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William H. Macy

Macy stops traffic during a screenwriters' strike, January 2003
Born William Hall Macy, Jr.
March 13, 1950 (1950-03-13) (age 60)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1971–present
Spouse(s) Felicity Huffman (1997-present)

William Hall Macy, Jr. (born March 13, 1950) is an American actor and writer. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as Jerry Lundegaard in Fargo. He is also a 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.[1] Macy has described his screen persona as "sort of a Middle American, WASPy, Lutheran kind of guy... Everyman".[2] He has won two Emmy Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award, being nominated for nine Emmy Awards and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards in total. He is also a three-time Golden Globe Award nominee.

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Early life

Macy was born in Miami, Florida, and grew up in Georgia and Maryland. 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 and worked for Dun & Bradstreet before taking over a Cumberland, Maryland-based insurance agency when Macy was nine years old. His mother, Lois, was a war widow who met Macy's father after her first husband died in 1943; Macy has described her as a "Southern belle".[3][4] Macy has a half-brother, Fred Merrill, from his mother's first marriage.

Macy describes himself as a "joker", though he was relatively shy until high school. After his brother taught him to play guitar, he sang a song in a talent show, much to the crowd's approval. He later ran for class president, though he had a poor academic record. After graduating in 1968[1] from Allegany High School in Cumberland, Maryland, he participated in the anti-war hippie movement, and took copious amounts of drugs, including marijuana and LSD. (citation needed) Macy studied veterinary medicine[1] at Bethany College of West Virginia. By his own admission, a "wretched student," he transferred to Goddard College and became involved in theatre 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. That is where he first met David Mamet. After graduating in 1971, he moved to Chicago, Illinois, and got a job as a bartender to pay the rent. Within a year he and David Mamet, among others, founded the successful St. Nicholas Theater Company, where Macy originated roles in a number of Mamet's plays, such as American Buffalo and The Water Engine.[5]

Career

After spending some time in Los Angeles, California, he moved to New York in 1980. While living there he had roles in over fifty off-Broadway and Broadway plays. One of his 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. He has appeared in films that Mamet wrote and/or directed, such as House of Games, Things Change, Homicide, Oleanna (playing a role he reprised after originating the role in the play of the same name), and more recently, 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 and 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.[6] Subsequent roles gave Macy a break with 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, the most recent being 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. 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. The film is composed of several stories, each taking up a whole period between commercials.

His work on ER and Sports Night has also been recognized with Emmy nominations. His character in ER, David Morgenstern, is responsible for a sage piece of advice that has been handed down throughout the series. In the pilot episode, when Juliana Margulies' character, nurse Carol Hathaway, is brought to the hospital with a drug overdose, Morgenstern tells Dr. Greene (Anthony Edwards) that he needs to "set the tone" to get the unit through the difficulty of treating one of its own. "You set the tone" is repeated several times in the series.

In a November 2003 interview with USA Today, Macy stated that he wants 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. He recently completed filming on The Maiden Heist, a comedy that co-stars Morgan Freeman and Christopher Walken.

On June 23, 2008, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced Macy and his wife, Felicity Huffman, will 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 related to high mercury levels in his blood; Norbert Leo Butz covered the role from December 23, 2008, until Macy took over the part.[7]

Personal life

Macy and actress Felicity Huffman have been married since September 6, 1997. The couple have two daughters, Sofia Grace (born August 1, 2000) and Georgia Grace (born March 14, 2002). They live in Los Angeles, California, and have had a cabin in Vermont since the 1980s.

Macy and Huffman appeared at a rally for John Kerry in 2004.[8][9] Macy also plays the ukulele and is an avid woodturner, even appearing on the cover of the specialist magazine Fine Woodworking. He is a national ambassador for the United Cerebral Palsy Association.[10]

