Will Patton

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

Will Patton
Will patton 2006.jpg
Patton on the set of The List
BornWilliam Rankin Patton
(1954-06-14) June 14, 1954 (age 60)
Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
Years active1979–present
Jump to: navigation, search
Will Patton
Will patton 2006.jpg
Patton on the set of The List
BornWilliam Rankin Patton
(1954-06-14) June 14, 1954 (age 60)
Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
Years active1979–present

William Rankin "Will" Patton (born June 14, 1954) is an American actor.[1] He currently stars as Colonel Dan Weaver in the TNT science fiction series Falling Skies. He also appeared in films such as Armageddon, Gone in 60 Seconds and The Punisher.

Early life[edit]

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.[2][3][4] Patton was raised on a farm, where his parents ran a foster home for wayward teenagers.[2] 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. 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. Patton plays the character of Sam Conroy in the film American Violet.

In 2011, Patton stars as Colonel Weaver in the TNT sci-fi television series Falling Skies, executive produced by Steven Spielberg.



1981Kent StatePeterTelevision film
King BlankBar Customer
1985The EqualizerOfficer Nick Braxton
The Beniker GangForest Ranger
Desperately Seeking SusanWayne Nolan
After HoursHorst
1986Chinese BoxesLang Marsh
Belizaire the CajunMatthew Perry
1987A Gathering of Old MenLou Dimes
No Way OutScott Pritchard
Stars and BarsDuane Gage
1989Signs of LifeOwen's Father
1990Everybody WinsJerry
A Shock to the SystemLt. Laker
1991DillingerMelvin PurvisMade for television film
Deadly DesireGiles MenteerMade for television film
Bright AngelWoodyuncredited
The RaptureDeputy Foster
Cold HeavenFather Niles
1992The Paint JobWesley
Lincoln and the War WithinMade for television film
In the SoupSkippy
In the Deep WoodsEric GainesMade for television film
A Child Lost Forever: The Jerry Sherwood StoryFrank MaxwellMade for television film
1993Midnight EditionJack Travers
Taking the HeatHadleyMade for television film
Romeo Is BleedingMartie
1994TollboothDash Pepper
Natural CausesMichael Murphy
Judicial ConsentAlan Warwick
The ClientSergeant Hardy
The Puppet MastersDr. Graves
1996Plain Pleasures
The Spitfire GrillNahum Goddard
FledDet. Matthew 'Gib' Gibson
1997Inventing the AbbottsLloyd Abbott
This World, Then the FireworksLt. Morgan
The PostmanGeneral BethlehemNominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
1998O.K. GarageSean
ArmageddonCharles 'Chick' Chapple
I Woke Up Early the Day I DiedPreacher
1999Breakfast of ChampionsMoe the Truck Driver
EntrapmentHector Cruz
Jesus' SonJohn Smith
2000Gone in 60 SecondsAtley Jackson
TrixieW. 'Red' Rafferty
Remember the TitansCoach Bill Yoast
2002The Mothman PropheciesGordon Smallwood
2004Family SinsPhilip RothmanMade for television film
The PunisherQuentin Glass
The Last RideAaron PurnellMade for television film
2006Road House 2: Last CallNate Tanner
2007Code Name: The CleanerRiley
A Mighty HeartU.S. Diplomatic Security (DSS) Special Agent Randall Bennett
The ListMichael Harriston
Dog Days of SummerEli Cottonmouth
2008Wendy and LucyMechanic
American VioletSam Conroy
Lucky DaysJ.C.
2009Barbarian PrincessSanford B. Dole
Looking at AnimalsRaymond
The CanyonHenry
The Fourth KindSheriff August
Waking Madisoncompleted
The Loss of a Teardrop DiamondOld Man Dobyne
2010Brooklyn's FinestLt. Bill Hobarts
Meek's CutoffSolomon Tetherowcompleted
KnuckleheadVic Sullivan
2014November ManPerry Weinstein


1982–1983Ryan's HopeOx Knowles2
1984–1985Search for TomorrowKentucky Bluebird
1995VR.5Dr. Frank Morgan5
1997The Protector
2001–2003The AgencyJackson Haisley44
2005Into the WestJames FletcherMiniseries
2006–2007Numb3rsLt. Gary Walker4
200924Alan Wilson5
2010CSICraig Haliday1
2011–presentFalling SkiesCaptain Dan WeaverMain cast
2013Grant vs. LeeGeneral Robert E. LeeMain cast

Voice work[edit]


  • Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke (2011)
  • Swan Peak by James Lee Burke (2008)
  • Last Car to Elysian Fields by James Lee Burke (2007)
  • Pegasus Descending by James Lee Burke (2006)
  • Crusader's Cross by James Lee Burke (2006)
  • Jolie Blon's Bounce by James Lee Burke (2006)
  • A Dave Robicheaux Audio Collection by James Lee Burke (2006)
  • In the Moon of Red Ponies by James Lee Burke (2004)
  • Cimarron Rose by James Lee Burke (2004)
  • White Doves at Morning by James Lee Burke (2003)
  • Bitterroot by James Lee Burke (2001)
  • Cadillac Jukebox by James Lee Burke (2001)
  • Purple Cane Road by James Lee Burke (2000)
  • Burning Angel by James Lee Burke (1999)
  • Dixie City Jam by James Lee Burke (1999)
  • A Stained White Radiance by James Lee Burke (1998)
  • Sunset Limited by James Lee Burke (1998)
  • The Lost Get-Back Boogie by James Lee Burke (1986)


  1. ^ "Biography for Will Patton". IMDb.com. Retrieved 21 December 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Elias, Justine (July 5, 1998). "FILM; Emerging as a Leading Man of Supporting Actors". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Bill Patton Returns To The Hamptons With A New Play – Bridgehampton, NY. Hamptons.com. Retrieved on 2012-05-16.
  4. ^ Harcum College – Bill Patton One-Act Play. Myharcum.com. Retrieved on 2012-05-16.

External links[edit]