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Biography #2 (for The Tale of Despereaux)

William H. Macy, an Oscar and Golden Globe nominee and Emmy and SAG Award winner, is one of the most distinguished talents of his generation. In 1998, Macy was honored by ShoWest when he was named Supporting Actor of the Year for his body of work.

Macy recently debuted his latest film, The Deal, at the Sundance Film Festival. Macy and longtime writing partner Steven Schachter adapted the screenplay from the novel by Peter Lefcourt. The film stars Macy, Meg Ryan, LL Cool J, Elliott Gould and Jason Ritter. Audiences will soon see Macy in Bart Got a Room, Brian Hecker's indie about adolescence, which also stars Cheryl Hines.

Macy was recently seen in Disney's blockbuster Wild Hogs. Its sequel, Wild Hogs 2, is slated to film in early 2009. In addition, he was seen in the independent features Bobby, Edmond (an adaptation of the David Mamet play) and Thank You for Smoking. Macy also recently voiced Brian, the snail, in The Weinstein Company's animated feature Doogal. Other recent film credits include the action-adventure Sahara, which also stars Matthew McConaughey and PenÚlope Cruz, and Cellular, starring opposite Kim Basinger.

On television, Macy received an Emmy nomination for his role in TNT's Umney's Last Case and starred in TNT's Emmy-nominated The Wool Cap, a new take on the 1962 comedy Gigot. Schachter directed the film, which also starred Don Rickles, Catherine O'Hara and KeKe Palmer. Macy was nominated for an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a SAG Award for his performance. He and Schachter were also nominated for a Writers Guild Award.

In 2002, Macy received outstanding critical acclaim for his role as Bill Porter in TNT's Door to Door, which he also co-wrote and starred opposite Kyra Sedgwick, Helen Mirren, Kathy Baker and Felicity Huffman. The movie was nominated for 12 Emmys and won six, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie, as well as winning Macy the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Television Movie statue and Outstanding Writing for a Television Movie with Steven Schachter. Macy also received an Emmy nomination for his role in Showtime's Stealing Sinatra and received critical acclaim for his role in the romantic drama The Cooler in 2003.

Macy was also seen stealing scenes in the critically acclaimed feature Seabiscuit, which also stars Tobey Maguire, Chris Cooper and Jeff Bridges. Macy was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role as Tick Tock McGlaughlin, and the movie was nominated for Best Motion Picture - Drama.

Macy is best known for his portrayal of Jerome Jerry Lundegaard in Fargo, for which he received an Oscar nomination and won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead. His other distinguished film credits include Spartan; In Enemy Hands; Magnolia; Pleasantville; Happy, Texas; State and Main; Jurassic Park III; Focus; Welcome to Collinwood; Psycho; A Civil Action; Boogie Nights; Wag the Dog; Air Force One; Ghosts of Mississippi; Mr. Holland's Opus; The Client; Shadows and Fog; Murder in the First; Searching for Bobby Fischer; Radio Days; and Panic.

Macy has been no less prolific on the small screen. Other roles for which he received Emmy nominations include his recurring role as Dr. David Morgenstern in ER; his role on Aaron Sorkin's Sports Night; and TNT's telefilm A Slight Case of Murder, opposite wife Felicity Huffman. Additional television credits include Out of Order and the telefilms Reversible Errors, A Murderous Affair: The Carolyn Warmus Story, The Heart of Justice, In the Line of Duty: Siege at Marion and the miniseries Andersonville, The Murder of Mary Phagan and The Awakening Land, The Writing on the Wall, The Water Engine and Texan.

Macy has written several television scripts with writing partner Schachter, including an episode of thirtysomething, the HBO movie Above Suspicion and the USA Network movie The Con.

In 1972, Macy, Schachter and Macy's former theater professor, David Mamet, moved to Chicago, where they collectively created the St. Nicholas Theatre Company. Macy originated roles for several of Mamet's classic original productions, among them Bobby in American Buffalo and Lang in The Water Engine, soon establishing his feature film presence with writer/director Mamet. He continued with Mamet in Oleanna, Homicide, Things Change, House of Games and Wag the Dog.

