William H Macy - Details


William H. Macy recently starred as Teach in the Atlantic Theatre Company production of 'American Buffalo.' He has been working with David Mamet since they met at Goddard College. After studying under Mamet, Macy and Steven Schacter set out for Chicago in 1972 where they founded the St. Nicholas Theatre. Macy originated roles for several Mamet productions, including Bobby in 'American Buffalo' and Lang in 'The Water Engine,' later appearing in 'Prairie du Chien,' 'Oh, Hell' and 'Oleanna’. Macy also worked in film with Mamet, starring in Oleanna and Homicide and appearing in the films Things Change, The Water Engine, Texan (for Showtime), House of Games and Wag the Dog. Macy’s other theatre work includes: 'Baby with the Bathwater,' 'The Dining Room,' 'Life During Wartime,' 'Mr. Gogol and Mr. Preen,' 'Bodies, Rest and Motion' and 'Our Town.'

Macy is perhaps best known for his role in the Coen brothers’ film Fargo, which earned him an Academy Award® Nomination and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor, an American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture and a Best Actor Award from the Chicago Film Critics and the International Press Academy. His other film credits include Happy, Texas, Mystery Men, Pleasantville, Psycho, A Civil Action, Boogie Nights, Air Force One, Ghosts of Mississippi, Mr. Holland’s Opus, The Client, Roommates, Shadows and Fog, Twenty Bucks, Murder in the First, Searching for Bobby Fisher and Radio Days. Macy starred in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia and will next appear in Focus and is set to appear in J.P. III.

On television, Macy appeared in 'E.R.' for which he received an Emmy nomination for Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series; 'L.A. Law,' 'Bakersfield, P.D.,' 'Civil Wars' and the pilot and several episodes of 'Law and Order.' He has acted in television films such as 'A Murderous Affair,' 'Heart of Justice,' 'Standoff at Marion,' 'Andersonville,' 'The Writing on the Wall,' and two mini-series: 'The Murder of Mary Phagan' and 'The Awakening Land.' Along with Schacter, Macy wrote television scripts for 'Thirtysomething,' 'Above Suspicion' and 'The Con.' He also appeared on television with wife Felicity Huffman in 'A Slight Case of Murder,' which he co-wrote with Schacter.


  • 13th March 1950 - Birth