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William H. Macy

Highest Rated:   100% Easy Riders---Raging Bulls (2003)
Lowest Rated:   8% Doogal (2006)
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Birthplace:   Miami, Florida, USA
William H. Macy came to acting by way of Bethany and Goddard Colleges. At the latter school, Macy studied under playwright David Mamet, with whom he would be frequently associated throughout his career. After college, Macy was a member of Mamet's theater troupe, the St. Nicholas Company. The actor performed in a number of productions, many of them written by Mamet, until 1978 when he left the company and headed to New York. Some of his earliest work there included commercial voice-overs, such as the now infamous "Secret: Strong enough for a man, but PH balanced for a woman." Macy also continued his theater work, forming the Atlantic Theatre Company with Mamet in 1985 and acting in Broadway and off-Broadway shows. In addition, he worked in television and began doing feature films, debuting in '80s Foolin' Around. He continued to act in supporting roles throughout the decade, appearing in such films as Mamet's directorial debut, House of Games (1987) and Woody Allen's Radio Days (1987). In 1991, he won a more substantial role, in Mamet's Homicide, and subsequently began to find work in more well-known films, including Benny and Joon and The Client.Macy finally got a shot at a leading role with his turn in Mamet's Oleanna. He won positive notices and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for his portrayal of a professor accused of sexual harassment. More acclaim followed with his starring role as a hapless car salesman in Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's Fargo (1996), for which he garnered a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination. The next year, Macy's star rose a little higher, thanks to his work in three high-profile films, Wag the Dog, Air Force One, and Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights. He was similarly lauded for his versatility through work in such films as Psycho and Pleasantville, and in 1999 he continued his winning streak as an unconventional superhero in Mystery Men, a gay sheriff in Happy, Texas, and a member of the ensemble cast of Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia. Despite the fact that Macy drew praise for his turn as a reluctant hit man in the 2000 drama Panic, the film went largely unseen, and his next substantial role found him running from dinosaurs in Jurassic Park III. As always Macy continued to intercut his more commercial efforts with such decidedly non-mainstream fare as Focus and Stealing Sinatra. Surprisingly, it was just such work that netted Macy some of his most glowing reviews. Case in point was a memorable performance as a disabled traveling salesman in the 2003 drama Door to Door; a role that earned its convincing lead an Emmy. After sticking to the small screen with the Showtime miniseries Out of Order, Macy went wide with the theatrical hit Seabiscuit and the breathless Larry Cohen-scripted thriller Cellular. That same year, the actor would continue to nurture a succesful ongoing collaboration with famed writer/director David Mamet in the widely-praised but little-seen crime drama Spartan. Macy has also continued to do television work, appearing on such series as Spencer, Law & Order, and ER. For his role in the 2004 made for television drama The Wool Cap (which also found him teaming with writer Steven Schachter to adapt a story originally written by Jackie Gleason), Macy was nominated for multiple awards including a Best Actor at the Golden Globe and an Emmys. In 2005, Macy returned to home turf with the Mamet-scripted thriller Edmond, directed by Stuart "Reanimator" Gordon. The picture reunited the actor and director, who originally collaborated in the early eighties on the stage version of the playwright's Sexual Perversity in Chicago. Adapted from Mamet's 1982 one-acter, Edmond dramatizes the descent of a seemingly normal man (Macy) from sanity to unbridled psychosis. While Edmond didn't exactly bomb critically or commercially after its July 14, 2006 premiere, it fell below the bar of previous Mamet efforts on two levels: first, the st