Moving to New York in 1980, he continued to build his reputation in the theater as an originator of new roles in such off-Broadway productions as Baby with the Bathwater; The Dining Room (later filmed for PBS' Great Performances); Life During Wartime; Mr. Gogol and Mr. Preen; Bodies, Rest & Motion; and Mamet's Prairie du Chen and Oh, Hell. His stage credits, approaching 50 during his 10 years in New York, also include the Broadway production of Our Town, Tony Award winner for Best Ensemble. Macy was also seen on the London stage in the spring of 2000, where he costarred in the revival of David Mamet's American Buffalo at the Donmar Warehouse.

Macy serves as director in residence at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York. His extensive directing resume includes Boys' Life at Lincoln Center; the Los Angeles production of Oleanna at the Tiffany Theater; The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite at the Atlantic Theater Company as well as Lip Service, an HBO film that won a CableACE Award for Best Theatrical Production.

Macy is married to Oscar nominee and Golden Globe-Emmy-and-SAG-Award winner, actress Felicity Huffman, who stars on Desperate Housewives. They live in Los Angeles with their two daughters.

Bio courtesy Universal Pictures for "The Tale of Despereaux" (29-Dec-2008)


Biography #3 (for Cellular)

Oscar nominee and Emmy and SAG Award winner William H. Macy is one of the most distinguished talents of his generation.

Last year, Macy received outstanding critical acclaim for his role as Bill Porter in TNT's Door to Door, opposite Kyra Sedgwick, Helen Mirren, Kathy Baker and Felicity Huffman. The movie, which Macy also co-wrote, tells the true story of Porter, an award-winning door-to-door salesman with cerebral palsy. The movie aired to unprecedented ratings for a TNT original movie premiere and received a SAG Award, Peabody Award, an AFI Award, a Critic's Choice Award, a Golden Satellite Award, a Writer's Guild nomination, an American Cinema Editors nomination and a Golden Globe nomination. The movie was nominated for 12 Emmys and won 6 including Outstanding Made for Television Movie as well as winning Macy the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Television Movie statue and Outstanding Writing for a Television Movie with Steven Schachter.

Macy will soon be seen in TNT's The Wool Cap. Macy rejoined writing partner Schachter for this new take on the 1962 comedy Gigot, which originally starred Jackie Gleason and was directed by Gene Kelly. Schachter will direct once again. The film follows the heartwarming story of the janitor Gigot who befriends the little daughter of a prostitute. Don Rickles, Catherine O'Hara, and KeKe Palmer also star. This Johnson & Johnson Spotlight Presentation will premiere on TNT on November 21st, 2004.

Schachter and Macy are also teaming up on a project for Showtime. Tentatively titled The Accountant and the Stripper the movie is based on the true story of a Florida accountant appointed by a judge to run a string of local strip clubs. Macy will play the certified public accountant Lew Berman, Macy and Schachter will write the script and Schachter will direct.

This Spring, Macy was seen in the Showtime Original Picture Stealing Sinatra, which depicts the 1963 botched kidnapping of Frank Sinatra Jr. Directed by Ron Underwood, Macy stars as John Irwin, one of three kidnappers who abducted Frank Sinatra Jr. from his hotel at gunpoint just before a show in Lake Tahoe. Macy received an Emmy nomination in the category of "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie" for his performance.

Macy recently returned from Spain and Morocco filming Sahara for Paramount Pictures. Based on the Clive Cussler bestseller, this modern marine-based action adventure is the story of explorer Dirk Pitt (Matthew McConaughey), searching for Confederate gold in Africa, where he meets WHO doctor Eva Rojas (Penelope Cruz) and learns about a mystery disease that is killing Africans in vast numbers. Macy plays Admiral Sandecker, Pitt's boss at NUMA (the National Underwater Marine Agency).

