Skip to main content

Macy, Bill 1922- (William Macy)

Macy, Bill 1922- (William Macy)

PERSONAL

Various sources cite original name as William Macy Garber or Wolf Marvin Garber; born May 18, 1922, in Revere, MA; son of Michael (a manufacturer) and Mollie (maiden name, Friedopfer) Garber; married (marriage ended); married Samantha Harper (an actress), 1975. Education: New York University, B.S., education, 1954; trained for the stage at New York University; also studied with Lee Strasberg. Avocational Interests: Photography, reading, tennis.

Addresses:

Agent—Bohemia Entertainment Group, 8170 Beverly Blvd., Suite 102, Los Angeles, CA 90048; TalentWorks, 3500 West Olive Ave., Suite 1400, Burbank, CA 91505.

Career:

Actor. Worked at poetry readings. Military service: U.S. Army, served in the Corps of Engineers, 1943-46.

Member:

Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

CREDITS

Television Appearances; Series:

Cab driver, The Edge of Night (also known as Edge of Night), CBS, 1966.

Walter Findlay, Maude, CBS, 1972-78.

Louis Harper, Hanging In, CBS, 1979.

Max Basner, Nothing in Common, NBC, 1987.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Charles Drummond, All Together Now, ABC, 1975.

Oscar Payne, Death at Love House (also known as The Shrine of Lorna Love), 1976.

Diary of a Young Comic, NBC, 1977.

Frank Wallach, The Fantastic Seven (also known as Steel Glory, Stunt Seven, Pelastajat, 7 hurjapaeaetae, Sieben Stuntmaenner raeumen auf, and Sieben Stuntmen raeumen auf), CBS, 1979.

Myron Selznick, "The Scarlett O'Hara War," Moviola (also known as Moviola: The Scarlett O'Hara War), NBC, 1980.

Mr. Goldberger, The Day the Bubble Burst, NBC, 1982.

Richard Wilson, Perry Mason: The Case of the Murdered Madam, NBC, 1987.

Mr. Ruddick, Columbo: It's All in the Game (also known as The ABC Mystery Movie, The ABC Monday Mystery Movie, The ABC Saturday Mystery Movie, and The Mystery Movie), ABC, 1993.

Television Appearances; Specials:

CBS team member, Battle of the Network Stars (also known as Battle of the Network Stars I), 1976.

Twilight Theater (also known as Steve Martin's "Twilight Theater"), NBC, 1982.

Frank Mantalbano, You Are the Jury, NBC, 1986.

(In archive footage) 50 Years of Funny Females (also known as Fifty Years of Funny Females), ABC, 1995.

(As William Macy) Himself, Baghdad ER, HBO, 2006.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

(As William Macy) "The Attacker," N.Y.P.D., ABC, 1969.

Uniformed police officer, "Archie Sees a Mugging," All in the Family (also known as Justice for All and Those Were the Days), CBS, 1972.

Walter Findlay, "Maude" (pilot for the series of the same name), All in the Family (also known as Justice for All and Those Were the Days), CBS, 1972.

Cohost, The Mike Douglas Show, syndicated, 1974.

Himself, The Mike Douglas Show, syndicated, multiple episodes in 1974 and 1975.

Himself, The Merv Griffin Show, syndicated, 1974, multiple episodes in 1975.

Himself, Dinah! (also known as Dinah and Dinah and Friends), syndicated, 1975.

Himself, Match Game PM (also known as Match Game), syndicated, 1975.

Himself, Match Game 75 (also known as Match Game), CBS, 1975.

Himself, The David Steinberg Show, CTV (Canada), 1977.

Buddy, "My Mother the Carnal," Oh Madeline, ABC, 1984.

Hershel Millstein, "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1984.

Hershel Millstein, "Up on the Roof," St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1984.

Jack Davidson, "Soap Gets in Your Eyes/A Match Made in Heaven/Tugs of the Heart," The Love Boat, ABC, 1984.

"Spying down to Rio," Masquerade, ABC, 1984.

Art Healy, "Gams People Play," Hardcastle and McCormick, ABC, 1985.

Ben Martin, "Lifebomb," Tales from the Darkside (also known as Beraettelser fraan andra siden, Histoires de l'autre monde, Historias del mas ella, and Keskiyoen kauhutarinoita), syndicated, 1985.

Chuck Davis, "Gams People Play," Riptide, NBC, 1985.

Vinny DeGeralimo, "Cindy," Highway to Heaven, NBC, 1985.

Irving Lewis, "The House of the Rising Flan," L.A. Law, NBC, 1986.

Irving Lewis, "The Princess and the Weiner King," L.A. Law, NBC, 1986.

Larry, "Talent Night," One Big Family, syndicated, 1986.

Myron Kinkaid, "Corned Beef and Carnage," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1986.