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1978 The Awakening Land Will Beagle
1980 Foolin' Around Bronski (as W.H. Macy)
Somewhere in Time Critic (as W.H. Macy)
1983 Without a Trace Reporter
1984 The Boy Who Loved Trolls Socrates the turtle
1985 The Last Dragon J.J. Cameo Appearance
1986 Kate & Allie Carl TV series
1987 House of Games Sgt. Morgan
Radio Days Radio Actor
1988 The Murder of Mary Phagan Randy Tv series
Things Change Billy Drake
1991 Homicide Tim Sullivan Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
1992 The Water Engine Charles Lang
1993 Being Human Boris
Benny & Joon Randy Burch
Searching for Bobby Fischer Tunafish Father
1994-1998 ER (TV) Dr. David Morgenstern Cameos 2002, 2009
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor – Drama Series (1997)
1994 Oleanna John Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Male
Dead on Sight Steven Meeker
The Client Dr. Greenway
1995 Tall Tale Railroad Magnate Uncredited
Mr. Holland's Opus Vice Principal Gene Wolters
1996 Fargo Jerry Lundegaard Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Male
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Andersonville Col. Chandler
Down Periscope Commander Carl Knox (USS Orlando)
Ghosts of Mississippi Charlie Crisco
1997 Air Force One Major Caldwell
Boogie Nights Little Bill Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Wag the Dog CIA Agent Charles Young
1998 Pleasantville George Parker Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor also for Psycho and A Civil Action
Nominated — American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Psycho Milton Arbogast Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor also for Pleasantville and A Civil Action
A Civil Action James Gordon Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor also for Psycho and Pleasantville
The Con Bobby Sommerdinger
1999 Happy, Texas Sheriff Chappy Dent Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Nominated — American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Mystery Men The Shoveller
A Slight Case Of Murder Terry Thorpe Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Television Feature or Miniseries
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor - Miniseries or a Movie
The Night of the Headless Horseman Ichabod Crane Voice
Magnolia Quiz Kid Donnie Smith Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Sports Night (TV) Sam Donovan 1999-2000
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor – Comedy Series
2000 State and Main Walt Price Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Panic Alex
2001 Jurassic Park III Paul Kirby
Focus Lawrence 'Larry' Newman
2002 Door to Door Bill Porter Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor - Miniseries or a Movie
Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Writers Guild of America Award for Original Long Form Script
It's A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie Glenn
Welcome to Collinwood Riley
2003 The Cooler Bernie Lootz Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls Narrator Documentary
Stealing Sinatra John Irwin Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Seabiscuit Tick Tock McGlaughlin Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2004 Reversible Errors Arthur Raven
Cellular Mooney
In Enemy Hands Chief of Boat Nathan Travers
Spartan Stoddard
2005 The Wool Cap Charlie Gigot Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Made for Television Movie
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie

Nominated — Writers Guild of America Award for Adapted Long Form Script
Sahara Admiral James Sandecker
Edmond Edmond Burke
Thank You for Smoking Senator Ortolan K. Finistirre
2006 Doogal Brian the snail
Nightmares and Dreamscapes: "Umney's Last Case" Sam Landry, Clyde Umney Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
Bobby Paul Hollywood Film Festival Award for Ensemble of the Year
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Curious George (TV) Narrator Season 1
Everyone's Hero Lefty Maginnis Voice
Choose Your Own Adventure DVD Series Rudyard North
Inland Empire Announcer
2007 Wild Hogs Dudley Frank
He Was a Quiet Man Gene Shelby
2008 The Deal Charlie Berns
Bart Got a Room Ernie Stein
The Tale of Despereaux Lester Voice
2009 The Maiden Heist George
Shorts Dr. Noseworthy

References

  1. ^ a b c Robert, Abele (July 2001). "Interview with William H. Macy". Maxim: 84. 
  2. ^ 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. http://www.reel.com/reel.asp?node=features/interviews/whmacy. 
  3. ^ William H. Macy Biography - Yahoo! Movies
  4. ^ "William H. Macy Biography (1950-)". FilmReference.com. http://www.filmreference.com/film/63/William-H-Macy.html. 
  5. ^ Harris, Andrew B. (1994). Broadway Theatre. Routledge. p. 98. ISBN 041510520X. http://books.google.com/books?id=SqM46zulAGwC&pg=PT123&lpg=PT123&dq=%22st+nicholas+theater%22&source=web&ots=TykO_1DuyW&sig=TMoX5Ew1R4x8-fHiqXLaMdOmShg&hl=en. Retrieved 2008-04-16. "By 1975, David Mamet and the St Nicholas Theater had settled in Chicago." 
  6. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/search/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=2072068
  7. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. (December 18, 2008). "Jeremy Piven Abruptly Abandons Broadway Play". People Magazine. http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20247585,00.html. 
  8. ^ "All Star Concert Benefit for Presidential Candidate John Kerry". DailyCeleb.com. July 6, 2004. http://www.dailyceleb.com/production/index.php?view=event&eid=2272&cap=william+h.+macy. 
  9. ^ "William H Macy's Federal Campaign Contribution Report". Newsmeat. http://www.newsmeat.com/celebrity_political_donations/William_H_Macy.php. 
  10. ^ United Cerebral Palsy (2003-01-14). "UCP Announces William H. Macy as UCP Ambassador". Press release. http://www.ucp.org/ucp_generaldoc.cfm/1/3/12211/12211-12211/4258. 

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William H. Macy
Born William Hall Macy, Jr.
March 13, 1950 (1950-03-13) (age 60)
Miami, Florida
Years active 1971-present
Spouse Felicity Huffman (1997-)
Awards NBR Award for Best Cast
1999 Magnolia
2000 State and Main

William Hall Macy, Jr. (born March 13, 1950[1]) is an Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated American actor. He is also a teacher and director in theatre, movie and television. Macy has described his screen persona as "sort of a Middle American, WASPy, Lutheran kind of guy... Everyman".[2]

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