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Overview (4)

Born in Miami, Florida, USA
Birth NameWilliam Hall Macy Jr.
Nicknames Bill
Willie
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

William H. Macy was born on March 13, 1950 in Miami, Florida, USA as William Hall Macy Jr. He is an actor and writer, known for Fargo (1996), Shameless (2011) and Magnolia (1999). He has been married to Felicity Huffman since September 6, 1997. They have two children.

Spouse (1)

Felicity Huffman (6 September 1997 - present) ( 2 children)

Trivia (53)

His best friends called him "Willie" when he attended Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia.
Studied under David Mamet at Goddard College, Vermont.
Was a founding member of St. Nicholas Theater in Chicago with David Mamet and writer Steven Schachter.
While in New York worked as "voice-over talent", including "Secret--strong enough for a man but made for a woman" ("That's my most famous voice-over" he said in an interview in "Esquire" magazine, August 1997).
Uses the name William H. Macy so he won't be confused with 1970s comedian Bill Macy.
He, wife Felicity Huffman, Giancarlo Esposito and TV stars Camryn Manheim and Kristen Johnston are all members of the New York-based Atlantic Theater Company, which Macy and writer David Mamet co-founded in 1985.
He and his wife, Felicity Huffman, have two daughters: Sofia Macy (Sofia Grace Macy) (born on August 1, 2000) and Georgia Macy (Georgia Grace Macy) (born on March 14, 2002).
The writers and producers of The Simpsons (1989) have joked semi-seriously that if there was ever a live-action version of the series, then he would be the perfect choice to play Ned Flanders.
Remembers jokes and always tells one when he appears on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993).
Was the first choice to voice Marlin in Finding Nemo (2003), which went to Albert Brooks.
His agent tried to discourage him from reading the script for Boogie Nights (1997), but he read it anyway, loved it, and signed on to do the film.
Became a spokesperson for United Cerebral Palsy after filming Door to Door (2002).
His father lives in Gainesville, FL.
Has admitted to experimenting with LSD in college. He stated some friends referred to him as "acid head".
Attended Allegany High School in Cumberland, MD. He was junior and senior class president of his graduating class.
The pop rock band Head Automatica has a song named after him called "I Shot William H. Macy".
Met Felicity Huffman when she was one of his students at the Atlantic Theater Company
He and wife Felicity Huffman both received Emmy Award nominations in 2005.
After spending years in Chicago theater and building his resume as an actor, at age 28 he relocated to New York City for film and television work.
Auditioned for the role of Brian on the sitcom Family Guy (1999), which went to Seth MacFarlane.
Was among the guests at Marcia Cross' wedding to Tom Mahoney
Lived with Felicity Huffman for 15 years before they married in 1997.
Owns a Bernese Mountain Dog that was bought in Grass Valley, CA.
Owns a home in Vermont.
His hobbies are woodworking and playing the ukulele.
Has been widely rumored to own a large collection of boomerangs. Macy himself says he does not collect boomerangs and has no idea how the rumor got started.
Lobbied hard for his role in Fargo (1996), including flying from Los Angeles to New York at his own expense for a third audition, and, he says, "I essentially told them I'd shoot their pets if they didn't give me this role and I wasn't leaving the room until they cast me.".
While in college, Macy had an old van with a bumper sticker that read: "Don't Laugh - Your Daughter May Be in Here".
With his hair a little on the long side, Macy was once mistaken for Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones at a Japanese airport.
Awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7060 Hollywood Blvd. on March 7, 2012.
When he was introduced during the 1997 Academy Awards (his first nomination, for Fargo (1996)) he was incorrectly referred to by the voice-over announcer as the former star of the sitcom Maude (1972), which was actually comedian Bill Macy.
When he appeared on Inside the Actors Studio (1994), he recalled that at the wrap party for Boogie Nights (1997), Nina Hartley, who played his character Little Bill's wife and who was a real-life porn star, gave the cast gifts of her own porn films. Macy's present was a copy of Nina Hartley's Guide to Anal Sex (1996).
As of 2016, has appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Fargo (1996), Seabiscuit (2003) and Room (2015).
He has Scottish, English, smaller amounts of French/Cajun, Irish, Welsh, and Dutch, and 1/64th Spanish, ancestry.
His father William was an Eighth Air Force B-17 Flying Fortress pilot in WWII.
He and Mary Steenburgen are sixth cousins, once removed; revealed in the PBS series, Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012).
William H. Macy changed his stage name slightly to avoid confusion with actor Bill Macy, well known for playing the husband of Bea Arthur on the popular sitcom "Maude."
At Goddard College, William H. Macy studied under playwright David Mamet and later originated roles in a number of Mamet plays.
During his hiatuses on "Shameless," William H. Macy has directed three feature films: "Rudderless" (2014), "The Layover" (2017) and "Krystal" (2017).
William H. Macy likes to play the ukulele.
After portraying a man with cerebral palsy in a 2002 TV movie he co-wrote called "Door to Door," William H. Macy became a spokesperson for United Cerebral Palsy.
William H. Macy auditioned for the role of Brian, the talking dog on the animated series "Family Guy," but the role ultimately went to series creator Seth McFarlane.
William H. Macy likes to ride motorcycles, inspired by the role he played in the hit 2007 film "Wild Hogs."
William H. Macy appeared opposite his wife, Felicity Huffman, in episodes of the 1998-2000 ABC sitcom "Sports Night," receiving an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor - Comedy Series.
William H. Macy has won three Screen Actors Guild Awards for his performance as Frank Gallagher in "Shameless."
In 2003, William H. Macy won Emmys for writing and acting in the TV movie "Door to Door," which he also directed.
William H. Macy’s role in "Seabiscuit" won him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
For his acclaimed role in the Coen brothers film "Fargo," William H. Macy won an Independent Spirit Award and was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar.
To date, William H. Macy has received five consecutive Emmy nominations for his portrayal of Frank Gallagher on "Shameless."
William H. Macy and his actress wife, Felicity Huffman, both have stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
William H. Macy is director-in-residence of New York's Atlantic Theater Company, which he co-founded with playwright David Mamet in 1985.
Nominated for the 2018 Emmy Award in the Lead Actor in a Comedy Series category for his role as Frank Gallagher in Shameless (2011), but lost to Bill Hader from Barry (2018).
Is a Lutheran.

