• William Devane is an actor known for his roles in television series such as "Knots Landing" (1983-1993) and "The Grinder" (2015-2016).
• He graduated from New York City's American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1962 and made his Broadway debut in the play “The Watering Place”.
• His breakthrough role was playing President John F. Kennedy in the TV docudrama “The Missiles Of October” (1974).
• His net worth is estimated to be over $5 million from his successful career of over 120 titles and appearing in commercials for Rosland Capital.
• William is married to Eugenie McCabe and has one son, Joshua Devane, who is also an actor.

Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$5 million
Date Of BirthSeptember 5, 1937
SpouseEugenie Devane
FactHas the rare distinction of being in two movies that opened on the same weekend in the U.S.: Hollow Man (2000) and Space Cowboys (2000) (August 6, 2000).
PaymentsEarned $100,000 per episode from From Here to Eternity (1980)

Who is William Devane?

William Joseph Devane was born on the 5th September 1939, in Albany, New York State USA, of Irish, Dutch and German descent. He is an actor, who is probably best recognized for starring in the role of Greg Sumner in the CBS primetime soap opera “Knots Landing” (1983-1993), playing James Heller in the Fox serial drama “24” (2005–2007) and as Dean Sanderson Sr. in the FOX comedy series “The Grinder” (2015-2016). He is also recognized from his appearances in commercials for Rosland Capital.

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Early Life and Education

When it comes to speak about her early life, William was raised alongside two siblings by his father, Joseph Devane, who served as Governor of New York Franklin D. Roosevelt’s chauffeur, and his mother, Kate Devane. Regarding his education, William enrolled upon matriculation in New York City’s American Academy of Dramatic Arts, from which he graduated in 1962.

Theatre Career

Right after graduation, William started his career as an actor by making his Broadway debut in the play “The Watering Place” next to Shirley Knight. He also performed in more than 15 plays at the New York Shakespeare Festival, and was cast as Robert F. Kennedy in the off-Broadway spoof entitled “MacBird” in 1966.

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Professional Acting Career Beginnings

After gaining experience, William moved his acting career to the next level, as he made his debut on-screen appearance by landing a small role in an episode of the TV series “Directions” in 1967, which was followed by another small role in the film “In The Country”, after which he starred as John/William Laney in the ABC crime-drama series “N.Y.P.D.” between 1967 and 1969. Afterwards, he appeared in the TV film “This Town Will Never Be The Same” (1969), and guest-starred in an episode of the TV series “The Interns” (1970). All of these appearances marked the beginning of an increase of his popularity and wealth.

The 1970s and Rise to Prominence

With the beginning of the 1970s, William started getting more important roles, and his breakthrough came in 1971 when he appeared in the main role of Tom in the drama “The 300 Year Weekend”, after which he starred as Jimmy Pilgrim in the drama “My Old Man’s Place” and as Jock Fenner in the comedy “Lady Liberty” next to Sophia Loren, both in 1971. In the following year, he landed the role of Lt. Ashley in the drama “Irish Whiskey Rebellion”, and then appeared in two more film titles – “Crime Club” as Kilburn and “The Bait” as Earl Stokey – both in 1973.
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He really came to prominence with the role of President John F. Kennedy in the TV docudrama “The Missiles Of October” (1974), about the Cuban Missile Crisis, which added a considerable amount to his net worth, and was followed by his portrayal of radio personality John Henry Faulk in the Emmy Award-winning TV film “Fear On Trial” in 1975. In the following year, he featured as Arthur Adamson in Alfred Hitchcock’s comedy thriller “Family Plot”, alongside Karen Black, Bruce Dern and Barbara Harris, and played Janeway in John Schlesinger’s crime thriller “Marathon Man”, next to Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier and Roy Scheider. By the end of the decade, William was also cast as Mike Leak in the 1977 comedy entitled “The Bad News Bears In Breaking Training”, Major Roy Warner/Steve Dupree in the horror “The Dark” (1979) and Master Sgt. Milt Warden in the drama TV series “From Here To Eternity” (1980).

