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William H. Macy

Best known as an Actor based on credits in that role in 72 films, with $2,724,733,892 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #710)
Best-known acting roles: Dudley Frank (Wild Hogs), Paul Kirby (Jurassic Park III), Major Caldwell (Air Force One), Tick Tock McGlaughlin (Seabiscuit), Frank Levin (The Lincoln Lawyer)
Best-known technical roles: Rudderless (Director), Rudderless (Screenwriter), Rudderless (Executive Producer)
Most productive collaborators: Tim Allen, Walt Becker, John Travolta, Marisa Tomei, Brad Copeland

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Career Summary


  MoviesDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
As an ActorSupporting22$1,009,577,498$738,561,165$1,748,138,663
Leading8$206,275,955$120,306,916$326,582,871
Lead Ensemble Member2$26,410,771$21,947,806$48,358,577
Cameo1$8,247,627$0$8,247,627
(Unclassified)39$395,503,973$197,902,181$593,406,154
In Technical RolesDirector3$56,001$511,218$567,219
Executive Producer1$56,001$511,218$567,219
Screenwriter1$56,001$511,218$567,219

Career Trend

This graph shows William H. Macy’s score on our annual analysis of leading stars at the box office. The Star Score represents points assigned to each of the leading stars of the top 100 movies (based on box office) in the current year and two preceding years. For appearing in the number one movie in a year a star gets 100 points, the number two movie 99 points and so on..

Latest Ranking on Selected Box Office Record Lists


Blood Father Trailer

July 11th, 2016

Thriller starring Mel Gibson, William H. Macy and Diego Luna, directed by Peter Craig, opens August 12 ... Full Movie Details. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for January 20th, 2015

January 21st, 2015

It is another very shallow week on the home market with only a few releases that are really worth considering. The biggest release is Lucy, which is absolutely worth picking up the Blu-ray Combo Pack, assuming you are willing to ignore the bad science. Likewise, The Boxtrolls the second biggest hit and the 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack is worth picking up, if you like stop-motion animation. As for Pick of the Week Contenders, there are a trio of such films: Coherence on DVD, The Drop on DVD or Blu-ray, and The Mule on DVD or Blu-ray. In the end it was a coin toss and Coherence won. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for December 30th, 2014

December 28th, 2014

Christmas day is the single biggest gift-giving day of the year... so it makes total sense that the week after Christmas is a terrible week to release any new DVDs or Blu-rays. The week is better than you would expect with a few notable releases, including The Equalizer, which earned just over $100 million during its theatrical run. It is also one of the best releases on this week's list and with solid extras, the Blu-ray is a contender for Pick of the Week. The other two contenders are Banshee: Season 2 on DVD or Blu-ray and Shameless: Season 4 on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack. It was a bit of a coin toss, but in the end I went with Shameless. More...

Limited Releases: Bird is the Word

October 17th, 2014

Birdman poster

It's an excellent week for limited releases with several films earning overwhelmingly positive reviews. This includes a couple that are also earning really loud buzz. Of these, Birdman is probably going to win the weekend race on the Per Theater Chart, while Dear White People should also be a hit. Diplomacy, Housebound, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, and others also deserve to find audiences, but not all will do so for various reasons (wrong genre, opening in Video on Demand, etc.). More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for December 18th, 2012

December 16th, 2012

It's the last week before Christmas, which means it is the last chance for last minute gifts. There are a number of first-run releases coming out this week, some of which are not coming out till Friday, or even next Monday. There are also quite a few limited releases and TV on DVD releases hitting the home market this week. However, none of these were big hits and very few earned strong praise from critics. That doesn't mean there are none that are worth picking up. In fact, we have a trio of contenders for Pick of the Week. Shameless: The Complete Second Season on DVD or Blu-ray; Pitch Perfect on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack; and Arbitrage on DVD or Blu-ray. It was a close call, but in the end I went with Arbitrage. Also coming out this week is Rush: 2012 - CD and Blu-ray in a Deluxe Edition or Super Deluxe Edition, which is a clear winner of Puck of the Week. More...

