William Devane is a top-notch veteran American actor who rose to fame following his remarkable role as President John F. Kennedy in the 1974 movie The Missiles of October. He made his professional debut in 1967 and has played brilliant roles in several high profile movies.
If you are familiar with the American thriller and Fox series titled 24, then you’d certainly remember William Devane who portrayed James Heller. He was the former Secretary of Defense and also the President of the United States in the movie. He has also played brilliant roles in other movies such as Live Another Day, The Dark Knight Rises, Space Cowboys among others. If you haven’t known much about him already, we are here for you. Find out all you need to know about William Devane’s biography, career, net worth, family and other interesting facts below.
William Devane’s Biography
The veteran American film and television actor William Joseph Devane was born in Albany, New York in the United States on September 5, 1939. His father Joseph Devane is of Irish descent and was the chauffeur of the former Governor of New York Franklin D. Roosevelt while his mother is of Dutch and German ethnic origin. William holds American nationality and belongs to mixed ethnicity.
Upon graduation from New York City’s American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1962, William made his Broadway debut when he starred in The Watering Place alongside Shirley Knight. He performed in 15 plays during the New York Shakespeare Festival, after which he played the role of Robert F. Kennedy in the Off-Broadway drama titled MacBird as well as McCabe & Mrs. Miller and Lady Liberty.
Devane rose to mainstream in 1974 when he portrayed President John F. Kennedy in the TV drama titled The Missiles of October. He also featured in the award-winning television film titled Fear on Trial in 1975, Family Plot in 1976, Yanks in 1979, as well as Testament in 1983 and Timestalkers in 1987. Later on, he played the role of Al Capone in Lois & Clark: The Adventures of Superman. He played a recurring role in the CBS series titled Early Edition from 1996 to 2000 and also starred alongside Donald Sutherland in Space Cowboys the same year.
Furthermore, he featured in the TV series The X Files and A Christmas Visitor in 2002. He played the role of President in Aaron Sorkin’s political drama series The West Wing in 2003 and the following year he appeared on Stargate SG-1 playing the role of President Henry Hayes. He also starred in What About Brian from 2006 to 2007 after which he joined the cast of 24 starring alongside Kiefer Sutherland. Similarly, William Devane played a remarkable role in the 2009 movie Chasing the Green alongside Jeremy London and Robert Picardo. His other movies include NCIS in 2010, Revenge in 2012, The Dark Knight Rises and 24: Live Another Day.
Net Worth: How Much is He Worth?
A glance at Devane would show you that the veteran actor has made it big since the inception of his acting career. He has played significant roles in blockbuster movies as well as his other endeavors. He has acquired huge wealth for himself and currently has a net worth of $5 million. As of 1980, the multi-talented actor was already at the top of his game, earning a salary of $100 thousand per episode in the thriller From Here to Eternity.
Currently, he is popularly seen on television commercials as a spokesman for Rosland Capital, a seller of Gold and precious metals Company located in Los Angeles, California.
His Wife and Family Life
Many celebrities including William Devane believes that success in marriage comes only when you avoid the interference of a third-party especially the media. Devane has always kept his family life under the shades and has succeeded in striking a balance between professional and personal life. Here’s the shocker, asides from his successful career, Devane also has a successful marriage spanning more than fifty years. He married the love of his life Eugenie Devane in 1961 and they were blessed with two sons.
The names of their children, as well as, their career paths have never been disclosed to the media. Devane and his wife own a restaurant called Devane’s Kitchen located in Rancho Mirage, California. The restaurant specializes in New York and Italian cuisine. The love between them has continued to blossom and their marriage is regarded as one of the most successful Hollywood marriages. There’s no sign of divorce or controversies between them at the moment.
Other Interesting Facts about William Devane
- Devane is a polo club member and he enjoys horseback riding. His unique skill has earned him several awards.
- He has starred alongside Donald Sutherland as well as his son Kiefer Sutherland in different movies.
- William always plays the role of President John F. Kennedy in movies because they have similar looks and acts alike.
- He is 5 feet 10 inches tall.
- He currently resides in California with his wife and two sons.