Macy recently received critical acclaim for his role in the romantic drama The Cooler, opposite Maria Bello, Alec Baldwin, Maria Bello, Shawn Hatosy and Ron Livingston. He was also seen stealing scenes in the critically-acclaimed Universal Pictures feature, Seabiscuit, the American epic of triumph and perseverance set during the Great Depression, based on the best-selling book that was one of the most popular and widely read non-fiction books of recent years. Macy, who costars with Tobey Maguire, Chris Cooper and Jeff Bridges, was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role as Tick Tock McLaughlin and the movie was nominated for Best Picture.

Macy is best known for his portrayal of Jerry Lundergaard in Fargo, for which he received an Oscar Nomination and won an Independent Spirit Award as Best Supporting Actor. He also garnered nominations for Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (American Comedy Awards), Best Actor (Chicago Film Critics), Best Supporting Actor (Dallas/ Fort Worth Film Critics), and Best Actor in a Drama (International Press Academy).

Macy's distinguished film credits include Spartan, In Enemy Hands, Magnolia, Pleasantville, Happy Texas, State and Main, Jurassic Park 3, Focus, Welcome to Collinwood, Psycho, A Civil Action, Boogie Nights, Wag The Dog, Air Force One, Ghosts of Mississippi, Mr. Holland's Opus, The Client, Shadows and Fog, Murder in the First, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Radio Days and Panic.

In the realm of Television, Macy has been no less prolific. He received an Emmy Nomination as Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his recurring role as 'Dr. David Morgenstern' on ER. Macy also had a recurring role on Aaron Sorkin's Sports Night and was nominated for an Emmy for his performance. His movie of the week credits include Reversible Errors, A Murderous Affair, Heart of Justice, Standoff at Marion, and the miniseries' Andersonville, The Murder of Mary Phagan and The Awakening Land. In addition to the politically charged BBC telefilm The Writing on the Wall, Macy also appeared in two Mamet vehicles, The Water Engine and Showtime's Texan. In 1999, he starred opposite his wife Felicity Huffman, on the TNT television film A Slight Case of Murder and received another Emmy nomination. Macy and his writing partner Steven Schachter wrote the film and Schachter directed. Also with Schachter, Macy has written several television scripts, including an episode of Thirtysomething, the HBO movie Above Suspicion and the USA Networks movie The Con, starring Macy and Rebecca DeMornay. Most recently, Macy was seen on the small screen in a regular guest role in the Showtime original series Out of Order, also starring Eric Stoltz, Felicity Huffman, Kim Dickens and Justine Bateman.

Born in Miami, Macy lived in Georgia until age ten before moving to Cumberland, Maryland, where his love for acting spawned as Mordred in Camelot. Elected junior and senior high school class president, he set out to become a veterinarian at Bethany College in West Virginia, but after performing in play after play, Macy transferred to Goddard College in Vermont, where he came under the tutelage of theater Professor David Mamet.

In 1972, Mamet, Macy and his writing partner Steven Schachter moved to Chicago, where they collectively created the St. Nicholas Theater. Macy originated roles for several of Mamet's classic original productions, among them, Bobby in American Buffalo, and Lang in The Water Engine, soon establishing his feature film presence with writer/director Mamet. His performance in Oleanna as a college professor accused of sexual harassment earned Macy kudos as a master of verbal machine-gunning from Entertainment Weekly. His detective in Homicide inspired similar praise from New York magazine: "Macy may be the ideal Mamet actor: working-man handsome, street smart, and nimble of tongue." He continued with Mamet as a Mafioso driver in Things Change, a Marine in House of Games and an FBI agent in Wag the Dog.

Moving to New York in 1980, he continued to build his reputation in the theater as an originator of new roles, in such off-Broadway productions as Baby with the Bathwater, The Dining Room (later filmed for PBS - Great Performances), Life During Wartime, Mr. Gogol and Mr. Preen, Bodies, Rest and Motion and Mamet's Prarie du Chen, Oh Hell, and Oleanna. His stage credits, approaching fifty during his ten years in New York, also include the Broadway production of Our Town, Tony Award winner for Best Ensemble. Macy was also seen on the London stage in the spring of 2000, where he co-starred in the revival of David Mamet's American Buffalo at the Donmar Warehouse. Following the run in London, the play moved to the Atlantic Theater Company in New York for a record breaking run.