Pop Gumm, "Casey at the Bat," Tall Tales and Legends (also known as Shelley Duvall's "Tall Tales and Legends"), Showtime, 1986.

Larry, "Operation, Collins," One Big Family, syndicated, 1987.

Naughton Wells, "Grifters," Starman, ABC, 1987.

Harold, "Golden Oldies," The Facts of Life, NBC, 1988.

Max, "Heaven Nose, Mister Smith," Highway to Heaven, NBC, 1988.

Uncle Ben, "Something Borrowed, Something Blue," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1989.

"Season's Greetings from Al Floss," The Famous Teddy Z, CBS, 1989.

Lieutenant Ed Morgan, "The Showgirl Mystery," Father Dowling Mysteries (also known as Father Dowling Investigates), ABC, 1990.

Sid Franklin, "The Arsonist," Matlock, NBC, 1991.

Ray Nelson, "Date Night," Walter and Emily, NBC, 1992.

"The Pig in the Python," Middle Ages, CBS, 1992.

Eugene McReedy, "The Busy Body," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1994.

Jack Surber, "Wheels of Fire," Viper, NBC, 1994.

Mr. Rothman, "Please Won't You Be My Neighbor," Dave's World, CBS, 1994.

Arthur Peoples (Annie's next door neighbor), "Not Home Alone," Can't Hurry Love, CBS, 1995.

Arthur Peoples (Annie's next door neighbor), "Party Chicks," Can't Hurry Love, CBS, 1995.

El Gato, "Bells and Whistles," Hudson Street, CBS, 1995.

Moe Neiberg, "Dirty Socks," NYPD Blue, ABC, 1995.

Charlie, "Intern Writer," The John Larroquette Show (also known as Larroquette), NBC, 1996.

Herb, "The Cadillac," Seinfeld, NBC, 1996.

Jack, "You Bet Your Wife," Ned and Stacey, Fox, 1996.

Karl Geller, "Dad," The Home Court, NBC, 1996.

Murray Robbins, "Three Men and a Lady," Chicago Hope, CBS, 1996.

George Laverne, "Mooster's Revenge," Promised Land (also known as Home of the Brave), CBS, 1997.

Blurk, "Somehow, Satan Got behind Me," Millennium, Fox, 1998.

Marty, "Once a Con," Viper, syndicated, 1998.

Mr. Harrison, "Two Guys, a Girl and a Christmas Story," Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place (also known as Two Guys and a Girl), ABC, 1998.

Phil, "Norm vs. Death," The Norm Show (also known as Norm), ABC, 1999.

Stanley Ashton, "The Awful Truth," Jack & Jill (also known as Jack ja Jill, Jack og Jill, and Jack und Jill), The WB, 1999.

Stanley Ashton, "Welcome to the Working Week," Jack & Jill (also known as Jack ja Jill, Jack og Jill, and Jack und Jill), The WB, 1999.

Mr. Foley, "Taking a Chance on Love," Providence, NBC, 2000.

Walter Titlebaum, "Reasonable Doubt," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 2000.

Mr. Dimsdale, "Diagnosis: Jimmy," The Lone Gunman (also known as Lone Gunmen, Au coeur du complot, and Die Einsamen Schutzen), Fox, 2001.

Drive thru attendant, "Road Trip," My Wife and Kids (also known as Wife and Kids), ABC, 2002.

Himself, "Bea Arthur," Intimate Portrait, Lifetime, 2003.

Martin, "The Pictures to Prove It," LAX, NBC, 2004.

Richard Gould, "Drive," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 2004.

Charlie, "Two Faces of Eve," Stacked, Fox, 2005.

Sharkey Rosenthal, "Meatball Montecito," Las Vegas (also known as Casino Eye), NBC, 2006.

Appeared as Joe, Ink, CBS; as Mr. Beeman, The Naked Truth (also known as Wilde Again), ABC and NBC; and in other programs, including Celebrity Sweepstakes, NBC and syndicated. Appeared as Phil in "Barefoot in Nanny Park," an unaired episode of Holding the Baby (also known as Schief gewickelt), Fox.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Walter Findlay, Maude, CBS, 1972, broadcast as an episode of All in the Family (also known as Justice for All and Those Were the Days), CBS.

Herman Wells, "Hotel," Hotel (also known as Arthur Hailey's "Hotel"), ABC, 1983.

Sam Vorkin, "Tickets, Please," CBS Summer Playhouse, CBS, 1988.

S. Monroe Shamsky, Somerset Gardens, ABC, 1989.

Max Fetchick, Anna, NBC, 1990.

Sid, Those Two, CBS, 1993.

Leo, Something So Right, NBC, 1996.

Harold, Early Bird, NBC, 2005.

Film Appearances:

(Uncredited) Jury foreman, The Producers, Embassy, 1968.

