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William H. Macy

William H. Macy was born on March 13, 1950 in Miami, Florida, USA as William Hall Macy Jr. He is an actor and writer, known for Fargo (1996), Shameless (2011) and Jurassic Park III (2001). He has been married to Felicity Huffman since September 6, 1997. They have two children. See full bio »

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Fargo Jerry Lundegaard
Shameless Frank Gallagher / Jerry Gallagher
Jurassic Park III
Jurassic Park III Paul Kirby
Pleasantville George Parker


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 2017 Krystal (completed)
 2017/I The Layover
 2016 Blood Father
 2015/I Room
 2015 Stealing Cars
Philip Wyatt
 2015 Dial a Prayer
 2015 Walter
Dr. Corman
 2014/II Cake
 2014 Rudderless
Trill (Proprietor)
 2013 Kaze tachinu
Satomi (English version, voice)
 2013 Trust Me
 2013 A Single Shot
 2012 Ernest & Celestine
Head Dentist (English version, voice)
 2011 Portraits in Dramatic Time
William H. Macy
 2010 Dirty Girl
 2008 Family Man (TV Movie)
Todd Becker
 2008 The Tale of Despereaux
Lester (voice)
 2008 Bart Got a Room
 2006-2007 Curious George (TV Series)
The Narrator
- Unbalanced/Curious George vs. Winter (2007) ... The Narrator (voice)
- George Fixes Betsy's Wagon/Curious George Takes a Dive (2007) ... The Narrator (voice)
- The Elephant Upstairs/Being Hundley (2007) ... The Narrator (voice)
- The All Animal Recycled Band/The Times of Sand (2007) ... The Narrator (voice)
- Housebound!/Curious George Rides a Bike (2007) ... The Narrator (voice)
 2006 Everyone's Hero
Lefty Maginnis (voice)
 2006 Inland Empire
 2006 Bobby
 2006 Choose Your Own Adventure: The Abominable Snowman (Video)
Rudyard North (voice)
 2006 Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King (TV Mini-Series)
Clyde Umney / Sam Landry / George Demmick
- Umney's Last Case (2006) ... Clyde Umney / Sam Landry / George Demmick
 2006 Doogal
Brian (voice)
 2005 Edmond
 2004 The Wool Cap (TV Movie)
 2004 Reversible Errors (TV Movie)
Arthur Raven
 2004 In Enemy Hands
Chief of Boat Nathan Travers
 2004 Spartan
 2003 Out of Order (TV Mini-Series)
- Put Me in Order (2003) ... Steven
- Follow the Rat (2003) ... Steven
- Losing My Religion (2003) ... Steven
- The Art of Loss (2003) ... Steven
- Pilot: Part Two (2003) ... Steven
 2003 Stealing Sinatra
John Irwin
 2002 Door to Door (TV Movie)
Bill Porter
 2001/I Focus
Lawrence Newman
 1999-2000 Batman Beyond (TV Series)
Karros / Aaron Herbst
- Big Time (2000) ... Karros (voice)
- Disappearing Inque (1999) ... Aaron Herbst (voice)
 2000 Panic
 1999 The Wild Thornberrys (TV Series)
- On the Right Track (1999) ... Skoot (voice)
 1999 A Slight Case of Murder (TV Movie)
Terry Thorpe
 1999 Frasier (TV Series)
- Good Samaritan (1999) ... Ralph (voice)
 1998 Hercules (TV Series)
Jorgen Svenson / Sven Jorgenson
- Hercules and the Twilight of the Gods (1998) ... Jorgen Svenson / Sven Jorgenson (voice)
 1998 King of the Hill (TV Series)
Dr. Rubin
- Pregnant Paws (1998) ... Dr. Rubin (voice)
 1998 Superman (TV Series)
- Where There's Smoke (1998) ... Director (voice)
 1998 The Con (TV Movie)
 1998 Jerry and Tom
 1997 Wag the Dog
CIA Agent Charles Young
 1997 Colin Fitz Lives!
Mr. O'Day
 1996 Hit Me
 1996 The Writing on the Wall (TV Movie)
 1996 Andersonville (TV Movie)
Col. Chandler
 1995 Mystery Dance (TV Series)
Bob Wilson
- Episode #1.1 (1995) ... Bob Wilson
 1995 Above Suspicion
Pros. Atty. Schultz
 1995 Tall Tale
Railroad Magnate (uncredited)
 1995 Roommates
Doctor (uncredited)
 1995 Evolver
Evolver (voice, as W.H. Macy)
 1995 In the Shadow of Evil (TV Movie)
Dr. Frank Teague
 1995 Murder in the First
D.A. William McNeil
 1994 Texan (TV Short)
 1994 Oleanna
 1994 Dead on Sight
Steven Meeker
 1994 Being Human
 1993 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Bernard Ruskin
- Rhyme and Punishment (1993) ... Bernard Ruskin
 1993 Bakersfield P.D. (TV Series)
Russell Karp
- Cable Does Not Pay (1993) ... Russell Karp
 1993 Searching for Bobby Fischer
Tunafish Father
 1993 Benny & Joon
Randy Burch
 1993 Twenty Bucks
Property Clerk
 1992 The Heart of Justice (TV Movie)
