William Devane

  • Birth Place: Albany, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor
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  • Began acting in neighborhood theater in Albany during his high-school years.
  • Gained attention in the 1967 Off-Broadway play MacBird, playing a character inspired by Robert Kennedy.
  • Received Emmy nomination for portraying John F. Kennedy in 1974's The Missiles of October; also played Jacqueline Kennedy's father, "Black Jack" Bouvier, in 1991 TV-movie A Woman Named Jackie.
  • Claimed identification with JFK role cost him parts in the films The Deer Hunter (1978) and Apocalypse Now (1979).
  • Starred in Alfred Hitchcock's final film, Family Plot (1976).
  • Joined Knots Landing in its fifth year and stayed for the remaining 10 seasons.
  • Has a polo facility on his 140-acre ranch.
  • Owns the California restaurant Devane's along with his son.


  • 1987, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 1975, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Special Program: Nominee
  • 1976, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama or Comedy Special: Nominee


  • Josh Devane — Son
  • Eugenie McCabe Devane — Wife
  • Kate Devane — Mother
  • Jake Devane — Son
  • Joseph Devane — Father


  • American Academy of Dramatic Art, New York, New York, United States (1961)
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