William H. Macy Biography (1950-)

Full name, William Hall Macy, Jr.; born March 13, 1950, in Miami, FL; son ofWilliam Hall, Sr. (an insurance broker and construction company owner) and Lois Macy; married Felicity Huffman (an actress), September 6, 1997; children:Sofia Grace, Georgia Grace. Addresses: Agent: Writers & Artists Agency, 8383 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 550, Los Angeles, CA 90211; Paradigm, 360 N.Crescent Dr., North Bldg., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.; Manager: Ken Gross Management, 7919 Sunset Blvd., 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90046.; Publicist: I/DPR, 8409 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, director, writer
Birth Details
March 13, 1950
Miami, Florida, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • (As W. H. Macy) Bronski, Foolin' Around, Columbia, 1979
  • (As W. H. Macy) Critic (1972), Somewhere in Time, Universal, 1980
  • (As W. H. Macy) Reporter, Without a Trace, Twentieth Century-Fox,1983
  • (As W. H. Macy) J. J., The Last Dragon (also known as Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon), TriStar, 1985
  • (As W. H. Macy) Radio Voice, Radio Days, Orion, 1987
  • (As W. H. Macy) Sergeant Moran, House of Games, Orion, 1987
  • (As W. H. Macy) Billy Drake, Things Change, Columbia, 1988
  • (As W. H. Macy) Cop with Spiro, Shadows and Fog, Orion, 1991
  • (As W. H. Macy) Tim Sullivan, Homicide, Columbia/TriStar, 1991
  • Randy Burch, Benny & Joon (also known as Benny and Juneand Along Came Sam), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1993
  • Tunafish father, Searching for Bobby Fischer (also known as Innocent Moves), Paramount, 1993
  • Property Clerk, Twenty Bucks, Triton Pictures, 1993
  • Boris, Being Human, Warner Bros., 1994
  • Dr. Greenway, The Client, Warner Bros., 1994
  • Stephen Meeker, Dead on Sight, Summa Video, 1994
  • John, Oleanna, Samuel Goldwyn, 1994
  • (As W. H. Macy) Vice Principal Wolters, Mr. Holland's Opus (also known as Mr. Herrick's Opus and Herrick's Opus), Buena Vista, 1995
  • (As W. H. Macy) Voice of title role, Evolver, Trimark Pictures, 1995
  • District Attorney William McNeil, Murder in the First (also knownas Meurtre a Alcatraz), 1995
  • (Uncredited) Doctor, Roommates, 1995
  • (Uncredited) Railroad magnate, Tall Tale (also known as Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventures of Pecos Bill), 1995
  • Captain Carl Knox (Orlando), Down Periscope, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1996
  • Jerry Lundegaard, Fargo, Gramercy, 1996
  • Charlie Crisco, Bobby DeLaughter's assistant, Ghosts of Mississippi (also known as Medgar Evers, The Murder of Medgar Evers, Free at Last, and The Ghost of Mississippi), Columbia, 1996
  • The cop, Hit Me (also known as Ice Cream Dimension), Trident Releasing, 1996
  • Major Caldwell, Air Force One (also known as AFO), Columbia/Sony, 1997
  • Mr. O'Day, Colin Fitz, Baby Shark Inc./River One Films, 1997
  • Little Bill, Boogie Nights, New Line Cinema, 1997
  • CIA agent Charles Young, Wag the Dog, New Line Cinema, 1997
  • James Gordon, A Civil Action, Buena Vista, 1998
  • George Parker, Pleasantville, New Line Cinema, 1998
  • Milton Arbogast, Psycho, Universal, 1998
  • Voice of Justin, The Secret of NIMH II: Timmy to the Rescue, Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer/United Artists Home Entertainment, 1998
  • Karl, Jerry and Tom, 1998
  • Sheriff Chappy Dent, Happy, Texas, Miramax, 1999
  • The shoveler, Mystery Men, Universal, 1999
  • Himself, "Psycho" Path (documentary), Universal Studios Home Video, 1999
  • Quiz Kid Donnie Smith, Magnolia (also known as mag-no'li-a), New Line Cinema, 1999
