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J. Patrick McNamara's many film credits include co-starring roles in Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind and 1941 and the role of Bill's dad in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. His rich and varied film experiences led him to share scenes with Henry Fonda, Kirk Douglas, John Cassavetes, John Travolta and Richard Dreyfuss.

With a Master of Fine Arts degree from the American Film Institute, McNamara has taught acting at Tulane University, Loyola University, L'Universite du Nouveau Monde (Switzerland) and Antioch College. He has worked on stage in New York and Los Angeles as well as regional theatres such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Portland Stage Company, Energy Theatre, New Orleans, Southern Rep Theatre and the Shakespeare Festival at Tulane.