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William Hall Macy, Jr.
|1950|3|13
Miami+, Florida+, U.S.
Allegany High School+
Goddard College+
Los Angeles+, California+
Vermont+
Actor, writer
1978–present
Felicity Huffman+ (1997–present)
Sophia Macy
Georgia Macy

'''William Hall Macy, Jr.''' (born March 13, 1950) is an American actor, screenwriter+, teacher and director in theater, film and television. His film career has been built mostly on his appearances in small, independent films+, though he has appeared in summer action films as well. Macy has described himself as "sort of a Middle American+, WASPy+, Lutheran+ kind of guy... Everyman+".

Macy was nominated for an Academy Award+ for his role as Jerry Lundegaard in ''Fargo+''. He has won two Emmy Award+s and a Screen Actors Guild Award+, and has been nominated for nine Emmy Awards and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards in total. He is also a three-time Golden Globe Award+ nominee. Since 2011 he has played the main antagonist in the Showtime+ television series ''Shameless+''. Macy and actress Felicity Huffman+ have been married since 1997.

Macy was born in Miami+, Florida+, and grew up in Georgia+ and Maryland+.Stated on ''Inside the Actors Studio+'', 2004 His father, William Hall Macy, Sr., was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross+ and an Air Medal+ for flying a B-17 Flying Fortress+ bomber in World War II+; he later ran a construction company in Atlanta, Georgia+, and worked for Dun and Bradstreet+ before taking over a Cumberland, Maryland+-based insurance agency when Macy was nine years old. His mother, Lois (née Overstreet), was a war widow who met Macy's father after her first husband died in 1943; Macy has described her as a "Southern belle+".

Macy graduated in 1968 from Allegany High School+ in Cumberland, Maryland. Afterwards, he studied veterinary medicine+ at Bethany College+ in West Virginia+. By his own admission a "wretched student," he transferred to Goddard College+ and became involved in theatre, where he performed in ensemble productions of ''The Three Penny Opera+'', ''A Midsummer Night's Dream+'' and a wide variety of contemporary and improvisation+al pieces. At Goddard, he first met playwright David Mamet+.

After graduating from Goddard in 1971, Macy moved to Chicago+, Illinois+, working as a bartender to pay the rent. Within a year, he and David Mamet, among others, founded St. Nicholas Theater Company+, where Macy originated roles in a number of Mamet's plays, such as ''American Buffalo+'' and ''The Water Engine+''.

Macy spent time in Los Angeles+, California+, before moving to New York City+, New York+ in 1980. While living there, he had roles in over 50 Off Broadway+ and Broadway play+s. One of his early on-screen roles was as a turtle named Socrates in the direct-to-video film ''The Boy Who Loved Trolls+'' (1984+), under the name W. H. Macy (so as not to be confused with the actor Bill Macy+). He also had a minor role as a hospital orderly on the sitcom ''Kate and Allie+'' in the fourth season episode "General Hospital" (also as W. H. Macy). He has appeared in numerous films that Mamet wrote and/or directed, including ''House of Games+'', ''Things Change+'', ''Homicide+'', ''Oleanna+'' (reprising the role he originated in the play of the same name+), ''Wag the Dog+'', ''State and Main+'', and ''Spartan+''.

Macy may be best known for his lead role in ''Fargo+'', for which he was nominated for an Academy Award+. The role helped boost his career and recognizability, though at the expense of nearly confining him to a narrow typecast+ of a worried man down on his luck. Other Macy roles of the 1990s and 2000s included ''Benny and Joon+'', ''Above Suspicion+'', ''Mr. Holland's Opus+'', ''Ghosts of Mississippi+'', ''Air Force One+'', ''Boogie Nights+'', ''Pleasantville+'', Gus Van Sant+'s remake of ''Psycho+'', ''Happy, Texas+'', ''Mystery Men+'', ''Magnolia+'', ''Jurassic Park III+'', ''Focus+'', ''Panic+'', ''Welcome to Collinwood+'', ''Seabiscuit+'', ''The Cooler+'', and ''Sahara+''.

Macy has also had a number of roles on television, including a guest appearance on ''The Unit+'', as the President of the United States. In 2003, he won two Emmy Award+s, one for starring in the lead role, and one as co-writer, of the made-for-TNT+ film ''Door to Door+''. ''Door to Door'' is a drama based on the true story of Bill Porter+, a door-to-door salesman in Portland+, Oregon, born with cerebral palsy+. He also auditioned for the role of Brian Griffin+ on Seth MacFarlane+'s popular show ''Family Guy+''.

His work on ''ER+'' and ''Sports Night+'' has also been recognized with Emmy nominations.


