William Fichtner

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William Fichtner
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Fichtner at the 2011 USA Film Festival
Born William Edward Fichtner
(1956-11-27) November 27, 1956 (age 57)
Mitchel Air Force Base, New York U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) Betsy Aidem (?–1996)
Kymberly Kalil (1998–present)
Children 2

William Edward Fichtner (born November 27, 1956)[1] is an American actor. He has appeared in a number of notable film 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 Butch Cavendish in The Lone Ranger.

Early life[edit]

Fichtner was born in Mitchel Air Force Base[2] on Long Island, and was raised in Cheektowaga, New York, the son of Patricia A. (née Steitz) and William E. Fichtner.[3][4] He has German ancestry.[5] Fichtner is a long time fan of the Buffalo Bills. [6]

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 18 May 2008, Fichtner was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Farmingdale State College.[7]

Fichtner currently lives in Prague, Czech Republic, where he is filming the tv series Crossing Lines.[8]

Career[edit]

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.

Fichtner, 2003

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 cancelled, Fichtner played FBI Agent Alexander Mahone in the second through fourth seasons (2006–2009) of Prison Break.[9] Later that year, he presented an award at the National Hockey League award show.[citation needed] 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.[10] He also voices Master Sergeant Sandman in the 2011 video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.[11]

In May 2013, Fichtner was cast as Shredder[12] in 2014's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.[13]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1994 Quiz Show Stage Manager
1995 Virtuosity Wallace
Reckless Rachel's Father
Strange Days Dwayne Engelman
Heat Roger Van Zant
High Lonesome: A Father For Charlie[14] Sheriff TV Movie
Underneath Tommy Dundee
1996 Albino Alligator Law
1997 Contact Kent
Switchback Chief Jack McGinnis
1998 Armageddon Colonel William Sharp
1999 Go Burke
Settlement, TheThe Settlement Jerry
2000 Perfect Storm, TheThe Perfect Storm David "Sully" Sullivan
Drowning Mona Phil Dearly
Passion of Mind Aaron
Endsville[15] Prince Victor
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
Equilibrium Jürgen
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 Moguls, TheThe Moguls Otis
Nine Lives Andrew Nominated — Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Chumscrubber, TheThe Chumscrubber Dr. Bill Stifle
Longest Yard, TheThe Longest Yard Captain Knauer
Mr. & Mrs. Smith Dr. Wexler, marriage counselor Voice; uncredited
2006 Ultraviolet Garth
2007 Blades of Glory Darren MacElroy
First Snow Ed
2008 Dark Knight, TheThe Dark Knight Bank Manager
2010 Night and Day Dan Hollister TV Movie
Forehead Tittaes[16] Boss Short skit
Date Night D.A. Frank Crenshaw
2011 Big Bang, TheThe Big Bang Detective Poley
Drive Angry The Accountant Chainsaw Awards Best Supporting Actor
2012 Wrong Master Chang
Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden[17] Mr. Guidry TV Movie
2013 Phantom Alex Kozlov
The Samurai Salvatore O'Brien
The Lone Ranger Butch Cavendish
Elysium John Carlyle
St. Sebastian Jurgens Post-production
The Homesman Vester Belknap Post-production
2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Eric Sachs/Shredder Post-production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1987–94 As the World Turns Josh Snyder Unknown episodes
1989 A Man Called Hawk Boros 2 episodes
Baywatch Howard Ganza Episode: Rookie School
1994–95 Grace Under Fire Ryan 8 episodes
2002 MDs Bruce Kellerman 10 episodes
2004 West Wing, TheThe West Wing Justice Christopher Mulready Episode: "The Supremes"
2005 Empire Falls Jimmy Minty 2 episodes
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
2013–present Crossing Lines Carl Hickman
Video Games
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Ken Rosenberg Voice; credited as Bill Fichtner
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
2008 Turok Logan Voice
2011 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Master Sergeant Sandman

References[edit]

  1. ^ "William Fichtner Biography (1956-)". FilmReference.com. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. (2002-01-17). "'Black Hawk Down' Comes Up in D.C". People.com. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  3. ^ David Niles. "Worcester Telegram & Gazette Archives". Nl.newsbank.com. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  4. ^ The Post-Journal (2009-12-29). "Patricia A. Fichtner - post-journal.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information - Jamestown". Post-Journal. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  5. ^ "FAQs and Q&A with William Fichtner". WilliamFichtner.org (official site). Archived from the original on June 18, 2007. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  6. ^ BuffaloBills.com: William Fichtner: An "all in" Bills Fan
  7. ^ "About William Fichtner". Farmingdale State College. 2006, date n.a. Archived from the original on September 27, 2011. 
  8. ^ As of June 2014.
  9. ^ Clean 'Break' for Fichtner Reuters. June 19, 2006. Retrieved June 19, 2006.
  10. ^ "Entourage Admits Caan, Fichtner, Letscher". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  11. ^ Gaudiosi, John (11-04-11). "Actor William Fichtner is Modern Warfare 3's Sandman". IGN. Retrieved 11-04-11. 
  12. ^ 'Crossing Lines': William Fichtner Reveals 'Sons Of Anarchy' Star Joining Show
  13. ^ ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Adds William Fichtner
  14. ^ http://www.whosdatedwho.com/tpx_671233/a-father-for-charlie/
  15. ^ Endsville at the Internet Movie Database
  16. ^ http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/5a52180b80/forehead-tittaes-w-marion-cotillard
  17. ^ http://www.thewrap.com/movies/article/national-geographic-channel-release-osama-bin-laden-thriller-seal-team-six-59336

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