The River Why Cast
William DeVane as “Dutch”

Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actor, William Devane has traveled between the small screen and the big screen with seeming ease.

Born in Albany, New York, Devane started acting in neighborhood theatre while in high school. He went on to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and was chairman of the Playwrights Department at the Actors Studio. He made his professional debut with the New York Shakespeare Festival in "Merchant of Venice." In 1971, he gave New York audiences a critically acclaimed performance in the Broadway revival production of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Clive Barnes of the New York Times praised his portrayal saying, "He dominates the stage like a bank robber with a gun."

In 1974, Devane created television history when he starred as John F. Kennedy in the highly acclaimed "The Missiles of October", about the Cuban missile crisis. He received an Emmy nomination for his rich portrayal of the late president. He earned a second Emmy nomination for his portrayal of John Henry Faulk in "Fear on Trial", and a third for his portrayal of Sgt. Milt Warden in the mini-series "From Here to Eternity", with Natalie Wood. He repeated this role in the series that followed, "From Here to Eternity: The War Years."

In 1983, Devane landed the role of enigmatic and unpredictable business tycoon Gregory Sumner on the hugely successful "Knot's Landing"- a performance that US Magazine called "...cohesive and compelling, year after year..." During the show's nine-year run, Devane garnered a Golden Globe nomination for Best Dramatic Actor.

Devane has starred with an illustrious group of actors in feature films, including Dustin Hoffman and Sir Laurence Olivier in "Marathon Man", and Vanessa Redgrave in "Yanks." He worked with the legendary Alfred Hitchcock in the director's final film, "Family Plot." "Wilderness Journal" is a PBS documentary that Devane starred in and co-produced. The documentary examined key environmental issues in five Western states and was one of the highest rated shows to air on public television. "Wilderness Journal" has been selected as one of PBS's top shows for the last 20 years.

An avid golfer, fisherman and horseman, as well as an astute rancher and businessman, William Devane continues to be attracted to topnotch, high quality projects.