Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$75 million
Date Of BirthNovember 27, 1956
SpouseKymberly Kalil, Betsy Aidem, Vanessa Martins
MarkDeep gravelly commanding voice
FactOne of 115 people invited to join to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences [2007].


Who is William Fichtner?

William Edward Fichtner Jr. was born on 27 November 1956, on Mitchel Air Force Base, New York, USA, and is best known for his work as a character actor in various popular television programs. He is also a mainstay of films, with some of his most notable projects including “Prison Break”, “Blades of Glory”, “Black Hawk Down”, “The Dark Knight”, and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”.

The Riches of William Fichtner

As of early-2020, William Fichtner’s net worth is estimated to be over $8 million, earned through a successful career in acting, with his work dating back to the late 1980s. Aside from his live-action appearances, he has also ventured into voice acting, working on various video games.

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Early Life and Education

William grew up in Long Island, and is of German ancestry. He was raised by his parents and at a young age, he didn’t intend on pursuing a career in acting. He attended Maryvale High School located near his home, and after matriculating enrolled at Farmingdale State College, taking up a course in criminal justice. After two years, he earned his associate’s degree, and then continued his studies at the State University of New York (SUNY) Brockport, completing a bachelor’s degree.

At the time, his college admissions counselor advised him to pursue a career in acting, as he displayed the talent for it, so opted not to pursue a career in criminal justice, and instead enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, a private school that helps its students who are pursuing careers in television, film, or theatre. He would become friends with the counselor Don Harvey, who helped him get his first job on Broadway.

Acting Career

After a few stage productions, Fichtner got his first TV role in the soap opera “As the World Turns”, in which he played the role of Josh Snyder. The soap is one of the longest-running daytime programs in the US, lasting for 54 years.

It originally followed the story of a core family, though it later added more characters and families as the cast got older. Following his work there, more opportunities opened up for him, and he became known as a character actor, often portraying eccentric or unusual roles.

One of his earliest notable projects was in the film “Crash”, which starred Sandra Bullock and Don Cheadle, and was inspired by the events in the life of director Paul Haggis who experienced his Porsche getting carjacked in 1991. The film was a success, winning a Best Acting Ensemble Award during the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards.

During his career, he was mainly a supporting character, though he had a few leading roles. He starred in “Passion of the Mind” alongside Stellan Skarsgard and Demi Moore, directed by Alain Berliner who is known for his work in “Ma Vie en Rose”.

Continued Work and Voice Acting

In 2002, Fichtner ventured into voice acting for the character Ken Rosenberg, who appears in two “Grand Theft Auto” games, namely “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City” and “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas”. The video game series is considered to be one of the most successful, with each iteration often changing the landscape of the video game industry.

William Fichtner

Many of its games hold high rankings in reviews, but it is equally as controversial, because the themes of each game as the name connotes, features crime, violence, sex, and the like. The games often have players jacking cars, engaging in gunfights, going to strip clubs, and other activities. The games have been praised worldwide as some of the best video games of all time, for their story and sandbox mechanics, despite the negativity.

Aside from “Grand Theft Auto”, William was then cast in the television series “Invasion” playing the role of Sheriff Tom Underlay; the show ran for a season before its cancellation, but it wasn’t the end for his television career.

Later Projects

In 2006, Fichtner played the role of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Agent Alexander Mahone in the series “Prison Break”. The show was widely successful, and stars Wentworth Miller in telling the story of a man trying to help his brother escape from prison using an elaborate plan tattooed on his body. He stayed with the show for three years, and then appeared in a minor role in the Christopher Nolan film “The Dark Knight”.

Afterward, he played the role of television producer Phil Yagoda in the HBO series “Entourage”.

The show is loosely based on the experiences of producer and actor Mark Wahlberg during his time as a newcomer in Hollywood.

Numerous celebrities appear in the show, often in cameos or playing fictionalized versions of themselves. In 2011, he lent his voice once more to the video game “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3”, then voiced for a film “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” which was released in 2014. The film is based on the fictional superhero team of the same name, popularized in cartoons. The show was very successful at the box office, and is the highest-grossing film in the Ninja Turtles franchise.

Personal Life

William married actress Betsy Aidem in 1987 and they had a child together.

She was known for her work during the 1990s to the 2000, with some of her notable projects including “The Americans”, “Aeris”, “The Bleeding House” and “The High Life”. They stayed together for nine years before divorcing, afterward which he began a relationship with Kymberly Kalil and they married two years later; they also have a child together.

Apart from acting, he is a big fan of the professional American Football team, the Buffalo Bills, which compete in the National Football League (NFL). He supports the team a lot and even did a commercial for them in 2014. He also contributed as the narrator of the documentary “Four Falls of Buffalo”, which detailed the team’s efforts in consecutive Super Bowl appearances from 1990 up to 1993.

