William Fichtner

William Fichtner

Born: November 27, 1956
Age: 67
Birthplace: Mitchel Air Force Base, New York U.S.
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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 and its sequel.


Early life

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 cancelled, 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 plays Eric Sacks in 2014's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and will in its sequel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.

Personal life

As of June 2014, Fichtner lives in Prague, Czech Republic, where he filmed the television series Crossing Lines.

Fichtner is a Buffalo Bills fan, 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.



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 Sheriff Television film
Underneath Tommy Dundee
1996 Albino Alligator Law
1997 Contact Kent
Switchback Chief Jack McGinnis
1998 Armageddon Colonel William Sharp
1999 Go Burke
The Settlement Jerry
2000 The Perfect Storm David "Sully" Sullivan
Drowning Mona Phil Dearly
Passion of Mind Aaron
Endsville 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 Nine Lives Andrew Nominated — Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
The Chumscrubber Dr. Bill Stifle
The Moguls Otis
The Longest Yard Captain Knauer
Mr. & Mrs. Smith Dr. Wexler (voice) Uncredited
2006 Ultraviolet Garth
2007 Blades of Glory Darren MacElroy
First Snow Ed
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
2012 Wrong Master Chang
Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden Mr. Guidry Television film
2013 Phantom Alex Kozlov
The Lone Ranger Butch Cavendish
Elysium John Carlyle
2014 The Homesman Vester Belknap
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Eric Sacks
2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Post-production
Independence Day: Resurgence General Adams
The Gettysburg Address John G. Nicolay (voice) Documentary


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 The West Wing Christopher Mulready Episode: "The Supremes"
2005 Empire Falls Jimmy Minty 2 episodes
American Dad! Harland (voice) Episode: "Homeland Insecurity"
2005-06 Invasion Sheriff Tom Underlay 22 episodes
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television
2006-09 Prison Break Alexander Mahone 59 episodes
2009-11 Entourage Phil Yagoda 8 episodes
2010 Night and Day Dan Hollister Pilot
2013-14 Crossing Lines Carl Hickman 22 episodes
2015 Empire Jamieson Hinthrop 2 episodes
2016 Mom Adam Season 3 recurring role

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Ken Rosenberg Credited as Bill Fichtner
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Ken Rosenberg Credited as Bill Fichtner
2008 Turok Logan
2011 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Master Sergeant Sandman
2012 Infex The Administrator
2013 Disney Infinity Butch Cavendish
2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The Shredder 3DS version

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