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One of the acting greats, William H. Macy just might be one of the hardest working actors around - and not just because of his Lutheran upbringing.
For more than 35 years, he's been prolific on the stage, on television and in the movies. But his most iconic role to date has to be Jerry Lundegaard - the hapless car salesman in 'Fargo'.
That role nabbed Macy an Oscar nomination and paved the way to big budget pictures like 'Jurassic Park 3' and 'Seabiscuit.' But long before that, Macy was an aspiring stage actor who made ends meet by doing commercials.
Soon, he became known for his recurring role on E.R. and for his acclaimed stage work with the great playwright and director David Mamet. Together, they did movies like 'Homicide', which helped launch Macy's screen career.
Most of us will remember Macy for those vivid, true-to-life characters he played in 'Boogie Nights' and 'Magnolia.' But if you ask him, Macy might say his greatest accomplishment is his long time marriage to Felicity Huffman from 'Desperate Housewives'.
These days, Macy has lots going on: a juicy role on the cable series 'Shameless', and he plays a priest in a heartfelt new film about love and sex called 'The Sessions' that had its Canadian premiere here at the Toronto International Film Festival.