William H. Macy

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William H. Macy
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BornWilliam Hall Macy, Jr.
(1950-03-13) March 13, 1950 (age 64)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
Vermont[1]
EducationAllegany High School
Alma materGoddard College
OccupationActor, writer
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)Felicity Huffman (1997–present)
ChildrenSophia Macy
Georgia Macy
William H Macy III
 
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Not to be confused with Bill Macy.
William H. Macy
WilliamHMacyTIFFSept2012.jpg
BornWilliam Hall Macy, Jr.
(1950-03-13) March 13, 1950 (age 64)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
Vermont[1]
EducationAllegany High School
Alma materGoddard College
OccupationActor, writer
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)Felicity Huffman (1997–present)
ChildrenSophia Macy
Georgia Macy
William H Macy III

William Hall Macy, Jr. (born March 13, 1950) is an American actor, screenwriter, teacher and director in theater, film and television. His film career has been built mostly on his appearances in small, independent films, though he has appeared in summer action films as well.[2] Macy has described himself as "sort of a Middle American, WASPy, Lutheran kind of guy... Everyman".[3]

Macy was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as Jerry Lundegaard in Fargo. He has won two Emmy Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award, and has been nominated for nine Emmy Awards and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards in total. He is also a three-time Golden Globe Award nominee. Since 2011 he has played the main antagonist in the Showtime television series Shameless. Macy and actress Felicity Huffman have been married since 1997.

Early life[edit]

Macy was born in Miami, Florida, and grew up in Georgia and Maryland.[4] His father, William Hall Macy, Sr., was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and an Air Medal for flying a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber in World War II; he later ran a construction company in Atlanta, Georgia, and worked for Dun & Bradstreet before taking over a Cumberland, Maryland-based insurance agency when Macy was nine years old. His mother, Lois (née Overstreet), was a war widow who met Macy's father after her first husband died in 1943; Macy has described her as a "Southern belle".[5][6][7]

Macy graduated in 1968[2] from Allegany High School in Cumberland, Maryland. Afterwards, he studied veterinary medicine[2] at Bethany College in West Virginia. By his own admission a "wretched student," he transferred to Goddard College and became involved in theatre,[4] where he performed in ensemble productions of The Three Penny Opera, A Midsummer Night's Dream and a wide variety of contemporary and improvisational pieces. At Goddard, he first met playwright David Mamet.[4]

Career[edit]

After graduating from Goddard in 1971, Macy moved to Chicago, Illinois, working as a bartender to pay the rent. Within a year, he and David Mamet, among others, founded St. Nicholas Theater Company,[4] where Macy originated roles in a number of Mamet's plays, such as American Buffalo and The Water Engine.[8]

Macy spent time in Los Angeles, California, before moving to New York City, New York in 1980. While living there, he had roles in over 50 Off Broadway and Broadway plays. One of his early on-screen roles was as a turtle named Socrates in the direct-to-video film The Boy Who Loved Trolls (1984), under the name W. H. Macy (so as not to be confused with the actor Bill Macy). He also had a minor role as a hospital orderly on the sitcom Kate & Allie in the fourth season episode "General Hospital" (also as W. H. Macy). He has appeared in numerous films that Mamet wrote and/or directed, including House of Games, Things Change, Homicide, Oleanna (reprising the role he originated in the play of the same name), Wag the Dog, State and Main, and Spartan.

Macy may be best known for his lead role in Fargo, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award.[4] The role helped boost his career and recognizability, though at the expense of nearly confining him to a narrow typecast of a worried man down on his luck.[9] Other Macy roles of the 1990s and 2000s included Benny & Joon, Above Suspicion, Mr. Holland's Opus, Ghosts of Mississippi, Air Force One, Boogie Nights, Pleasantville, Gus Van Sant's remake of Psycho, Happy, Texas, Mystery Men, Magnolia, Jurassic Park III, Focus, Panic, Welcome to Collinwood, Seabiscuit, The Cooler, and Sahara.

Macy has also had a number of roles on television, including a guest appearance on The Unit, as the President of the United States. In 2003, he won two Emmy Awards, one for starring in the lead role, and one as co-writer, of the made-for-TNT film Door to Door.[4] Door to Door is a drama based on the true story of Bill Porter, a door-to-door salesman in Portland, Oregon, born with cerebral palsy.[4]

His work on ER and Sports Night has also been recognized with Emmy nominations.

