William H. Macy

William H. Macy


3/13/1950, Miami, Florida, USA

Birth Name

William Hall Macy, Jr.



Also Known As

Bill Macy, W. H. Macy
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William H Macy was born March 13, 1950, in Miami, Florida. Beginning as a student of veterinary medicine, he changed to theater and ended up founding the St. Nicholas Theater Company in Chicago with playwright David Mamet. He then moved to New York City in 1980, and subsequently…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2003, William won 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie playing Bill Porter and Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special in his work on Door to Door.

    • William has been nominated for Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards. The nominations were:
      1997: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for Fargo.
      1998: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture for Boogie Nights. 2000: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture for Magnolia. 2003: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
      for Door to Door. (Won)
      2004: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture for Seabiscuit.
      2005: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for The Wool Cap.
      2007: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King.
      2007: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for Bobby.

    • His height is 5' 9" (1.75 m).

    • In 2005, both Macy and his wife, actress Felicity Huffman, were nominated for Emmy Awards. Macy was nominated as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his performance as Gigot in The Wool Cap, and Felicity, who plays Lynette Scavo on ABC's Desperate Housewives, won the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

    • He and wife Felicity Huffman were among the 220 guests at Marcia Cross 's wedding to stockbroker Tom Mahoney in San Gabriel, California, on June 24, 2006. Felicity and Marcia are co-stars on ABC's Desperate Housewives.

    • He did a voice audition for the character of Brian on the animated comedy series Family Guy (premiered in 1999).

    • Macy originally set out to become a veterinarian at Bethany College in West Virginia, but after becoming involved with their theater program, he transferred to Goddard College in Vermont and studied acting under playwright David Mamet.

    • He uses the name William H. Macy so he won't be confused with 1970s comedian Bill Macy.

    • William H. Macy married actress Felicity Huffman on September 6, 1997. Their first child, Sofia Grace, was born on August 1, 2000; and their second daughter, Georgia Grace, on March 14, 2002.

  • Quotes

    • William H. Macy: (on his high school years) I graduated in '68, right in the middle of the hippie movement. I was never a leader, but we were sure we could stop the war and get rid of Nixon. And we took a lot of drugs. Mostly just smoked dope…and LSD for a year or two. I ate that stuff like candy. (Maxim, July 2001, interview by Robert Abele)

    • William H. Macy: (on whether he feels like he plays wackos and losers) After Fargo, which was life-changing for me, I was afraid that would be the role I played for the rest of my life. But I have enough tricks up my sleeve to play a variety of characters. (TV Guide Magazine; July 17-23, 2006)

    • William H. Macy: (paraphrasing David Mamet) Nobody became an actor because he had a good childhood. (Interview by Daniel Robert Epstein; December 5, 2003)

    • William H. Macy: (about the moral confusion of his generation) We thought sex was free. Sex is not free. There's a price to be paid emotionally, physically, even legally. Sex isn't a casual thing. It's a huge thing. (USA Weekend Magazine; October 23-25, 1998)

    • William H. Macy: When you do something well, they'll ask you to do it again. Early on, I must have done this [playing losers] well and the reputation was out there. It's strange because in my life, I don't feel like a loser. Far from it. I feel lucky. (M-Net; "King of the Losers"; May 9, 2006)

    • William H. Macy: My a** is for sale... starting right now: no more art. Recently, I realized I've got all these artistic frequent-flier miles and so, I'm cashing them in. I want to do big, fat movies. (World Entertainment News Network; November 21, 2004)

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    Good actor, that seems appaarently to be very underappreciated here on Filmspot and TV.com. I really enjoy him in a lot of movies, especially in Fargo, he is an awesome actor and has a really new way of innovating the public with his senses. He is really a special kind of actor, and I really like his style.
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    William H. Macy is a true actor. You really believe that he got into acting because he loves it for what it is. You'll never see him in any tabloids and you won't hear any gossip about him. In his roles, you sense more realism than many other actor's who are considered more talented than he. Of all of his roles in all of his movies, my favorite has to be "Magnolia."moreless