Monte and physician, Oh! Calcutta! (musical), Cinemation Industries/Prima Film, 1972.

Charlie Hatter, The Late Show, Warner Bros., 1977.

Stan Fox, The Jerk (also known as Easy Money, El patan, Hvem sagde fjols?, Lo straccione, Reichtum ist keine Schande, Superhulttio, Supernollan, Supernullet, Un loco anda suelto, and Un vrai schnock), Universal, 1979.

Sam Stone, Serial, Paramount, 1980.

Sy Benson, My Favorite Year, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1982.

Dr. Gerald Marx, Bad Medicine (also known as Academia de doutores, Bad Medicine—Duemmer als der Arzt erlaubt, Die Weisskittel, Die Weisskittel— Duemmer als der Arzt erlaubt, Facolta di medicina— Qui non si sana, I megali ton giatron sholi, Kahden taalan tohtori, Laekarskolan, Los matasanos, Zla diagnoza, and Zle lekarstwo), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1985.

Sid Spokane, Movers and Shakers, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1985.

Pat, Sibling Rivalry (also known as Eine Fast anstaendige Frau, Hay un muerto en mi cama, Kissebissen, Nunca enganes o teu marido, Oturen att ha ihjael en aelskare, Scappatella con il morto, Tem um morto ao meu lado, Vaarallinen syrjaehyppy, and Vaensterprassel och persienner), Columbia, 1990.

Dr. Al Cade, The Doctor (also known as A doktor, Der Doktor—Ein gewoehnlicher Patient, El doctor, Katkera rohto, Lakaren—han som aelskade livet, Le docteur, and Un medico, un uomo), Buena Vista, 1991.

Sydney, Me, Myself and I (also known as Eu, eu proprio e eu), 1992.

Dr. Isaac Sobel, Analyze This (also known as Analyze Me, Mafia blues, Analizame, Analyse-moi ca, Analyse to, Analysera mera!, Depresja gangstera, Familieterapi, Mafia no diva, Reine Nervensache, Terapia e pallottole, Terapian tarpeessa, Uma questao de nervos, Una terapia peligrosa, and Una terapia peligrosa (Analyze this)), Warner Bros., 1999.

Doo-Dah, Christmas with the Kranks (also known as John Grisham's "Skipping Christmas," Skipping the Holidays, Christmas geonneodwigi, Fuga del Natale, Julfritt, Um Natal muito, muito louco, Un Noel de folie!, Una Navidad de locos, and Verrueckte Weihnachten), Columbia, 2004.

Ernie, The Holiday (also known as Holiday, Amours longue distance, El descanso, El descanso—El amor no se toma vacaciones, L'amore non va in vacanza, Les vacances, Liebe braucht keine Ferien, O amor nao tira ferias, Puhkus, Tatil, and Vacaciones), Columbia, 2006.

Stage Appearances:

Understudy for the role of Maxwell Archer, Once More, with Feeling, National Theatre, New York City, 1958-59.

Fourth interviewer, Interview, and George, TV, parts of America Hurrah (Three Views of the U.S.A.) (also known as America Hurrah), Pocket Theatre, New York City, 1966-68, and Royal Court Theatre, London, c. 1967.

Performer, Oh! Calcutta! (musical), Eden Theatre, New York City, 1969-71, The Roundhouse, London, 1970, Royalty Theatre, London, 1970, and Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1971-72.

Uncle Morty, Awake and Sing!, Bijou Theatre, New York City, 1970.

Bob Stein, And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little, Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1971.

Gus Mizzy, The Roast, Winter Garden Theatre, New York City, 1980.

Herb, I Ought to Be in Pictures, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 1980-81.

Joe Williams, An American Comedy, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1983.

In the Moonlight Eddie, Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, CA, 1996.

Appeared in other productions, including The Balcony, The Cannibals, Machinal, and Threepenny Opera (musical theatre), all New York City productions; in The Man Who Came to Dinner, Long Beach, CA; and in The Tempest, London.

Major Tours:

Herb, I Ought to Be in Pictures, U.S. cities, 1980-81.

RECORDINGS

Albums:

Involved with the creation of comedy albums.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Macy, Bill 1922- (William Macy)." Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television. . Encyclopedia.com. 23 Sep. 2018 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"Macy, Bill 1922- (William Macy)." Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television. . Encyclopedia.com. (September 23, 2018). http://www.encyclopedia.com/education/news-wires-white-papers-and-books/macy-bill-1922-william-macy

"Macy, Bill 1922- (William Macy)." Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television. . Retrieved September 23, 2018 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/education/news-wires-white-papers-and-books/macy-bill-1922-william-macy

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles

Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

http://www.mla.org/style

The Chicago Manual of Style

http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

American Psychological Association

http://apastyle.apa.org/

Notes:
  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.