All Acting Credits


Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
12/31/2017 Krystal   $0 $0 $0
8/12/2016 Blood Father Kirby  $0 $5,246,852 $5,246,852
4/5/2016 Stealing Cars Philip Wyatt  $0 $0 $0
10/16/2015 Room Grandpa  $14,677,674 $21,585,109 $36,262,783
4/10/2015 Dial a Prayer Bill  $0 $0 $0
3/13/2015 Walter Dr. Corman  $0 $0 $0
1/23/2015 Cake Leonard  $1,951,776 $30,713 $1,982,489
10/24/2014 Two-Bit Waltz Carl  $2,540 $0 $2,540
6/6/2014 Trust Me Gary  $0 $247,123 $247,123
2/21/2014 Kaze Tachinu Satomi (U.S. Version)  $5,201,879 $112,722,821 $117,924,700
9/20/2013 A Single Shot Pitt  $18,642 $0 $18,642
3/1/2013 Ernest et Celestine   $292,562 $9,083,882 $9,376,444
10/19/2012 The Sessions Father Brendan  $6,002,451 $5,492,753 $11,495,204
10/7/2011 Dirty Girl Ray  $53,630 $53,993 $107,623
3/18/2011 The Lincoln Lawyer Frank Levin  $58,009,200 $29,135,886 $87,145,086
6/4/2010 Marmaduke Don Twombly  $33,644,788 $56,251,142 $89,895,930
12/31/2009 Conquistadora Dr. Rocchio  $0 $0 $0
11/24/2009 The Maiden Heist   $0 $0 $0
8/21/2009 Shorts Dr. Noseworthy  $20,919,166 $8,951,635 $29,870,801
4/3/2009 Bart Got a Room   $53,760 $0 $53,760
12/19/2008 The Tale of Despereaux Lester  $50,877,145 $39,605,172 $90,482,317
11/30/2007 He Was a Quiet Man Gene Shelby  $2,431 $74,230 $76,661
3/2/2007 Wild Hogs Dudley Frank  $168,213,584 $85,341,799 $253,555,383
11/17/2006 Bobby Paul  $11,242,801 $9,355,005 $20,597,806
9/18/2006 Colin Fitz Lives! Mr. O'Day  $0 $0 $0
9/15/2006 Everyone's Hero Lefty  $14,523,101 $2,477,336 $17,000,437
7/14/2006 Edmond Edmond Burke  $131,719 $110,000 $241,719
3/17/2006 Thank You For Smoking Senator Finistirre  $24,793,509 $15,223,153 $40,016,662
2/24/2006 Doogal Brian  $7,578,946 $20,479,706 $28,058,652
4/8/2005 Sahara Sandecker, Admiral James  $68,671,925 $53,000,000 $121,671,925
9/10/2004 Cellular Mooney  $32,003,620 $29,472,364 $61,475,984
3/12/2004 Spartan Stoddard  $4,357,745 $0 $4,357,745
11/26/2003 The Cooler Bernie Lootz  $8,291,572 $2,839,883 $11,131,455
7/25/2003 Seabiscuit Tick Tock McGlaughlin  $120,277,854 $28,437,488 $148,715,342
10/4/2002 Welcome to Collinwood Riley  $378,650 $4,227,634 $4,606,284
10/19/2001 Focus Lawrence Newman  $719,901 $40,131,940 $40,851,841
7/18/2001 Jurassic Park III Paul Kirby  $181,166,115 $184,733,885 $365,900,000
12/22/2000 State and Main Walt Price  $6,920,692 $2,261,808 $9,182,500
12/1/2000 Panic Alex  $779,137 $646,570 $1,425,707
12/17/1999 Magnolia Donnie Smith  $22,450,975 $25,995,827 $48,446,802
10/1/1999 Happy, Texas Sheriff Chappy Dent  $2,039,192 $852,036 $2,891,228
8/6/1999 Mystery Men Shoveler  $29,762,011 $3,700,000 $33,462,011
12/25/1998 A Civil Action James Gordon  $56,709,981 $0 $56,709,981
12/4/1998 Psycho Milton Arbogast  $21,541,218 $15,685,000 $37,226,218
10/23/1998 Pleasantville George Parker  $40,584,421 $9,221,041 $49,805,462
10/2/1998 Hit Me   $3,348 $0 $3,348
12/25/1997 Wag the Dog Mr. Young  $43,057,470 $21,194,568 $64,252,038
10/10/1997 Boogie Nights Little Bill  $26,410,771 $16,700,954 $43,111,725
7/25/1997 Air Force One Major Caldwell  $172,956,409 $142,311,944 $315,268,353
12/20/1996 Ghosts of Mississippi Charlie Crisco  $13,052,741 $0 $13,052,741
3/8/1996 Fargo Jerry Lundegaard  $24,567,751 $26,636,816 $51,204,567
3/1/1996 Down Periscope Captain Carl Knox  $25,723,977 $0 $25,723,977
12/29/1995 Mr. Holland’s Opus Vice Principal Wolters  $82,582,604 $23,700,000 $106,282,604
8/3/1995 Oleanna John  $124,693 $0 $124,693
5/21/1995 Above Suspicion Pros. Atty. Schultz  $0 $0 $0
3/24/1995 Tall Tale Railroad Magnate  $8,247,627 $0 $8,247,627
3/3/1995 Roommates Doctor (uncredited)  $12,076,989 $0 $12,076,989
1/20/1995 Murder in the First William McNeil  $17,300,238 $0 $17,300,238
7/20/1994 The Client Dr. Greenway  $92,115,211 $25,500,000 $117,615,211
5/6/1994 Being Human Boris  $1,461,200 $0 $1,461,200
8/11/1993 Searching for Bobby Fischer Tunafish Father  $7,266,393 $0 $7,266,393
4/16/1993 Benny & Joon Randy Burch  $23,202,734 $0 $23,202,734
1/1/1993 Twenty Bucks Property Clerk  $64,000 $0 $64,000
3/20/1992 Shadows and Fog Cop with Spiro   $2,735,731 $0 $2,735,731
10/9/1991 Homicide Tim Sullivan  $2,971,661 $0 $2,971,661
10/1/1988 Things Change Billy Drake  $3,527,886 $0 $3,527,886
10/1/1987 House of Games Sergeant Moran  $2,585,639 $0 $2,585,639
1/30/1987 Radio Days Radio Voice (voice)  $14,792,779 $0 $14,792,779
3/22/1985 The Last Dragon J.J.  $33,000,000 $0 $33,000,000
2/4/1983 Without a Trace Reporter  $9,632,062 $0 $9,632,062
10/3/1980 Somewhere in Time Critic  $9,709,597 $0 $9,709,597
1/1/1980 Foolin' Around Bronski  $2,000,000 $0 $2,000,000
Movies: 72Totals:$1,646,015,824$1,078,718,068$2,724,733,892
  Averages:$22,861,331$14,982,195$37,843,526

