(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
acclaimed performance in the Broadway revival production of One
Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
In 1983, Devane landed the role of enigmatic and unpredictable
business tycoon Gregory Sumner on the hugely successful Knot’s
Landing – a performance US Magazine called “…cohesive and
compelling, year after year…” During the show’s nine-year run,
Devane garnered a Golden Globe nomination for Best Dramatic
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 director’s 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.
Devane’s upcoming projects include a regular role on the FOX
special event series 24: Live Another Day, Christopher Nolan’s
Interstellar, and 50 to 1, the story of Kentucky Derby winner
Mine That Bird.