Frank Gallagher is the proud single dad of six smart, spirited, independent kids, who without him would be... perhaps better off. A hopeless alcoholic and troublemaker, when Frank isn’t at the bar spending what little money the family has, he’s usually passed out on the floor. Frank is constantly scheming on how to beat the system and support his addictions, and he thinks nothing of throwing his kids under a bus to do so. But his addiction to alcohol is finally catching up to him and his liver may not last much longer, leading to life-or-death consequences.
William H. Macy, an Oscar and Golden Globe nominee and Emmy and SAG Award winner, is one of the most distinguished talents of his generation.
Macy recently wrapped production on RUDDERLESS in which he serves as director and executive producer. The film follows a grieving father who stumbles across a box of his deceased son's demo tapes and lyrics and forms a band in the hope of finding some catharsis. The film stars Selena Gomez, Felicity Huffman and Billy Crudup. He also recently wrapped production on WALTER, directed by Anna Mastro and co-starring Milo Ventimiglia, Neve Campbell, and Peter Facinelli. The film is about a ticket-taker at the local cinema who believes he is the son of God.
Macy was recently seen in A SINGLE SHOT, where a tragic death of a young girl starts a tense game of cat and mouse between John Moon (Sam Rockwell) and the backwater criminals out for his blood. Directed by David M. Rosenthal, the film also stars Melissa Leo and Jeffrey Wright.
Macy was also seen in THE SESSIONS, the story of a 36-year-old man (John Hawkes) with an iron lung who decides he no longer wishes to be a virgin. With the help of his priest (Macy), he contacts a professional sex surrogate (Helen Hunt) to help him.
He was last seen in The Weinstein Company's DIRTY GIRL, starring Juno Temple, Milla Jovovich, and Mary Steenburgen. He was also seen in the Lionsgate film THE LINCOLN LAWYER, based on the novel by Michael Connelly and starring Matthew McConaughey and Marisa Tomei.
In 2007, Macy appeared in the global blockbuster WILD HOGS opposite John Travolta, Martin Lawrence, and Tim Allen. In 2006 Macy appeared in the independent feature BOBBY, based on fictionalized events leading up to the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in 1968. In 2005 he starred in the independent film EDMUND, an adaptation of the David Mamet play, and THANK YOU FOR SMOKING, opposite Aaron Eckhart. The same year Macy appeared in the marine-based action adventure SAHARA, which also starred Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz. In 2004 he appeared in CELLULAR, starring opposite Kim Basinger.
Macy received critical acclaim for his role in the romantic drama THE COOLER. The supporting cast included Alec Baldwin, Maria Bello, Shawn Hatosy, and Ron Livingston. Macy was also seen stealing scenes in the critically-acclaimed feature, SEABISCUIT, the American epic of triumph and perseverance set during the Great Depression. Macy was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role as Tick Tock McLaughlin and the film was nominated for Best Picture.
Macy may be best known for his portrayal of Jerry Lundergaard in FARGO, for which he received an Oscar Nomination and won an Independent Spirit Award as Best Supporting Actor.
Macy's film credits include TRUST ME, SAHARA, CELLULAR, THE DEAL, SPARTAN, IN ENEMY HANDS, MAGNOLIA, PLEASANTVILLE, HAPPY TEXAS, STATE AND MAIN, JURASSIC PARK 3, FOCUS, WELCOME TO COLLINWOOD, PSYCHO, A CIVIL ACTION, BOOGIE NIGHTS, WAG THE DOG, AIR FORCE ONE, GHOSTS OF MISSISSIPPI, MR. HOLLAND'S OPUS, THE CLIENT, SHADOWS AND FOG, MURDER IN THE FIRST, SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER, RADIO DAYS, and PANIC.
On the small screen, Macy received a 2007 Emmy nomination for his role in UMNEY'S LAST CASE, 2005 Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG Award, Writers Guild Award nominations for THE WOOL CAP, 2004 Emmy nomination for his performance in STEALING SINATRA, 2000 Emmy nomination for his guest role on SPORTS NIGHT, 2000 Emmy nomination for A SLIGHT CASE OF MURDER, and a 1997 Emmy nomination for his guest role on ER. Additionally, in 2002, Macy received critical acclaim for his role as Bill Porter in DOOR TO DOOR, which he also co-wrote. The film was nominated for 12 Emmys and won 6 including Outstanding Made for Television Movie. Macy won the Outstanding Lead Actor category and Outstanding Writing for a Television Movie category with Steven Schachter.
His movie of the week credits include REVERSIBLE ERRORS, A MURDEROUS AFFAIR, HEART OF JUSTICE, STANDOFF AT MARION, and the miniseries ANDERSONVILLE, THE MURDER OF MARY PHAGAN, and THE AWAKENING LAND. In addition to the politically charged BBC telefilm THE WRITING ON THE WALL, Macy also appeared in two Mamet vehicles, THE WATER ENGINE and SHOWTIME'S TEXAN. Also with Steven Schachter, Macy has written several television scripts, including an episode of THIRTYSOMETHING, the HBO movie ABOVE SUSPICION and the USA Networks movie THE CON starring Macy and Rebecca DeMornay. He also was seen in a regular guest role in the Showtime original series OUT OF ORDER, also starring Eric Stoltz and Felicity Huffman.
In 1972 Macy co-founded the St. Nicholas Theater along with David Mamet, and Steven Schachter in Chicago. Macy originated roles for several of Mamet's classic original productions, among them, Bobby in AMERICAN BUFFALO, and Lang in THE WATER ENGINE, soon establishing his feature film presence with writer/director Mamet. He continued with Mamet as a Mafioso driver in THINGS CHANGE, a Marine in HOUSE OF GAMES, and an FBI agent in WAG THE DOG. Moving to New York in 1980, he continued to build his reputation in the theater as an originator of new roles, in such off-Broadway productions as BABY WITH THE BATHWATER, THE DINING ROOM (later filmed for PBS - "Great Performances") LIFE DURING WARTIME, MR. GOGOL and MR. PREEN, BODIES, REST AND MOTION, and Mamet's PRARIE DU CHEN, OH HELL, and OLEANNA. His stage credits, approaching fifty during his ten years in New York, also include the Broadway production of OUR TOWN, Tony Award winner for Best Ensemble. Macy was also seen on the London stage in the spring of 2000, where he co-starred in the revival of David Mamet's AMERICAN BUFFALO at the Donmar Warehouse. Following the run in London, the play moved to the Atlantic Theater Company in New York for a record breaking run.
Macy is married to actress Felicity Huffman. They reside in Los Angeles with their two daughters.