Macy in 2010

In a November 2003 interview with USA Today, Macy stated that he wanted to star in a big-budget action movie "for the money, for the security of a franchise like that". He serves as director-in-residence at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York, where he teaches a technique called Practical Aesthetics. A book describing the technique, A Practical Handbook for the Actor (ISBN 0-394-74412-8), is dedicated to Macy and Mamet.

In 2007, Macy starred in Wild Hogs, a film about middle-aged men reliving their youthful days by taking to the open road on their Harley-Davidson motorcycles from Cincinnati to the Pacific Coast. Despite being critically panned with a 14% "rotten" rating from Rotten Tomatoes, it was a financial success, grossing over $168 million.[10] In 2009, Macy completed filming on The Maiden Heist, a comedy that co-starred Morgan Freeman and Christopher Walken.

On June 23, 2008, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced Macy and his wife, Felicity Huffman, would each receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the upcoming year. On January 13, 2009, Macy replaced Jeremy Piven in David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow on Broadway. Piven suddenly and unexpectedly dropped out of the play in December 2008 after he experienced health problems; Norbert Leo Butz covered the role from December 23, 2008, until Macy took over the part.[11] Dirty Girl, which starred Macy along with Juno Temple, Milla Jovovich, Mary Steenburgen and Tim McGraw, premiered September 12, 2010 at the Toronto International Film Festival.

In the 2012 film The Sessions, Macy played a priest who helps a man with a severe disability find personal fulfillment through a sex surrogate.[12]

Shameless[edit]

In Summer 2010, Macy joined the Showtime pilot Shameless, as the main antagonist Frank Gallagher. The project ultimately went to series, its first season on premiered January 9, 2011. Macy has received high critical acclaim for his performance.[13] After the show's ratings improved, Showtime renewed it for a second and third season, and on January 29, 2013, for a fourth season to premiere in early 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Huffman and Macy at a ceremony where each received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in March 2012

Macy and actress Felicity Huffman have been married since September 6, 1997; they have two daughters, Sophia Grace (born August 1, 2000) and Georgia Grace (born March 14, 2002).

Macy and Huffman appeared at a rally for John Kerry in 2004.[14][15] Macy also plays the ukulele and is an avid woodturner; he has appeared on the cover of the specialist magazine Fine Woodworking. He is a national ambassador for the United Cerebral Palsy Association.[16]

Since shooting Wild Hogs, Macy has picked up a strong interest in riding motorcycles.[12]

