Fast Facts

  • Plays the bagpipes.
  • Intended to become a paleontologist before switching his focus to acting.
  • First film appearance was in 1981's Dragonslayer; he made his Broadway debut that same year in Crimes of the Heart.
  • Won the coveted role of Stingo in 1982's Sophie's Choice even though at 5 ft. 7 in., he was too short to play a character who was supposed to be over 6 ft. tall. Wore cowboy boots with 4-inch heels to his audition and later padded them with packs of tissues in order to stand taller.
  • Asked for an early departure from his role as hospital lawyer Alan Birch on David E. Kelley's Chicago Hope when he learned that Kelley wouldn't be involved in the medical drama as much.
  • In 2007, he kept busy on the small screen as crime-solving physicist Dr. Larry Fleinhardt on the CBS drama Numb3rs and trouble-making government official Tom Lennox on the Fox series 24.
  • Was originally announced as nominee for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 2016 for his work on Veep; days after the nominations were announced, he was ruled ineligible for the category and replaced with Peter Scolari (Girls).

Awards

  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1999, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1994, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1995, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • John MacNicol — Father
  • Barbara MacNicol — Mother
  • Becky MacNicol Gregory — Sister
  • Marsue Cumming MacNicol — Wife

College

  • Attended University of Dallas, Irving, Texas, United States; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, United States (BFA in Theatre Arts, 1976)

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  • Birth Place: Dallas, Texas, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Writer

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