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
89% Blood Father
  • Kirby
2016
No Score Yet The Layover
  • Director
2016
94% Room
  • Grandpa
$14.7M 2015
No Score Yet Stealing Cars
  • Philip Wyatt
2015
71% Dial A Prayer
  • Actor
2015
58% Walter
  • Dr. Corman
2015
49% Cake
  • Leonard
$1.4M 2015
No Score Yet Two-Bit Waltz
  • Carl
$2.6k 2014
62% Rudderless
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
  • Trill (Proprietor)
  • Director
$56.5k 2014
54% Trust Me
  • Gary
2014
36% Misery Loves Comedy
  • Actor
$5.8k 2014
88% The Wind Rises
  • Satomi
2014
50% A Single Shot
  • Pitt
2013
No Score Yet Citizen Hearst
  • Actor
2013
93% The Sessions
  • Father Brendan
$6.0M 2012
27% Dirty Girl
  • Ray
$54.1k 2011
83% The Lincoln Lawyer
  • Frank Levin
$58.0M 2011
No Score Yet Keep Coming Back
  • Director
  • Actor
2011
9% Marmaduke
  • Don Twombly
$33.7M 2010
No Score Yet The Maiden Heist
  • George
$0.5M 2009
45% Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock
  • Dr. Noseworthy
$20.9M 2009
71% Bart Got a Room
  • Ernie Stein
2009
No Score Yet Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
  • Actor
2009
56% The Tale of Despereaux
  • Lester
$50.9M 2008
No Score Yet The Deal
  • Charlie Berns
  • Screenwriter
2008
79% He Was a Quiet Man
  • Gene Shelby
2007
51% Bee Movie
  • Actor
$126.6M 2007
14% Wild Hogs
  • Dudley Frank
$168.3M 2007
No Score Yet Darius Goes West: The Roll of His Life
  • Actor
2007
46% Bobby
  • Paul
$11.1M 2006
No Score Yet Colin Fitz Lives!
  • Mr. O'Day
2006
41% Everyone's Hero
  • Lefty Maginnis
$14.5M 2006
72% Inland Empire
  • Actor
2006
8% Doogal
  • Brian
$7.4M 2006
86% Thank You for Smoking
  • Senator Ortolan Finistirre
$24.9M 2006
76% Transamerica
  • Executive Producer
$8.8M 2006
No Score Yet Choose Your Own Adventure: The Abominable Snowman
  • Executive Producer
  • Actor
2006
46% Edmond
  • Edmond Burke
2005
39% Sahara
  • Admiral Sandecker
$68.7M 2005
No Score Yet The Wool Cap
  • Gigot
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
2004
No Score Yet In Enemy Hands
  • Nathan Travers
2004
55% Cellular
  • Mooney
$32.1M 2004
64% Spartan
  • Stoddard
$4.3M 2004
77% The Cooler
  • Bernie Lootz
$8.2M 2003
77% Seabiscuit
  • `Tick-Tock' McGlaughlin
$120.2M 2003
100% Easy Riders---Raging Bulls
  • Narrator
2003
No Score Yet Stealing Sinatra
  • John Irwin
2003
57% Hit Me
  • The Cop
2002
90% It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie
  • Glenn
2002
54% Welcome to Collinwood
  • Riley
$75.7k 2002
No Score Yet Door to Door
  • Bill Porter
  • Screenwriter
2002
No Score Yet Just a Walk in the Park
  • Screenwriter
2002
56% Focus
  • Lawrence Newman
2001
50% Jurassic Park III
  • Paul Kirby
2001
86% State and Main
  • Walt
$5.8M 2000
91% Panic
  • Alex
2000
84% Magnolia
  • Donnie Smith
1999
No Score Yet The Night Of The Headless Horseman
  • Ichabod Crane
1999
81% Happy, Texas
  • Sheriff Chappy Dent
1999
No Score Yet A Slight Case of Murder
  • Terry Thorpe
1999
60% Mystery Men
  • The Shoveler (Ed)
1999
60% A Civil Action
  • James Gordon
1998
No Score Yet The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue
  • Justin
1998
37% Psycho
  • Milton Arbogast
1998
84% Pleasantville
  • George Parker
1998
No Score Yet The Con
  • Bobby
1998
75% Jerry and Tom
  • Karl
1998
85% Wag the Dog
  • Mr. Young
1997
92% Boogie Nights
  • Little Bill
1997
78% Air Force One
  • Maj. Caldwell
1997
45% Ghosts of Mississippi
  • Charlie Crisco
1996
No Score Yet Every Woman's Dream
  • Screenwriter
1996
94% Fargo
  • Jerry Lundegaard
1996
12% Down Periscope
  • Captain Knox
1996
60% Above Suspicion
  • Prosecutor
  • Screenwriter
1995
No Score Yet Evolver
  • Evolver
1994
56% Oleanna
  • John
1994
80% The Client
  • Dr. Greenway
1994
50% Murder in the First
  • William McNeil
1994
50% Being Human
  • Boris
1994
100% Searching for Bobby Fischer
  • Tunafish Father
1993
75% Twenty Bucks
  • Property Clerk
1993
75% Benny & Joon
  • Randy Burch
1993
No Score Yet A Murderous Affair: The Carolyn Warmus Story
  • Sean Hammel
1992
No Score Yet A Private Matter
  • Actor
1992
50% Shadows and Fog
  • Cop with Spiro
1992
No Score Yet In the Line of Duty: Siege at Marion
  • Ray Daniels
1992
No Score Yet The Water Engine
  • Charles Lang
1992
No Score Yet Homocide
  • Tim Sullivan
1991
No Score Yet ER
  • David Morgenstern
1990
82% Things Change
  • Billy Drake
1988
No Score Yet The Murder of Mary Phagan
  • Randy
1988
No Score Yet Lip Service
  • Director
1988
96% House of Games
  • Sgt. Moran
1987
88% Radio Days
  • Radio Voice
1987
No Score Yet Bad Medicine
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Movers & Shakers
  • Actor
1985
33% The Last Dragon
  • J.J.
1985
No Score Yet Without a Trace
  • Reporter
1983
100% The Late Show
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet Oh! Calcutta!
  • Actor
1973

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2016
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
92% Shameless
2011
  • Director
  • Frank Gallagher
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Shameless USA
2011
  • Frank Gallagher
  • 2014
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Dr. David Morganstern David Morgenstern
  • 2009
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
No Score Yet Curious George
2006-2015
  • Voice
  • Narrator
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2006
No Score Yet Nature
1982
  • Narrator
  • 2001
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Guest
  • 1999
100% Sports Night
1998-2000
  • Sam Donovan Sam

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