Along with his acting career, Macy has also earned respect as a teacher and director. Having led theater classes in Chicago and at New York University, today he serves as director in the residence at the Atlantic Theater company in New York. His extensive directing resume includes Boy's Life at Lincoln Center, the LA production of Oleanna at the Tiffany Theater, as well as Lip Service, an HBO film which won an ACE Award for best Theatrical Production. Most recently, Macy directed the play The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York.

In 1998, Macy was honored by Showest when he was named Best Supporting Actor of the Year for his body of work.

Macy is married to Golden Globe nominated actress Felicity Huffman, who starred on the critically acclaimed series Sports Night. They live in Los Angeles with their two daughters.

Bio courtesy New Line Cinema for "Cellular" (18-Sep-2004)


Biography #4 (for The Cooler)

Oscar nominee William H. Macy is one of the most distinguished talents of his generation. In the upcoming months, Macy continues to demonstrate his versatility in several diverse roles, adding to his already impressive credits.

Macy recently completed principal photography on the independent film U-BOAT for director Tony Giglio. The film follows the crew of the U.S.S. Swordfish during the height of Hitler's infamous U-boat war. On their voyage home after months at sea, the crew is captured and forced to become prisoners of war aboard U-boat 429. The surviving members of the crew find their loyalties put to the ultimate test when they're forced to join their German captors to fight for their very lives.

Recently, Macy teamed up with his wife, actress Felicity Huffman in the Los Angeles stage production of Anne Nelson's critically acclaimed play, The Guys. Originated at the Flea Theatre in New York by Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver, the play tells the story of a fire captain speaking with an editor about the men he lost during the World Trade Center attack. Macy and Huffman took over from Tim Robbins and Helen Hunt.

Macy received critical acclaim in TNT's Door to Door, opposite Kyra Sedgwick, Helen Mirren, Kathy Baker and Felicity Huffman. The movie, which Macy also co-wrote, tells the true story of the life of Bill Porter, an award-winning door-to-door salesman with cerebral palsy.

Last September, Macy co-starred in the comedy WELCOME TO COLLINWOOD for Warner Brothers. Produced by George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh, the movie is a comic tale of a group of working class guys in Cleveland who try to rob a pawnshop. Macy plays an ex-con trying to raise bail for his jailed wife. This film features an all-star cast including George Clooney, Jennifer Esposito, Luis Guzman, Sam Rockwell and Isaiah Washington.

Macy recently wrapped production on the Showtime Original Picture Stealing Sinatra, which depicts the 1963 botched kidnapping of Frank Sinatra Jr. Directed by Ron Underwood, Macy stars as John Irwin, one of the three kidnappers. Frank Sinatra Jr. was abducted from his hotel at gunpoint just before a show in Lake Tahoe and brought to Los Angeles, where he was held for four days before his ransom of $240,000 was paid by his father. Irwin, however, accompanied by his brother, turned himself in to the authorities and the three kidnappers were rounded up and convicted. David Arquette, Ryan Browning and Thomas Ian Nicholas also star. Last year, Macy was seen in Neal Slavin's critically acclaimed FOCUS, a haunting drama based on the 1947 novel by Arthur Miller. Set against the backdrop of World War II, Macy plays Lawrence Newman, a man mistakenly identified as a Jew by his anti-Semitic neighbors who becomes a victim of religious and racial persecution. The film also stars Laura Dern, Meat Loaf and David Paymer.

Macy is best known for his portrayal of Jerry Lundegaard in FARGO, for which he received an Oscar Nomination and an Independent Spirit Award as Best Supporting Actor. He also garnered nominations for Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (American Comedy Awards), Best Actor (Chicago Film Critics), Best Supporting Actor (Dallas/ Fort Worth Film Critics), and Best Actor in a Drama (International Press Academy).

Macy's distinguished film credits include MAGNOLIA, PLEASANTVILLE, HAPPY TEXAS, MYSTERY MEN, JURASSIC PARK 3, PSYCHO, A CIVIL ACTION, BOOGIE NIGHTS, WAG THE DOG, AIR FORCE ONE, GHOSTS OF MISSISSIPPI, MR. HOLLAND'S OPUS, THE CLIENT, ROOMMATES, SHADOWS AND FOG, MURDER IN THE FIRST, SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER, RADIO DAYS and PANIC.

