William H. Macy

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William Hall Macy Jr. is an American actor. His film career has been built on appearances in small, independent films, though he has also appeared in mainstream films. Macy has won two Emmy Awards and four Screen Actors Guild Awards, while his performance in Fargo earned a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. From 2011 to ... See full bio »

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Known For

Fargo Jerry Lundegaard
Magnolia Quiz Kid Donnie Smith
Shameless Frank Gallagher / Jerry Gallagher
Boogie Nights Little Bill


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 2022 The Dropout (TV Mini Series)
Richard Fuisz
- Heroes (2022) ... Richard Fuisz
- Iron Sisters (2022) ... Richard Fuisz
- Flower of Life (2022) ... Richard Fuisz
- Green Juice (2022) ... Richard Fuisz
- I'm in a Hurry (2022) ... Richard Fuisz
 2011-2021 Shameless (TV Series)
Frank Gallagher / Jerry Gallagher
- Father Frank, Full of Grace (2021) ... Frank Gallagher
- The Fickle Lady Is Calling It Quits (2021) ... Frank Gallagher
- DNR (2021) ... Frank Gallagher
- Survivors (2021) ... Frank Gallagher
- Cancelled (2021) ... Frank Gallagher
 2021 Shameless Hall of Shame (TV Series)
Frank Gallagher
- Frank: Ghosts of Gallagher Past (2021) ... Frank Gallagher
- Fiona: Go Fiona On Them (2021) ... Frank Gallagher
- Debbie, Carl & Liam: They Grow Up So Fast (2021) ... Frank Gallagher
- Lip: Once Upon a Phillip Gallagher (2021) ... Frank Gallagher
- Kev & V: God Doesn't Give with Both Hands (2021) ... Frank Gallagher
 2019 Pepsi: The Encounter (Short)
 2017 Krystal
Dr. Wyatt Ogburn
 2016 Blood Father
 2015/I Room
 2015 Stealing Cars
Philip Wyatt
 2015 Dial a Prayer
 2015/I Walter
Dr. Corman
 2014/II Cake
 2014 Two-Bit Waltz
 2014 Rudderless
Trill (Proprietor)
 2013 The Wind Rises
Satomi (English version, voice)
 2013 Trust Me
 2013 A Single Shot
 2012 Ernest & Celestine
Head Dentist (English version, voice)
 2012 The Sessions
Father Brendan
 2011 Portraits in Dramatic Time
William H. Macy
 2011 Versailles (TV Series)
- Mama's Got You (2011) ... Bill
- Cracked Sidewalks (2011) ... Bill
- Holy Mother of God! (2011) ... Bill
 2011 The Lincoln Lawyer
Frank Levin
 2010 Dirty Girl
 2010 Marmaduke
Don Twombly
 2009 The Maiden Heist
George McLendon
 1994-2009 ER (TV Series)
Dr. David Morgenstern
- A Long, Strange Trip (2009) ... Dr. David Morgenstern
- Shades of Gray (1998) ... Dr. David Morgenstern
- Gut Reaction (1998) ... Dr. David Morgenstern
- A Bloody Mess (1998) ... Dr. David Morgenstern
- Something New (1997) ... Dr. David Morgenstern
 2008 Family Man (TV Movie)
Todd Becker
 2008 The Tale of Despereaux
Lester (voice)
 2008 Bart Got a Room
 2008 Shorts
Dr. Noseworthy
 2008/I The Deal
Charlie Berns
 2007 He Was a Quiet Man
Gene Shelby
 2007 Wild Hogs
Dudley Frank
 2006-2007 Curious George (TV Series short)
The Narrator
- Unbalanced/Curious George vs. Winter (2007) ... The Narrator (voice)
- George Fixes Betsy's Wagon/Curious George Takes a Dive (2007) ... The Narrator (voice)
- The Elephant Upstairs/Being Hundley (2007) ... The Narrator (voice)
- The All Animal Recycled Band/The Times of Sand (2007) ... The Narrator (voice)
- Housebound!/Curious George Rides a Bike (2007) ... The Narrator (voice)
 2007 The Unit (TV Series)
President of the United States
- The Broom Cupboard (2007) ... President of the United States
 2006 Everyone's Hero
Lefty Maginnis (voice)
 2006 Inland Empire
 2006/I Bobby
 2006 Choose Your Own Adventure: The Abominable Snowman (Video)
Rudyard North (voice)
 2006 Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King (TV Mini Series)
Clyde Umney / Sam Landry / George Demmick