The 1980s and “Knots Landing”

William’s first major role in the next decade came when he was cast as Harry Langford in the 1981 TV drama “The Other Victim”, directed by Noel Black. Two years later, he was chosen to portray Greg Sumner in the CBS primetime soap opera “Knots Landing”, which lasted for ten years, appearing in more than 260 episodes, and earned him a Golden Globe nomination in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama category. Concurrently he worked on other projects, such as the role of Coach Ball in Fred Walton’s drama “Hadley’s Rebellion” and Tom Wetherly in the drama “Testament”, both in 1983. By the end of the decade, he also starred as Scott McKenzie in the TV film “Timestalkers” (1987), portrayed Jack Litman in the TV film “The Preppie Murder” (1989), and landed the role of Dr. Chatham in the drama “Vital Signs” (1990), increasing further his fortune.

The 1990s

At the very beginning of the 1990s, William landed the role of Sheriff Jim Metts in the TV film entitled “Nightmare In Columbia County” (1991), after which he portrayed Black Jack Bouvier in the TV mini-series “A Woman Named Jackie” about the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the same year. In 1993 he was selected to play Lou Del La Rosa in the ABC sitcom “Phenom”, which lasted for a season, and was followed by his appearance in the role of Al Capone in an episode of the ABC series “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman” (1994) and as John Monroe in the ABC primetime soap opera “The Monroes” in 1995. His next major roles came in 1977, when he was cast as Lawrence Kellerman in the drama thriller “Exception To The Rule” next to Kim Cattrall, and as Bernie Hobson in the CBS drama series “Early Edition” (1997-1999). Moreover, he won the role of Sergeant Joseph Turk in the CBS drama series “Turks” (1999), all of which increased his net worth by a large margin.

The 2000s and “24”

William’s first role in the 2000s was being cast as Eugene Davis in Clint Eastwood’s action thriller “Space Cowboys”, followed by the role of Roger Thornhill in the drama “Race To Space” (2001), after which he starred as Col. Weldon in the thriller “Threat Of Exposure” and featured as George Boyajian in the drama “A Christmas Visitor”, both in 2002. Two years later, he guest-starred as President Henry Hayes in the Showtime sci-fi series “Stargate SG-1” and then was chosen to portray Secretary of Defense James Heller in the Fox serial drama “24” (2005–2007). His next roles were the roles of Billy Crumb in the ABC sitcom “Crumbs” (2006) and Michael Davis in the ABC comedy-drama series “What About Brian” (2006-2007). Afterwards, he also starred in titles including in the “Jesse Stone” film series, “Chasing The Green” (2009) and “The Kane Files: Life Of Trial” (2010). All of these appearances contributed a lot to his wealth.

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The 2010s

In 2011, William landed the role of Jake in the drama “Flag Of My Father”, and then starred as President in Christopher Nolan’s superhero film “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012) next to Christian Bale, Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway. In the next year, he featured as Big Red in the drama thriller “Bad Turn Worse”, which was followed by his portrayal of Leonard Doc Blach in Jim Wilson’s drama “50 To 1” (2014) and Williams in another Christopher Nolan film entitled “Interstellar” (2014). During the same year, William reprised the role of James Heller, now President, in the Fox serial drama “24: Live Another Day”, and most recently, he featured as Dean Sanderson Sr. in the FOX comedy series “The Grinder”, which lasted from 2015 to 2016, so his net worth was certainly rising.

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William Devane Net Worth

His career started in 1967, and since then, he has been a consistently active member of the entertainment industry as a professional actor. So, if you ever wondered how rich William Devane is, it has been estimated by authoritative sources that the total size of his net worth is over $5 million, accumulated through his successful career, as he has now appeared in more than 120 titles, increased by appearing in commercials for Rosland Capital, a company that sells gold and other precious metals. Another source is coming from owning a restaurant called Devane’s Italian Kitchen.

Personal Details

Regarding his personal life, Wlliam Devane has been married to Eugenie McCabe since 1962. The couple had two sons, but unfortunately the eldest one tragically died in an accident. Their youngest son is Joshua Devane, who is also active in the entertainment industry as an actor. In his spare time, William enjoys playing polo and horseback riding. He is also known as a fly-fisher. He is also sometimes active on his Twitter account.Speaking about his appearance, William is quite a tall man with the height of 5ft 10inc (1.78m). He is currently in his late 70s, but his career shows little sign of slowing down.

