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Will Patton Biography

Birth Name:
William Patton
Birth Place:
Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Fast Facts

  • His father, who was a teacher, actor, director, playwright and commercial fisherman, also ran a camp for at-risk children and was a Lutheran chaplain at Duke University
  • Studied under Lee Strasberg at New York's Actors Studio
  • Won three Obie (off-Broadway) Awards in the 1980s
  • Made TV debut in the 1981 TV-movie Kent State
  • Appeared on the soap operas Ryan's Hope and Search for Tomorrow in the '80s
  • Film credits include Silkwood, Desperately Seeking Susan, After Hours, No Way Out, Armageddon, Remember the Titans and A Mighty Heart
  • Was a regular on the 2001-03 CBS spy drama The Agency; other notable TV credits include Numb3rs and 24
  • Provided the voice of John Wilkes Booth in the 2009 American Experience documentary The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
  • Has recorded more than 30 audiobooks, including numerous James Lee Burke mysteries; was named Best Voice in Mysteries & Suspense by AudioFiles magazine in 2008 and '09


  • 2020Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated


  • Bill Patton -- Father
  • Jan Patton -- Mother