William H. Macy
(Bill Porter / Screenwriter
Since earning an Oscar® nomination and an Independent Spirit Award as Best Supporting Actor for his role as a conniving car dealer in Fargo, it has been hard for audiences to ignore the versatile talents of William H. Macy. Most recently, Macy starred in Neal Slavin's Focus, a haunting drama based on the 1947 novel by Arthur Miller, and recently completed production on the comedy Welcome to Collinwood for Warner Bros. His other film credits include Jurassic Park 3, Magnolia, Panic, Happy, Mystery Men, Pleasantville, 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, Twenty Bucks, Murder in the First, Searching for Bobby Fisher,Radio Days and Down Periscope.
Macy received an Emmy nomination as Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his recurring role on ER. His episodic credits include L.A. Law, Bakersfield P.D. and Civil Wars, as well as the pilot and several episodes of Law and Order. His telefilm credits include A Murderous Affair, Heart of Justice, Standoff at Marion, The Writing on the Wall, The Water Engine, Texan and the miniseries The Murder of Mary Phagan and The Awakening Land. For TNT, he appeared in the miniseries Andersonville and starred in the telefilm A Slight Case of Murder, directed by his writing partner, Steven Schachter. The telefilm also starred Macy's wife, Felicity Huffman. With Schachter, Macy has also written several television scripts, including an episode of Thirtysomething and the telefilms Above Suspicion and The Con, in which he also starred. Most recently, Macy was seen on the London stage co-starring in the revival of David Mamet's American Buffalo. Macy originated roles for several of Mamet's original productions, including American Buffalo, and The Water Engine, soon establishing his feature film presence with writer/director Mamet. His other theater credits include Baby With the Bathwater, The Dining Room (later filmed for PBS' Great Performances), Life During Wartime, Mr. Gogol and Mr. Preen, Bodies and Rest and Motion. 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.
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 residence at the Atlantic Theater company in New York. His extensive directing resume includes Boy's Life at Lincoln Center, the L.A. production of Oleanna at the Tiffany Theater, as well as Lip Service, an HBO film that 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.