William H. Macy

William H. Macy

Highest Rated: 100% CinemAbility (2018)

Lowest Rated: 0% The Layover (2017)

Birthday: Mar 13, 1950

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 studio opened it to decidedly more limited release than Mamet


Highest Rated Movies



14% Krystal Director Wyatt 2018
100% CinemAbility Actor 2018
0% The Layover Director 2017
89% Blood Father Kirby 2016
93% Room Grandpa $14.7M 2015
No Score Yet Stealing Cars Philip Wyatt 2015
71% Dial A Prayer Actor 2015
54% Walter Dr. Corman 2015
48% Cake Leonard $1.4M 2015
No Score Yet Two-Bit Waltz Carl $2.6K 2014
64% Rudderless Executive Producer $56.5K 2014
52% Trust Me Gary 2014
36% Misery Loves Comedy Actor $5.8K 2014
88% The Wind Rises Satomi 2014
49% A Single Shot Pitt 2013
No Score Yet Citizen Hearst Actor 2013
91% The Sessions Father Brendan $6M 2012
33% Dirty Girl Ray $54.1K 2011
84% The Lincoln Lawyer Frank Levin $58M 2011
9% Marmaduke Don Twombly $33.7M 2010
No Score Yet The Maiden Heist George $0.5M 2009
46% Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock Dr. Noseworthy $20.9M 2009
70% Bart Got a Room Ernie Stein 2009
No Score Yet Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas Actor 2009
57% The Tale of Despereaux Lester $50.9M 2008
No Score Yet The Deal Screenwriter Charlie Berns 2008
80% He Was a Quiet Man Gene Shelby 2007
14% Wild Hogs Dudley Frank $168.3M 2007
47% Bobby Paul $11.1M 2006
No Score Yet Colin Fitz Lives! Mr. O'Day 2006
42% Everyone's Hero Lefty Maginnis $14.5M 2006
8% Doogal Brian $7.4M 2006
86% Thank You for Smoking Senator Ortolan Finistirre $24.9M 2006
77% Transamerica Executive Producer $8.8M 2006
No Score Yet Choose Your Own Adventure: The Abominable Snowman Executive Producer 2006
47% Edmond Edmond Burke 2005
38% Sahara Admiral Sandecker $68.7M 2005
No Score Yet The Wool Cap Gigot Screenwriter 2004
No Score Yet In Enemy Hands Nathan Travers 2004
55% Cellular Mooney $32.1M 2004
65% Spartan Stoddard $4.3M 2004
77% The Cooler Bernie Lootz $8.2M 2003
78% Seabiscuit `Tick-Tock' McGlaughlin $120.2M 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
55% Welcome to Collinwood Riley $75.7K 2002
60% Door to Door Screenwriter Bill Porter 2002
No Score Yet Just a Walk in the Park Screenwriter 2002
56% Focus Lawrence Newman 2001
48% Jurassic Park III Paul Kirby 2001
86% State and Main Walt $5.8M 2000
91% Panic Alex 2000
83% 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
61% Mystery Men The Shoveler (Ed) 1999
61% A Civil Action James Gordon 1998
No Score Yet The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue Justin 1998
38% Psycho Milton Arbogast 1998
85% Pleasantville George Parker 1998
No Score Yet The Con Bobby 1998
75% Jerry and Tom Karl 1998
85% Wag the Dog Mr. Young 1997
93% Boogie Nights Little Bill 1997
76% Air Force One Maj. Caldwell 1997
43% Ghosts of Mississippi Charlie Crisco 1996
94% Fargo Jerry Lundegaard 1996
12% Down Periscope Captain Knox 1996
60% Above Suspicion Screenwriter Prosecutor 1995
53% Oleanna John 1994
78% The Client Dr. Greenway 1994
50% Murder in the First William McNeil 1994
54% Being Human Boris 1994
100% Searching for Bobby Fischer Tunafish Father 1993
75% Benny & Joon Randy Burch 1993
75% Twenty Bucks Property Clerk 1993
No Score Yet The Heart of Justice Booth 1993
No Score Yet A Murderous Affair: The Carolyn Warmus Story Sean Hammel 1992
52% 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
91% Homicide Tim Sullivan 1991
No Score Yet ER David Morgenstern 1990
83% 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
58% The Last Dragon J.J. 1985
100% Without a Trace Reporter 1983
No Score Yet Oh! Calcutta! Actor 1973


85% Shameless
Screenwriter Director Frank Gallagher 2020
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
Guest 2019
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
Guest 2018
No Score Yet The Talk
Guest 2018
No Score Yet Close Up With the Hollywood Reporter
Panelist 2017
No Score Yet Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Appearing 2017
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
Guest 2017
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
Guest 2016
No Score Yet The Chew
Appearing 2016
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
Guest 2016
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
Guest 2015
No Score Yet Shameless USA
Frank Gallagher 2014
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Guest 2014
No Score Yet Chelsea Lately
Guest 2013
No Score Yet Conan
Guest 2013
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
Guest 2012
No Score Yet Curious George
Voice Narrator 2012
No Score Yet Lopez Tonight
Guest 2011
No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show
Guest 2009
No Score Yet ER
Dr. David Morganstern David Morgenstern 2009
84% The Unit
President Virgil Kreutz 2007
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Guest 2007
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
Guest 2007
No Score Yet 60 Minutes
Appearing 2006
86% Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King
Clyde Umney/Sam Landry 2006
85% The Simpsons
Voice 2006
No Score Yet Nature
Narrator 2001
90% Sports Night
Sam Donovan Sam 2000
93% Frasier
Guest 1999
No Score Yet Law & Order
Jack Powell 1992
No Score Yet The Equalizer
Dr. Spaulding 1987


Bobby DeLaughter says: (about Medgar Evers' widow pursuing the murder case for decades) I think about her keepin' this thing alive all this time. Imagine a woman lovin' a man so much.

