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Bill Macy (born Wolf Martin Garber; May 18, 1922) is an American actor.

Bill Macy
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Macy with Bea Arthur in Maude (1973)
Wolf Martin Garber

(1922-05-18) May 18, 1922 (age 97)
Years active1958–2011
Spouse(s)Samantha Harper (m. 1975)


Early lifeEdit

Born in Revere, Massachusetts to Mollie (née Friedopfer) (1889-1986) and Michael Garber (1884-1974), a manufacturer,[1] he was raised in Brooklyn, New York, and worked as a cab driver before pursuing an acting career.


Macy played Walter Findlay, the long-suffering husband of the title character on the 1970s television situation comedy Maude, starring Beatrice Arthur.

Film and televisionEdit

He has made more than 70 appearances on film and television. He appeared as the Jury Foreman in The Producers in 1967. Other memorable roles include the co-inventor of the 'Opti-grab' in the 1979 Steve Martin comedy The Jerk, and as the head television writer in My Favorite Year (1982).

His other film credits include roles in Death at Love House (1976), The Late Show (1976), Serial (1980), Movers & Shakers (1985), Bad Medicine (1985), Tales from the Darkside (1986), Sibling Rivalry (1990), The Doctor (1991), Me, Myself and I (1992), Analyze This (1999), Surviving Christmas (2004), The Holiday (2006), and Mr. Woodcock (2007).

In 1986, Macy was a guest on the fourth episode of L.A. Law, playing an older man whose young wife wants a music career.[2] Macy appeared in the popular television movie Perry Mason and The Case Of The Murdered Madame (1987) as banker Richard Wilson.

He appeared occasionally on Seinfeld as one of the residents of the Florida retirement community where Jerry Seinfeld's parents lived. He also appeared on the short-lived Fox sitcom Back to You.[3] Macy portrayed a demon in a guest appearance on Millennium.[4] Macy made a guest appearance as a patient on Chicago Hope, and as an aging gambler on the series Las Vegas.


Macy was an original cast member of the long-running theatrical revue Oh! Calcutta!.


  1. ^ "Bill Macy Biography (1922-)". Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  2. ^ You Tube "L.A. Law" Season 1 - Episode 4
  3. ^ "Bill Macy". IMDb. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me". IMDb. Retrieved 6 June 2016.

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