William Edward Fichtner Jr. (born November 27, 1956) is an American actor who has appeared in a number of films and TV series. He is known for his roles as Sheriff Tom Underlay on Invasion and Alexander Mahone on Prison Break. His film appearances include Heat, Contact, Armageddon, The Perfect Storm, Go, Crash, Blades of Glory, Black Hawk Down, The Longest Yard, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Dark Knight, Date Night, The Lone Ranger, Elysium, Independence Day: Resurgence and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Fichtner at the April 2011 USA Film Festival
William Edward Fichtner Jr.
November 27, 1956
|Other names||Bill Fichtner|
|Alma mater||Farmingdale State College, A.A. 1976|
SUNY Brockport, B.A. 1978
(m. 1987; div. 1996)
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. He then studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. He also 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, he 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. He has since appeared in the films 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 his few leading roles is in Passion of Mind, also starring Demi Moore and Stellan Skarsgård. His role in Crash won him a Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance Award and a "Best Acting Ensemble" Award from Broadcast Film Critics Choice. He currently appears in the sitcom Mom on CBS.
Credited as Bill Fichtner, he voiced Ken Rosenberg in the video games Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Between 2005 and 2006, he also starred in the sci-fi TV series Invasion as Sheriff Tom Underlay. After Invasion was canceled, he played ruthless FBI Agent Alexander Mahone in three seasons of Prison Break (2006–2009). In 2009, he co-presented the Vezina Trophy (for goal tending) at the National Hockey League awards show. He later guest starred as judge Christopher Mulready in The West Wing episode "The Supremes". He also had a role as the Gotham National Bank manager in the feature film The Dark Knight and as Jurgen in Equilibrium.
Fichtner is a fan of the National Football League (NFL)'s Buffalo Bills, appearing in a commercial for the team before the 2014 season. He has narrated the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary titled Four Falls of Buffalo, chronicling the Buffalo Bills' four consecutive Super Bowl appearances from 1990–93.
|1994||Quiz Show||Stage Manager|
|Strange Days||Dwayne Engelman|
|Heat||Roger Van Zant|
|Switchback||Chief Jack McGinnis|
|1998||Armageddon||Colonel William Sharp|
|2000||The Perfect Storm||David "Sully" Sullivan|
|Drowning Mona||Phil Dearly|
|Passion of Mind||Aaron|
|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|
|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 Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Cast
|2005||Nine Lives||Andrew||Nominated—Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Cast|
|The Chumscrubber||Dr. Bill Stifle|
|The Longest Yard||Captain Knauer|
|Mr. & Mrs. Smith||Dr. Wexler||Voice; Uncredited|
|2007||Blades of Glory||Darren MacElroy|
|2008||The Dark Knight||Bank Manager|
|2010||Forehead Tittaes||Boss||Funny or Die sketch|
|Date Night||D.A. Frank Crenshaw|
|2011||The Big Bang||Detective Poley|
|Drive Angry||The Accountant||Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|The Lone Ranger||Butch Cavendish|
|2014||The Homesman||Vester Belknap|
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Eric Sacks|
|2016||Independence Day: Resurgence||General Joshua T. Adams|
|American Wrestler: The Wizard||Coach Plyler|
|2017||Hot Summer Nights||Shep|
|2018||12 Strong||Colonel John Mulholland|
|Cold Brook||Ted Markham||Post-production|
Also director and co-writer
|All the Devil's Men||Brennan|
|2019||The Gettysburg Address||John G. Nicolay||Voice|
|Finding Steve McQueen||Enzo Rotella|
|1987–1994||As the World Turns||Josh Snyder||11 episodes|
|1989||A Man Called Hawk||Boros||2 episodes|
|Baywatch||Howard Ganza||Episode: "Rookie School"|
|1994–1995||Grace Under Fire||Ryan||8 episodes|
|1995||High Lonesome: A Father for Charlie||Sheriff||Television film|
|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"|
|2005–2006||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|
|2012||Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden||Mr. Guidry||Television film|
|2013–2014||Crossing Lines||Carl Hickman||22 episodes|
|2015–2016||Empire||Jameson Henthrop||4 episodes|
|2016–present||Mom||Adam Janikowski||52 episodes|
|2016||Shooter||Rathford O'Brien||Episode: "Killing Zone"|
|2017||Porsche: Decades of Disruption||Narrator||Voice; Documentary|
|Top Gear America||Himself||Host; 8 episodes|
|2019||Veep||Felix Wade||Episode: "Discovery Weekend"|
|2002||Grand Theft Auto: Vice City||Ken Rosenberg||Credited as Bill Fichtner|
|2004||Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas|
|2011||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3||Master Sergeant Sandman|
|2013||Disney Infinity||Butch Cavendish|
|2014||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||The Shredder||Nintendo 3DS version|
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