William Fichtner

William Fichtner, born on November 27, 1956, is a famous American actor known for his television roles as Alexander Mahone on “Prison Break,” Sheriff Tom Underlay on “Invasion,” Adam Janikowski on “Mom,” and Carl Hickman on “Crossing Lines.” He has acted in several films and video games as well. Fichtner was born on Long Island, New York, and raised in Cheektowaga. He graduated from Maryvale High School in 1974 and then studied Criminal Justice at Farmingdale State College, graduating with an associate degree in 1976. He later earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1978 from the Brockport, State University of New York College. After that, Fichtner went to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.

Fast Facts

Full Name:

William Edward Fichtner



Birth date:

November 27, 1956



Zodiac Sign:



5' 11"

Relationship Status:


Net Worth:

$9 million

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Even though many people know William Edward Fichtner as the government agent Alexander Mahone on the T.V. series “Prison Break,” Fichtner began his acting career in the late 1980s. His first role was as Josh Snyder in the 1987 soap opera “As the World Turns.” He went on to appear in numerous films such as “Armageddon,” “Crash,’ “Go,” “Equilibrium,” “Contact,” “Drive Angry,” “The Dark Knight,” and many others. His role in “Crash” won him a Best Acting Ensemble Award from Broadcast Film Critics Choice and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Award. From 2013 to 2021, he appeared in the C.B.S. sitcom “Mom.”

Fichtner has also been involved in video game productions, voicing Ken Rosenberg in the video games “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City,” “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas,” as well as Master Sergeant Sandman in the 2011 video game “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.” Between 2005 and 2006, Fichtner also starred in the sci-fi T.V. series “Invasion.” After the cancellation of this series, he played ruthless F.B.I. Agent Alexander Mahone in three seasons of “Prison Break” from 2006 to 2009. He later played Eric Sacks in the 2014 American superhero film “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

Fichtner has received several honors in his career. He was one of 115 people invited to join the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences in 2007. On May 18, 2008, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Farmingdale State College, acknowledging the Farmingdale Admissions Counselor, Don Harvey for inspiring him to study acting. Fichtner also co-presented the Vezina Trophy at the 2009 National Hockey League awards show.

William Fichtner Movies and TV Shows




The Company You KeepLeo Nicoletti2023
88Ron Holt2022
Joe vs. CaroleRick Kirkham2022
MomAdam Janikowski2016-2021
The Space BetweenDonny Rumson2021
Josie & JackJoseph Raeburn2019
Finding Steve McQueenEnzo Rotella2019
All the Devil’s MenMike Brennan2018
Cold BrookTed Markham2018
TraffikCarl Waynewright2018
12 StrongColonel Mulholland2018
Drunk on LoveDr. Lyle Farley2017
The NeighbourMike2017
Hot Summer NightsShep2017
Independence Day: ResurgenceGeneral Adams2016
American Wrestler: The WizardCoach Plyler2016
EmpireJameson Henthrop2015-2016
Crossing LinesCarl Hickman2013-2014
Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesEric Sacks2014
The HomesmanVester Belknap2014
ElysiumJohn Carlyle2013
The Lone RangerButch Cavendish2013
Code Name: GeronimoMr. Guidry2012
WrongMaster Chang2012
EntouragePhil Yagoda2009-2011
Drive AngryThe Accountant2011
Night and DayDan Hollister2010
The Big BangPoley2010
Date NightDA Frank Crenshaw2010
Prison BreakAlex Mahone2006-2009
The Dark KnightBank Manager2008
Blades of GloryDarren MacElroy2006
InvasionSheriff Tom Underlay2005-2006
First SnowEd Jacomoi2006
As The World TurnsJosh Landry1987-2006
American DadHarland (voice)2005
The Longest YardCaptain Knauer2005
The MogulsOtis2005
The ChumscrubberMr. Bill Stiffle2005
Nine LivesAndrew2005
The West WingJustice Christopher Mulready2004
MDsDr. Bruce Kellerman2002
Julie Walking HomeHenry2002
Black Hawk DownSanderson2001
What’s the Worst That Could Happen?Detective Alex Tardio2001
Pearl HarborDanny’s Father2001
EndsvillePrince Victor2000
The Perfect StormDavid ‘Sully’ Sullivan2000
Passion of MindAaron2000
Drowning MonaPhil Dearly2000
The SettlementJerry1999
ArmageddonColonel Willie Sharpe1998
Albino AligaitorLaw1996
HeatRoger Van Zant1995
RecklessRachel’s Father1995
Strange DaysDwayne Engelman1995
Grace Under FireRyan Sparks1994-1995
The UnderneathTommy1995
High LonesomeSheriff1995
Quiz ShowStage Manager1994
A Man Called HawkBoros1989

Career timeline

He Works on a Comedy-Drama

William Fichtner has a recurring role as T.V. producer Phil Yagoda on "Entourage".

He Wins a Car Race

Fichtner wins the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race during the Grand Prix of Long Beach.

A Video Game Production

Fichtner voices Butch Cavendish in the video game "Disney Infinity".

He Acts in a Drama Series

Fichtner appears in the series "Joe vs. Carole" as Rick Kirkham.

Why We Love William Fichtner

  1. He is successful

    William Fichtner has had a successful acting career spanning several decades. He has an established name in T.V. and film productions.

  2. He has a clean record

    There are no scandals surrounding Fichtner's life. He generally lives a drama-free life.

  3. He is inspirational

    Fichtner has managed to balance being in films, T.V., and video game productions. This is motivating for people with several interests.

5 Surprising Facts

  1. He has foreign roots

    William Fichtner has German, Irish, English, and distant Dutch ancestry.

  2. His first Broadway show

    Don Harvey, the Admissions Counselor at Farmingdale State College took Fichtner to his first Broadway show.

  3. He loves football

    He is a fan of the N.F.L. team, the Buffalo Bills.

  4. A sister in the military

    One of Fichtner's sisters is a Major in the United States Air Force.

  5. A pacesetter

    He became the first person to receive a star on the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival's Walk of Fame.

William Fichtner FAQs

Does William Fichtner have siblings?

Fichtner has four sisters: Mary, Margaret, Pamela, and Patricia.

Does William Fichtner have children?

Yes, he has two children.

Is William Fichtner in a wheelchair?

No, he is not in a wheelchair.

William Fichtner’s birthday dates

2024November 27Wednesday
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