In a November 2003 interview with ''USA Today+'', Macy stated that he wanted to star in a big-budget action movie+ "for the money, for the security of a franchise+ like that". He serves as director-in-residence at the Atlantic Theater Company+ in New York, where he teaches a technique called Practical Aesthetics+. A book describing the technique, ''A Practical Handbook for the Actor'' (ISBN 0-394-74412-8), is dedicated to Macy and Mamet.

In 2007, Macy starred in ''Wild Hogs+'', a film about middle-aged men reliving their youthful days by taking to the open road on their Harley-Davidson+ motorcycles from Cincinnati+ to the Pacific Coast+. Despite being critically panned with a 14% "rotten" rating from Rotten Tomatoes+, it was a financial success, grossing over $168 million. In 2009, Macy completed filming on ''The Maiden Heist+'', a comedy that co-starred Morgan Freeman+ and Christopher Walken+.

On June 23, 2008, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced Macy and his wife, Felicity Huffman+, would each receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame+ in the upcoming year. On January 13, 2009, Macy replaced Jeremy Piven+ in David Mamet's ''Speed-the-Plow+'' on Broadway. Piven suddenly and unexpectedly dropped out of the play in December 2008 after he experienced health problems; Norbert Leo Butz+ covered the role from December 23, 2008, until Macy took over the part. ''Dirty Girl+'', which starred Macy along with Juno Temple+, Milla Jovovich+, Mary Steenburgen+ and Tim McGraw+, premiered September 12, 2010 at the Toronto International Film Festival+.

In the 2012 film ''The Sessions+'', Macy played a priest who helps a man with a severe disability find personal fulfillment through a sex surrogate.[http://www.abilitymagazine.com/William-H-Macy.html], William H. Macy Interview with ABILITY Magazine.

In Summer 2010, Macy joined the Showtime+ pilot+ ''Shameless+'', as the protagonist Frank Gallagher. The project ultimately went to series, its first season on premiered January 9, 2011. Macy has received high critical acclaim for his performance. After the show's ratings improved, Showtime renewed it for a second and third season, and on January 29, 2013, for a fourth season to premiere in early 2014.


Macy and actress Felicity Huffman+ have been married since September 6, 1997; they have two daughters, Sophia Grace (born August 1, 2000) and Georgia Grace (born March 14, 2002).

Macy and Huffman appeared at a rally for John Kerry+ in 2004. Macy also plays the ukulele+ and is an avid woodturner+; he has appeared on the cover of the specialist magazine ''Fine Woodworking+''. He is a national ambassador for the United Cerebral Palsy Association+.

Since shooting ''Wild Hogs'', Macy has picked up a strong interest in riding motorcycles.

