Will Patton

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Will Patton
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Patton in Blood On My Name (2019)
Born
William Rankin Patton

(1954-06-14) June 14, 1954 (age 67)
OccupationActor
Years active1979–present

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?

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Early life

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. [1] [2] [3] Patton was raised on a farm, where his parents ran a foster home for wayward teenagers. [1] He attended the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem and The Actors' Studio in New York City, New York.

Career

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) .

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1983VarietyMark
King BlankBar Customer
Silkwood Joe
1985 The Beniker Gang Forest Ranger
Desperately Seeking Susan Wayne Nolan
After Hours Horst
1986 Chinese Boxes Lang Marsh
Belizaire the Cajun Matthew Perry
1987 No Way Out Scott Pritchard
1988 Wildfire Mike
Stars and Bars Duane Gage
1989 Signs of Life Mr. Coughlin
1990 Everybody Wins Jerry
A Shock to the System Lieutenant Laker
Bright Angel WoodyUncredited
1991 The Rapture Deputy Foster
Cold Heaven Father Niles
1992 In the Soup 'Skippy'
1993The Paint JobWesley
Midnight EditionJack Travers
Romeo Is Bleeding Martie
1994TollboothDash Pepper
Natural Causes Michael Murphy
Judicial ConsentAlan Warwick
The Client Sergeant Hardy
The Puppet Masters Dr. Graves
1995 Copycat Inspector Nicoletti
1996Plain Pleasures
The Spitfire Grill Nahum Goddard
Fled Detective Matthew 'Gib' Gibson
1997 Inventing the Abbotts Lloyd Abbott
Hounddogg
This World, Then the Fireworks Lieutenant Morgan
The Postman General BethlehemNominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
1998 OK Garage Sean
Armageddon Charles 'Chick' Chapple
I Woke Up Early the Day I Died Preacher
1999 Breakfast of Champions 'Moe' The Truck Driver
Entrapment Hector Cruz
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
Lucky Days J.C.
2009 Barbarian Princess Sanford B. Dole
Looking at AnimalsRaymond
The Canyon Henry
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
Knucklehead Vic Sullivan
2012 The Girl Tommy
Abigail HarmThe Visitor / Narrator
2014 The November Man Perry Weinstein
2016 American Honey Backseat Cowboy
2017 The Scent of Rain and Lightning Senior
Megan Leavey Jim
2018 Boarding School Dr. Sherman
An Actor Prepares Wisdom
Halloween Deputy Frank Hawkins
2019Blood on Her NameRichard Tiller
HammerStephen Davis
2020 Minari PaulNominated — 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

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1981Kent StatePeter Television film
1982CBS LibraryBen MoodyEpisode: "Robbers, Rooftops and Witches"
1982–1983 Ryan's Hope 'Ox' KnowlesContract role
1984–1985 Search for Tomorrow Kentucky Bluebird26 episodes
1985 The Equalizer Officer Nick BraxtonEpisode: "Lady Cop"
1987 A Gathering of Old Men Lou DimesTelevision film
1990 Nasty Boys Raymond BatisteEpisode: "Flesh and Blood"
1991 Dillinger FBI Agent Melvin PurvisTelevision film
Deadly Desire Giles MenteerTelevision film
1992Lincoln and the War WithinWard LamonTelevision film
In the Deep WoodsEric GainesTelevision film
A Child Lost Forever: The Jerry Sherwood StoryFrank MaxwellTelevision film
1993 Taking the Heat HadleyTelevision film
1995–1997 VR.5 Dr. Frank Morgan5 episodes
1997The ProtectorJeffUnknown episodes
2001–2003 The Agency Jackson Haisley44 episodes
2004Family SinsPhilip RothmanTelevision film
The Last Ride Aaron PurnellTelevision film
2005 Into the West James FletcherEpisode: "Wheel to the Stars"
2006–2007 Numbers Lieutenant Gary Walker4 episodes
2009 24 Alan Wilson5 episodes
American Experience John Wilkes Booth (voice)Episodes: "The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln"
2010 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Craig HalidayEpisode: "Unshockable"
2011–2015 Falling Skies Captain Dan Weaver 52 episodes
2016 The Good Wife Mike Tascioni4 episodes
2017 Shots Fired Sheriff Daniel Platt10 episodes
2020 Swamp Thing Avery Sunderland [4] TBA
2020 Yellowstone Garrett Randallpremiered Season 3, episode 9

Voice work

Audio books

TitleAuthorYear
If It BleedsStephen King2020
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 King2017
Killers of the Flower Moon David Grann 2017
End of Watch Stephen King2016
The Raven King Maggie Stiefvater 2016
House of the Rising SunJames Lee Burke2015
Finders Keepers Stephen King2015
Blue Lily, Lily Blue Maggie Stiefvater 2014
Mr. Mercedes Stephen King2014
Doctor SleepStephen King2013
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 BelleJames Lee Burke2012
Deliverance James Dickey 2011
Feast Day of FoolsJames Lee Burke2011
The Glass RainbowJames Lee Burke2010
Alas, Babylon Pat Frank 2010
Light in August William Faulkner 2010
"Chasing Lincoln's Killer"James L. Swanson2009
Jesus' Son Denis Johnson 2009
Swan PeakJames Lee Burke2008
On the Road Jack Kerouac 2007
The Tin Roof Blowdown James Lee Burke2007
The Assault on Reason Al Gore 2007
Fine Just the Way It Is: Wyoming Stories 3 Annie Proulx 2008
Tree of Smoke Denis Johnson2007
Last Car to Elysian FieldsJames Lee Burke2007
Thirteen Moons Charles Frazier 2006
Pegasus DescendingJames Lee Burke2006
Crusader's CrossJames Lee Burke2006
Jolie Blon's BounceJames Lee Burke2006
"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 CollectionJames Lee Burke2006
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
Cosmopolis Don DeLillo 2005
In the Moon of Red PoniesJames Lee Burke2004
Cimarron RoseJames Lee Burke2004
White Doves at MorningJames Lee Burke2003
BitterrootJames Lee Burke2001
Cadillac JukeboxJames Lee Burke2001
Purple Cane RoadJames Lee Burke2000
Boone's Lick Larry McMurtry 2000
Burning AngelJames Lee Burke1999
Heaven's Prisoners James Lee Burke1999
Heartwood James Lee Burke1999
Primal Fear William Diehl 1999
Dixie City JamJames Lee Burke1999
A Stained White RadianceJames Lee Burke1998
Sunset LimitedJames Lee Burke1998
The Sea-Wolf Jack London 1997
Dead Man's Walk Larry McMurtry1996
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 RainJames Lee Burke1987
The Lost Get-Back BoogieJames Lee Burke1986

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