- Umney's Last Case (2006) ... Clyde Umney / Sam Landry / George Demmick
 2006 Doogal
Brian (voice)
 2006 The Simpsons (TV Series)
William H. Macy
- Homer's Paternity Coot (2006) ... William H. Macy (voice)
 2005 Thank You for Smoking
Senator Ortolan Finistirre
 2005 Edmond
 2005 Sahara
Admiral Sandecker
 2004 The Wool Cap (TV Movie)
 2004 Cellular
Sgt. Bob Mooney
 2004 Reversible Errors (TV Movie)
Arthur Raven
 2004 In Enemy Hands
Chief of Boat Nathan Travers
 2004 Spartan
 2003 Seabiscuit
Tick Tock McGlaughlin
 2003 Out of Order (TV Series)
- Put Me in Order (2003) ... Steven
- Follow the Rat (2003) ... Steven
- Losing My Religion (2003) ... Steven
- The Art of Loss (2003) ... Steven
- Pilot: Part Two (2003) ... Steven
 2003 Stealing Sinatra
John Irwin
 2003 The Cooler
Bernie Lootz
 2002 Door to Door (TV Movie)
Bill Porter
 2002 Welcome to Collinwood
 2001/I Focus
Lawrence Newman
 2001 Jurassic Park III
Paul Kirby
 1999-2000 Batman Beyond (TV Series)
Karros / Aaron Herbst
- Big Time (2000) ... Karros (voice)
- Disappearing Inque (1999) ... Aaron Herbst (voice)
 2000 State and Main
Walt Price
 1999-2000 Sports Night (TV Series)
Sam Donovan
- And the Crowd Goes Wild (2000) ... Sam Donovan
- Dana Get Your Gun (2000) ... Sam Donovan
- The Sweet Smell of Air (2000) ... Sam Donovan
- Louise Revisited (1999) ... Sam Donovan
- Cliff Gardner (1999) ... Sam Donovan
 2000 Panic
 1999 Smash Mouth: All Star (Music Video short)
 1999 Magnolia
Quiz Kid Donnie Smith
 1999 Aimee Mann: Save Me (Music Video short)
Quiz Kid Donnie Smith
 1999 The Night of the Headless Horseman (TV Movie)
Ichabod Crane (voice)
 1999 The Wild Thornberrys (TV Series)
- On the Right Track (1999) ... Skoot (voice)
 1999 A Slight Case of Murder (TV Movie)
Terry Thorpe
 1999 Mystery Men
 1999 Happy, Texas
 1999 Frasier (TV Series)
- Good Samaritan (1999) ... Ralph (voice)
 1998 A Civil Action
James Gordon
 1998 The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue (Video)
Justin (voice)
 1998 The Lionhearts (TV Series)
Leo Lionheart
- Don't Bug the Neighbors: Part Two (1998) ... Leo Lionheart (voice)
- Don't Bug the Neighbors: Part One (1998) ... Leo Lionheart (voice)
- The Pony Show (1998) ... Leo Lionheart (voice)
- Leo's Diet (1998) ... Leo Lionheart (voice)
- Brown Dog Day (1998) ... Leo Lionheart (voice)
 1998 Psycho
Milton Arbogast
 1998 Hercules (TV Series)
Jorgen Svenson / Sven Jorgenson
- Hercules and the Twilight of the Gods (1998) ... Jorgen Svenson / Sven Jorgenson (voice)
 1998 King of the Hill (TV Series)
Dr. Rubin
- Pregnant Paws (1998) ... Dr. Rubin (voice)
 1998 Superman: The Animated Series (TV Series)
- Where There's Smoke (1998) ... Director (voice)
 1998 Pleasantville
 1998 The Con (TV Movie)
 1998 Jerry and Tom
 1997 Wag the Dog
Mr. Young
 1997 Boogie Nights
Little Bill
 1997 Air Force One
Major Caldwell
 1997 Colin Fitz Lives!
Mr. O'Day
 1996 Ghosts of Mississippi
Charlie Crisco
 1996 Hit Me
 1996 The Writing on the Wall (TV Movie)
 1996 Fargo
Jerry Lundegaard
 1996 Andersonville (TV Mini Series)
Col. Chandler
 1996 Down Periscope
Captain Knox
 1995 Mr. Holland's Opus
Vice Principal Wolters (as W.H. Macy)
 1995 Mystery Dance (TV Series)
Bob Wilson
- Episode #1.1 (1995) ... Bob Wilson
 1995 Above Suspicion
Pros. Atty. Schultz
 1995 Tall Tale
Railroad Magnate (uncredited)
 1995 Roommates
Doctor (uncredited)
 1995 Evolver
Evolver (voice, as W.H. Macy)
 1995 In the Shadow of Evil (TV Movie)
Dr. Frank Teague
 1995 Murder in the First
William McNeil (as Bill Macy)
 1994 Oleanna
 1994 Texan (TV Movie)
 1994 Dead on Sight
Steven Meeker
 1994 The Client
Dr. Greenway
 1994 Being Human
 1993 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Bernard Ruskin
- Rhyme and Punishment (1993) ... Bernard Ruskin
 1993 Bakersfield P.D. (TV Series)
