William Fichtner

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William Fichtner
Fichtner at the 2011 USA Film Festival
BornWilliam Edward Fichtner
(1956-11-27) November 27, 1956 (age 57)
Mitchel Air Force Base, New York U.S.
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Betsy Aidem (?–1996)
Kymberly Kalil (1998–present)
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William Fichtner
Fichtner at the 2011 USA Film Festival
BornWilliam Edward Fichtner
(1956-11-27) November 27, 1956 (age 57)
Mitchel Air Force Base, New York U.S.
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)Betsy Aidem (?–1996)
Kymberly Kalil (1998–present)

William Edward Fichtner (born November 27, 1956)[1] is an American actor. He has appeared in a number of notable film and TV series. He is known for his roles as Sheriff Tom Underlay in the cult favorite television series Invasion, Alexander Mahone on Prison Break, The Lone Ranger and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Early life[edit]

Fichtner was born in Mitchel Air Force Base[2] on Long Island, and was raised in Cheektowaga, New York, the son of Patricia A. (née Steitz) and William E. Fichtner.[3][4] He has German ancestry.[5]

Fichtner graduated from Maryvale High School (Cheektowaga) in 1974. After graduating from Farmingdale State College in 1976 with an associate degree in criminal justice, he attended SUNY Brockport and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice in 1978. Fichtner then studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. Fichtner credits his Farmingdale State College admissions counselor, Don Harvey, with his decision to study acting. Harvey, who became a lifelong friend, took Fichtner to his first Broadway show. On 18 May 2008, Fichtner was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Farmingdale State College.[6]


Fichtner began his acting career as Josh Snyder in As the World Turns in 1987. Fichtner's film credits include Contact, Heat, Armageddon, Go, Equilibrium, Black Hawk Down, The Perfect Storm, The Longest Yard, Crash, Ultraviolet, and The Dark Knight. Mainly a character actor, one of Fichtner's few leading roles is in Passion of Mind, also starring Demi Moore and Stellan Skarsgård. For his role in Crash he won a Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance Award and a "Best Acting Ensemble" Award from Broadcast Film Critics Choice.

Fichtner, 2003

Credited as Bill Fichtner, he voiced the character Ken Rosenberg in the video games Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Between 2005 and 2006, Fichtner also starred in the science-fiction TV series Invasion as Sheriff Tom Underlay. After Invasion was cancelled, Fichtner played FBI Agent Alexander Mahone in the second through fourth seasons (2006–2009) of Prison Break.[7] Later that year, he presented an award at the National Hockey League award show.[citation needed] He also appears in The West Wing episode, "The Supremes" as Christopher Mulready, a conservative judge nominated to the Supreme Court. Fichtner also had a role as the Gotham National Bank manager in the feature film The Dark Knight, and as Jurgen in Equilibrium.

In June 2009, Fichtner signed on to guest star on Entourage playing TV producer Phil Yagoda, who is trying to remake his hit 1990s teen series.[8] He also voices Master Sergeant Sandman in the 2011 video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.[9]

Fichtner played Eric Sacks in 2014's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.[10][11]

Personal life[edit]

Fichtner is a long time fan of both the Buffalo Bills and the Buffalo Sabres. [12][13] Fichtner currently lives in Prague, Czech Republic, where he is filming the television series Crossing Lines.[14]