General Info

Full NameWilliam Devane
Net Worth$5 million
Date Of BirthSeptember 5, 1937
Height1.78 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Actor, Television Director
EducationAmerican Academy of Dramatic Arts


SpouseEugenie Devane
ChildrenJoshua Devane
ParentsJoseph Devane
SiblingsJoey Devane, Pat Devane


AwardsTV Land Anniversary Award
NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Special Program, Drama or Comedy
MoviesFamily Plot, Rolling Thunder, Space Cowboys, Marathon Man, Hollow Man, Yanks, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Payback, Interstellar, The Missiles of October, The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training, Monte Walsh, Timestalkers, The River Why, Honky Tonk Freeway, Poor White Trash, Stargate: Continuum, Jesse Ston...
TV ShowsThe Grinder, 24: Live Another Day, Crumbs, The Michael Richards Show, Turks, Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac, The Monroes, Phenom, Knots Landing, From Here to Eternity, ABC Theatre, Second Chance

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From Here to Eternity (1980)$100,000 per episode


1[on working with Vanessa Redgrave in Yanks (1979)] It's been a terrific experience working with somebody as good as she is. An incredible actress. I'm in there with a really high-powered dame, you know. You cut back and forth and Vanessa is incredible. Incredible! She'd survive with Marlon Brando and no woman ever has, except maybe Eva Marie Saint at the beginning.
2[on Robert Redford] I can't stand around like Redford. I'm not that narcissistic. Not that photogenic, either.


1Admits that he only did Poor White Trash (2000) for the money.
2When "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" debuted off-Broadway at the Mercer Arts Center as a stage play in 1971, he originated the role of Randall P. McMurphy.
3Best-known for political roles, largely because of his Kennedyesque looks and mannerisms. Played the President of the United States in Stargate SG-1 (1997), Stargate: Continuum (2008), The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and 24 (2001). Also played the Secretary of State in The West Wing (1999).
4He replaced Roy Thinnes in Alfred Hitchcock's Family Plot (1976) one month into the filming, after the legendary director found out that he was then available because Devane was Hitchcock's first choice for the part. Some long shots in the film are still of Thinnes, but all other footage was re-shot with Devane.
5Appeared with Donald Sutherland in Space Cowboys (2000). He later costarred with Donald's son, Kiefer Sutherland, in 24 (2001).
6Has the rare distinction of being in two movies that opened on the same weekend in the U.S.: Hollow Man (2000) and Space Cowboys (2000) (August 6, 2000).
7Owned a restaurant, Devane's, that specializes in New York-Italian cuisine. Originally located in Indio, the restaurant expanded to Rancho Mirage, CA. Additional restaurants in La Quinta and Palm Springs were slated for a 2008 opening, but due to the economy, they closed.
8Enjoys horseback riding. Is an avid polo player and has won many awards for it. Is a fly-fisher.




