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William Fichtner

Highest Rated:   96% Quiz Show (1994)
Lowest Rated:   9% Ultraviolet (2006)
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Birthplace:   East Meadow, New York, USA
An intense, versatile performer, William Fichtner, born November 27th, 1956, emerged as a memorable character actor through his work with some of the most notable filmmakers of the 1990s and beyond. After his military brat childhood, Fichtner studied criminal justice in college before moving to New York City to shift his focus to acting. Fichtner got his first major acting job on the serial As the World Turns in 1988 and played bit parts in Spike Lee's Malcolm X (1992) and Robert Redford's Quiz Show (1994). Steven Soderbergh gave Fichtner his first substantial film role as a small town hood in the neo-noir The Underneath (1994). After supporting turns in Kathryn Bigelow's Y2K fantasy Strange Days (1995) and Michael Mann's stylish police saga Heat (1995), Fichtner earned kudos for his psychotic hit man in actor Kevin Spacey's directorial debut Albino Alligator (1997). As a gentle blind scientist in Robert Zemeckis' empyreal sci-fi adventure Contact (1997), Fichtner further revealed his considerable range; among the hip ensemble cast in Doug Liman's time-bending rave comedy Go (1999), Fichtner managed to stand out with his humorously unsettling performance as a narcotics cop with an agenda. Fichtner finally achieved leading man status as one of Demi Moore's amours in Passion of Mind (2000), but Alain Berliner's first American effort failed at the box office. Moving easily between independent films and big-budget Hollywood, Fichtner next co-starred as one of the ill-fated swordfishermen in Wolfgang Petersen's adaptation of The Perfect Storm (2000). Maintaining his prolific ways after The Perfect Storm's success, and earning a place in Vanity Fair's 2001 photo spread of premier supporting actors, Fichtner took on a varied trio of roles in three major 2001 releases. After playing a small part as Josh Hartnett's dad in Michael Bay's overwrought $198 million disappointment Pearl Harbor (2001), Fichtner's turn as a gay detective in the lumbering comedy What's the Worst That Could Happen? (2001) was one of the bright spots in an otherwise disposable movie. Back in his no-nonsense manhood style, Fichtner then appeared as a master sergeant involved in the troubled 1993 mission in Somalia in Ridley Scott's Oscar bait military drama Black Hawk Down (2001).After the ensemble carnage of Black Hawk Down, Fichtner moved to the small screen for a starring role as one of two maverick ER doctors in the ABC medical drama MDs (2002). A competitive time slot and poor reviews, however, hampered MDs' ratings. Though his foray into series television stumbled, Fichtner continued to rack up movie credits, appearing alongside Christian Bale and Emily Watson in the dystopian science fiction thriller Equilibrium (2002).In 2004, Fichtner appeared in Nine Lives, a critically successful episodic drama following the lives of nine women, and after participating in a variety of films throughout 2005 (The Chumscrubber, Empire Falls) and the television series Invasion Iowa, Fichtner joined the cast of the Academy Award-winning drama Crash. The actor continued to enjoy television success in the series Prison Break (2006-07), and played a conservative judge in an episode of The West Wing. Fichtner took on a role playing a bank manager in Gotham City for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight (2008), and joined the casts of Date Night (2010), The Big Bang, and Drive Angry (all 2011).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet American Wrestler: The Wizard
  • Coach Plyler
2017
No Score Yet Hot Summer Nights
  • Actor
2017
31% Independence Day: Resurgence
  • Gen. Adams
$103.2M 2016
81% The Homesman
  • Vester Belknap
2014
22% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Eric Sacks
$164M 2014
67% Elysium
  • John Carlyle
$90.8M 2013
31% The Lone Ranger
  • Butch Cavendish
$89.3M 2013
49% Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's
  • Narrator
$0.6M 2013
68% Wrong
  • Master Chang
$29.1k 2013
25% Phantom
  • Alex
$1.1M 2013
44% Code Name: Geronimo
  • Mr. Guidry
2012
19% The Big Bang
  • Poley
2011
46% Drive Angry
  • The Accountant
$10.8M 2011
67% Date Night
  • DA Frank Crenshaw
$98.8M 2010
No Score Yet Prison Break: The Final Break
  • Alexander Mahone
2009
No Score Yet Starz Inside: Unforgettably Evil
  • Actor
2009
94% The Dark Knight
  • Bank Manager
$533.4M 2008
69% Blades of Glory
  • Darren MacElroy
$118.2M 2007
58% First Snow
  • Ed
$0.2M 2007
9% Ultraviolet
  • Garth
$18.4M 2006
75% Nine Lives
  • Andrew
$0.2M 2005
35% The Chumscrubber
  • Dr. Bill Stiffle
2005
No Score Yet Empire Falls
  • Jimmy Minty
2005
31% The Longest Yard
  • Capt. Knauer
$157.9M 2005
15% The Amateurs (The Moguls) (Dirty Movie)
  • Otis
2005
No Score Yet The Healer
  • Henry
2004
75% Crash
  • Jake Flanagan
$55.4M 2004
38% Equilibrium
  • Jurgen
2002
43% Julie Walking Home
  • Henry
2002
76% Black Hawk Down
  • Sanderson
$108.6M 2001
10% What's the Worst That Could Happen?
  • Det. Alex Tardio
$31.1M 2001
25% Pearl Harbor
  • Danny's Father
$197.8M 2001
47% The Perfect Storm
  • David `Sully' Sullivan
2000
17% Passion of Mind
  • Aaron
2000
29% Drowning Mona
  • Phil Dearly
2000
92% Go
  • Burke
1999
No Score Yet The Settlement
  • Jerry
1999
39% Armageddon
  • Col. Sharp
1998
32% Switchback
  • Chief Jack McGinnis
1997
62% Contact
  • Kent
1997
44% Albino Alligator
  • Law
1996
86% Heat
  • Van Zant
1995
14% Reckless
  • Rachel's Father
1995
63% Strange Days
  • Dwayne Engelman
1995
33% Virtuosity
  • Wallace
1995
59% The Underneath
  • Tommy Dundee
1995
96% Quiz Show
  • Stage Manager
1994
No Score Yet High Lonesome
  • Actor
1994
91% Malcolm X
  • Cop at Harlem Station
1992

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Top Gear America
2017
  • Host
  • 2017
No Score Yet Mom
2013
  • Adam
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Prison Break
2005
  • Alexander Mahone
  • 2017
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
86% Empire
2015
  • Jamieson Jamesion
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Crossing Lines
2013
  • Carl Hickman
  • 2014
  • 2013
67% Entourage
2004-2011
  • Phil Yagoda
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
2005
  • Voice
  • 2009
  • 2005
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Christopher Mulready
  • 2004
No Score Yet Grace Under Fire
1993-1998
  • Ryan Sparks
  • 1997
  • 1995
  • 1994
No Score Yet Crossing Lines
  • Carl Hickman

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