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William Fichtner

William Fichtner
Fichtner at the 2011 USA Film Festival
Born William Edward Fichtner
(1956-11-27) November 27, 1956
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, The Lone Ranger and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Early life

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 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.[6]


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.[7] 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.[8] He also voices Master Sergeant Sandman in the 2011 video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.[9]

Fichtner played Eric Sacks in 2014's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.[10][11]

Personal life

Fichtner is a long time fan of both the Buffalo Bills and the Buffalo Sabres. [12][13] Fichtner currently lives in Prague, Czech Republic, where he is filming the television series Crossing Lines.[14]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Quiz Show Stage Manager
1995 Virtuosity Wallace
1995 Reckless Rachel's Father
1995 Strange Days Dwayne Engelman
1995 Heat Roger Van Zant
1995 High Lonesome: A Father For Charlie[15] Sheriff Television film
1995 Underneath Tommy Dundee
1996 Albino Alligator Law
1997 Contact Kent
1997 Switchback Chief Jack McGinnis
1998 Armageddon Colonel William Sharp
1999 Go Burke
1999 Settlement, TheThe Settlement Jerry
2000 Perfect Storm, TheThe Perfect Storm David "Sully" Sullivan
2000 Drowning Mona Phil Dearly
2000 Passion of Mind Aaron
2000 Endsville[16] Prince Victor
2001 Pearl Harbor Danny's Father
2001 Black Hawk Down SFC Jeff Sanderson Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
2001 What's the Worst That Could Happen? Detective Alex Tardio
2002 Julie Walking Home Henry
2002 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
2005 Nine Lives Andrew Nominated — Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
2005 Chumscrubber, TheThe Chumscrubber Dr. Bill Stifle
2005 Longest Yard, TheThe Longest Yard Captain Knauer
2005 Mr. & Mrs. Smith Dr. Wexler (voice) Uncredited
2006 Ultraviolet Garth
2007 Blades of Glory Darren MacElroy
2007 First Snow Ed
2008 Dark Knight, TheThe Dark Knight Bank Manager
2010 Forehead Tittaes[17] Boss Short skit
2010 Date Night D.A. Frank Crenshaw
2011 Big Bang, TheThe Big Bang Detective Poley
2011 Drive Angry The Accountant Chainsaw Awards Best Supporting Actor
2012 Wrong Master Chang
2012 Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden[18] Mr. Guidry Television film
2013 Phantom Alex Kozlov
2013 The Samurai Salvatore O'Brien
2013 The Lone Ranger Butch Cavendish
2013 Elysium John Carlyle
2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Eric Sacks
2014 The Homesman Vester Belknap
2014 St. Sebastian Jurgens Post-production
2015 The Gettysburg Address John G. Nicolay (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
1987–1994 As the World Turns Josh Snyder Unknown episodes
1989 A Man Called Hawk Boros 2 episodes
1989 Baywatch Howard Ganza Episode: Rookie School
1994–1995 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 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
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 Ken Rosenberg (voice) Credited as Bill Fichtner
2008 Turok Logan (voice)
2011 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Master Sergeant Sandman (voice)
2012 Infex The Administrator (voice)


  1. ^ "William Fichtner Biography (1956-)". Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. (2002-01-17). Black Hawk Down' Comes Up in D.C"'". Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  3. ^ David Niles. "Worcester Telegram & Gazette Archives". Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  4. ^ The Post-Journal (2009-12-29). "Patricia A. Fichtner - | News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information - Jamestown". Post-Journal. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  5. ^ "FAQs and Q&A with William Fichtner". (official site). Archived from the original on June 18, 2007. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  6. ^ "About William Fichtner".  
  7. ^ Clean 'Break' for Fichtner Reuters. June 19, 2006. Retrieved June 19, 2006.
  8. ^ "Entourage Admits Caan, Fichtner, Letscher". Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  9. ^ Gaudiosi, John (2011-04-11). "Actor William Fichtner is Modern Warfare 3's Sandman". IGN. Retrieved 2011-04-11. 
  10. ^ 'Crossing Lines': William Fichtner Reveals 'Sons Of Anarchy' Star Joining Show
  11. ^ ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Adds William Fichtner
  12. ^ William Fichtner: An "all in" Bills Fan
  13. ^ Brennan, Michael (11 October 2013). "William Fichtner, A Buffalo-Raised Supporting Actor". Forged in Buffalo. 
  14. ^ As of June 2014.
  15. ^ "A Father for Charlie (1995)". FamousFix. 
  16. ^ Endsville at the Internet Movie Database
  17. ^ "Forehead Tittaes w/ Marion Cotillard". Funny Or Die. 9 March 2010. 
  18. ^ Kaufman, Alexander C. (4 October 2012). "National Geographic Channel to Show Osama bin Laden Thriller ‘Seal Team Six’". The Wrap. 

External links

  • William Fichtner at the Internet Movie Database
  • William Fichtner at the official Contact movie website
  • Random Roles at the Onion A.V. Club
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