! Year
! Film
! Role

| 1980
| ''Foolin' Around+''
| Bronski
|Credited as W.H. Macy

| 1980
| ''Somewhere in Time+''
| Critic
|Credited as W.H. Macy

| 1983
| ''Without a Trace+''
| Reporter
|

| 1984
| ''''
| Socrates the Turtle
| Voice
Television film

| 1985
| ''''
| J.J.
|

| 1987
| ''House of Games+''
| Sgt. Morgan
|Credited as W.H. Macy

| 1987
| ''Radio Days+''
| Radio Actor
|

| 1988
| ''''
| Randy
| Television film

| 1988
| ''Things Change+''
| Billy Drake
|

| 1991
| ''Homicide+''
| Tim Sullivan
|

| 1992
| ''''
| Charles Lang
|

| 1992
| ''The Heart of Justice+''
| Booth
| Television film

| 1993
| ''Being Human+''
| Boris
|

| 1993
| ''Benny and Joon+''
| Randy Burch
|

| 1993
| ''Searching for Bobby Fischer+''
| Petey's Father
|

| 1994
| ''The Client+
| Dr. Greenway
|

| 1995
| ''Murder in the First+
| D.A. William McNeil
|

| 1995
| ''Oleanna+''
| John
|

| 1995
| ''Dead on Sight''
| Steven Meeker
|

| 1995
| ''Tall Tale+''
| Railroad Magnate
| Uncredited

| 1995
| ''Mr. Holland's Opus+''
| Vice Principal Gene Wolters
|

| 1995
| ''Evolver+''
| Evolver
|Voice

| 1996
| ''Fargo+''
| Jerry Lundegaard
|

| 1996
| ''Andersonville+''
| Col. Chandler
|

| 1996
| ''Down Periscope+''
| Commander Carl Knox
|

| 1996
| ''Ghosts of Mississippi+''
| Charlie Crisco
|

| 1997
| ''Colin Fitz Lives!+''
| Mr. O'Day / Colin Fitz
|

| 1997
| ''Air Force One+''
| Major Norman Caldwell
|

| 1997
| ''Boogie Nights+''
| Little Bill
|

| 1997
| ''Wag the Dog+''
| CIA Agent Charles Young
|

| 1998
| ''Pleasantville+''
| George Parker
|

| 1998
| ''Psycho+''
| Milton Arbogast
|

| 1998
| ''''
| Justin
| Voice
Direct-to-video

| 1998
| ''''
| James Gordon
|

| 1998
| ''''
| Bobby Sommerdinger
|

| 1998
| ''''
| Leo Lionheart
|Voice

| 1999
| ''Happy, Texas+''
| Sheriff Chappy Dent
|

| 1999
| ''Mystery Men+''
| The Shoveler
|

| 1999
| ''''
| Terry Thorpe
|

| 1999
| ''''
| Ichabod Crane+
| Voice

| 1999
| ''Magnolia+''
| Quiz Kid Donnie Smith
|

| 2000
| ''State and Main+''
| Walt Price
|

| 2000
| ''Panic+''
| Alex
|

| 2001
| ''Jurassic Park III+''
| Paul Kirby
|

| 2001
| ''Focus+''
| Lawrence "Larry" Newman
|

| 2002
| ''Door to Door+''
| Bill Porter+
| Television film

| 2002
| ''It's A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie+''
| Glenn
|

| 2002
| ''Welcome to Collinwood+''
| Riley
|

| 2003
| ''''
| Bernie Lootz
|

| 2003
| ''Easy Riders, Raging Bulls+''
| Narrator
| Documentary

| 2003
| ''Stealing Sinatra+''
| John Irwin
|

| 2003
| ''Seabiscuit+''
| Tick Tock McGlaughlin
|

| 2004
| ''Reversible Errors+''
| Arthur Raven
| Television film

| 2004
| ''Cellular+''
| Mooney
|

| 2004
| ''In Enemy Hands+''
| Chief of Boat Nathan Travers
|

| 2004
| ''Spartan+''
| Stoddard
|

| 2005
| ''''
| Charlie Gigot
| Television film

| 2005
| ''Sahara+''
| Admiral James Sandecker+
|

| 2005
| ''Edmond+''
| Edmond Burke
|

| 2005
| ''Thank You for Smoking+''
| Senator Ortolan K. Finistirre
|

| 2006
| ''Doogal+''
| Brian the Snail
|Voice

| 2006
| ''Nightmares and Dreamscapes+''
| Sam Landry / Clyde Umney
| Television film

| 2006
| ''Bobby+''
| Paul
|

| 2006
| ''Everyone's Hero+''
| Lefty Maginnis
|Voice

| 2006
| ''Choose Your Own Adventure DVD Series+''
| Rudyard North
|

| 2006
| ''Inland Empire+''
| Announcer
|

| 2007
| ''Wild Hogs+''
| Dudley Frank
|

| 2007
| ''He Was a Quiet Man+''
| Gene Shelby
|

| 2008
| ''''
| Charlie Berns
|

| 2008
| ''Bart Got a Room+''
| Ernie Stein
|

| 2008
| ''''
| Lester
|Voice

| 2009
| ''''
| George
|

| 2009
| ''Shorts+''
| Dr. Noseworthy
|

| 2010
| ''Marmaduke+''
| Don Twombly
|

| 2010
| ''Dirty Girl+''
| Ray
|

| 2011
| ''''
| Frank Levin
|

| 2012
| ''''
| Father Brendan
|

| 2013
| ''A Single Shot+''
| Pitt
|

| 2013
| ''Trust Me+''
| Gary
|

| 2014
|''The Wind Rises+''
| Satomi
| Voice

| 2014
|''Ernest and Celestine+''
| Head Dentist
| Voice

| 2014
| ''Rudderless+''
| Tavern Owner / Emcee
| Director

| 2015
| ''Cake+''
| Leonard
|

| 2015
| ''Blood Father+''
|
|

|


! Year
! Title
! Role

| 1978
| ''''
| Will Beagle
| 3 episodes

| 1985–1988
| ''Spencer: For Hire+''
| Efrem Connors
| 3 episodes

| 1986
| ''Kate and Allie+''
| Carl
| Episode: "General Hospital"

| 1987
| ''The Equalizer+''
| Dr. Spaulding
| Episode: "Hand and Glove"

| 1990
| ''Law and Order+''
| John McCormack
| Episode: "Everybody's Favorite Bagman"

| 1992
| ''Law and Order+''
| Powell
| Episode: "Sisters of Mercy"

| 1993
| ''Bakersfield P.D.+''
| Russell Karp
| Episode: "Cable Does Not Pay"

| 1993
| ''L.A. Law+''
| Bernard Ruskin
| Episode: "Rhyme and Punishment"

| 1994–2009
| ''ER+''
| Dr. David Morgenstern
| 31 episodes

| 1998
| ''The Lionhearts+''
| Leo Lionheart
| 13 episodes

| 1998
| ''King of the Hill+''
| Dr. Rubin
| Episode: "Pregnant Paws"

