Patton, Will 1954–

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PATTON, Will 1954


Born June 14, 1954, in Charleston, SC; father, a Lutheran minister. Education: Attended North Carolina School of the Arts, 1975; studied acting with Lee Strasberg at Actors Studio and with Joseph Chaikin at Open Theatre, both New York City.

Addresses: Agent Sandi Dudek, Paradigm, 10100 Santa Monica Blvd., 25th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90067. Manager Kate Edwards, Grandview Management, 520 Washington Blvd., Suite 903, Marina del Rey, CA 90292.

Career: Actor and playwright. Winter Project (experimental theatre group), performer. Worked in construction and sales and as a security guard and elevator operator.

Awards, Honors: Obie Award, Village Voice, c. 1980, for Tourists and Refugees 2; Villager awards, c. 1981, for Dark Ride, and c. 1982, for Goose and Tomtom; Obie Award, best actor, 1984, for Fool for Love; Obie Award, best actor, 1989, for What Did He See?


Film Appearances:

Bar customer, priest in diner, man in dream, and radio preacher, King Blank, Metafilms, 1983.

Joe, Silkwood, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1983.

Langdon "Lang" Marsh, Chinese Boxes, Palace, 1984.

Mark, Variety, Horizon, 1984.

Horst, After Hours, Warner Bros., 1985.

Forest ranger, The Beniker Gang (also known as Dear Lola, or How to Start Your Own Family ), 1985.

Wayne Nolan, Desperately Seeking Susan, Orion, 1986.

Matthew Perry, Belizaire the Cajun, Skouras/Norstar, 1986.

Scott Pritchard, No Way Out, Orion, 1987.

Duane, Stars and Bars, Columbia, 1988.

Mike, Wildfire, MCA/Universal Home Video, 1988.

Mr. Coughlin, Sr., Signs of Life (also known as One for Sorrow, Two for Joy ), Avenue, 1989.

Jerry, Everybody Wins, Orion, 1990.

Lieutenant Laker, A Shock to the System, Corsair Pictures, 1990.

Sheriff Foster, The Rapture, Fine Line, 1991.

(Uncredited) Woody, Bright Angel, 1991.

Woody, The Paint Job (also known as Painted Heart ), 1992.

Father Niles, Cold Heaven, Hemdale Releasing, 1992.

Skippy, In the Soup (also known as In the SoupAlles Kino, In the soup; en la sopa, and In the soupun mare di guai ), Triton Pictures, 1992.

Michael Murphy, Natural Causes, Columbia/TriStar Home Video, 1993.

Sergeant Hardy, The Client, Warner Bros., 1994.

Jack Travers, Midnight Edition, Shapiro Glickenhaus, 1994.

Dr. Lawrence Riggs (some sources cite Dr. Graves), Robert A. Heinlein's The Puppet Masters (also known as The Puppet Masters ), Buena Vista, 1994.

Martie Cuchinski, Romeo Is Bleeding, Gramercy, 1994.

Dash Pepper, Tollbooth, New Line Home Video, 1994.

Nicoletti, Copycat (also known as Copykill ), Warner Bros., 1995.

Nahum Goddard, The Spitfire Grill (also known as Care of the Spitfire Grill ), Columbia, 1996.

Plain Pleasures, 1996.

Detective Matthew "Gib" Gibson, Fled, MetroGoldwynMayer, 1996.

Lloyd Abbot, Inventing the Abbotts, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1997.

Police Lieutenant Morgan, This World, Then Fireworks, Orion, 1997.

General Bethlehem, The Postman, Warner Bros., 1997.

Sean, O.K. Garage (also known as All Revved Up ), New City Releasing, 1998.

Preacher, Ed Wood's I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (also known as I Awoke Early the Day I Died and I Woke Up Early the Day I Died ), Cinequanon Pictures International, 1998.

Charles "Chick" Chapple, Armageddon, Buena Vista, 1998.

Moe, Breakfast of Champions, Buena Vista/Warner Bros., 1999.

Hector Cruz, Entrapment (also known as Verlockende Falle ), Twentieth CenturyFox, 1999.

W. "Red" Rafferty, Trixie, Sony Pictures Classics, 1999.

John Smith, Jesus's Son, Lions Gate Films, 2000.

Atley Jackson, Gone in Sixty Seconds, Buena Vista, 2000.

Coach Bill Yoast, Remember the Titans, Buena Vista, 2000.

Gordon Smallwood, The Mothman Prophecies, Screen Gems, 2002.

Man in bar in "Samaritans," The Rough South of Larry Brown (documentary), Blue Moon Filmed Productions/Down Home Entertainment, 2002.

Desert Saints, Initial Entertainment Group, 2002.

