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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 films such as Remember the Titans, Armageddon, Gone in 60 Seconds and The Punisher. He appeared opposite Kevin Costner in two films: No Way Out (1987) and The Postman (1997). Patton's father, Bill Patton, was a playwright and acting/directing instructor. Patton has been in many films, starting in 1981. He has done many television appearances as well, starting in 1982 and he has done a great deal of voice work with audio books. 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?.

Will Patton
Will patton 2006.jpg
Patton on the set of The List
Born William Rankin Patton
(1954-06-14) June 14, 1954 (age 64)
Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actor
Years active 1979–present


Early lifeEdit

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.


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 also portrayed coach Bill Yoast in Remember the Titans and FBI agent Melvin Purvis in the 1991 made-for-television film Dillinger, before an exceptional supporting actor performance alongside A-list stars 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 has also 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 2011-2015 Patton starred as Colonel Weaver in the TNT sci-fi television series Falling Skies, executive-produced by Steven Spielberg.



Year Title Role Notes
1983 Variety Mark
King Blank Bar 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 Lt. Laker
Bright Angel Woody Uncredited
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
1994 Tollbooth Dash Pepper
Natural Causes Michael Murphy
Judicial Consent Alan Warwick
The Client Sergeant Hardy
The Puppet Masters Dr. Graves
1995 Copycat Nicoletti
1996 Plain Pleasures
The Spitfire Grill Nahum Goddard
Fled Det. Matthew 'Gib' Gibson
1997 Inventing the Abbotts Lloyd Abbott
This World, Then the Fireworks Lt. Morgan
The Postman General Bethlehem
1998 O.K. 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 Mechanic
American Violet Sam Conroy
Lucky Days J.C.
2009 Barbarian Princess Sanford B. Dole
Looking at Animals Raymond
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 Lt. Bill Hobarts
Meek's Cutoff Solomon Tetherow
Knucklehead Vic Sullivan
2012 The Girl Tommy
Abigail Harm The 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 Halloween Sheriff Hawkins


Year Title Role Notes
1981 Kent State Peter Television film
1982 CBS Library Ben Moody Episode: "Robbers, Rooftops and Witches"
1982–1983 Ryan's Hope Ox Knowles 2 episodes
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 Melvin Purvis Television film
Deadly Desire Giles Menteer Television film
1992 Lincoln and the War Within Unknown character 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 Lt. 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

Voice workEdit



  1. ^ a b Elias, Justine (July 5, 1998). "FILM; Emerging as a Leading Man of Supporting Actors". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Bill Patton Returns To The Hamptons With A New Play – Bridgehampton, NY. Retrieved on May 16, 2012.
  3. ^ Harcum College – Bill Patton One-Act Play. Retrieved on May 16, 2012.

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