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WILLIAM H. MACY received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the Coen Brothers' Fargo, as Jerry Lundegaard, the misguided car salesman who hires kidnappers to abduct his wife in a desperate money-making scheme. Mr. Macy was also nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his work on ER.

Already considered one of the industry's busiest and well-respected actors, his feature film credits include Boogie Nights, Wag the Dog, Air Force One, Mr. Holland's Opus, Ghosts of the Mississippi, Oleanna, Homicide, Things Change, House of Games and Pleasantville, directed by Gary Ross for New Line Cinema. He will appear in the upcoming film Civil Action directed by Steve Zaillian and co-starring John Travolta and James Gandolfini, as well as Mystery Men, a film about an unlikely group of superheroes and co-starring Greg Kinear, Ben Stiller, Janeane Garofalo, Lena Olin and Hank Azaria.

Macy's extensive work with playwright David Mamet began at Goddard College in Vermont where he studied under Mamet. He originated roles for several of Mamet's original productions: "Bobby in American Buffalo and Lang in The Water Engine, among others.

The versatile Macy has directed The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite at the Atlantic Theatre Company in New York where he serves as director in residence. He has also directed Boy's Life at Lincoln Center, the Los Angeles production of Oleanna at the Tiffany Theatre as well as Lip Service, an HBO film which won an ACE Award for Best Theatrical Production.

Along with writing partner Steven Schater, Macy has scripted four films including The Con, a television film for the USA Network in which he also starred with Rebecca DeMornay, and the HBO movie Above Suspicion. Macy has also earned respect as a teacher, having led theater classes in Chicago and at New York University.

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