William Fichtner


Date Of Birth

27 November 1956


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William Edward Fichtner began his acting career as Josh Snyder in As the World Turns in 1987. Born in Cheektowaga, New York on November 27, 1956, he graduated from Maryvale High School and developed an interest in acting. He is best known as a character actor, taking on more supporting roles. Fichtner received his Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice from Farmingdale State University. After graduating, he decided to study acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.

William Fichtner has had a wide range of film credits. In 1997, he starred in Contact, following it up with the films Switchback and Armageddon. He was also seen in Equilibrium, Go, Heat, and played alongside a notable cast in Black Hawk Down. He also accepted minor roles in The Perfect Storm and Pearl Harbor during the early 2000s. Credited as Bill Fichtner, he lent his voice to the character Ken Rosenberg in the popular video games Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. In 2004, he was seen in an episode of The West Wing where he portrayed a judge. He was also cast in The Chumscrubber, Nine Lives and The Longest Yard, while landing a part in the 2005-2006 science fiction drama series Invasion. He played Sheriff Tom Underlay until the show’s cancellation. He was next seen in the second season of the Fox series Prison Break, playing the character Alexander Mahone, veteran of the FBI. Fichtner soon earned several film roles, being cast in Ultraviolet as Garth, First Snow as Ed Jacomoi, and Blades of Glory as Darren MacElroy. He was also applauded for his supporting performance alongside Heath Ledger and Christian Bale in the 2008 blockbuster hit The Dark Knight. Fichtner is also known for his voicework, and has lent his voice to characters in American Dad! and the 2008 video game Turok.

Place of Birth

Long Island, New York, USA

Birth Name

William Edward Fichtner



Fun Facts

-His favorite food is sushi.

-He wears a ring that belonged to his grandfather, Theodore.

-He is a fan of hockey.

-He once presented an award at the NHL Awards for the 2006/2007 season.

-He owns a 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner.


2006 Won Actor Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
for: Crash (2004/I)

2006 Nominated Saturn Award Best Actor on Television
for: "Invasion" (2005)

2002 Nominated PFCS Award Best Acting Ensemble
for: Black Hawk Down (2001)


* 1987 Played Josh Snyder/Rod Landry on the CBS daytime drama "As the World Turns"
* 1993 Breakthrough stage role opposite Julie Harris in the Off-Broadway production of "The Fiery Furnace"
* 1995 Appeared in "Heat" as a sleazy banker undone by Robert De Niro
* 1995 Played Peter Gallagher's manipulative and dangerous rival in Steven Soderbergh's "The Underneath"
* 1997 Breakthrough screen role as one of the petty crooks who hold a group of bar patrons hostage in Kevin Spacey's "Albino Alligator"
* 1997 Had a featured role as a blind astronomer in "Contact"
* 1998 Played Colonel William Sharp in Michael Bay's action blockbuster "Armageddon"
* 1999 "The Settlement", starring Fichtner along with John C Reilly and Kelly McGillis, debuted at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival
* 1999 Appeared as a crooked cop in Doug Liman's ensemble "Go"
* 2000 Played featured role in "The Perfect Storm"
* 2000 Starred opposite Demi Moore in "Passion of Mind"
* 2002 Co-starred in the ABC drama series "MDs"
* 2005 Cast in the HBO movie, "Empire Falls" based on Richard Russo's novel
* 2005 Co-starred in Arie Posin's ensemble "The Chumscrubber," a darkly satiric story about life crumbling in the midst of a seemingly idyllic suburbia
* 2005 Starred in Paul Haggis' award winning directorial debut "Crash," a multicharacter study of L.A. race relations
* 2005 Starred in the science fiction drama series "Invasion" as Sheriff Tom Underlay
* 2006 Cast in the second season of Fox's "Prison Break" as a federal agent
* 2006 Co-starred in "The Amateurs," an independent comedy about a sleepy town that comes together to film a !@#!@
* 2007 Cast as Jon Heder's father in the comedy, "Blades of Glory"
* Had recurring role as love interest to Brett Butler on "Grace Under Fire" (ABC)

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