The Grinder2015-2016TV SeriesDean Sanderson Sr.
Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise2015TV MovieDr. Dix
24: Live Another Day2014TV SeriesPresident James Heller
50 to 12014Leonard Doc Blach
Bad Turn Worse2013Big Red
The Dark Knight Rises2012President
Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt2012TV MovieDr. Dix
Red Clover2012TV MoviePop O'Hara
Revenge2012TV SeriesEdward Grayson
Good Morning, Killer2011TV MovieEverett Morgan Gray
Flag of My Father2011Jake
Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost2011TV MovieDr. Dix
The Kane Files: Life of Trial2010Thompson
NCIS2010TV SeriesNicolas Mason
Psych2010TV SeriesFloyd Peters
Notes from the Underbelly2010TV SeriesWalter
Jesse Stone: No Remorse2010TV MovieDr. Dix
King of the Hill2010TV SeriesChuck Garrison
The River Why2010Dutch Hines
The Dealership2009TV MovieFrank Carson
Jesse Stone: Thin Ice2009TV MovieDr. Dix
Chasing the Green2009Victor Gatling
The Least Among You2009Alan Beckett
The Fall2008/IJudge Stanley Seeban
Stargate: Continuum2008VideoPresident Hayes
Jesse Stone: Sea Change2007TV MovieDr. Dix
242005-2007TV SeriesJames Heller
What About Brian2006-2007TV SeriesMichael Davis / Michael O'Hara
Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise2006TV MovieDr. Dix
Crumbs2006TV SeriesBilly Crumb
Deceit2004TV MovieGrove McCarthy
Stargate SG-12004TV SeriesPresident Hayes President Henry Hayes
The West Wing2003TV SeriesSecretary of State Lewis Berryhill
The Wind Effect2003Video shortLT Porter
Monte Walsh2003TV MovieCal Brennan
Threat of Exposure2002Col. Weldon
A Christmas Visitor2002TV MovieGeorge Boyajian
The Badge2002The Judge
The X-Files2002TV SeriesGeneral Mark Suveg
Judging Amy2002TV SeriesRichard McCarty
Race to Space2001Roger Thornhill
The Michael Richards Show2000TV SeriesBrady McKay
Hollow Man2000Dr. Kramer
Space Cowboys2000Eugene Davis
The Man Who Used to Be Me2000TV MovieSam
Poor White Trash2000Ron Lake
Miracle on the Mountain: The Kincaid Family Story2000TV MovieTom Kincaid
Early Edition1997-1999TV SeriesBernie Hobson
Turks1999TV SeriesSergeant Joseph Turk
Touched by an Angel1997TV SeriesBenjamin Parker
Timecop1997TV Mini-SeriesDetective John Langdon
Doomsday Rock1997TV MovieDr. Karl Sorenson
Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac1997TV Mini-SeriesGregory Sumner
The Absolute Truth1997TV MovieSen. Emmett Hunter
Exception to the Rule1997Lawrence Kellerman
Forgotten Sins1996TV MovieDr. Richard Ofshe
The Monroes1995TV SeriesJohn Monroe
Detonator II: Night Watch1995TV MovieNick Caldwell
Virus1995TV MovieDr. Harbuck
Falling from the Sky: Flight 1741995TV MovieCapt. Bob Pearson
Frogmen1994TV Movie
Lady in Waiting1994Lt. Barrett
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman1994TV SeriesAl Capone
For the Love of Nancy1994TV MovieTom
Phenom1993-1994TV SeriesLou Del La Rosa Lou Della Rosa
Rubdown1993TV MovieHarry Orwitz
Knots Landing1983-1993TV SeriesGregory Sumner
Prophet of Evil: The Ervil LeBaron Story1993TV MovieDaniel 'Dan' Fields
The President's Child1992TV Movie
Obsessed1992TV MovieEd Bledsoe
Nightmare in Columbia County1991TV MovieSheriff Jim Metts
A Woman Named Jackie1991TV Mini-SeriesBlack Jack Bouvier
Murder C.O.D.1990TV MovieAlex Brandt
Vital Signs1990Dr. Chatham
Chips, the War Dog1990TV MovieCol. Charnley
The Preppie Murder1989TV MovieJack Litman
Hadley's Rebellion1987Coach Ball
Timestalkers1987TV MovieScott McKenzie
With Intent to Kill1984TV MovieAaron Charney
Testament1983Tom Wetherly
Jane Doe1983TV MovieLieutenant William Quinn
Insight1982TV SeriesRoyce
The Other Victim1981TV MovieHarry Langford
Red Flag: The Ultimate Game1981TV MovieMajor Phil Clark
Honky Tonk Freeway1981Mayor Kirby T. Calo
From Here to Eternity1980TV SeriesMaster Sgt. Milt Warden
The Dark1979Roy Warner / Steve Dupree
From Here to Eternity1979TV Mini-SeriesSgt. Milt Warden
Black Beauty1978TV Mini-SeriesJohn Manly
Rolling Thunder1977Major Charles Rane
The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training1977Mike Leak
Red Alert1977TV MovieFrank Brolen
Marathon Man1976Janeway
Family Plot1976Arthur Adamson
Fear on Trial1975TV MovieJohn Henry Faulk
Report to the Commissioner1975Asst. D.A. Jackson
The Missiles of October1974TV MoviePresident John F. Kennedy
Judgment: The Court Martial of the Tiger of Malaya - General Yamashita1974TV Movie
Shirts/Skins1974TV Movie
The Snoop Sisters1974TV SeriesDavid Prine
Hawaii Five-O1974TV SeriesFallon
Mannix1974TV SeriesAl Kordic
Medical Center1970-1973TV SeriesDr. Ray Waltham
Ironside1972-1973TV SeriesSmiley / Al Chambers
The Bait1973TV MovieEarl Stokey
Crime Club1973TV MovieJack Kilburn
Gunsmoke1973TV SeriesMoss Stratton
Irish Whiskey Rebellion1972Lt. Ashley
Young Dr. Kildare1972TV SeriesOfficer Masters
A Change in the Wind1971as Bill Devane
Lady Liberty1971Jock Fenner
My Old Man's Place1971Jimmy Pilgrim
McCabe & Mrs. Miller1971The Lawyer
The 300 Year Weekend1971Tom
The Pursuit of Happiness1971Pilot
The Interns1970TV SeriesWilliam Hauser
This Town Will Never Be the Same1969TV Movie
N.Y.P.D.1967-1969TV SeriesJohn / William Laney
In the Country1967
Directions1967TV SeriesBoyfriend


