Fichtner at the 2011 USA Film Festival
William Edward Fichtner, Jr.|
November 27, 1956
Mitchel Air Force Base, New York U.S.
|Other names||Bill Fichtner|
Betsy Aidem (?–1996)|
Kymberly Kalil (1998–present)
William Edward "Bill" Fichtner, Jr. (born November 27, 1956) is an American actor. He has appeared in a number of notable films and TV series. He is known for his roles as Sheriff Tom Underlay in the cult favorite television series Invasion, Alexander Mahone on Prison Break, and numerous film roles, including: Quiz Show, Armageddon, The Perfect Storm, Crash, Blades of Glory, Black Hawk Down, Nine Lives, The Longest Yard, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Dark Knight, Date Night, The Lone Ranger, Phantom, Elysium, Independence Day: Resurgence, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014).
Fichtner was born on Mitchel Air Force Base on Long Island, and was raised in Cheektowaga, New York, a suburb of Buffalo. He is the son of Patricia A. (née Steitz) and William E. Fichtner. He has German ancestry.
Fichtner graduated from Maryvale High School (Cheektowaga) in 1974. After graduating from Farmingdale State College in 1976 with an associate degree in criminal justice, he attended SUNY Brockport and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice in 1978. Fichtner then studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. Fichtner credits his Farmingdale State College admissions counselor, Don Harvey, with his decision to study acting. Harvey, who became a lifelong friend, took Fichtner to his first Broadway show. On May 18, 2008, Fichtner was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Farmingdale State College.
Fichtner began his acting career as Josh Snyder in As the World Turns in 1987. Fichtner's film credits include Contact, Heat, Armageddon, Go, Equilibrium, Black Hawk Down, The Perfect Storm, The Longest Yard, Crash, Ultraviolet and The Dark Knight. Mainly a character actor, one of Fichtner's few leading roles is in Passion of Mind, also starring Demi Moore and Stellan Skarsgård. For his role in Crash, he won a Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance Award and a "Best Acting Ensemble" Award from Broadcast Film Critics Choice.
Credited as Bill Fichtner, he voiced the character Ken Rosenberg in the video games Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Between 2005 and 2006, Fichtner also starred in the science-fiction TV series Invasion as Sheriff Tom Underlay. After Invasion was canceled, Fichtner played FBI Agent Alexander Mahone in the second through fourth seasons (2006–2009) of Prison Break. Later that year, he presented an award at the National Hockey League award show. He also appears in The West Wing episode, "The Supremes" as Christopher Mulready, a conservative judge nominated to the Supreme Court. Fichtner also had a role as the Gotham National Bank manager in the feature film The Dark Knight, and as Jurgen in Equilibrium.
In June 2009, Fichtner signed on to guest star on Entourage playing TV producer Phil Yagoda, who is trying to remake his hit 1990s teen series. He also voices Master Sergeant Sandman in the 2011 video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
Fichtner is a fan of the National Football League (NFL)'s Buffalo Bills, appearing in a commercial for the team before the 2014 season. More recently, Fichtner narrated the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary titled Four Falls of Buffalo, chronicling the Buffalo Bills' four consecutive Super Bowl appearances from 1990–93.
|1994||Quiz Show||Stage Manager|
|Strange Days||Dwayne Engelman|
|Heat||Roger Van Zant|
|Switchback||Chief Jack McGinnis|
|1998||Armageddon||Colonel William Sharp|
|2000||The Perfect Storm||David "Sully" Sullivan|
|Drowning Mona||Phil Dearly|
|Passion of Mind||Aaron|
|2001||Pearl Harbor||Danny's Father|
|Black Hawk Down||SFC Jeff Sanderson||Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast|
|What's the Worst That Could Happen?||Detective Alex Tardio|
|2002||Julie Walking Home||Henry|
|2004||Crash||Flanagan|| Hollywood Film Festival Ensemble of the Year|
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
|2005||Nine Lives||Andrew||Nominated—Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast|
|The Chumscrubber||Dr. Bill Stifle|
|The Longest Yard||Captain Knauer|
|Mr. & Mrs. Smith||Dr. Wexler (voice)||Uncredited|
|2007||Blades of Glory||Darren MacElroy|
|2008||The Dark Knight||Bank Manager|
|2010||Forehead Tittaes||Boss||Short skit|
|Date Night||D.A. Frank Crenshaw|
|2011||The Big Bang||Detective Poley|
|Drive Angry||The Accountant||Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|The Lone Ranger||Butch Cavendish|
|2014||The Homesman||Vester Belknap|
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Eric Sacks|
|2016||Independence Day: Resurgence||General Joshua T. Adams|
|The Gettysburg Address||John G. Nicolay (voice)||Documentary|
|2017||Finding Steve McQueen||Enzo Rotella|
|1987–1994||As the World Turns||Josh Snyder||Unknown episodes|
|1989||A Man Called Hawk||Boros||2 episodes|
|Baywatch||Howard Ganza||Episode: "Rookie School"|
|1994–1995||Grace Under Fire||Ryan||8 episodes|
|1995||High Lonesome: A Father for Charlie||Sheriff||Television film|
|2002||MDs||Bruce Kellerman||10 episodes|
|2004||The West Wing||Christopher Mulready||Episode: "The Supremes"|
|2005||Empire Falls||Jimmy Minty||2 episodes|
|American Dad!||Harland (voice)||Episode: "Homeland Insecurity"|
|2005–2006||Invasion||Sheriff Tom Underlay|| 22 episodes|
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television
|2006–2009||Prison Break||Alexander Mahone||59 episodes|
|2009–2011||Entourage||Phil Yagoda||8 episodes|
|2010||Night and Day||Dan Hollister||Pilot|
|2012||Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden||Mr. Guidry||Television film|
|2013–2014||Crossing Lines||Carl Hickman||22 episodes|
|2015–2016||Empire||Jameson Henthrop||4 episodes|
|2016–present||Mom||Adam||Recurring Season 3; Regular Season 4|
|2002||Grand Theft Auto: Vice City||Ken Rosenberg||Credited as Bill Fichtner|
|2004||Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas|
|2011||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3||Master Sergeant Sandman|
|2013||Disney Infinity||Butch Cavendish|
|2014||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||The Shredder||In the 3DS version only|
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- Fichtner, William (September 4, 2014). VIDEO: What It Means to Be a Bills Fan. Buffalo Bills. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
- Endsville at the Internet Movie Database
- "Forehead Tittaes w/ Marion Cotillard". Funny Or Die. 9 March 2010.
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