William H. Macy is a Hollywood actor who enjoys acting in small independent films. The actor was born on March 13, 1950, in Miami, Florida, the son of William Hall Macy Sr. and Lois Overstreet, and grew up in Maryland and Georgia.
His father received an Air Medal for flying a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber during World War II and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross Award. After retiring from military service, Macy Sr. headed a construction company in Atlanta, Georgia for a time and then worked for Dun & Bradstreet before joining an insurance company in Cumberland, Maryland. His mother married his father after her first husband died during World War II.
Macy attended Allegany High School in Cumberland, Maryland, where he graduated in 1968 and went to Bethany College in West Virginia, where he took up veterinary studies, which he dropped out of after a while and transferred to Goddard College to study with playwright David Mamet.
After graduating from Goddard in 1972, Macy began his career by participating in some of Mamet’s plays such as The Water Engine and American Buffalo. While in Chicago, William H. Macy joined AFTRA to shoot a television commercial and within a year earned his SAG card.
He stayed in L.A. for a short time before moving to New York City in 1980. During his stay in NYC, Macy appeared in over fifty off-Broadway and Broadway plays. Soon he began to get some roles on the big screen, and one of his earliest was the role of Socrates (Turtle) in a 1984 direct-to-video movie The Boy Who Loved Trolls. He also got a supporting role as a hospital nurse in the fourth season of the sitcom Kate & Allie, which aired on CBS from 1984-1989.
He also appeared as an assistant district attorney in Everybody’s Favorite Bagman and played a short role in Law & Order. Macy has starred in countless other films written and directed by Mamet, including “The Spartan”, “House of Games”, “State and Main”, “Homicide”, “Wag the Dog”, “Oleanna” and “Things Change”. In 2007, William H. Macy played the lead role in Wild Hogs. In 2009 he played the lead in The Maiden Heist alongside Christopher Walken and Morgan Freeman.
In 2009 he replaced Jeremy Piven in Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow on Broadway after Piven quit because of health problems. In 2010 he also starred in the comedy-drama film Dirty Girl alongside Tim McGraw, Juno Temple, Mary Steenburgen, and Milla Jovovich. In the summer of 2010, William began playing Frank Gallagher, the protagonist in Showtime’s Shameless. He was later highly praised by critics for his performance, which eventually earned him an Emmy nomination in 2014 as an outstanding leading actor in a comedy series.
He made his directorial debut in 2012 with the independent drama Rudderless. In this film, he played Selena Gomez, Felicity Huffman, Laurence Fishburne, and Billy Crudup, among others. He also directed The Layover in 2017, starring Kate Upton and Alexandra Daddario.
William H. Macy played a grandfather in the 2015 Drama Room, which also featured his Pleasantville costar, Joan Allen. The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture. In his career to date, the Hollywood actor has won 4 Screen Actors Guild Awards, 2 Emmy Awards, and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Who Is His Wife? – Children
Macy has been married to the stage, film, and television actress Felicity Huffman since 1997. The couple dated from time to time for fifteen years before finally entering into a marriage in September 1997. Together they have two lovely daughters – Sophia Grace and Georgia Grace. Sophia was born in December 2000 and Georgia joined them two years later, on March 14, 2002.
In 2008, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced that the couple would receive one star each on the Hollywood Walk of Fame the following year.
The actor was previously married to Carla Santos Shamberg from 1980 to 1985.
His Net Worth
The American actor is currently said to be worth 25 million dollars, which comes from his acting career spanning more than four decades. He is said to earn 125,000 dollars per episode from the British television series Shameless.
Is William H Macy Dead Or Alive?
In March 2017, the Shameless star was the victim of a fatal coup d’état by celebrities. A prank news site announced that the actor had died of a heart attack at the age of 67, and within minutes the news had spread across several social media platforms, but fans soon realized that it was all a hoax and a prank when the site’s page displayed the message “you got owned”. William H. Macy is just one of the many celebrities who were the victims of a death prank by celebrities.