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William Fichtner

William Fichtner, 2003
Born William Edward Fichtner
November 27, 1956 (1956-11-27) (age 53)
Mitchel Air Force Base, East Meadow, New York, USA
Spouse(s) Betsy Aidem (divorced 1996, 1 child)
Kymberly Kalil (25 July 1998, 1 child)

William Edward Fichtner (born November 27, 1956) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Sheriff Tom Underlay on Invasion, as Alexander Mahone on Prison Break and as Ken Rosenberg in the video games Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.


Personal life

Fichtner was born at the Mitchel Air Force Base[1] in East Meadow, New York, and raised in Cheektowaga, New York, the son of Patricia A. (née Steitz) and William E. Fichtner.[2][3] He is of German heritage.[4] He has four sisters, one of whom is a colonel in the US Air Force. His nephew Michael O’Mara was a member of the band Sleepaway.

Fichtner graduated from Maryvale High School. After graduating from Farmingdale State College in 1976 with a associate degree in criminal justice, he attended SUNY Brockport and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice in 1978. Fichtner decided to study 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.[citation needed]

He is a Buffalo Sabres fan and periodically blogs for NHL.com.


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.

Credited as Bill Fichtner, he lent his voice to the character Ken Rosenberg in the popular video games Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. From 2005-2006, Fichtner also starred in the science fiction drama series Invasion as Sheriff Tom Underlay. After Invasion was cancelled, Fichtner was chosen to play Agent Alexander Mahone in the second, third and fourth seasons (2006-2009) of Prison Break.[5] Later that year, he also presented an award at the National Hockey League award show. He also appears in The West Wing episode, "The Supremes" as Christopher Mulready, a brilliant conservative judge nominated to the Supreme Court. Fichtner also had a small role as the Gotham National Bank manager in the feature film The Dark Knight, and as Jurgen in Equilibrium; both action movies feature Christian Bale.

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.[6]

In 2011, stars in Patrick Lussiers Drive Angry.[7]

Film and TV appearances

Year Title Role More information
1987 As the World Turns Josh Snyder
1989 Baywatch Howard Ganza
1992 Malcolm X Police in the Harlem Station
1994 Grace Under Fire Ryan
1995 Virtuosity Wallace
Reckless Rachel's Father
Strange Days Dwayne Engelman
Heat Roger Van Zant
High Lonesome Sheriff
Underneath Tommy Dundee
1996 Albino Alligator Law
1997 Contact Kent
Switchback Chief Jack McGinnis
1998 Armageddon Colonel William Sharp
1999 Go Burke
The Settlement Jerry
2000 The Perfect Storm David "Sully" Sullivan
Drowning Mona Phil Dearly
Passion of Mind Aaron
Endsville Prince Victor
2001 Pearl Harbor Danny's Father
Black Hawk Down Sfc. Jeff Sanderson
What's the Worst That Could Happen? Detective Alex Tardio
2002 MDs Bruce Kellerman
Julie Walking Home Henry
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Ken Rosenberg Video game - voiceover (credited as Bill Fichtner)
Equilibrium Jürgen
2004 Crash Flanagan
The West Wing Justice Christopher Mulready
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Ken Rosenberg Video game - voiceover (credited as Bill Fichtner)
2005 The Moguls Otis
Invasion Tom Underlay
Nine Lives Andrew
The Chumscrubber Dr. Bill Stifle
Empire Falls Jimmy Minty
The Longest Yard Captain Knauer
Mr. & Mrs. Smith Dr. Wexler, marriage counselor Voice - uncredited
2006 Ultraviolet Garth
Prison Break (Season 2-4) Alexander Mahone ex FBI Special Agent
2007 Blades of Glory Darren MacElroy
First Snow Ed
2008 The Dark Knight Bank Manager
Turok Logan Video game - voiceover
2009 Entourage Phil Yagoda Episodes: Berried Alive, Give a Little Bit


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