Having appeared in a wide range of films along with television and theater roles over the course of his career, William Fichtner continues to carve out a distinctive reputation as one of our most versatile and talented actors, whether in comedy or drama, action or character study.
Fichtner has just wrapped filming director Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger, opposite Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, for producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney. He stars in the upcoming feature Code Name: Geronimo, based on the true events surrounding the U.S. Navy SEALS mission to capture Osama bin Laden. The film was acquired by The Weinstein Company at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
In the past year, Fichtner has also completed starring roles in Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium, opposite Matt Damon and Jodie Foster for Sony Pictures; writer-director Todd Robinson’s thriller Phantom, opposite Ed Harris and David Duchovny; and director-producer Danny DeVito’s thriller St. Sebastian.
In 2011 Fichtner starred opposite Nicholas Cage in Drive Angry for director Patrick Lussier and alongside Antonio Banderas in The Big Bang for director Tony Krantz. In 2010 he starred opposite Steve Carell and Tina Fey in director Shawn Levy’s Date Night.
Fichtner co-starred in writer-director Paul Haggis’ Academy Award-winning Crash. For his performance in that film, he shared a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble Cast in a Feature Film.
His additional film credits include Blades of Glory with Will Ferrell; the remake of The Longest Yard with Adam Sandler; the comedy The Amateurs with Jeff Bridges; two films that premiered in the same Sundance Film Festival season: Rodrigo Garcia’s Nine Lives and Arie Posin’s The Chumscrubber; Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down; What’s The Worst Thing That Could Happen; Wolfgang Peterson’s The Perfect Storm; Drowning Mona; Ultraviolet and Equilibrium, both for writer-director Kurt Wimmer; Armageddon; Michael Mann’s Heat; Robert Zemeckis’ Contact; Doug Liman’s Go; Katherine Bigelow’s Strange Days; Passion of Mind; Steven Soderbergh’s The Underneath; Switchback; Agnieszka Holland’s Julie Walking Home; The Settlement with John C. Reilly; Kevin Spacey’s directorial debut Albino Alligator and First Snow with Guy Pearce.
Segueing between television and feature films, Fichtner had a recurring role on HBO’s Entourage from 2009-2011. He played ‘FBI Agent Alexander Mahone’ for three seasons on Fox’s hit drama series, Prison Break. He also starred with Paul Newman and Ed Harris in HBO’s critically acclaimed adaptation of Richard Russo’s Empire Falls. Other television credits include roles on NBC’s The West Wing, and ABC’s Invasion.
As a member of the Circle Repertory Theatre, Fichtner won critical acclaim for his role in The Fiery Furnace, directed by Norman Rene. Other stage credits include Raft of the Medusa at the Minetta Lane Theatre, The Years at the Manhattan Theatre Club, Clothes for a Summer Hotel at the Williamstown Theatre festival and Machinal at The Public Theatre.