 1992 A Murderous Affair: The Carolyn Warmus Story (TV Movie)
Sean Hammel
 1992 The Water Engine (TV Movie)
Charles Lang
 1992 A Private Matter (TV Movie)
Psychiatrist (as W.H. Macy)
 1992 Civil Wars (TV Series)
Donald Patchen
- Denise and De Nuptials (1992) ... Donald Patchen
 1990-1992 Law & Order (TV Series)
Jack Powell / Assistant U.S. Attorney John McCormack
- Sisters of Mercy (1992) ... Jack Powell
- Everybody's Favorite Bagman (1990) ... Assistant U.S. Attorney John McCormack (as W.H. Macy)
 1992 In the Line of Duty: Siege at Marion (TV Movie)
Ray Daniels
 1991 Shadows and Fog
Cop with Spiro (as W.H. Macy)
 1991 Homicide
Tim Sullivan
 1990 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Store Clerk
- All That Glitters (1990) ... Store Clerk
 1989 Tattinger's (TV Series)
- Tour of Doody (1989) ... Myron (as W.H. Macy)
 1988 Lip Service (TV Movie)
Farmer (as W.H. Macy)
 1988 Things Change
Billy Drake (as W.H. Macy)
 1985-1988 Spenser: For Hire (TV Series)
Efrem Connors / District Attorney
- Play It Again, Sammy (1988) ... Efrem Connors (as W.H. Macy)
- If You Knew Sammy (1987) ... Efrem Connors (as W.H. Macy)
- The Choice (1985) ... District Attorney (as W.H. Macy)
 1988 The Murder of Mary Phagan (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1988) ... Randy (as W.H. Macy)
- Episode #1.1 (1988) ... Randy (as W.H. Macy)
 1987 House of Games
Sgt. Moran (as W.H. Macy)
 1987 The Equalizer (TV Series)
Dr. Spaulding
- Hand and Glove (1987) ... Dr. Spaulding (as W.H. Macy)
 1987 Radio Days
Radio Voice (as W.H. Macy)
 1987 Alive from Off Center (TV Series)
- As Seen on TV (1987) ... (as W.H. Macy)
 1986 Kate & Allie (TV Series)
- General Hospital (1986) ... Carl (as W.H. Macy)
 1985 Hometown (TV Series)
Loring Dixwell
- Mary's Yen (1985) ... Loring Dixwell (as W.H. Macy)
 1985 The Last Dragon
J.J. (as W.H. Macy)
 1985 Joanna (TV Movie)
Napoleon Flipper
 1984 The Dining Room (TV Movie)
Arthur / Charlie / Architect / ... (as W.H. Macy)
 1984 The Boy Who Loved Trolls (TV Movie)
Socrates (as W.H. Macy)
 1983 Sitcom (TV Movie)
Chip Gooseberry
 1983 The Cradle Will Fall (TV Movie)
Ben Duffy (as W.H. Macy)
 1983 WarGames
NORAD Officer (uncredited)
 1983 Without a Trace
Reporter (as W.H. Macy)
 1980 Foolin' Around
Bronski (as W.H. Macy)
 1980 Somewhere in Time
Critic (as W.H. Macy)
 1978 The Awakening Land (TV Mini-Series)
Will Beagle
- Part III: The Town (1978) ... Will Beagle (as W.H. Macy)
- Part II: The Fields (1978) ... Will Beagle (as W.H. Macy)
- Part I: The Trees (1978) ... Will Beagle (as W.H. Macy)
 1964 Another World (TV Series)
Frank Fisk (1982) (as W.H. Macy)
Show Show Writer (13 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (4 credits)
Show Show Director (6 credits)
Show Show Producer (5 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (6 credits)
Show Show Self (131 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (8 credits)

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He is a favorite casting choice of the critically praised playwright David Mamet. In 2000, Macy appeared in a production of Mamet's "American Buffalo" (alongside Philip Baker Hall, his co-star in Boogie Nights (1997) and Magnolia (1999)). See more »

Publicity Listings:

10 Interviews | 6 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

W.H. Macy


5' 8" (1.73 m)

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Personal Quote:

I've always felt everything you need is on the page. I used to load my wallet with fake IDs and know what was outside the door down the imaginary hallway. I would do a history for the character, but that's a whole lot of work, and one day I thought, "I wonder what would happen if I didn't do that," and the answer was, "Nothing". Nothing. It doesn't help you. For an actor, the real issue is the ... See more »


Lobbied hard for his role in Fargo (1996), including flying from Los Angeles to New York at his own expense for a third audition, and, he says, "I essentially told them I'd shoot their pets if they didn't give me this role and I wasn't leaving the room until they cast me.". See more »



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