In the realm of Television, Macy has been no less prolific. He received an Emmy Nomination as Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his recurring role as 'Dr. David Morgenstern' on ER. His episodic credits include L.A. Law, Bakersfield P.D., Civil Wars, as well as the pilot and several episodes of Law and Order. His movie of the week credits include A Murderous Affair, Heart of Justice, Standoff at Marion, Andersonville and the miniseries' The Murder of Mary Phagan and The Awakening Land. In addition to the politically charged BBC telefilm The Writing on the Wall, Macy also appeared in two Mamet vehicles, The Water Engine and Showtime's Texan. In 1999, he starred opposite his wife Felicity Huffman, on the TNT television film A Slight Case of Murder. Macy and his writing partner Steven Schachter wrote the film and Schachter directed. Also with Schachter Macy has written several television scripts, including an episode of Thirtysomething, the HBO movie Above Suspicion and the USA Networks movie The Con starring Macy and Rebecca DeMornay.

Born in Miami, Macy lived in Georgia until age ten before moving to Cumberland, Maryland, where his love for acting spawned as Mordred in Camelot. Elected junior and senior high school class president, he set out to become a veterinarian at Bethany College in West Virginia, but after performing in play after play Macy transferred to Goddard College in Vermont, where he came under the tutelage of theater Professor David Mamet.

In 1972, Mamet, Macy and his writing partner Steven Schachter moved to Chicago, where they collectively built the St. Nicholas Theater. Macy originated roles for several of Mamet's original productions, among them, Bobby in American Buffalo, and Lang in The Water Engine, soon establishing his feature film presence with writer/director Mamet. His performance in Oleanna, as a college professor accused of sexual harassment earned Macy kudos as a master of verbal machine-gunning from Entertainment Weekly. His detective in Homicide inspired similar praise from New York magazine: "Macy may be the ideal Mamet actor: working-man handsome, street smart, and nimble of tongue." He continued with Mamet as a Mafioso driver in THINGS CHANGE, a Marine in HOUSE OF GAMES and an FBI agent in WAG THE DOG.

Moving to New York in 1980, he continued to build his reputation in the theater as an originator of new roles, in such off-Broadway productions as Baby With the Bathwater, The Dining Room (later filmed for PBS - Great Performances) Life During Wartime, Mr. Gogol and Mr. Preen, Bodies, Rest and Motion, and Mamet's Prarie du Chen, Oh Hell, and Oleanna. His stage credits, approaching fifty during his ten years in New York, also include the Broadway production of Our Town, Tony Award winner for Best Ensemble. Macy was also seen on the London stage in the spring of 2000, where he co-starred in the revival of David Mamet's American Buffalo. Following the run in London, the play moved to the Atlantic Theater Company in New York for a record breaking run.

Along with his acting career, Macy has also earned respect as a teacher and director. Having led theater classes in Chicago and New York University, today he serves as director in the residence at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York. His extensive directing resume includes Boy's Life at Lincoln Center, the LA production of Oleanna at the Tiffany Theater, as well as Lip Service, an HBO film, which won an ACE Award for best Theatrical Production. Most recently, Macy directed the play The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York. In 1998, Macy was honored by Showest when he was named Best Supporting Actor of the Year for his body of work. Macy is currently filming SEABISCUIT, an American epic of triumph and perseverance set during the Great Depression. SEABISCUIT is based on the best-selling book that was one of the most popular and widely read non-fiction books of recent years. The film stars Tobey Maguire, Chris Cooper and Jeff Bridges as three men - a jockey, a trainer and a businessman - and the down-and-out racehorse that took them and the entire nation on the ride of a lifetime. The movie will be released on July 25, 2003 by Universal. Macy is married to actress Felicity Huffman, who starred on the critically acclaimed series Sports Night. They live in Los Angeles with their two daughters.

Bio courtesy Lionsgate Films for "The Cooler" (01-Jan-2000)


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