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

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
10% Krystal Wyatt Director 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
49% Cake Leonard $1.4M 2015
No Score Yet Two-Bit Waltz Carl $2.6K 2014
63% Rudderless Trill (Proprietor) Director Screenwriter Executive Producer $56.5K 2014
52% Trust Me Gary 2014
36% Misery Loves Comedy Actor $5.8K 2014
88% The Wind Rises Satomi 2014
51% 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 Charlie Berns Screenwriter 2008
80% He Was a Quiet Man Gene Shelby 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
42% 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
77% Transamerica Executive Producer $8.8M 2006
No Score Yet Choose Your Own Adventure: The Abominable Snowman Executive Producer Actor 2006
47% Edmond Edmond Burke 2005
38% Sahara Admiral Sandecker $68.7M 2005
No Score Yet The Wool Cap Screenwriter Producer Gigot 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
77% 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
50% 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
60% 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
No Score Yet Every Woman's Dream Screenwriter 1996
93% Fargo Jerry Lundegaard 1996
12% Down Periscope Captain Knox 1996
60% Above Suspicion Screenwriter Prosecutor 1995
No Score Yet Evolver Evolver 1994
56% 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
71% 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
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 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
No Score Yet Bad Medicine Actor 1985
No Score Yet Movers & Shakers Actor 1985
59% The Last Dragon J.J. 1985
100% Without a Trace Reporter 1983
100% The Late Show Actor 1977
No Score Yet Oh! Calcutta! Actor 1973

TV

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No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2019
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  • 2016
  • 2015
90% Shameless
2011
Screenwriter Frank Gallagher Director
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.
2012
Appearing
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Shameless USA
2011
Frank Gallagher
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2014
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Chelsea Lately
2007-2014
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Curious George
2006-2015
Narrator Voice
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
Dr. David Morganstern David Morgenstern
  • 2009
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
84% The Unit
2006-2009
President Virgil Kreutz
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2007
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King
2006
Clyde Umney/Sam Landry
  • 2006
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 2006
No Score Yet Nature
1982
Narrator
  • 2001
90% Sports Night
1998-2000
Sam Donovan Sam
  • 2000
  • 1999
94% Frasier
1993-2004
Guest
  • 1999
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Jack Powell
  • 1992
No Score Yet The Equalizer
1985-1989
Dr. Spaulding
  • 1987

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