Knots Landing1987-1993TV Series written by - 4 episodes
The Million Dollar Rip-Off1976TV Movie based on a screenplay by - as William J. Devane
The 300 Year Weekend1971additional dialogue


Knots Landing1989-1992TV Series 4 episodes


Cowgirl Up2011TV Series thanks - 6 episodes
Celebrating Schlesinger2006Video short special thanks


Home & Family2015TV SeriesHimself
Jack Is Back2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Making of 'Rolling Thunder'2013Video shortHimself
The 7th Annual TV Land Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
Celebrating Schlesinger2006Video shortHimself
Knots Landing Reunion: Together Again2005TV Movie documentaryHimself / Gregory Sumner
TV Land Confidential2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Dweezil & Lisa2004TV SeriesHimself
Plotting 'Family Plot'2001Video documentaryHimself
Gaia Symphony II1999DocumentaryVoice over
Hope & Gloria1996TV SeriesHimself
The 20th Annual People's Choice Awards1994TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Favorite Television Dramatic Series
The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards1994TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actress in a TV-Series - Comedy / Musical
The Knots Landing Block Party1993TV Special documentaryHimself / Gregory Sumner
Ancient Secrets of the Bible1992TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host & Narrator
One on One with John Tesh1992TV SeriesHimself
The 18th Annual People's Choice Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Favourite Female Performer in New Television Series
The Morning Program1987TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 44th Annual Golden Globe Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a TV-Series Drama
The Wildest West Show of the Stars1986TV MovieHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1986TV SeriesHimself
The 43rd Annual Golden Globe Awards1986TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actress / Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
CBS All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade1985TV SpecialHimself
Battle of the Network Stars XVII1984TV SpecialHimself - CBS Team Captain
Battle of the Network Stars XVI1984TV SpecialHimself - CBS Team Captain
The 24th Annual International Broadcasting Awards1984TV SpecialHimself
The 41st Annual Golden Globe Awards1984TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actress / Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy / Musical
Battle of the Network Stars XV1983TV SpecialHimself - CBS Team Captain
Natalie - A Tribute to a Very Special Lady1982TV Movie documentaryHimself
Battle of the Network Stars VIII1980TV SpecialHimself - NBC Team
The Merv Griffin Show1979TV SeriesHimself
Battle of the Network Stars VI1979TV SpecialHimself - NBC Team
Battle of the Network Stars V1978TV SpecialHimself - NBC Team

Archive Footage

Revenge: The First Chapter2012TV MovieEdward Grayson
Paybacks Are a Bitch2007Video documentaryHimself
Payback: Straight Up2006VideoFred Carter
Testament at 202003Video documentary shortTom Weatherly
Entertainment Tonight2000TV Series


Won Awards

2009Anniversary AwardTV Land AwardsKnots Landing (1979)
1991Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor: Prime TimeKnots Landing (1979)
1990Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor: Prime TimeKnots Landing (1979)
1989Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Supporting Role: Prime TimeKnots Landing (1979)

Nominated Awards

1988Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Villain: Prime TimeKnots Landing (1979)
1987Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - DramaKnots Landing (1979)
1986Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Villain on a Prime Time SerialKnots Landing (1979)
1986Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Actress/Actor in a Comic Relief Role on a Prime Time SerialKnots Landing (1979)
1976Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama or Comedy SpecialFear on Trial (1975)
1975Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Special Program - Drama or ComedyThe Missiles of October (1974)
1975Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsMale New Star of the Year

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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