In 1997 Macy auditioned for the role of Brian Griffin on Seth MacFarlane's popular show Family Guy.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1980Foolin' AroundBronski (as W.H. Macy)
1980Somewhere in TimeCritic (as W.H. Macy)
1983Without a TraceReporter
1984Boy Who Loved Trolls, TheThe Boy Who Loved TrollsSocrates the Turtle (voice)Television movie
1985Last Dragon, TheThe Last DragonJ.J.
1987House of GamesSgt. Morgan (as W.H. Macy)
1987Radio DaysRadio Actor
1988Murder of Mary Phagan, TheThe Murder of Mary PhaganRandyTelevision movie
1988Things ChangeBilly Drake
1991HomicideTim Sullivan
1992Water Engine, TheThe Water EngineCharles Lang
1992The Heart of JusticeBoothTelevision movie
1993Being HumanBoris
1993Benny & JoonRandy Burch
1993Searching for Bobby FischerPetey's Father
1994The ClientDr. Greenway
1995Murder in the FirstD.A. William McNeil
1995OleannaJohn
1995Dead on SightSteven Meeker
1995Tall TaleRailroad MagnateUncredited
1995Mr. Holland's OpusVice Principal Gene Wolters
1995EvolverEvolver (voice)
1996FargoJerry Lundegaard
1996AndersonvilleCol. Chandler
1996Down PeriscopeCommander Carl Knox
1996Ghosts of MississippiCharlie Crisco
1997Colin Fitz Lives!Mr. O'Day ...aka "Colin Fitz"
1997Air Force OneMajor Norman Caldwell
1997Boogie NightsLittle Bill
1997Wag the DogCIA Agent Charles Young
1998PleasantvilleGeorge Parker
1998PsychoMilton Arbogast
1998Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue, TheThe Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the RescueJustin (voice)Direct-to-video
1998Civil Action, AA Civil ActionJames Gordon
1998Con, TheThe ConBobby Sommerdinger
1998Lionhearts, TheThe LionheartsLeo Lionheart (voice)
1999Happy, TexasSheriff Chappy Dent
1999Mystery MenThe Shoveler
1999Slight Case Of Murder, AA Slight Case Of MurderTerry Thorpe
1999Night of the Headless Horseman, TheThe Night of the Headless HorsemanIchabod CraneVoice
1999MagnoliaQuiz Kid Donnie Smith
2000State and MainWalt Price
2000PanicAlex
2001Jurassic Park IIIPaul Kirby
2001FocusLawrence 'Larry' Newman
2002Door to DoorBill PorterTelevision movie
2002It's A Very Merry Muppet Christmas MovieGlenn
2002Welcome to CollinwoodRiley
2003Cooler, TheThe CoolerBernie Lootz
2003Easy Riders, Raging BullsNarratorDocumentary
2003Stealing SinatraJohn Irwin
2003SeabiscuitTick Tock McGlaughlin
2004Reversible ErrorsArthur RavenTelevision movie
2004CellularMooney
2004In Enemy HandsChief of Boat Nathan Travers
2004SpartanStoddard
2005Wool Cap, TheThe Wool CapCharlie GigotTelevision movie
2005SaharaAdmiral James Sandecker
2005EdmondEdmond Burke
2005Thank You for SmokingSenator Ortolan K. Finistirre
2006DoogalBrian the Snail (voice)
2006Nightmares and DreamscapesSam Landry, Clyde UmneyTelevision movie
2006BobbyPaul
2006Everyone's HeroLefty Maginnis (voice)
2006Choose Your Own Adventure DVD SeriesRudyard North
2006Inland EmpireAnnouncer
2007Wild HogsDudley Frank
2007He Was a Quiet ManGene Shelby
2008Deal, TheThe DealCharlie Berns
2008Bart Got a RoomErnie Stein
2008Tale of Despereaux, TheThe Tale of DespereauxLester (voice)
2009Maiden Heist, TheThe Maiden HeistGeorge
2009ShortsDr. Noseworthy
2010MarmadukeDon Twombly
2010Dirty GirlRay
2011Lincoln Lawyer, TheThe Lincoln LawyerFrank Levin
2012Sessions, TheThe SessionsFather Brendan
2013A Single ShotPittPost-production
2013Trust MeGary
2014The Wind RisesSatomiVoice
2014Ernest & CelestineHead DentistVoice
2014RudderlessSamAlso director
Filming
2015CakeLeonardFilming
2015Blood FatherFilming