Charlie Crisco says: Hell, I can't even get a woman to love me while I'm still alive.

Jerry Lundegaard says: Oh Geez.

Donnie Smith says: No, it is not dangerous to confuse children with angels.

Father Brendan says: It's amazing to me how often God is brought into the sex act. I understand even among nonbelievers the most common expression of sexual ecstasy is, "Oh, God." Heh.

Donnie Smith says: We may be through with the past, but the past isn't through with us.

Dudley Frank says: I'm gonna go hang this bag of poop in a tree so the bears don't get it.

Woody Stevens says: No no, Don't hang it in a tree!

Dudley Frank says: Why not?

Woody Stevens says: Cause bears don't eat shit!

Paul Kirby says: What if they catch us with them?

Alan Grant says: What if they catch us without em?

Alan Grant says: have a theory that there are two kinds of boys. There are those that want to be astronomers, and those that want to be astronauts. The astronomer, or the paleontologist, gets to study these amazing things from a place of complete safety.

Alan Grant says: I have a theory that there are two kinds of boys. There are those that want to be astronomers, and those that want to be astronauts. The astronomer, or the paleontologist, gets to study these amazing things from a place of complete safety.

Paul Kirby says: But then you never get to go into space

Alan Grant says: Exactly. That's the difference between imagining and seeing: to be able to touch them. And that's... that's all that Billy wanted. [a field of beautiful dinosaurs comes into view]

Jerry Lundegaard says: I'm, uh, Jerry Lundegaard.

Carl Showalter says: You're Jerry Lundegaard?

Jerry Lundegaard says: Ya. Shep Proudfoot said...

Carl Showalter says: Shep said you'd be here at 7:30. What gives, man?

Jerry Lundegaard says: Shep said 8:30.

Carl Showalter says: We've been sitting here an hour. He's [motioning to Gaer] peed three times already.

Jerry Lundegaard says: I'm sure sorry. Shep told me 8:30. It was a mix-up, I guess.

Father Brendan says: In my heart, I feel He'll give you a free pass on this one. Go for it!

Donnie Smith says: I really do have love to give! I just don't know where to put it!

Jerry Lundegaard says: Oh Geez!

Jerry Lundegaard says: Oh geez!

Jerry Lundegaard says: Well, heck, if you wanna, if you wanna play games here! I'm workin' with ya on this thing, but I... Okay, I'll do a damned lot count!

Alan Grant says: I have never been on this island.

Paul Kirby says: Sure you have. You wrote that book.

Billy Brennan says: That was Isla Nublar, this is Isla Sorna. Site B.

Udesky says: You mean there's two islands with dinosaurs-

Paul Kirby says: Alright, could you stay out of this!

George says: Where's my dinner?

Shoveler says: Don't start that again. Lance Hunt wears glasses, Captain amazing doesn't wear glasses.

Mr. Furious says: He takes them off when he transforms.

Shoveler says: That doesn't make any sense. he wouldn't be able to see.

Bobby Davis says: They say you can get water in cactuses. Where in a desert and they don't get no damnable cactuses.

Dudley Frank says: I think when its plural its pronounced cacti.

Bobby Davis says: Im killing him.

George says: "So, what's going to happen now?"

George says: So, what's going to happen now?

Betty says: "I don't know. Do you know what's going to happen now?"

Betty says: I don't know. Do you know what's going to happen now?

George says: Laughs, then says, "I don't."

George says: [laughs] I don't.

Mr. Johnson says: "I guess I don't either."

Mr. Johnson says: I guess I don't either.

Charlie Berns says: Could you excuse yourself? I want to have dinner here but I don't want to have dinner with you.

Paul Kirby says: [a loud roar rocks the jungle] What was that?

Billy Brennan says: That's a Tyrannosaurus.

Alan Grant says: I don't think so. It sounds bigger.

Ray says: We don't want you cast into outer darkness.

Danielle says: How's that different from any other day?

Jerry Lundegaard says: Ma'am, I answered your question.

Jerry Lundegaard says: Yeah

Jerry Lundegaard says: Yeah.

Jerry Lundegaard says: You're darn tootin'!

Jerry Lundegaard says: You're darned tootin'!

Tick Tock McGlaughlin says: No more match races for this little horse because frankly they're all out of matches. Who's he gonna race? Pegasus? I pity these horses.

Shoveler says: "We've got an blind date with Destiny, and it looks like she ordered the lobster."

Shoveler says: We've got a blind date with destiny, and it looks like she's ordered the lobster.

Donnie Smith says: We may be through with the past, but the past is not through with us.

Donnie Smith says: We may be through with the past, but the past is not through with us!

Donnie Smith says: I'm sick.

Thurston Howell says: Stay that way.

Paul Kirby says: Does anybody have any change?