'''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 also appeared in summer action films. Macy has described himself as "sort of a Middle American+, WASPy+, Lutheran+ kind of guy... Everyman+".
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+''. While in Chicago in his twenties, he did a TV commercial. He was required to join AFTRA+ in order to do the commercial, and received his SAG card within a year, which for an elated Macy represented an important moment in his career.
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+.
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 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, eventually getting an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series+ in 2014. After the show's ratings improved, Showtime renewed it for a second, third,fourth and fifth season, and for a sixth season to premiere in early 2016.
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). They also have a son named William H. Macy III.
Awards for William H. Macy
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor:
EmmyAward MiniseriesLeadActor 2001-2025:
Emmy Award for Miniseries Writing 2001-2025:
Satellite Award Best Actor Television Miniseries or Film:
Satellite Award Best Supporting Actor Motion Picture:
ScreenActorsGuildAward MaleTVComedy 2010-2029:
ScreenActorsGuildAward MaleTVMiniseriesMovie 1994-2009:
William H. Macy+ William Hall Macy, Jr. (born March 13, 1950) is an American actor, screenwriter, teacher, and director in theater, film and television.