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
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
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