Nov. 27th, 1956
Mitchell Field Air Force Base, East Meadow, Long Island, New York, USA
William Fichtner's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2011 - Drive Angry 3D
2010 - Date Night
2008 - The Dark Knight
2007 - Blades of Glory
2006 - Ultraviolet
2005 - The Chumscrubber
2005 - The Longest Yard
2005 - Nine Lives
2005 - The Moguls
2005 - Mr. & Mrs. Smith
2004 - Crash
2002 - Equilibrium
2001 - Pearl Harbor
2001 - What's the Worst That Could Happen?
2001 - Black Hawk Down
2000 - Passion of Mind
2000 - The Perfect Storm
2000 - Drowning Mona
1999 - Go
1998 - Armageddon
1997 - Switchback
1997 - Contact
1995 - Heat
1995 - Strange Days
1995 - Virtuosity
1994 - Quiz Show
1992 - Malcolm X
Guest TV Roles
Justice Christopher Mulready
A small-town guy with a big heart, William Fichtner has been captivating the hearts of Western New Yorkers for decades. Bill was born in 1956 on Long Island, New York, raised in Cheektowaga, and graduated from Maryvale High School in 1974. His first roles were in soap operas such as "As the World Turns" (1956) and sitcoms like "Grace Under Fire" (1993). He has also been in films such as Armageddon (1998/I), Empire Falls (2005) (TV), uncredited in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) as 'The Marriage Counselor' and most recently The Dark Knight (2008). A fan of the Buffalo Sabres, Bill always stays true to his roots.
William Edward Fichtner (born November 27, 1956) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Sheriff Tom Underlay on Invasion, as Alexander Mahone on Prison Break and as Ken Rosenberg in the video games Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
Fichtner was born at Mitchel Air Force Base in East Meadow, New York, and was raised in Cheektowaga, New York, the son of Patricia A. (née Steitz) and William E. Fichtner. He is of German descent.
Fichtner began his acting career as Josh Snyder in As the World Turns in 1987. Fichtner's film credits include 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 Fichtner's few leading roles is in Passion of Mind, also starring Demi Moore and Stellan Skarsgård. For his role in Crash he won a Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance Award and a "Best Acting Ensemble" Award from Broadcast Film Critics Choice.
Credited as Bill Fichtner, he lent his voice to the character Ken Rosenberg in the popular video games Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. From 2005-2006, Fichtner also starred in the science fiction drama series Invasion as Sheriff Tom Underlay. After Invasion was cancelled, Fichtner was chosen to play Agent Alexander Mahone in the second, third and fourth seasons (2006–2009) of Prison Break. Later that year, he also presented an award at the National Hockey League award show. He also appears in The West Wing episode, "The Supremes" as Christopher Mulready, a brilliant conservative judge nominated to the Supreme Court. Fichtner also had a role as the Gotham National Bank manager in the feature film The Dark Knight, and as Jurgen in Equilibrium; both action movies feature Christian Bale.
In June 2009, Fichtner signed on to guest star on Entourage playing TV producer Phil Yagoda, who is trying to remake his hit 1990s teen series.
His most recent film was 2011's Drive Angry.
Film and TV appearances
Year Title Role Notes
1987-1993 As the World Turns Josh Snyder TV Series
1989 Baywatch Howard Ganza TV Series: 1 Episode
1992 Malcolm X Police in the Harlem Station
1994-1995 Grace Under Fire Ryan TV Series: 8 Episodes
1995 Virtuosity Wallace
1995 Reckless Rachel's Father
1995 Strange Days Dwayne Engelman
1995 Heat Roger Van Zant
1995 High Lonesome Sheriff
1995 Underneath Tommy Dundee
1996 Albino Alligator Law
1997 Contact Kent
1997 Switchback Chief Jack McGinnis
1998 Armageddon Colonel William Sharp
1999 Go Burke
1999 Settlement, TheThe Settlement Jerry
2000 Perfect Storm, TheThe Perfect Storm David "Sully" Sullivan
2000 Drowning Mona Phil Dearly
2000 Passion of Mind Aaron
2000 Endsville Prince Victor
2001 Pearl Harbor Danny's Father
2001 Black Hawk Down Sfc. Jeff Sanderson
2001 What's the Worst That Could Happen? Detective Alex Tardio
2002 MDs Bruce Kellerman TV Series: 10 Episodes
2002 Julie Walking Home Henry
2002 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Ken Rosenberg Video Game - Voiceover (credited as Bill Fichtner)
2002 Equilibrium Jürgen
2004 Crash Flanagan
2004 West Wing, TheThe West Wing Justice Christopher Mulready TV Series: 1 Episode - "The Supremes"
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Ken Rosenberg Video Game - Voiceover (credited as Bill Fichtner)
2005 Moguls, TheThe Moguls Otis
2005-2006 Invasion Tom Underlay TV Series: 22 Episodes
2005 Nine Lives Andrew
2005 Chumscrubber, TheThe Chumscrubber Dr. Bill Stifle
2005 Empire Falls Jimmy Minty
2005 Longest Yard, TheThe Longest Yard Captain Knauer
2005 Mr. & Mrs. Smith Dr. Wexler, marriage counselor Voice - uncredited
2006 Ultraviolet Garth
2006-2009 Prison Break Alexander Mahone TV Series: 59 Episodes
2007 Blades of Glory Darren MacElroy
2007 First Snow Ed
2008 Dark Knight, TheThe Dark Knight Bank Manager Cameo
2008 Turok Logan Video game - Voiceover
2009-2010 Entourage Phil Yagoda TV Series: 8 Episodes
2010 Forehead Tittaes Boss Short Skit
2010 Date Night D.A. Frank Crenshaw
2011 The Big Bang Detective Poley
2011 Drive Angry The Accountant
- Is 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.
- Attended SUNY Farmingdale before transferring to SUNY Brockport.
- The ring he constantly wears belonged to his grandfather, Theodore.
- Graduated from SUNY Brockport in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice.
- His sister is a major in the USAF.
- One of 115 people invited to join to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences .
- Has four sisters: Mary, Margaret, Pamela, and Patricia.
- His favorite food is sushi.