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Also Known As: William Curtis Patton, William Patton Died:
Born: June 14, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Charleston, South Carolina, USA Profession: actor, playwright, elevator operator, security guard, construction worker, salesman

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A prolific character actor for decades, Will Patton populated dozens of films, television shows and plays with an arsenal of quiet resolve, malevolent schemes and inspirational courage. Additionally, Patton was a seasoned vocal performer as narrator for scores of audio books, which included several by American mystery writer, James Lee. As an actor, he was highly regarded as dependable player, always providing quality work in project no matter the size role, genre or budget. After a successful start in the theater - which garnered him a total of three Obie awards - Patton accumulated many memorable turns in independent movies such as "The Spitfire Grill" (1996), "Jesus' Son" (2000) and "Wendy and Lucy" (2008), as well as in more big budget offerings like "Desperately Seeking Susan" (1985), "After Hours" (1985), "No Way Out" (1987), "Armageddon" (1998) and "Remember the Titans" (2000). Television viewers caught Patton at action on "The Agency" (CBS 2001-03), and the hit series "24" (FOX 2001-2010). Despite years of consistent work, the private actor was able to tap into his well of shyness and depth of character to flourish in projects on both the big and small screen.

A prolific character actor for decades, Will Patton populated dozens of films, television shows and plays with an arsenal of quiet resolve, malevolent schemes and inspirational courage. Additionally, Patton was a seasoned vocal performer as narrator for scores of audio books, which included several by American mystery writer, James Lee. As an actor, he was highly regarded as dependable player, always providing quality work in project no matter the size role, genre or budget. After a successful start in the theater - which garnered him a total of three Obie awards - Patton accumulated many memorable turns in independent movies such as "The Spitfire Grill" (1996), "Jesus' Son" (2000) and "Wendy and Lucy" (2008), as well as in more big budget offerings like "Desperately Seeking Susan" (1985), "After Hours" (1985), "No Way Out" (1987), "Armageddon" (1998) and "Remember the Titans" (2000). Television viewers caught Patton at action on "The Agency" (CBS 2001-03), and the hit series "24" (FOX 2001-2010). Despite years of consistent work, the private actor was able to tap into his well of shyness and depth of character to flourish in projects on both the big and small screen.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Waking Madison (2011)
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 Lucky Days (2010)
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 Meek's Cutoff (2010)
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 Knucklehead (2010)
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 Fourth Kind, The (2009)
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 Canyon, The (2009)
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 American Violet (2008)
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1976:
Stage debut, "Kingdom of Earth"
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Joined the Winter Project theater group, headed by Joseph Chaikin
1981:
TV acting debut, "Kent State" (NBC)
1982:
Made feature debut in "King Blank"
1983:
First Hollywood film, "Silkwood"
1982:
Cast on the ABC soap opera "Ryan's Hope" as Ox Knowles
1983:
First collaboration with playwright Sam Shepard, the Off-Broadway production of "Fool For Love"
1985:
Featured in Shepard's production of "A Lie of the Mind"
1987:
Breakthrough screen role, "No Way Out" co-starring Kevin Costner
1994:
Appeared as a sinister lawman in "The Client"
1997:
Co-starred as Kevin Costner's brother in "The Postman"
1998:
Cast as a oil-rig worker who goes into space to stop an asteroid in "Armageddon"
2000:
Portrayed Coach Bill Yoast in "Remember the Titans"
2001:
TV series debut as regular on CBS' "The Agency"
2002:
Appeared in the thriller "The Mothman Prophecies"
2004:
Cast opposite John Travolta as lawyer Quentin Glass in "The Punisher"
2005:
Featured in the TNT miniseries "Into the West"
2006:
Appeared in several episodes of CBS' "Numb3rs" as Det. Gary Walker
2007:
Played Special Agent Randall Bennett, opposite Angelina Jolie in "A Mighty Heart"
2008:
Appeared in the indie feature "Wendy and Lucy" directed by Kelly Reichardt and starring Michelle Williams
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Education

The Actors Studio: New York , New York -
Open Theatre: New York , New York -
North Carolina School of the Arts: Winston-Salem , North Carolina - 1975

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