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Also Known As: William Edward Fichtner Died:
Born: November 27, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: East Meadow, New York, USA Profession: actor, waiter

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A compelling actor known for his strong supporting performances in film, William Fichtner started out as a soap heartthrob on CBS' "As the World Turns" in 1987. He played a troubled man who had years before committed a rape that resulted in a child, yet despite this violent background and repugnant past, his Josh Snyder/Rod Landry emerged as a fan favorite and his handling of the role led viewers to consider Josh/Rod as a lost soul and a sympathetic character. His unconventional looks-strong boned face and sad haunted eyes-contributed to his attractive intensity. Later on television, he showed a lighter side with a 1994-1995 recurring role in the ABC sitcom "Grace Under Fire," playing Ryan Sparks, the dry-humored petrochemist love interest of Brett Butler's Grace.

A compelling actor known for his strong supporting performances in film, William Fichtner started out as a soap heartthrob on CBS' "As the World Turns" in 1987. He played a troubled man who had years before committed a rape that resulted in a child, yet despite this violent background and repugnant past, his Josh Snyder/Rod Landry emerged as a fan favorite and his handling of the role led viewers to consider Josh/Rod as a lost soul and a sympathetic character. His unconventional looks-strong boned face and sad haunted eyes-contributed to his attractive intensity. Later on television, he showed a lighter side with a 1994-1995 recurring role in the ABC sitcom "Grace Under Fire," playing Ryan Sparks, the dry-humored petrochemist love interest of Brett Butler's Grace.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Homesman, The (2014)
3.
 Lone Ranger, The (2013)
4.
 St. Sebastian's (2013)
5.
 Elysium (2013)
7.
 Phantom (2013)
8.
 Wrong (2012)
9.
 Big Bang, The (2011)
10.
 Drive Angry (2011)
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1987:
Made debut playing Josh Snyder on the CBS daytime drama "As the World Turns"
1993:
Breakthrough stage role opposite Julie Harris in the Off-Broadway production of "The Fiery Furnace"
1994:
Had recurring role as love interest to Brett Butler on "Grace Under Fire" (ABC)
1995:
Played Peter Gallagher's manipulative and dangerous rival in Steven Soderbergh's "The Underneath"
1995:
Appeared in "Heat" as a sleazy banker undone by Robert De Niro
1997:
Breakthrough screen role as one of the petty crooks who hold a group of bar patrons hostage in Kevin Spacey's "Albino Alligator"
1997:
Had a featured role as a blind astronomer in "Contact"
1998:
Played Colonel William Sharp in Michael Bay's action blockbuster "Armageddon"
1999:
Appeared as a crooked cop in Doug Liman's ensemble "Go"
1999:
Had a supporting role, opposite John C Reilly and Kelly McGillis, in the indie film "The Settlement"
2000:
Played a leading role in "Passion of Mind," opposite Demi Moore and Stellan SkarsgÄrd
2000:
Played a featured role in "The Perfect Storm"
2002:
Co-starred in the ABC's short-lived drama series "MDs"
2005:
Joined an ensemble cast for Paul Haggis' award winning directorial debut "Crash"
2005:
Co-starred in Arie Posin's ensemble "The Chumscrubber," a darkly satiric story about life crumbling in the midst of a seemingly idyllic suburbia
2005:
Cast in the HBO adaptation of Richard Russo's novel "Empire Falls"
2005:
Starred in the science fiction drama series "Invasion" as Sheriff Tom Underlay
2006:
Joined the second season of Fox's "Prison Break" as a federal agent Alexander Mahone
2006:
Co-starred in "The Amateurs," an independent comedy about a sleepy town that comes together to film a porno
2007:
Cast as Jon Heder's father in the comedy, "Blades of Glory"
2010:
Co-starred with Steve Carell and Tina Fey in the comedy "Date Night"
2008:
Had a bit part in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight"
2009:
Appeared in three episodes of HBO's "Entourage" playing TV producer Phil Yagoda, who is trying to remake his hit 1990s teen series
2010:
Co-starred with Steve Carell and Tina Fey in the comedy "Date Night"
2013:
Played the villain in "The Lone Ranger"
2013:
Starred in the crime TV series "Crossing Lines"
2013:
Appeared as a ruthless businessman in "Elysium"
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Education

Maryvale High School: Cheektowaga , New York -
American Academy of Dramatic Arts: New York , New York -
State University of New York at Farmingdale: Farmingdale , New York - 1976
State University of New York at Brockport: Brockport , New York - 1978

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wife:
Kimberly Kalil. Actor. Married on July 25, 1998.

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sister:
Margaret Fichtner.
sister:
Patricia Fichtner. US Air Force Major.
sister:
Mary Fichtner.
sister:
Pamela Fichtner.
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