1994Quiz ShowStage Manager
1995RecklessRachel's Father
1995Strange DaysDwayne Engelman
1995HeatRoger Van Zant
1995High Lonesome: A Father For Charlie[15]SheriffTelevision film
1995UnderneathTommy Dundee
1996Albino AlligatorLaw
1997SwitchbackChief Jack McGinnis
1998ArmageddonColonel William Sharp
1999Settlement, TheThe SettlementJerry
2000Perfect Storm, TheThe Perfect StormDavid "Sully" Sullivan
2000Drowning MonaPhil Dearly
2000Passion of MindAaron
2000Endsville[16]Prince Victor
2001Pearl HarborDanny's Father
2001Black Hawk DownSFC Jeff SandersonNominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
2001What's the Worst That Could Happen?Detective Alex Tardio
2002Julie Walking HomeHenry
2004CrashFlanaganHollywood Film Festival Ensemble of the Year
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
2005Moguls, TheThe MogulsOtis
2005Nine LivesAndrewNominated — Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
2005Chumscrubber, TheThe ChumscrubberDr. Bill Stifle
2005Longest Yard, TheThe Longest YardCaptain Knauer
2005Mr. & Mrs. SmithDr. Wexler (voice)Uncredited
2007Blades of GloryDarren MacElroy
2007First SnowEd
2008Dark Knight, TheThe Dark KnightBank Manager
2010Forehead Tittaes[17]BossShort skit
2010Date NightD.A. Frank Crenshaw
2011Big Bang, TheThe Big BangDetective Poley
2011Drive AngryThe AccountantChainsaw Awards Best Supporting Actor
2012WrongMaster Chang
2012Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden[18]Mr. GuidryTelevision film
2013PhantomAlex Kozlov
2013The SamuraiSalvatore O'Brien
2013The Lone RangerButch Cavendish
2013ElysiumJohn Carlyle
2014Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesEric Sacks
2014The HomesmanVester Belknap
2014St. SebastianJurgensPost-production
2015The Gettysburg AddressJohn G. Nicolay (voice)


1987–1994As the World TurnsJosh SnyderUnknown episodes
1989A Man Called HawkBoros2 episodes
1989BaywatchHoward GanzaEpisode: Rookie School
1994–1995Grace Under FireRyan8 episodes
2002MDsBruce Kellerman10 episodes
2004West Wing, TheThe West WingJustice Christopher MulreadyEpisode: "The Supremes"
2005Empire FallsJimmy Minty2 episodes
2005American Dad!Harland (voice)Episode: "Homeland Insecurity"
2005–2006InvasionSheriff Tom Underlay22 episodes
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television
2006–2009Prison BreakAlexander Mahone59 episodes
2009–2011EntouragePhil Yagoda8 episodes
2010Night and DayDan HollisterPilot
2013–presentCrossing LinesCarl Hickman

Video games[edit]

2002Grand Theft Auto: Vice CityKen Rosenberg (voice)Credited as Bill Fichtner
2004Grand Theft Auto: San AndreasKen Rosenberg (voice)Credited as Bill Fichtner
2008TurokLogan (voice)
2011Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3Master Sergeant Sandman (voice)


  1. ^ "William Fichtner Biography (1956-)". FilmReference.com. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. (2002-01-17). "'Black Hawk Down' Comes Up in D.C". People.com. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  3. ^ David Niles. "Worcester Telegram & Gazette Archives". Nl.newsbank.com. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  4. ^ The Post-Journal (2009-12-29). "Patricia A. Fichtner - post-journal.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information - Jamestown". Post-Journal. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  5. ^ "FAQs and Q&A with William Fichtner". WilliamFichtner.org (official site). Archived from the original on June 18, 2007. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  6. ^ "About William Fichtner". Farmingdale State College. 2006, date n.a. Archived from the original on September 27, 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ Clean 'Break' for Fichtner Reuters. June 19, 2006. Retrieved June 19, 2006.
  8. ^ "Entourage Admits Caan, Fichtner, Letscher". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  9. ^ Gaudiosi, John (11-04-11). "Actor William Fichtner is Modern Warfare 3's Sandman". IGN. Retrieved 11-04-11.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  10. ^ 'Crossing Lines': William Fichtner Reveals 'Sons Of Anarchy' Star Joining Show
  11. ^ ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Adds William Fichtner
  12. ^ BuffaloBills.com: William Fichtner: An "all in" Bills Fan
  13. ^ Brennan, Michael (11 October 2013). "William Fichtner, A Buffalo-Raised Supporting Actor". Forged in Buffalo. 
  14. ^ As of June 2014.
  15. ^ "A Father for Charlie (1995)". FamousFix. 
  16. ^ Endsville at the Internet Movie Database
  17. ^ "Forehead Tittaes w/ Marion Cotillard". Funny Or Die. 9 March 2010. 
  18. ^ Kaufman, Alexander C. (4 October 2012). "National Geographic Channel to Show Osama bin Laden Thriller ‘Seal Team Six’". The Wrap. 

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