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William H. Macy

Actor, Writer Date of birth 13th March 1950
Place of birth Miami, Florida, USA
Year of debut 1980
First feature film Somewhere In Time


  • Academy Awards nominated1
  • Golden Globe Awards nominated1
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William H. Macy started his acting career starring in fellow student David Mamet’s plays at Goddard College. After graduating, he moved to Chicago and co-founded the St. Nicholas Theater Company with Mamet and other actors. In 1979 he moved to New York where he stared in several Broadway productions. In 1996 he got his big break in the movie Fargo. Alongside acting and directing for the stage, he has become an established movie actor starring in movies including Magnolia and Wild Hogs.

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William H. Macy's films

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Packshot for the film Wild Hogs
12 Certificate
96 Mins

Four friends go on a motorcycle road trip. With John Travolta, Tim Allen and Martin Lawrence. Contains moderate sex references and violence.

Rent for £2.99
Packshot for the film Marmaduke
U Certificate
84 Mins

Comedy about a larger-than-life dog called Marmaduke (voiced by Owen Wilson). With Emma Stone, Steve Coogan, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Kiefer Sutherland. Contains mild threat.

Rent for £2.50
Packshot for the film The Tale of Despereaux
U Certificate
90 Mins

Family animation about a brave mouse (Matthew Broderick) and an unhappy rat (Dustin Hoffman). With Emily Watson. Mild violence, threat and scary moments

Rent for £2.99

Did you know?

  • He is called William H. Macy to distinguish himself from the seventies comedian Bill Macy.
  • Growing up, he was shy. His first performance was at his high school’s talent contest.
  • He married actress Felicity Huffman in 1997. They have two daughters.
  • He briefly studied to become a vet at Bethany College of West Virginia.
  • He won an Independent Spirit Award for his performance in Fargo.


  • 1 Academy Awards nominated

    • 1996 Actor in a Supporting role - Fargo
  • 1 Golden Globe Awards nominated

    • 2004 Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Seabiscuit