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William Devane Biography

Birth Place:
Albany, New York, United States

Fast Facts

  • 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


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


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