William Fichtner

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, to Patricia A. (Steitz) and William E. Fichtner. He is of German, Irish, and English descent.Fichtner was raised in Cheektowaga, ...

Born on November 27, 1956

Mitchell Field Air Force Base, East Meadow, Long Island, New York, USA

Height 1.84m / 6' 0"


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, to Patricia A. (Steitz) and William E. Fichtner. He is of German, Irish, and English descent.Fichtner was 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), Empire Falls (2005), as The Marriage Counselor, uncredited, in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), and in The Dark Knight (2008). A fan of the Buffalo Sabres, Bill always stays true to his roots. He is married to actress Kymberly Kalil.Read More

Known For


Films often portray his characters as antagonistic, later evolving more towards a protagonistic quality (The Longest Yard (2005)).

Attached earlobes

Deep gravelly commanding voice


His sister is a major in the United States Air Force.

He 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.

One of 115 people invited to join to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences [2007].

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.

His sister teaches art at Lakeland High School in Shrub Oak, New York.

Attended American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, New York.

Attended high school at Maryvale High School in Cheektowaga, New York.

Has four sisters: Mary, Margaret, Pamela and Patricia.

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.


When 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.

I 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.

When 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.

It'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.

Here'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.

What 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.


Kymberly Kalil Kymberly Kalil July 25, 1998 - present (1 child)
Betsy Aidem Betsy Aidem - present (divorced) (1 child)


As the World Turns As the World Turns RodLandry(1episode,1987)
Baywatch Baywatch HowardGanza(1episode,1989)
A Man Called Hawk A Man Called Hawk Boros(2episodes,1989)
Malcolm X  Malcolm X  CopatHarlemStation(creditonly)
Grace Under Fire Grace Under Fire RyanSparks(8episodes,1994-1995)
Quiz Show  Quiz Show  StageManager
Heat  Heat  RogerVanZant
Reckless  Reckless  Rachel'sFather
The Underneath  The Underneath  TommyDundee
Virtuosity  Virtuosity  Wallace
Contact  Contact  Kent
Switchback  Switchback  ChiefJackMcGinnis
Armageddon  Armageddon  ColonelWillieSharp
Go  Go  Burke
Passion of Mind  Passion of Mind  Aaron
What's the Worst That Could Happen?  What's the Worst That Could Happen?  DetectiveAlexTardio
The West Wing The West Wing JusticeChristopherMulready(1episode,2004)
Pearl Harbor  Pearl Harbor  Danny'sFather
Julies Reise  Julies Reise  Henry
Black Hawk Down  Black Hawk Down  Sanderson
The Wright Stuff The Wright Stuff Himself-GuestPanelist(1episode,2014)
HBO First Look HBO First Look Himself-'David'Sully'Sullivan'(1episode,2000)
HBO First Look HBO First Look
MDs MDs Dr.BruceKellerman(10episodes,2002)
Aerosmith: I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing  Aerosmith: I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing  ColonelWillieSharp(archivefootage)
Mr. & Mrs. Smith  Mr. & Mrs. Smith  Dr.Wexler-MarriageCounselor(voice)(uncredited)
The Essence of Combat: Making 'Black Hawk Down'  The Essence of Combat: Making 'Black Hawk Down'  Himself
Ultraviolet  Ultraviolet  Garth
Empire Falls Empire Falls JimmyMinty(2episodes,2005)
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas  Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas  KenRosenberg(voice)(asBillFichtner)
Entourage Entourage PhilYagoda(13episodes,2009-2011)
American Dad! American Dad! Harland(1episode,2005)
The Longest Yard  The Longest Yard  CaptainKnauer
The Amateurs  The Amateurs  Otis
The Chumscrubber  The Chumscrubber  Mr.BillStiffle
Nine Lives  Nine Lives  Andrew
Prison Break Prison Break AlexMahone(59episodes,2006-2009)
Invasion Invasion SheriffTomUnderlay(22episodes,2005-2006)
The Dark Knight  The Dark Knight  BankManager
Things Left Undone Things Left Undone RyanSparks
Valentine's Day Valentine's Day RyanSparks
Alpha Male Alpha Male SheriffTomUnderlay
Unnatural Selection Unnatural Selection SheriffTomUnderlay
Fish Story Fish Story SheriffTomUnderlay
Origin of Species Origin of Species SheriffTomUnderlay
Pilot Pilot SheriffTomUnderlay
Redemption Redemption SheriffTomUnderlay
The Cradle The Cradle SheriffTomUnderlay
The Dredge The Dredge SheriffTomUnderlay
The Hunt The Hunt SheriffTomUnderlay
A La Casa A La Casa Dr.BruceKellerman
Connective Tissue Connective Tissue Dr.BruceKellerman
Cruel and Unusual Cruel and Unusual Dr.BruceKellerman
Family Secrets Family Secrets Dr.BruceKellerman
Heartland Heartland Dr.BruceKellerman
Open Heart Open Heart Dr.BruceKellerman
R.I.P. R.I.P. Dr.BruceKellerman
Reversal of Fortune Reversal of Fortune Dr.BruceKellerman
Time of Death Time of Death Dr.BruceKellerman
Poison Poison Boros
Vendetta Vendetta Boros(uncredited)
The Fittest The Fittest SheriffTomUnderlay
Run and Gun Run and Gun SheriffTomUnderlay
See Quentin Run See Quentin Run RyanSparks
Round Up Round Up SheriffTomUnderlay
Square Off Square Off Himself(1episode,2006)
Otis Otis AlexMahone
Map 1213 Map 1213 AlexMahone
Scan Scan AlexMahone
Buried Buried AlexMahone
Unearthed Unearthed AlexMahone
Rendezvous Rendezvous AlexMahone
Bolshoi Booze Bolshoi Booze AlexMahone
Disconnect Disconnect AlexMahone
The Killing Box The Killing Box AlexMahone
John Doe John Doe AlexMahone
Made in Hollywood Made in Hollywood Himself(2episodes,2011-2013)
The Message The Message AlexMahone
Bad Blood Bad Blood AlexMahone
Orientación Orientación AlexMahone
Dirt Nap Dirt Nap AlexMahone
Under & Out Under & Out AlexMahone
Hell or High Water Hell or High Water AlexMahone
The Art of the Deal The Art of the Deal AlexMahone
Breaking and Entering Breaking and Entering AlexMahone
Shut Down Shut Down AlexMahone
Safe and Sound Safe and Sound AlexMahone
Fire/Water Fire/Water AlexMahone
Five the Hard Way Five the Hard Way AlexMahone
Greatness Achieved Greatness Achieved AlexMahone
Call Waiting Call Waiting AlexMahone
Interference Interference AlexMahone
Photo Finish Photo Finish AlexMahone
Vamonos Vamonos AlexMahone
Bang and Burn Bang and Burn AlexMahone
Prison Break: The Final Break  Prison Break: The Final Break  AlexMahone
The Lone Ranger  The Lone Ranger  ButchCavendish
The Legend The Legend AlexMahone
Quiet Riot Quiet Riot AlexMahone
Going Under Going Under AlexMahone
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