Saturday, November 27, 2010

William Devane who played Gregory Sumner on the TV show Knots Landing

William Devane was born in 1937 in Albany, NY.  Although he has played many notable roles, he is well known for playing the role of Gregory Sumner on the nighttime TV drama "Knots Landing", a spin-off of the "Dallas" TV drama.  Devane is also well known for playing the role of John F. Kennedy due to the fact that he looks a lot like him.

Willam Devane then

Devane got his start in stage acting, however he made his film debut in 1967 with "In the Country".  He then made several appearances in the series "N.Y.P.D." form 1967 to 1969.  His other film credits include "Lady Liberty" (1971), "The Pursuit of Happiness", "The 300 Year Weekend", "McCabe & Mrs. Miller", and "My Old Man's Place" all in 1971.

William Devane as Gregory Sumner in "Knots Landing"

William Devane, the early years

William then did a run of TV movies and shows including "Young Dr. Kildare" (1972), "Gunsmoke" (1973), "Ironside" (3 episodes, 1972-73), "Medical Center" (3 episodes, 1970-73), "Mannix" (1974), "Hawaii Five-O" , and "The Missles of October"

More film roles into the 70s include "Report to the Commissioner" (1975), "Family Plot" (1976), "Marathon Man", "The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training" (1977), "Rolling Thunder", Black Beauty" (1978), "The Dark" (1979), and "Yanks".

In 1980 Devane starred in the series "From Here to Eternity" as well as it's predecessor mini-series in the role of Master Sergeant Milt Warden
.  He then starred in movies such as "Honky Tonk Freeway" (1981), "Insight" (1982), and "Jane Doe" (1983).

In 1983 he began playing the role of Gregory Sumner on "Knots Landing" along with co-stars Ted Shackleford, Joan Van Ark, Michele Lee, Donna Mills, Kevin Dobson, Nicollette Sheridan, and Julie Harris.  He starred in many episodes until the show's end in 1993, reprising his role in 1997's reunion mini series titled "Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac".  During his run on "Knots Landing", he also stared in movies such as "Hadley's Rebellion" (1987) and "Vital Signs" (1990).

Donna Mills and William Devane from "Knots Landing"

After "Knots Landing" Devane starred as Lou Del La Rosa in the series "Phenom" from 1993 to 1994 and the following year as John Monroe in "The Monroes" for 8 episodes.  All the while he was continuing to juggle TV movies and films such as "For the Love of Nancy" (1994), "Lady in Waiting", "Virus" (1995), "Forgotten Sins" (1996), "Exception to the Rule" (1997), "Timecop", and "Payback" (1999). He also played the role of Bernie Hobson in the series "Early Edition" from 1997-99.

At the dawn of the next decade he had roles in movies such as "Poor White Trash" (2000), "Space Cowboys", and "Hollow Man". That same year he appeared in another TV series "The Michael Richards Show" for 7 episodes.  He continued into the new millennium with roles in "Race to Space" (2001), "Judging Amy" (2002), "The X-Files" (2002), "The Badge", "Threat of Exposure", "Monte Walsh" (2003), "The West Wing", "Stargate SG-1" (3 episodes, 2004), "Crumbs" (13 episodes, 2006), and "What About Brian" (6 episodes, 2006-2007).

William Devane now

Devane starred in 20 episodes of the TV series "24" as James Heller from 2005 through 2007.  He continued to finish out the decade with "The Fall" (2008), "The Least Among You" (2009), "The River Why" (2010), "King of the Hill (voice), "Psych", "NCIS", and "The Kane Files: Life of Trial".

We will continue to see more of William Devane with new films in the works such as "Flag of My Father" and "Hell to Pay" scheduled to be released in 2011.

William Devane today
In addition to his acting talents, Devane also directed 4 episodes of Knots Landing and wrote 4 others.

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