William Rankin Patton
June 14, 1954
William Rankin Patton (born June 14, 1954) is an American actor and audiobook narrator. He starred as Colonel Dan Weaver in the TNT science fiction series Falling Skies . He also appeared in the films Remember the Titans , Armageddon , Gone in 60 Seconds , The Punisher , and Minari . He appeared opposite Kevin Costner in two films: No Way Out (1987) and The Postman (1997), as well as having a guest role in season 3 of Costner's Paramount series Yellowstone . He won two Obie Awards for best actor in Sam Shepard's play Fool for Love and the Public Theater production of What Did He See?
Patton was born in Charleston, South Carolina, the eldest of three children. His father is Bill Patton, a playwright and acting/directing instructor who was a Lutheran minister and served as a chaplain at Duke University.Patton was raised on a farm, where his parents ran a foster home for wayward teenagers. He attended the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem and The Actors' Studio in New York City, New York.
Patton won two Obie Awards for best actor for his performances in Sam Shepard's play Fool for Love and the Public Theater production of What Did He See? He portrayed the evil antagonist in Desperately Seeking Susan , and had a significant role in No Way Out , his first major film. He was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of General Bethlehem in The Postman . He portrayed coach Bill Yoast in Remember the Titans , and FBI agent Melvin Purvis in the 1991 made-for-television film Dillinger , before an acclaimed supporting actor performance in Armageddon . Patton provided the voice for the audio version of The Assault on Reason by Al Gore, as well as the role of Alan Wilson on the TV show 24 . He recorded the audio version for 22 books written by best-selling mystery writer James Lee Burke. Patton plays the character of Sam Conroy in the film American Violet .
From 2011 to 2015, he starred as Colonel Weaver in the TNT sci-fi television series Falling Skies , executive-produced by Steven Spielberg.
In 2018, Patton portrayed Officer Frank Hawkins in the horror sequel Halloween, and reprised his role in the 2021 follow-up Halloween Kills .
In 2019, Patton portrayed Avery Sunderland in the DC Universe TV series, Swamp Thing (2019 TV series) .
|King Blank||Bar Customer|
|1985||The Beniker Gang||Forest Ranger|
|Desperately Seeking Susan||Wayne Nolan|
|1986||Chinese Boxes||Lang Marsh|
|Belizaire the Cajun||Matthew Perry|
|1987||No Way Out||Scott Pritchard|
|Stars and Bars||Duane Gage|
|1989||Signs of Life||Mr. Coughlin|
|A Shock to the System||Lieutenant Laker|
|1991||The Rapture||Deputy Foster|
|Cold Heaven||Father Niles|
|1992||In the Soup||'Skippy'|
|1993||The Paint Job||Wesley|
|Midnight Edition||Jack Travers|
|Romeo Is Bleeding||Martie|
|Natural Causes||Michael Murphy|
|Judicial Consent||Alan Warwick|
|The Client||Sergeant Hardy|
|The Puppet Masters||Dr. Graves|
|The Spitfire Grill||Nahum Goddard|
|Fled||Detective Matthew 'Gib' Gibson|
|1997||Inventing the Abbotts||Lloyd Abbott|
|This World, Then the Fireworks||Lieutenant Morgan|
|The Postman||General Bethlehem||Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|Armageddon||Charles 'Chick' Chapple|
|I Woke Up Early the Day I Died||Preacher|
|1999||Breakfast of Champions||'Moe' The Truck Driver|
|Jesus' Son||John Smith|
|2000||Gone in 60 Seconds||Atley Jackson|
|Trixie||W. 'Red' Rafferty|
|Remember the Titans||Coach Bill Yoast|
|2002||The Mothman Prophecies||Gordon Smallwood|
|2004||The Punisher||Quentin Glass|
|2006||Road House 2||Nate Tanner|
|2007||Code Name: The Cleaner||Riley|
|A Mighty Heart||DSS Special Agent Randall Bennett|
|The List||Michael Harriston|
|Dog Days of Summer||Eli Cottonmouth|
|2008||Wendy and Lucy||The Mechanic|
|American Violet||Sam Conroy|
|2009||Barbarian Princess||Sanford B. Dole|
|Looking at Animals||Raymond|
|The Fourth Kind||Sheriff August|
|Waking Madison||Madison's Father|
|The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond||Old Man Dobyne|
|2010||Brooklyn's Finest||Lieutenant Bill Hobarts|
|Meek's Cutoff||Solomon Tetherow|
|Abigail Harm||The Visitor / Narrator|
|2014||The November Man||Perry Weinstein|
|2016||American Honey||Backseat Cowboy|
|2017||The Scent of Rain and Lightning||Senior|
|2018||Boarding School||Dr. Sherman|
|An Actor Prepares||Wisdom|
|Halloween||Deputy Frank Hawkins|
|2019||Blood on Her Name||Richard Tiller|
|2020||Minari||Paul||Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
|2021||The Devil Below||Schuttmann|
|The Forever Purge||Caleb Tucker|
|Halloween Kills||Officer Frank Hawkins|