  • Alex, Panic, Artisan Entertainment, 2000
  • Walt Price, State and Main (also known as Sequences et consequences), New Line Cinema, 2000
  • Himself, That Moment: Magnolia Diary (also known as That Moment: Magnolia Diary October 1998-March 2000; documentary), New Line Home Video, 2000
  • Paul Kirby, Jurassic Park III (also known as JP3), MCA/Universal, 2001
  • Lawrence Newman, Focus, Paramount Classics, 2001
  • Himself, The Special Effects of "Jurassic Park III" (documentary),Universal Studios Home Video, 2001
  • Himself, The Making of "Jurassic Park III" (documentary), Universal Studios Home Video, 2001
  • Himself, The Dinosaurs of "Jurassic Park III" (documentary; also known as The New Dinosaurs of "Jurassic Park III"), Universal Studios Home Video, 2001
  • Himself, Beyond Jurassic Park (documentary), 2001
  • Riley, Welcome to Collinwood (also known as Safecrackers oder Diebe haben's schwer), Warner Bros., 2002
  • Bernie Lootz, The Cooler, Lions Gate Films, 2003
  • Tick Tock McGlaughlin, Seabiscuit, Universal, 2003
  • Narrator, Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood (documentary), Shout! Factory, 2003
  • Travers, U-Boat, Artisan Entertainment, 2003
  • Himself, Minnesota Nice (documentary short film), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, Home Entertainment, 2003
  • Stoddard, Spartan, Warner Bros., 2004
  • Nate Travers, In Enemy Hands, Artisan Entertainment, 2004
  • Mooney, Cellular, New Line Cinema, 2004
  • Sandecker, Admiral James, Sahara, Paramount, 2005
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Dr. David Morgenstern, ER, NBC, 1994-1998
  • Voice of Leo Lionheart, The Lionhearts, syndicated, 1998-1999
  • Sam Donovan, a recurring role, Sports Night, ABC, 1999-2000
  • Miniseries
  • (As W. H. Macy) Will Beagle, The Awakening Land, NBC, 1978
  • (As W. H. Macy) Randy, The Murder of Mary Phagan (also known as The Ballad of Mary Phagan), NBC, 1988
  • Colonel Chandler, Andersonville, TNT, 1996
  • Steven, Out of Order, Showtime, 2003
  • Arthur Raven, Reversible Errors (also known as Scott Turow's Reversible Errors), CBS, 2004
  • Movies
  • (As W. H. Macy) Ben Duffy, The Cradle Will Fall, CBS, 1983
  • (As W. H. Macy) Socrates, The Boy Who Loved Trolls, 1984
  • (As W. H. Macy) Farmer, Lip Service, 1988
  • Ray Daniels, In the Line of Duty: Siege at Marion (also known as In the Line of Duty: Standoff at Marion and In the Line of Duty: TheHostage Murders), NBC, 1992
  • (As W. H. Macy) Psychiatrist, A Private Matter (also known as Miss Sherri), HBO, 1992
  • Sean Hammel, A Murderous Affair: The Carolyn Warmus Story (also known as Lovers of Deceit: The Carolyn Warmus Story), ABC, 1992
  • Charles Lang, The Water Engine, TNT, 1992
  • Booth, The Heart of Justice, TNT, 1993
  • Dr. Frank Teague, In the Shadow of Evil, CBS, 1995
  • Prosecuting attorney Schultz, Above Suspicion (also known as The Rhinehart Theory), HBO, 1995
  • Petrocelli, The Writing on the Wall (also known as Operation Schmetterling), Channel Four, 1996
  • Bobby Sommerdinger, The Con, 1998
  • Terry Thorpe, A Slight Case of Murder (also known as A Travesty), TNT, 1999
  • Bill Porter, Door to Door, TNT, 2002
  • Glenn, It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, NBC, 2002
  • John Irwin, Stealing Sinatra, Showtime, 2003
  • Narrator, Dark Roots: The Unauthorized Anna Nicole, Showtime, 2003
  • Gigot, The Wool Cap, TNT, 2004
  • Lew Berman, The Accountant and the Stripper, Showtime, 2004
  • Pilots
  • (As W. H. Macy) Chip Gooseberry, Sitcom, HBO, 1983
  • Dr. David Morgenstern, ER, NBC, 1994
  • Bob Wilson, Mystery Dance, ABC, 1995
  • Put-In-Bay, CBS, 2002
  • Also appeared in Law & Order, NBC.