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1978Awakening Land, TheThe Awakening LandWill Beagle3 episodes
1985–1988Spencer: For HireEfrem Connors3 episodes
1986Kate & AllieCarlEpisode: "General Hospital"
1987The EqualizerDr. SpauldingEpisode: "Hand and Glove"
1990Law & OrderJohn McCormackEpisode: "Everybody's Favorite Bagman"
1992Law & OrderPowellEpisode: "Sisters of Mercy"
1993Bakersfield P.D.Russell KarpEpisode: "Cable Does Not Pay"
1993L.A. LawBernard RuskinEpisode: "Rhyme and Punishment"
1994–2009ERDr. David Morgenstern31 episodes
1998The LionheartsLeo Lionheart13 episodes
1998King of the HillDr. RubinEpisode: "Pregnant Paws"
1999Batman BeyondAaron HerbstEpisode: "Disappearing Inque"
1999–2000Sports NightSam Donovan6 episodes
2000Batman BeyondKarrosEpisode: "Big Time"
2003Out of OrderSteven6 episodes
2006The SimpsonsHimselfEpisode: "Homer's Paternity Coot"
2006–2007Curious GeorgeNarrator28 episodes
2011–presentShamelessFrank Gallagher46 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
1992Independent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting MaleHomicideNominated
1995Independent Spirit AwardsBest Male LeadOleannaNominated
1997Academy AwardsBest Supporting ActorFargoNominated
1997Chicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorFargoNominated
1997Florida Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActorFargoNominated
1997Independent Spirit AwardsBest Male LeadFargoWon
1997Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesERNominated
1997Satellite AwardsBest Actor – Motion Picture DramaFargoNominated
1997Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting RoleFargoNominated
1998Boston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest Supporting ActorA Civil ActionWon
1998Boston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest Supporting ActorPleasantvilleWon
1998Boston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest Supporting ActorPsychoWon
1998Florida Film Critics Circle AwardsFlorida Film Critics Circle Award for Best CastBoogie NightsWon
1998Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureBoogie NightsNominated
1999American Comedy AwardsFunniest Supporting Actor in a Motion PicturePleasantvilleNominated
1999National Board of ReviewBest CastMagnoliaWon
2000American Comedy AwardsFunniest Supporting Actor in a Motion PictureHappy, TexasNominated
2000Florida Film Critics Circle AwardsFlorida Film Critics Circle Award for Best CastMagnoliaWon
2000National Board of ReviewBest CastState and MainWon
2000Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesSports NightNominated
2000Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieA Slight Case of MurderNominated
2000Satellite AwardsBest Actor – Miniseries or a Television FilmA Slight Case of MurderWon
2000Satellite AwardsBest Supporting Actor – Motion PictureHappy, TexasWon
2000Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureMagnoliaNominated
2001Florida Film Critics Circle AwardsFlorida Film Critics Circle Award for Best CastState and MainWon
2001Online Film Critics Society AwardsBest CastState and MainWon
2003Golden Globe AwardsBest Actor – Miniseries or Television FilmDoor to DoorNominated
2003Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie and Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic SpecialDoor to DoorWon
2003Satellite AwardsBest Actor – Miniseries or Television FilmDoor to DoorWon
2003Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television MovieDoor to DoorWon
2004Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actor – Motion PictureSeabiscuitNominated
2004Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieStealing SinatraNominated
2004Satellite AwardsBest Actor – Motion Picture DramaThe CoolerNominated
2004Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureSeabiscuitNominated
2005Golden Globe AwardsBest Actor – Miniseries or Television FilmThe Wool CapNominated
2005Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieThe Wool CapNominated
2005Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Made for Television MovieThe Wool CapNominated
2005Satellite AwardsBest Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmStealing SinatraWon
2005Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television MovieThe Wool CapNominated
2006Hollywood Film FestivalBest CastBobbyWon
2007Broadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest CastBobbyNominated
2007Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieNightmares and DreamscapesNominated
2007Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureBobbyNominated
2007Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television MovieNightmares and DreamscapesNominated
2011Critics' Choice Television AwardsBest Actor in a Drama SeriesShamelessNominated
2011Satellite AwardsBest Actor – Television Series DramaShamelessNominated
2012Prism AwardsBest Performance in a Comedy SeriesShamelessWon

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Macy, William H. (February 17, 2006). "My Little Piece of Vermont". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  2. ^ a b c Robert, Abele (July 2001). "Interview with William H. Macy". Maxim: 84. 
  3. ^ Grady, Pam. "Making a Spectacle of Himself: William H. Macy reveals how donning a pair of glasses changes everything in his new drama, Focus". Reel.com. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Stated on Inside the Actors Studio, 2004
  5. ^ "William H. Macy Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 2010-07-07. 
  6. ^ "William H. Macy Biography (1950–)". FilmReference.com. 
  7. ^ "MACY'S ROOTS RUN DEEP INTO PASCAGOULA". Sun Herald. 2004-04-11. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 
  8. ^ Harris, Andrew B. (1994). Broadway Theatre. Routledge. p. 98. ISBN 0-415-10520-X. Retrieved 2008-04-16. "By 1975, David Mamet and the St Nicholas Theater had settled in Chicago." 
  9. ^ Gina McIntyre (2004-01-08). "William H. Macy, actor". Hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 2010-07-07. [dead link]
  10. ^ Wild Hogs, Rotten Tomatoes, Retrieved 07/28/10
  11. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. (December 18, 2008). "Jeremy Piven Abruptly Abandons Broadway Play". People Magazine. 
  12. ^ a b [1], William H. Macy Interview with ABILITY Magazine.
  13. ^ Stransky, Tanner (10 December 2010). "William H. Macy takes it off". Entertainment Weekly (1132). p. 22. 
  14. ^ "All Star Concert Benefit for Presidential Candidate John Kerry". DailyCeleb.com. July 6, 2004. 
  15. ^ "William H Macy's Federal Campaign Contribution Report". Newsmeat. 
  16. ^ "UCP Announces William H. Macy as UCP Ambassador". National Ambassadors (Press release). United Cerebral Palsy. 2003-01-14. 

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