| 1999
| ''Batman Beyond+''
| Aaron Herbst
| Episode: "Disappearing Inque"

| 1999–2000
| ''Sports Night+''
| Sam Donovan
| 6 episodes

| 2000
| ''Batman Beyond+''
| Karros
| Episode: "Big Time"

| 2003
| ''Out of Order+''
| Steven
| 6 episodes

| 2006
| ''The Simpsons+''
| Himself
| Voice
Episode: "Homer's Paternity Coot"

| 2006–2007
| ''Curious George+''
| Narrator
| 28 episodes

| 2011–present
| ''Shameless+''
| Frank Gallagher
| 46 episodes
|


! Year
! Association
! Category
! Nominated work
! Result

| 1992
| Independent Spirit Awards+
| Best Supporting Male+
| ''Homicide+''
| nom:

| 1995
| Best Male Lead+
| ''Oleanna+''
| nom:

| 1997
| Academy Awards+
| Best Supporting Actor+
| ''Fargo+''
| nom:

| Chicago Film Critics Association Awards+
| Best Actor+
| nom:

| Florida Film Critics Circle Awards+
| Best Supporting Actor+
| nom:

| Independent Spirit Awards+
| Best Male Lead+
| won:

| Primetime Emmy Awards+
| Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series+
| ''ER+''
| nom:

| Satellite Awards+
| Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama+
| ''Fargo+''
| nom:

| Screen Actors Guild Awards+
| Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role+
| nom:

| 1998
| Boston Society of Film Critics Awards+
| Best Supporting Actor+
| ''A Civil Action+''
| won:

| ''Pleasantville+''
| won:

| ''Psycho+''
| won:

| Florida Film Critics Circle Awards+
| Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast+
| ''Boogie Nights+''
| won:

| Screen Actors Guild Awards+
| Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture+
| nom:

| 1999
| American Comedy Awards+
| Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture+
| ''Pleasantville+''
| nom:

| National Board of Review+
| Best Cast+
| ''Magnolia+''
| won:

| 2000
| American Comedy Awards+
| Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture+
| ''Happy, Texas+''
| nom:

| Florida Film Critics Circle Awards+
| Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast+
| ''Magnolia+''
| won:

| National Board of Review+
| Best Cast+
| ''State and Main+''
| won:

| Primetime Emmy Awards+
| Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series+
| ''Sports Night+''
| nom:

| Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie+
| ''A Slight Case of Murder''
| nom:

| Satellite Awards+
| Best Actor – Miniseries or a Television Film+
| won:

| Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture+
| ''Happy, Texas+''
| won:

| Screen Actors Guild Awards+
| Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture+
| ''Magnolia+''
| nom:

| 2001
| Florida Film Critics Circle Awards+
| Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast+
| ''State and Main+''
| won:

| Online Film Critics Society Awards+
| Best Cast+
| won:

| 2003
| Golden Globe Awards+
| Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film+
| ''Door to Door+''
| nom:

| Primetime Emmy Awards+
| Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie+ and Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special+
| won:

| Satellite Awards+
| Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film+
| won:

| Screen Actors Guild Awards+
| Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie+
| won:

| 2004
| Golden Globe Awards+
| Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture+
| ''Seabiscuit+''
| nom:

| Primetime Emmy Awards+
| Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie+
| ''Stealing Sinatra+''
| nom:

| Satellite Awards+
| Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama+
| ''The Cooler+''
| nom:

| Screen Actors Guild Awards+
| Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture+
| ''Seabiscuit+''
| nom:

| 2005
| Golden Globe Awards+
| Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film+
| ''The Wool Cap+''
| nom:

| Primetime Emmy Awards+
| Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie+
| nom:

| Outstanding Made for Television Movie+
| nom:

| Satellite Awards+
| Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film+
| ''Stealing Sinatra+
| won:

| Screen Actors Guild Awards+
| Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie+
| ''The Wool Cap+''
| nom:

| 2006
| Hollywood Film Festival+
| Best Cast+
| ''Bobby+''
| won:

| 2007
| Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards+
| Best Cast+
| nom:

| Primetime Emmy Awards+
| Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie+
| ''Nightmares and Dreamscapes+''
| nom:

| Screen Actors Guild Awards+
| Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture+
| ''Bobby+''
| nom:

| Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie+
| ''Nightmares and Dreamscapes+''
| nom:

| 2011
| Critics' Choice Television Awards+
| Best Actor in a Drama Series+
| ''Shameless+''
| nom:

| Satellite Awards+
| Best Actor – Television Series Drama+
| nom:

| 2012
| Prism Awards+
| Best Performance in a Comedy Series+
| won:

| 2014
| Primetime Emmy Awards+
| Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series+
| nom:

|


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William H. Macy+ William Hall Macy, Jr. (born March 13, 1950) is an American actor, screenwriter, teacher and director in theater, film and television.