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Jerry Lundegaard

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Jerome "Jerry" Lundegaard is a fictional character in the 1996 film Fargo. The character is portrayed by William H. Macy and created by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen. Macy received highly positive reviews for his performance, earning him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.[1]

Jerry Lundegaard
First appearance Fargo
Created by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Portrayed by William H. Macy
Gender Male
Occupation Car salesman
Spouse(s) Jean Lundegaard
Children Scotty Lundegaard


The Coens initially considered Macy for a smaller role for the film, but they were so impressed for the role that they asked Macy to come back in and read for the role of Jerry. According to Macy, he was very persistent in getting the role, saying: "I found out that they [the Coen brothers] were auditioning in New York still, so I got my jolly, jolly Lutheran ass on an airplane and walked in and said, 'I want to read again because I’m scared you’re going to screw this up and hire someone else.' I actually said that. You know, you can’t play that card too often as an actor. Sometimes it just blows up in your face, but I said, 'Guys, this is my role. I want this.'"[2]


Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times, wrote that Macy "finds just the right note in his scenes in the auto showroom. It's fascinating to watch him in action, trying to worm out of a lie involving an extra charge for rust-proofing."[3]

For his performance, Macy was nominated for an Academy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.[4]


  1. ^ "THE 69TH ACADEMY AWARDS | 1997". Retrieved 21 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Sullivan, Kevin. "Fargo at 20: William H. Macy recalls his wonderful wintry freakout". Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  3. ^ Ebert, Roger. "Fargo". Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "William H. Macy Awards". Retrieved 22 August 2016.