Stage Appearances:

Chicken, Kingdom of Earth, Staircase Theatre Company, Impossible Ragtime Theatre, New York City, 1976.

Goldie, Heaven and Earth, OffCenter Theatre, New York City, 1977.

Billy Cavanaugh, Scenes from Country Life, Perry Street Theatre, New York City, 1978.

Rearrangements (pantomime/puppet show), Winter Project, Other Theatre Company, La Mama Experimental Theatre Club, New York City, 1979.

Officer Gruber, Salt Lake City Skyline, New York Shakespeare Festival, Anspacher Theatre, Public Theatre, New York City, 1980.

After the Revolution, American Place Theatre, New York City, 1980.

Tourists and Refugees 1, Winter Project, La Mama Experimental Theatre Club, c. 1980.

Tourists and Refugees 2, Winter Project, La Mama Experimental Theatre Club, c. 1980.

Thief, Dark Ride, Soho Repertory Theatre, New York City, 1981.

Bingo, Goose and Tomtom, New York Shakespeare Festival, Estelle R. Newman Theatre, Public Theatre, New York City, 1982.

Ward and Dauphin, Joan of Lorraine, Mirror Theatre, New York City, 1983.

Eddie, Fool for Love, Circle Repertory Theatre, then Douglas Fairbanks Theatre, both New York City, 19831985.

Mike, A Lie of the Mind, Promenade Theatre, New York City, 19851986.

What Did He See?, New York Shakespeare Festival, Susan Stein Shiva Theatre, Public Theatre, New York City, 1988.

Michael Majeski, Valaparaiso, American Repertory Theatre, Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge, MA, 1999.

Dad, Shoppers Carried by Escalators into the Flames, Dimson Theatre, New York City, 2002.

Also appeared in The Red Snake, Public Theatre; The Seven Descents of Myrtle, Impossible Ragtime Theatre; and Cops, Limbo Tales, and Pedro Paramo, all New York City productions.

Television Appearances; Series:

Ox Knowles, Ryan's Hope, ABC, 1982.

Kentucky Bluebird, Search for Tomorrow, 19841985.

Dr. Frank Morgan, VR.5 (also known as Avenging Angel, Virtual Reality, and VR ), Fox, 1995.

Jackson Haisley, The Agency, CBS, 2001.

Also appeared as Jeff in the series The Protector.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Peter, Kent State, NBC, 1981.

Lou Dimes, A Gathering of Old Men (also known as Murder on the Bayou and Ein Aufstand alter Maenner ), CBS, 1987.

Giles Menteer, Deadly Desire, USA Network, 1991.

Melvin Purvis, Dillinger (also known as The Last Days of John Dillinger ), ABC, 1991.

Frank Maxwell, A Child Lost Forever (also known as A Child Lost Forever: The Jerry Sherwood Story and The Jerry Sherwood Story ), NBC, 1992.

Eric Gaines, In the Deep Woods, NBC, 1992.

Hadley, Taking the Heat, Showtime, 1993.

Alan Warwick, Judicial Consent (also known as My Love, My Honor ), HBO, 1995.

Television Appearances; Other:

Ben Moody, "Robbers, Rooftops, and Witches" (special), CBS Library, CBS, 1982.

Lincoln and the War Within, 1992.

Jackson Haisley, The Agency (pilot), CBS, 2001.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Officer Nick Braxton, "Lady Cop," The Equalizer, CBS, 1985.


Audio Books; Narrator:

The Assassin, 1991.

Lila: An Inquiry into Morals, by Robert M. Pirsig, 1991.

The Brothers K, by John Zinsser, 1992.

Primal Fear, by William Diehl, Random House, 1993.

In the Electric Mist with the Confederate Dead, by James Lee Burke, 1993.

The Fermata, by Nicholson Baker, Random House, 1994.

Gump and Co., by Winston Groom, Simon & Schuster Audio, 1995.

Dead Man's Walk, by Larry McMurtry, Simon & Schuster Audio, 1995.

Dancing with the Devil, by Rodney Barker, Dove, 1996.

Buzzcut, by James W. Hall, Ballantine Doubleday Dell, 1996.

When Zachary Beaver Came to Town, by Kimberly Willis Holt, Listening Library, 2000.

Cosmopolis: A Novel, by Don DeLillo, Simon & Schuster Audio, 2003.



(With other) Rearrangements (pantomime/puppet show), Winter Project, Other Theatre Company, La Mama Experimental Theatre Club, New York City, 1979.

Tourists and Refugees 1, Winter Project, La Mama Experimental Theatre Club, c. 1980.

Tourists and Refugees 2, Winter Project, La Mama Experimental Theatre Club, c. 1980.


Lassitudes of Fire (memoir), 1999.