(Leonard "Doc" Blach)
(Mine That Bird)
(Director of Photography)
(Leonard Doc Blach)
Born in Albany, New York, William Devane started acting in neighborhood
theater 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, Devane gave his critically
acclaimed performance in the Broadway revival
production of One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest.
In 1983, Devane landed the role of enigmatic and unpredictable
business tycoon Gregory Sumner on the hugely successful Knots
Landing a performance US Magazine called
and compelling, year after year
During the shows
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 directors final film, Family Plot.
Devane also starred in the films The Bad News Bears in Breaking
Training, Rolling Thunder, Report to the Commissioner and Testament
with Jane Alexander. He was a favorite of director John Schlesinger.
Devanes upcoming projects include a regular role on the
FOX special event series 24: Live Another Day, Christopher Nolans
Interstellar, and 50 to 1, the story of Kentucky Derby winner
Mine That Bird.