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Overview (4)

Born in Revere, Massachusetts, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (undisclosed)
Birth NameWolf Martin Garber
Height 5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Bill Macy was born on May 18, 1922 in Revere, Massachusetts, USA. He was an actor, known for The Jerk (1979), Maude (1972) and Analyze This (1999). He was previously married to Samantha Harper and Judith Janus. He died on October 17, 2019 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Family (1)

Spouse Samantha Harper (4 May 1975 - 17 October 2019)  (his death)
Judith Janus (? - ?)

Trivia (9)

Appeared in his birthday suit at age 47 in the controversial Broadway "nudie" musical, "Oh! Calcutta!" (1969).
Took on many entertainment jobs (poetry-reading, movie bits, comedy-record gigs) before hitting it big on TV as Maude (1972)'s stressed and often troubled heavy-drinking husband on the popular feminist sitcom Bea Arthur. Arthur was only 5 days older than Macy and the two were good friends off-screen.
William H. Macy was forced to use that rather formal moniker when he became an actor because Bill Macy already "owned" the name with the professional unions.
He can be seen in a brief, non-credited role as the father of Christian Bale's character in "American Hustle," during flashback scenes of Bale's childhood.
Worked as a cab driver for a decade before becoming an actor.
Was raised in Brooklyn and attended Samuel J. Tilden High School.
The son of Mollie (Friedopfer) and Michael Garber, his paternal grandparents were Lithuanian Jewish immigrants and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jews. He was born in Revere, Massachusetts.
Upon his death, he was cremated and his ashes returned to his wife.
He was a lifelong liberal Democrat.

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