|1981||Kent State||Peter||Television film|
|1982||CBS Library||Ben Moody||Episode: "Robbers, Rooftops and Witches"|
|1982–1983||Ryan's Hope||'Ox' Knowles||Contract role|
|1984–1985||Search for Tomorrow||Kentucky Bluebird||26 episodes|
|1985||The Equalizer||Officer Nick Braxton||Episode: "Lady Cop"|
|1987||A Gathering of Old Men||Lou Dimes||Television film|
|1990||Nasty Boys||Raymond Batiste||Episode: "Flesh and Blood"|
|1991||Dillinger||FBI Agent Melvin Purvis||Television film|
|Deadly Desire||Giles Menteer||Television film|
|1992||Lincoln and the War Within||Ward Lamon||Television film|
|In the Deep Woods||Eric Gaines||Television film|
|A Child Lost Forever: The Jerry Sherwood Story||Frank Maxwell||Television film|
|1993||Taking the Heat||Hadley||Television film|
|1995–1997||VR.5||Dr. Frank Morgan||5 episodes|
|1997||The Protector||Jeff||Unknown episodes|
|2001–2003||The Agency||Jackson Haisley||44 episodes|
|2004||Family Sins||Philip Rothman||Television film|
|The Last Ride||Aaron Purnell||Television film|
|2005||Into the West||James Fletcher||Episode: "Wheel to the Stars"|
|2006–2007||Numbers||Lieutenant Gary Walker||4 episodes|
|2009||24||Alan Wilson||5 episodes|
|American Experience||John Wilkes Booth (voice)||Episodes: "The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln"|
|2010||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Craig Haliday||Episode: "Unshockable"|
|2011–2015||Falling Skies||Captain Dan Weaver||52 episodes|
|2016||The Good Wife||Mike Tascioni||4 episodes|
|2017||Shots Fired||Sheriff Daniel Platt||10 episodes|
|2020||Swamp Thing||Avery Sunderland||TBA|
|2020||Yellowstone||Garrett Randall||premiered Season 3, episode 9|
|If It Bleeds||Stephen King||2020|
|Tales of Ordinary Madness||Charles Bukowski||2017|
|Call Down The Hawk||Maggie Stiefvater||2019|
|The Outsider||Stephen King||2018|
|Robicheaux||James Lee Burke||2018|
|The Mist||Stephen King||2017|
|Killers of the Flower Moon||David Grann||2017|
|End of Watch||Stephen King||2016|
|The Raven King||Maggie Stiefvater||2016|
|House of the Rising Sun||James Lee Burke||2015|
|Finders Keepers||Stephen King||2015|
|Blue Lily, Lily Blue||Maggie Stiefvater||2014|
|Mr. Mercedes||Stephen King||2014|
|Doctor Sleep||Stephen King||2013|
|The Dream Thieves||Maggie Stiefvater||2013|
|The Son||Philipp Meyer||2013|
|My Cross to Bear||Gregg Allman||2012|
|The Raven Boys||Maggie Stiefvater||2012|
|Creole Belle||James Lee Burke||2012|
|Feast Day of Fools||James Lee Burke||2011|
|The Glass Rainbow||James Lee Burke||2010|
|Alas, Babylon||Pat Frank||2010|
|Light in August||William Faulkner||2010|
|"Chasing Lincoln's Killer"||James L. Swanson||2009|
|Jesus' Son||Denis Johnson||2009|
|Swan Peak||James Lee Burke||2008|
|On the Road||Jack Kerouac||2007|
|The Tin Roof Blowdown||James Lee Burke||2007|
|The Assault on Reason||Al Gore||2007|
|Fine Just the Way It Is: Wyoming Stories 3||Annie Proulx||2008|
|Tree of Smoke||Denis Johnson||2007|
|Last Car to Elysian Fields||James Lee Burke||2007|
|Thirteen Moons||Charles Frazier||2006|
|Pegasus Descending||James Lee Burke||2006|
|Crusader's Cross||James Lee Burke||2006|
|Jolie Blon's Bounce||James Lee Burke||2006|
|"The President Has Been Shot!"||James L. Swanson||2006|
|The Thomas Berryman Number||James Patterson||2006|
|To Have and Have Not||Ernest Hemingway||2006|
|A Dave Robicheaux Audio Collection||James Lee Burke||2006|
|A Stained White Radiance (#5)|
|In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead (#6)|
|Dixie City Jam (#7)|
|Burning Angel (#8)|
|Cadillac Jukebox (#9)|
|When Zachary Beaver Came to Town||Kimberly Willis Holt||2006|
|In the Moon of Red Ponies||James Lee Burke||2004|
|Cimarron Rose||James Lee Burke||2004|
|White Doves at Morning||James Lee Burke||2003|
|Bitterroot||James Lee Burke||2001|
|Cadillac Jukebox||James Lee Burke||2001|
|Purple Cane Road||James Lee Burke||2000|
|Boone's Lick||Larry McMurtry||2000|
|Burning Angel||James Lee Burke||1999|
|Heaven's Prisoners||James Lee Burke||1999|
|Heartwood||James Lee Burke||1999|
|Primal Fear||William Diehl||1999|
|Dixie City Jam||James Lee Burke||1999|
|A Stained White Radiance||James Lee Burke||1998|
|Sunset Limited||James Lee Burke||1998|
|The Sea-Wolf||Jack London||1997|
|Dead Man's Walk||Larry McMurtry||1996|
|Dirty White Boys||Stephen Hunter||1995|
|The Water Is Wide||Pat Conroy||1995|
|The Fermata||Nicholson Baker||1995|
|Gump and Co.||Winston Groom||1995|
|Gone South||Robert R. McCammon||1994|
|Lila – An Inquiry into Morals||Robert M. Pirsig||1991|
|The Neon Rain||James Lee Burke||1987|
|The Lost Get-Back Boogie||James Lee Burke||1986|
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