Personal Quotes (10)

Nobody became an actor because he had a good childhood.
[on playing losers] When you do something well, they'll ask you to do it again. Early on I must have done this well and the reputation was out there. It's strange because in my life, I don't feel like a loser. Far from it. I feel lucky.
For a performer to get rage, or to get hostility or shock or any kind of emotions from the audience is a joy. The thing I think actors fear the most is boredom or inattention. That's what kills me.
I've always felt everything you need is on the page. I used to load my wallet with fake IDs and know what was outside the door down the imaginary hallway. I would do a history for the character, but that's a whole lot of work, and one day I thought, "I wonder what would happen if I didn't do that," and the answer was, "Nothing". Nothing. It doesn't help you. For an actor, the real issue is the moment-to-moment.
[on making Boogie Nights (1997)] One of my first days was the scene in which Dirk Diggler wins the Golden Phallus Award. In the audience were 100 extras who had been told to wear their finest 1970s clothes. All they knew was that this was a Burt Reynolds film. They're sitting there, and the director says, "All right, let's give it a shot. When she announces the winner, you all applaud." Melora Walters walks up to the microphone, opens the envelope and, with that fabulous little voice of hers, says, "And the winner is--and I can't wait to get his big cock in my mouth and my ass and my pussy--Dirk Diggler!" There was a stunned silence, and literally half the extras walked out, got in their cars and drove home. We were shut down for a while until they could get another set of extras. The next time, the director described the scene and told them what they were in for.
When I lived in New York, I supported myself by doing commercials. Mostly I auditioned. Once in a blue moon, I would actually book one.
I can't cook to save my soul. Every once in a while I'll cook something that's really good. And if you put a gun to my head, I couldn't repeat it.
It's not the actor's job to be funny, it's the writer's job. It's the actor's job to be truthful, and then the humor will come out.
They don't do movies of the week anymore. So I found myself looking for gainful employment. And about two years ago I decided I wanted to try television. My opinion is that the best stuff anywhere is on television right now. I just love it.
I love Trenton [NJ] and I love to visit it frequently. It is my very favorite state capital.

Salary (2)

Air Force One (1997) $400,000
Sahara (2005) $750,000

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