  • Specials
  • (As W. H. Macy) Arthur, Charlie, architect, Billy, Nick, Fred, Tony, andStandish, "The Dining Room," Great Performances, PBS, 1984
  • (As W. H. Macy) All That Glitters, ABC, 1990
  • Doctor, Texan, Showtime, 1994
  • Inside the Academy Awards, 1997
  • Comic Relief VIII, HBO, 1998
  • Screen Actors Guild 4th Annual Awards, 1998
  • Presenter, The National Hate Test, USA Network, 1998
  • Canned Ham: Mystery Man, Comedy Central, 1999
  • Voice of Ichabod Crane, Night of the Headless Horseman (animated),Fox, 1999
  • Politically Incorrect After Party Presented by Pepsi, ABC, 1999
  • Narrator, Polar Beer Invasion (documentary), PBS, 2001
  • Presenter, AFI Awards 2001, CBS, 2002
  • Presenter, The 17th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards, Independent Film Channel, 2002
  • A Life of Laughter: Remembering John Ritter (documentary), ABC, 2003
  • Presenter, The 9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, TNT, 2003
  • Presenter, The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Fox, 2003
  • Narrator and host, The True Story of Seabiscuit (documentary), Arts and Entertainment, 2003
  • Himself, Seabiscuit: The Making of a Legend (documentary), 2003
  • Presenter, The 2004 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, E! Entertainment Television, 2004
  • Episodic
  • (As W. H. Macy) District attorney, "The Choice," Spenser: For Hire, 1985
  • (As W. H. Macy) Carl, "General Hospital," Kate & Allie, 1986
  • Dr. Spalding, "Hand and Glove," The Equalizer, CBS, 1986
  • (As W. H. Macy) Efrem Connors, "If You Knew Sammy," Spenser: For Hire, CBS, 1987
  • (As W. H. Macy) Efrem Connors, "Play It Again, Sammy," Spenser: For Hire, CBS, 1988
  • "Season's Greetings from Al Floss," The Famous Teddy Z, CBS, 1989
  • (As W. H. Macy) Assistant U.S. Attorney John McCormack, "Everybody's Favorite Bagman," Law & Order, NBC, 1990
  • Jack Powell, "Sister of Mercy," Law & Order, NBC, 1992
  • "Denise and de Nuptials," Civil Wars, ABC, 1992
  • Russell Karp, "Cable Does Not Pay," Bakersfield, P.D., Fox, 1993
  • Bernard Ruskin, "Rhyme and Punishment," L.A. Law, NBC, 1993
  • Late Show with David Letterman, 1997, 1999
  • Voice of Director of Paranormals Institute, "Where There's Smoke ... ," Superman (animated), 1998
  • Voices of Jorgen Svenson and Sven Jorgenson, "Hercules and the Twilight of the Gods," Disney's Hercules (animated), ABC and syndicated, 1998
  • Voice of Dr. Rubin, "Pregnant Paws," King of the Hill (animated),Fox, 1998
  • Himself, The Martin Short Show, syndicated, 1999
  • Voice of Aaron Herbst, "Disappearing Inque," Batman Beyond (animated), The WB, 1999
  • Guest caller Ralph, "Good Samaritan," Frasier, NBC, 1999
  • Voice of Kerros, "Big Time," Batman Beyond (animated), The WB, 2000
  • Himself, "The English Language," Dennis Miller Live, HBO, 2001
  • Himself, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 2001, 2002, 2003
  • The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, CBS, 2002
  • Himself, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 2003
  • Himself, "David Mamet," The Directors, 2004
  • Also appeared in Nick and Hillary (also known as Tattingers), CBS; as voice of director, The New Batman/Superman Adventures (animated), The WB.