General Info

Full NameWilliam Fichtner
Net Worth$75 million
Salary2.5 million EUR
Date Of BirthNovember 27, 1956
Height1.75 m
Weight70 kg
ProfessionPhilanthropist, Businessperson, Lieutenant
EducationThe College at Brockport, State University of New York, Farmingdale State College, Glace Bay High School, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Maryvale High School
NationalityBrazilian

Family

SpouseKymberly Kalil, Betsy Aidem, Vanessa Martins
ChildrenVangel Fichtner, Sam Fichtner, Manuella Willian, Valentina Willian
ParentsSeverino da Silva, Maria da Silva
SiblingsMary Fichtner, Patricia Fichtner, Pamela Fichtner, Margaret Fichtner

Accomplishments

NominationsGotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance
TV ShowsPrison Break, Invasion, MDs

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Marks

#Marks / Signs
1Attached earlobes
2Deep gravelly commanding voice
3Films often portray his characters as antagonistic, later evolving more towards a protagonistic quality (The Longest Yard (2005)).

Quotes

#Quote
1I have no problem having any actor from anywhere play a role. I'm excited for any actor that gets a job, I truly am. Even if it's a role that I'm up for and I don't get it, I never begrudge any actor having it work out for them.
2When I was younger, I never wanted to rehearse because I thought that someone would figure out I don't know what I'm doing. Now I like to really spend the time and figure it out, and rehearsal is to try something that doesn't work.
3It's not that there aren't people who care creatively in the world of television, but there's always a bit more time in making a movie. I always feel films are more of a creative journey.
4Here's the bottom line: I can't play someone if I can't figure out what he cares about. Everybody cares about something, even a rough character. It defines where we step in life. As soon as you find out what somebody cares about, then it all gets real.
5What I truly get excited about is not the genre of a movie or the size of a part - it's character. I like to find characters.
6When you work on a Jerry Bruckheimer film, you can be sure of two things: no production value will be spared, and the catering will be as fine as any really really good restaurant. Jerry is an amazing producer, with a commitment to his films second to none.

Facts

#Fact
1Is a talented racing driver - overall winner of the 2011 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race during the Grand Prix of Long Beach, finishing ahead of pro driver Ken Gushi.
2Become the first person to receive a star on the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival's Walk of Fame.
3His favorite films include The Graduate (1967), The Godfather (1972), The Godfather: Part II (1974), Three Days of the Condor (1975), The Deer Hunter (1978) and Strictly Ballroom (1992).
4Graduated from Farmingdale State College with an Associate degree n Criminal Justice in 1976, then transferred to SUNY Brockport.
5He has German, Irish, English, and more distant Dutch, ancestry. Fichtner, Fiechtner, or any variant thereof is a surname originating from areas where German is spoken (Switzerland, Austria, Germany). Descendants of the Fichtner name are spread though Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Canada, the United States and even into modern-day Ukraine. Groups of Fichtners helped to colonize the early United States, with the emergence of Fichtners into Pennsylvania in the mid-1760s. Fichtners also settled in the Russian Empire as Catherine the Great opened up Russian lands to German settlement during the same period. The name is common especially in modern southern Germany. Fichtners also remain today living in the modern-day Ukraine and many live within the United States today in the Midwest and Northwest.
6One of 115 people invited to join to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences [2007].
7Is an avid hockey fan, particularly his favorite team the Buffalo Sabres. Once presented an award at the NHL Awards for the 2006/2007 season on June 14, 2007.
8His sister teaches art at Lakeland High School in Shrub Oak, New York.
9Attended American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, New York.
10Attended high school at Maryvale High School in Cheektowaga, New York.
11Has four sisters: Mary, Margaret, Pamela and Patricia.
12The ring he constantly wears belonged to his grandfather, Theodore.
13Graduated from SUNY Brockport in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice.
14His sister is a major in the United States Air Force.

