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William H. Macy Biography

Birth Name:
William Hall Macy Jr.
Birth Place:
Miami, Florida, United States
Profession
Actor, writer, producer

Fast Facts

  • Studied veterinary medicine before turning to acting
  • Co-founded the St
  • Nicholas Theater Company in Chicago in 1974 and the Atlantic Theater Company in New York in 1983
  • Voiced the tag line, "Strong enough for a man, but made for a woman" in the Secret deodorant commercial
  • Named best actor at the 1997 Independent Spirit Awards for his performance in Fargo
  • Became a United Cerebral Palsy ambassador in 2003 after playing a salesman with the condition in the TV movie Door to Door, and was elected to the UCP Board of Trustees in 2004
  • Has lent his voice to a number of animated projects, including the CGI features Doogal (2006) and The Tale of Despereaux (2008), as well as the PBS Curious George series

Awards

  • 2018Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 2018Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2017Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2017Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2016Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 2015Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical: nominated
  • 2015Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2015Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2014Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 2007Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2006Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: nominated
  • 2006Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2005Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 2005Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 2005Emmy-Outstanding Made for Television Movie: nominated
  • 2004Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: nominated
  • 2004Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2004Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 2003Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2003Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 2003Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: winner
  • 2003Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: winner
  • 2002Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: winner
  • 2000Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2000Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 1999Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1997Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1997Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1997Independent Spirit Awards-Best Male Lead: winner
  • 1996Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1996Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1995Independent Spirit Awards-Best Male Lead: nominated
  • 1992Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Male: nominated

Relationships

  • Georgia Grace Macy -- Daughter
  • Sophia Grace Macy -- Daughter
  • William Hall Macy Sr. -- Father
  • Fred Merrill Jr. -- Half Brother
  • Lois Macy -- Mother