Fast Facts

  • Studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.
  • Made his big-screen debut with a small role as a police officer in Spike Lee's Malcolm X (1992).
  • Trained at Fort Bragg in North Carolina to prepare for his role in 2002 war movie Black Hawk Down.
  • Did voice work on the video games Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Wing Commander: Prophecy.
  • In 2011, became the first member inducted into the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival's Walk of Fame.
  • Is a race-car enthusiast; won 25th annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race for charity at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach event in April 2011.


  • 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner


  • Mary — Sister
  • Kymberly Kalil — Wife
  • Margaret — Sister
  • Pamela — Sister
  • Patricia A. Steitz — Mother
  • Betsy Aidem — Ex-wife
  • Patricia Fichtner — Sister
  • William E. Fichtner — Father
  • Sam Fichtner — Son


  • Attended State University of New York, Farmingdale, NY; State University of New York, Brockport, NY (BA in Criminal Justice, 1978)


  • Birth Name: William Edward Fichtner
  • Birth Place: East Meadow, NY
  • Birthday: November 27, 1956, Sagittarius
  • Profession: Actor
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