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Also Known As: Baau Tak Hei, Peter Pau Tak-Hai, Peter Bao, Bao De Xi Died:
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Birth Place: Hong Kong Profession: director of photography, director, producer

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A prolific character actor for decades, Will Patton populated dozens of films, television shows and plays with an arsenal of quiet resolve, malevolent schemes and inspirational courage. Additionally, Patton was a seasoned vocal performer as narrator for scores of audio books, which included several by American mystery writer, James Lee. As an actor, he was highly regarded as dependable player, always providing quality work in project no matter the size role, genre or budget. After a successful start in the theater - which garnered him a total of three Obie awards - Patton accumulated many memorable turns in independent movies such as "The Spitfire Grill" (1996), "Jesus' Son" (2000) and "Wendy and Lucy" (2008), as well as in more big budget offerings like "Desperately Seeking Susan" (1985), "After Hours" (1985), "No Way Out" (1987), "Armageddon" (1998) and "Remember the Titans" (2000). Television viewers caught Patton at action on "The Agency" (CBS 2001-03), and the hit series "24" (FOX 2001-2010). Despite years of consistent work, the private actor was able to tap into his well of shyness and depth of character to flourish in projects on both the big and small screen.William Rankin Patton was born...

A prolific character actor for decades, Will Patton populated dozens of films, television shows and plays with an arsenal of quiet resolve, malevolent schemes and inspirational courage. Additionally, Patton was a seasoned vocal performer as narrator for scores of audio books, which included several by American mystery writer, James Lee. As an actor, he was highly regarded as dependable player, always providing quality work in project no matter the size role, genre or budget. After a successful start in the theater - which garnered him a total of three Obie awards - Patton accumulated many memorable turns in independent movies such as "The Spitfire Grill" (1996), "Jesus' Son" (2000) and "Wendy and Lucy" (2008), as well as in more big budget offerings like "Desperately Seeking Susan" (1985), "After Hours" (1985), "No Way Out" (1987), "Armageddon" (1998) and "Remember the Titans" (2000). Television viewers caught Patton at action on "The Agency" (CBS 2001-03), and the hit series "24" (FOX 2001-2010). Despite years of consistent work, the private actor was able to tap into his well of shyness and depth of character to flourish in projects on both the big and small screen.

William Rankin Patton was born June 14, 1954 in Charleston, SC, the eldest of four children to a Lutheran Minister father. Patton - whose parents divorced when he was a teen - was painfully shy in adolescence, and turned to performance as a way to interact and relate to others. After graduation from high school, Patton attended the North Carolina School for the Arts for just under one year until he was expelled for behavioral issues, and then traveled for a time before training with Lee Strasberg at the esteemed Actors Studio. Like any struggling actor, Patton held many jobs while he honed his craft, such as a construction worker, salesman, security guard and elevator attendant. He began also to study under Joseph Chaikin at Open Theater in New York City; it was a joint work with Chaikin's experimental group, The Winter Project, called "Tourists and Refugees No. 2" that would see Patton win his first Obie for Best Ensemble. This era also marked his introduction to television in the telefilm chronicling the historic campus demonstration shootings in "Kent State" (NBC 1981), as well as a bit on film in Mike Nichols' epic "Silkwood" (1983). In 1984 Patton repeated his Obie victory, this time as Best Actor for his work in playwright Sam Shepard's "Fool for Love."

