  • Quotes

    • William Devane: The West Wing seems to be feeding the myth about how presidential politics are.

    • William Devane: The business is built on slowing or even stopping the aging process.

    • William Devane: My objective (on Knots) was to act what was not there, which is not what television is about. In television that's why you have so many people who aren't really talented who are successful at it because it's all there in front of them, you just act what's on the page and you're fine.

    • William Devane: A show like Knots or any other show that can be called a soap opera does terribly in syndication because if you're a viewer and you miss a week you don't know what's going on.

    • William Devane: I like to live in the present rather than dwell on the past.

    • William Devane: I think the idea of this reunion show is the cast all sit around on a set and talk about the old days. I don't want to be a snob about it.

    • William Devane: Ultimately the Emmys are a popularity contest. I remember going to the Golden Globes one year and David was so sure we were going to win. I said, "David, this is the Hollywood Foreign Press Association … they only give it to foreigners." And I was right; in my category they gave it to the English guy who won two or three years in a row. I don't remember what show he was on. He was a detective, I think.

    • William Devane: I'm a left-wing liberal Democrat but Greg Sumner, he's basically a conservative Republican. That's how I played him anyway.

    • William Devane: There's always a certain amount of conflict between the writing staff and the actors. Knots had a large writing staff and they farmed a lot of (the writing) out to others. So the writers would have the dialogue be a certain way until it got to the floor. Once the scene hits the floor, the actors are in charge. But you would notice in the script that's mentioned that I never altered the story. I altered the script to the point that it allowed the "what's not being said" to come out, lines here and there.