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.
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 has a recurring role as T.V. producer Phil Yagoda on "Entourage".
Fichtner wins the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race during the Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Fichtner voices Butch Cavendish in the video game "Disney Infinity".
Fichtner appears in the series "Joe vs. Carole" as Rick Kirkham.
Why We Love William Fichtner
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.
He has a clean record
There are no scandals surrounding Fichtner's life. He generally lives a drama-free life.
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
He has foreign roots
William Fichtner has German, Irish, English, and distant Dutch ancestry.
His first Broadway show
Don Harvey, the Admissions Counselor at Farmingdale State College took Fichtner to his first Broadway show.
He loves football
He is a fan of the N.F.L. team, the Buffalo Bills.
A sister in the military
One of Fichtner's sisters is a Major in the United States Air Force.
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.
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