Patton's first film lead came in the crime thriller "Chinese Boxes" (1984), followed by a villainous turn in Susan Seidelman's "Desperately Seeking Susan" (1985), and in Martin Scorsese's "After Hours" (1985), as the leather clad gent, Horst. Patton's breakout role was his supporting lead in the taut government thriller "No Way Out" (1987), as the shady, obsessive aide to the Secretary of Defense (Gene Hackman) who stops at nothing to protect his boss. He picked up his third Obie, this for Best Actor, for the 1988-89 production of "What Did He See?" Patton also appeared in the apocalyptic drama "The Rapture" (1991), the quirky and clever Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner "In the Soup" (1992) as Seymour Cassel's hemophiliac brother, and then the much talked about crime thriller "Romeo is Bleeding" (1993). After a sinister turn in "The Client" (1994) opposite Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones, Patton did more fine work as Ellen Burstyn's nephew in the 1996 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award winner "The Spitfire Grill" (1996), a dramatic tale of a troubled young girl's attempt to start her life over in a new small town. Patton was the protective patriarch of three beautiful daughters in "Inventing the Abbotts" (1997), and had his biggest box office adventure with the disaster film "Armageddon" (1998) as Bruce Willis' best buddy who, along with a brave crew, are set on saving Earth at all costs.

In 1999, Patton published a short book called Lassitudes of Fire, an abstract homage to the actor's pain filled journey through life. On screen, Patton appeared in the crime thriller "Entrapment" (1999), indie favorite "Jesus' Son" (2000) and box office draw "Gone in Sixty Seconds" (2000) as Atlee Jackson, who recruits Nicholas Cage back into the game. Some of Patton's largest praise came from his portrayal of demoted-but-unified Coach Bill Yoast in the hugely successful sports drama "Remember the Titans" (2000), starring opposite Denzel Washington. After a high strung appearance in "The Mothman Prophecies" (2002), Patton checked into "The Agency" (CBS 2001-03) as an intelligence gatherer within the walls of the CIA, and was also noted as an American Special Agent in the real-life drama "A Mighty Heart" (2007), opposite Angelina Jolie. As a model-maker who drifts into a small town with an agenda in mind, Patton starred in the little seen independent gem "Dog Days of Summer" (2007), as well as another remote town story in the film festival favorite "Wendy and Lucy" (2008). Patton was also part of a well reviewed ensemble with Alfre Woodard in "American Violet" (2008), the story of a wrongly accused woman, which featured the actor as a lawyer with a conscience.

In the police crime-action drama "Brooklyn's Finest" (2009), Patton dons his familiar Fed-in-a-suit role, with a powerful cast including Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke and Don Cheadle. Patton moved back to television in 2009 when he joined the cast of "24" (Fox 2001-2010) as the villainous Alan Wilson, chief backer of Starkwood, who is responsible for many deaths. Patton was an aggressive non-believer in the paranormal thriller "The Fourth Kind" (2009) opposite Milla Jovovich, and also joined the Disassociate Identity disorder drama "Waking Madison" (2010). Patton also rejoined director Reichardt for her exploration of America's Western landscapes in "Meek's Cutoff" (2010). The film, set in 1845, followed a wagon team's effort to survive the harsh elements.

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  Touch, The (2002)

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Raised in Hong Kong
1965:
Sent by father to school in Canton, China for disciplinary purposes
1966:
Lived in China during the Cultural Revolution; was unable to return to home in Hong Kong
1978:
Returned to Hong Kong
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At age 27, moved to San Francisco to study filmmaking
1984:
Debut as filmmaker. directed and served as cinematographer on "Temptation of Dance"
1986:
Shot "Sweet Sixteen"
1988:
Earned praise for work on "The Greatest Lover"
1989:
Was director of photography on "The Killer", directed by John Woo and starring Chow Yun Fat
1990:
Collaborated with King Hu as cinematographer for "Swordsman"
1991:
Was cinematographer on "Au Revoir, Mon Amour"
1992:
Directed and shot "Misty"
1993:
Received acclaim for work on "The Bride Wore White", directed by Ronny Yu
1995:
Reteamed with Yu on the historical drama "The Phantom Lover"
1998:
Hollywood debut as cinematographer on "Bride of Chucky", helmed by Ronny Yu
2000:
Garnered universal raves for cinematography for "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", directed by Ang Lee
2000:
Served as director of photography on the film "Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000"
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Directed Michelle Yeoh in "The Touch" (lensed 2001)
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Education

San Francisco Art Institute: San Francisco , California -

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