Russell Karp
- Cable Does Not Pay (1993) ... Russell Karp
 1993 Searching for Bobby Fischer
Tunafish Father
 1993 Benny & Joon
Randy Burch
 1993 Twenty Bucks
Property Clerk
 1992 The Heart of Justice (TV Movie)
 1992 A Murderous Affair: The Carolyn Warmus Story (TV Movie)
Sean Hammel
 1992 The Water Engine (TV Movie)
Charles Lang
 1992 A Private Matter (TV Movie)
Psychiatrist (as W.H. Macy)
 1992 Civil Wars (TV Series)
Donald Patchen
- Denise and De Nuptials (1992) ... Donald Patchen
 1990-1992 Law & Order (TV Series)
Jack Powell / AUSA John McCormack
- Sisters of Mercy (1992) ... Jack Powell
- Everybody's Favorite Bagman (1990) ... AUSA John McCormack (as W.H. Macy)
 1992 In the Line of Duty: Siege at Marion (TV Movie)
Ray Daniels
 1991 Shadows and Fog
Cop with Spiro (as W.H. Macy)
 1991 Homicide
Tim Sullivan
 1990 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Store Clerk
- All That Glitters (1990) ... Store Clerk
 1989 Tattinger's (TV Series)
- Tour of Doody (1989) ... Myron (as W.H. Macy)
 1988 Lip Service (TV Movie)
Farmer (as W.H. Macy)
 1988 Things Change
Billy Drake (as W.H. Macy)
 1985-1988 Spenser: For Hire (TV Series)
Efrem Connors / District Attorney
- Play It Again, Sammy (1988) ... Efrem Connors (as W.H. Macy)
- If You Knew Sammy (1987) ... Efrem Connors (as W.H. Macy)
- The Choice (1985) ... District Attorney (as W.H. Macy)
 1988 The Murder of Mary Phagan (TV Mini Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1988) ... Randy (as W.H. Macy)
- Episode #1.1 (1988) ... Randy (as W.H. Macy)
 1987 House of Games
Sgt. Moran (as W.H. Macy)
 1987 Alive from Off Center (TV Series)
- As Seen on TV (1987) ... (as W.H. Macy)
 1987 The Equalizer (TV Series)
Dr. Spaulding
- Hand and Glove (1987) ... Dr. Spaulding (as W.H. Macy)
 1987 Radio Days
Radio Voice (as W.H. Macy)
 1986 Kate & Allie (TV Series)
- General Hospital (1986) ... Carl (as W.H. Macy)
 1985 Hometown (TV Series)
Loring Dixwell
- Mary's Yen (1985) ... Loring Dixwell (as W.H. Macy)
 1985 Joanna (TV Movie)
Napoleon Flipper
 1985 The Last Dragon
J.J. (as W.H. Macy)
 1984 The Dining Room (TV Movie)
Arthur / Charlie / Architect / ... (as W.H. Macy)
 1984 The Boy Who Loved Trolls (TV Movie)
Socrates (as W.H. Macy)
 1983 Sitcom (TV Movie)
Chip Gooseberry
 1983 The Cradle Will Fall (TV Movie)
Ben Duffy (as W.H. Macy)
 1983 WarGames
NORAD Officer (uncredited)
 1983 Without a Trace
Reporter (as W.H. Macy)
 1980 Foolin' Around
Bronski (as W.H. Macy)
 1980 Somewhere in Time
Critic (1972) (as W. H. Macy)
 1978 The Awakening Land (TV Mini Series)
Will Beagle
- Part III: The Town (1978) ... Will Beagle (as W.H. Macy)
- Part II: The Fields (1978) ... Will Beagle (as W.H. Macy)
- Part I: The Trees (1978) ... Will Beagle (as W.H. Macy)
 1964 Another World (TV Series)
Frank Fisk (1982) (as W.H. Macy)
Show Show Writer (13 credits)
Show Show Director (6 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (4 credits)
Show Show Producer (5 credits)
Show Show Additional Crew (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (7 credits)
Show Show Self (164 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (15 credits)

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Stage: Appeared (as "Hildy") in Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's "The Front Page." Michael Maggio directed for Chicago's Goodman Theatre. Also in the cast: Colin Stinton as Walter Burns, Gary Houston as McCue, Rob Riley as Kruger, Jerry Tullos as Bensinger, Jack Wallace as Murphy, Bonnie Sue Arp as Mollie Malloy, Barbara E. Robertson... See more »

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While in New York he 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). See more »


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