Pictures

Movies

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Finding Steve McQueen2017post-productionEnzo Rotella
Krystal2017post-productionDr. Farley
Stranded2017filmingMr. Waynewright
Hot Summer Nights2016post-productionShep
Last Days of Summer2016post-productionMike
The Gettysburg Address2016Documentary post-productionJohn G. Nicolay (voice)
IffilmingRichard
St. SebastiancompletedJurgens
Mom2016TV SeriesAdam
Independence Day: Resurgence2016General Adams
American Wrestler: The Wizard2016Coach Plyler
Empire2015-2016TV SeriesJameson Henthrop
Crossing Lines2013-2014TV SeriesCarl Hickman
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles2014Eric Sacks
The Homesman2014Vester Belknap
Disney Infinity2013Video GameButch Cavendish (voice)
Elysium2013/IJohn Carlyle
The Lone Ranger2013Butch Cavendish
Phantom2013/IAlex
Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden2012TV MovieMr. Guidry
Infex2012Video GameThe Administrator (voice)
Wrong2012/IMaster Chang
She, Who Excels in Solitude2012ShortDr. Wallace
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 32011Video GameSandman (voice)
Entourage2009-2011TV SeriesPhil Yagoda
Drive Angry2011The Accountant
The Big Bang2010Poley
Date Night2010DA Frank Crenshaw
Forehead Tittaes2010Video short
Night and Day2010TV MovieDan Hollister
Prison Break2006-2009TV SeriesAlex Mahone
Prison Break: The Final Break2009VideoAlex Mahone
The Dark Knight2008Bank Manager
Turok2008Video GameLogan (voice)
Blades of Glory2007Darren MacElroy
Invasion2005-2006TV SeriesSheriff Tom Underlay
First Snow2006Ed Jacomoi
Ultraviolet2006Garth
American Dad!2005TV SeriesHarland
Mr. & Mrs. Smith2005Dr. Wexler - Marriage Counselor (voice, uncredited)
Empire Falls2005TV Mini-SeriesJimmy Minty
The Longest Yard2005Captain Knauer
The Amateurs2005Otis
The Chumscrubber2005Mr. Bill Stiffle
Nine Lives2005Andrew
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas2004Video GameKen Rosenberg (voice, as Bill Fichtner)
Crash2004/IFlanagan
The West Wing2004TV SeriesJustice Christopher Mulready
MDs2002TV SeriesDr. Bruce Kellerman
Equilibrium2002Jurgen
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City2002Video GameKen Rosenberg (voice, as Willian Fichtner)
Julie Walking Home2002Henry
Black Hawk Down2001Sanderson
What's the Worst That Could Happen?2001Detective Alex Tardio
Pearl Harbor2001Danny's Father
Endsville2000Prince Victor
The Perfect Storm2000David 'Sully' Sullivan
Passion of Mind2000Aaron Reilly
Drowning Mona2000Phil Dearly
Go1999Burke
The Settlement1999Jerry
Armageddon1998Colonel Willie Sharp
Switchback1997Chief Jack McGinnis
Contact1997Kent
Albino Alligator1996Law
Heat1995Roger Van Zant
Reckless1995Rachel's Father
Strange Days1995Dwayne Engelman
Virtuosity1995Wallace
Grace Under Fire1994-1995TV SeriesRyan Sparks
The Underneath1995Tommy Dundee
A Father for Charlie1995TV MovieSheriff
Quiz Show1994Stage Manager
Malcolm X1992Cop at Harlem Station (credit only)
Ramona!1991Bartender (uncredited)
Baywatch1989TV SeriesHoward Ganza
A Man Called Hawk1989TV SeriesBoros
As the World Turns1987TV SeriesRod Landry

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Last Days of Summer2016producer post-production

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Space Station 762014special thanks
Behind the Scenes with 'The Amateurs'2008Video documentary short thanks
HBO First Look2000TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bad IQ2016Documentary filmingHimself
The Wright Stuff2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest Panelist
Riding the Rails of 'The Lone Ranger'2013Video shortHimself
The Hero, the Psychopath and the Characters of Elysium2013Video documentary shortHimself
The Lone Ranger: Becoming a Cowboy2013Video shortHimself
Vivir de cine2013TV SeriesHimself
Made in Hollywood2011-2013TV SeriesHimself
Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's2013DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Speakeasy: With Paul F. Tompkins2013TV SeriesHimself
Below the Scenes2013Documentary short
Phase 7: The Making of a Nonfilm2013Video documentary shortHimself
Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race2012TV MovieHimself
Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race2011TV MovieHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2011TV SeriesHimself
The Being Frank Show2010TV SeriesHimself
Starz Inside: Unforgettably Evil2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race2008TV MovieHimself
Behind the Scenes with 'The Amateurs'2008Video documentary shortHimself - 'Otis'
2007 NHL Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
Square Off2006TV SeriesHimself
Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race2006TV MovieHimself
Scene Stealers2002Video documentary shortHimself
The Essence of Combat: Making 'Black Hawk Down'2002Video documentaryHimself
HBO First Look2000TV Series documentaryHimself - 'David 'Sully' Sullivan'

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Le Fossoyeur de Films2013TV Mini-Series documentary
The Being Frank Show2011-2012TV SeriesHimself

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2006Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastCrash (2004)
2006ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureCrash (2004)
2005ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleCrash (2004)
2005Hollywood Film AwardHollywood Film AwardsEnsemble of the YearCrash (2004)

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2006Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Actor on TelevisionInvasion (2005)
2005Gotham Independent Film AwardGotham AwardsBest Ensemble PerformanceNine Lives (2005)
2005Gotham Independent Film AwardGotham AwardsBest Ensemble PerformanceCrash (2004)
2002PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Acting EnsembleBlack Hawk Down (2001)

2nd Place Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2012Chainsaw AwardFangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest Supporting ActorDrive Angry (2011)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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