  • Television Work
  • Movies
  • Director, Lip Service, HBO, 1988
  • Producer, The Wool Cap, TNT, 2004
  • Pilots
  • Producer, Put-In-Bay, CBS, 2002
  • Stage Appearances
  • (As W. H. Macy) American Buffalo, Goodman Theatre Center, Chicago,IL, 1975-1976
  • (As W. H. Macy) The Show-Off, Goodman Theatre Center, 1976-1977
  • (As W. H. Macy; off-Broadway debut) Jerry Green, The Man in 605, Theatre DeLYS, 1979-1980
  • (As W. H. Macy) Sebastian, Twelfth Night, Circle Repertory Theatre, New York City, 1980-1981
  • (As W. H. Macy) Leopold, A Call From the East, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1981
  • (As W. H. Macy) The Dining Room, Playwrights Horizons Theatre andAstor Place Theatre, 1982
  • (As W. H. Macy) The Front Page, Goodman Theatre, 1981-1982
  • (As W. H. Macy) Arthur Pitler, "I'm Good To My Doggies," Wild Life, Vandam Theatre, 1983
  • (As W. H. Macy) Peter, "Charades," Wild Life, Vandam Theatre, 1983
  • (As W. H. Macy) He, Flirtations, T.O.M.I. Terrace Theatre, 1983
  • (As W. H. Macy) John, Baby with the Bathwater, Playwrights Horizon's Theatre, 1983-1984
  • (As W. H. Macy) Gin Player, Prairie Du Chien (in double bill withThe Shawl), Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, Lincoln Center, New York City,1985-1986
  • (As W. H. Macy) Peter Cope, Paris Bound, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1985-1986
  • (As W. H. Macy) Junius Upsey, The Nice and The Nasty, 1986
  • (As W. H. Macy) Nick, Bodies, Rest, and Motion, Mitzi E. NewhouseTheatre, 1986-1987
  • (As W. H. Macy; Broadway debut) Howie Newsome, Our Town, Henry Miller Theatre, 1988
  • (As W. H. Macy) Interrogator, Bobby Gould in Hell (part of Oh,Hell double bill, with The Devil and Billy Markham), Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, 1989
  • (As W. H. Macy) Heinrich, Life During Wartime, Manhattan Theatre Club, 1991
  • (As W. H. Macy) John, Oleanna, Orpheum Theatre, 1994
  • Teach, American Buffalo, Donmar Warehouse, London, then Atlantic Theater Company, New York City, 2000
  • The Guys, Actor's Gang, Los Angeles, 2002
  • Also appeared in The Beaver Coat, Circle Repertory Theatre; Sittin'; Sunshine; Speakeasy; Marathon '90; Mr. Gogol and Mr. Preen, Lincoln Center; Vermont Sketches, Shoeshine, andCross Patch, all at Ensemble Studio Theatre.
  • Major Tours
  • John, Oleanna, U.S. cities, 1993
  • Stage Director
  • (As W. H. Macy) Fun, Manhattan Punch Line, 1987
  • (As W. H. Macy) Boy's Life, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, Lincoln Center, New York City, 1988
  • (As W. H. Macy) Three Sisters, Atlantic Theatre, New York City, 1991
  • Down the Shore/The Dadshuttle, Atlantic Theatre, 1993
  • Oleanna, Tiffany Theater, Los Angeles, 1994
  • The Joy of Being Somewhere Different, Atlantic Theatre Company, New York City, 1997
  • WRITINGS
  • Television Movies
  • (With Steven Schachter) Above Suspicion (also known as The Rhinehart Theory), HBO, 1995
  • (With Schachter and Martin Davidson) Every Woman's Dream, CBS, 1996
  • (With Schachter) Pascagoula, USA Network, 1997
  • The Con, 1998
  • A Slight Case of Murder (also known as A Travesty), TNT, 1999
  • Door to Door, TNT, 2002
  • Just a Walk in the Park, ABC Family, 2002
  • The Wool Cap, TNT, 2004
  • The Accountant and the Stripper, Showtime, 2004
  • Television Pilots
  • Put-In-Bay, CBS, 2002
  • Television Episodes
  • (As W. H. Macy; with Steven Schachter and Joseph Dougherty) "Shifting theAshes," thirtysomething, ABC, 1991
  • (With Schachter) "Fathers and Sons," Home Fires, 1992

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Newsmakers 1999, Issue 3, Gale Group, 1999
    Periodicals
    • Entertainment Weekly, September 26, 1997, p. 14
    • Esquire, August, 1997, p. 24
    • Interview, May, 2000, p. 70
    • Maclean's, October 26, 1998, p. 93; November 26, 2001, p. 47
    • New York, October 14, 1991, p. 26
    • Parade Magazine, November 2, 2003, p. 18
    • People Weekly, November 10, 1997, p. 166; February 22, 1999, p. 49

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