Leading or Lead Ensemble Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
8/12/2016 Blood Father $0 0 $0 $5,246,852 0.0%
4/5/2016 Stealing Cars $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
4/10/2015 Dial a Prayer $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
3/13/2015 Walter $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
10/24/2014 Two-Bit Waltz $136 3 $2,540 $2,540 100.0%
10/19/2012 The Sessions $113,467 516 $6,002,451 $11,495,204 52.2%
4/3/2009 Bart Got a Room $32,764 11 $53,760 $53,760 100.0%
3/2/2007 Wild Hogs $39,699,023 3,401 $168,213,584 $253,555,383 66.3%
9/10/2004 Cellular $10,100,571 2,763 $32,003,620 $61,475,984 52.1%
10/10/1997 Boogie Nights $50,168 1,003 $26,410,771 $43,111,725 61.3%
Movies: 10Totals:  $232,686,726$374,941,448 
 Averages:$4,999,613770$23,268,673$37,494,14561.7%

Supporting Roles


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
10/16/2015 Room $118,298 862 $14,677,674 $36,262,783 40.5%
1/23/2015 Cake $916,179 482 $1,951,776 $1,982,489 98.5%
6/6/2014 Trust Me $0 0 $0 $247,123 0.0%
2/21/2014 Kaze Tachinu $313,751 496 $5,201,879 $117,924,700 4.4%
9/20/2013 A Single Shot $10,020 10 $18,642 $18,642 100.0%
10/7/2011 Dirty Girl $17,859 10 $53,630 $107,623 49.8%
3/18/2011 The Lincoln Lawyer $13,206,453 2,707 $58,009,200 $87,145,086 66.6%
6/4/2010 Marmaduke $11,599,661 3,213 $33,644,788 $89,895,930 37.4%
12/19/2008 The Tale of Despereaux $10,103,675 3,107 $50,877,145 $90,482,317 56.2%
11/17/2006 Bobby $69,039 1,670 $11,242,801 $20,597,806 54.6%
9/15/2006 Everyone's Hero $6,061,762 2,898 $14,523,101 $17,000,437 85.4%
3/17/2006 Thank You For Smoking $262,923 1,020 $24,793,509 $40,016,662 62.0%
7/25/2003 Seabiscuit $20,854,735 2,573 $120,277,854 $148,715,342 80.9%
7/18/2001 Jurassic Park III $50,771,645 3,470 $181,166,115 $365,900,000 49.5%
12/17/1999 Magnolia $193,604 1,086 $22,450,975 $48,446,802 46.3%
12/25/1998 A Civil Action $70,079 2,069 $56,709,981 $56,709,981 100.0%
12/25/1997 Wag the Dog $92,079 1,752 $43,057,470 $64,252,038 67.0%
7/25/1997 Air Force One $37,132,505 2,981 $172,956,409 $315,268,353 54.9%
12/29/1995 Mr. Holland’s Opus $14,466 1,659 $82,582,604 $106,282,604 77.7%
7/20/1994 The Client $17,174,262 2,365 $92,115,211 $117,615,211 78.3%
4/16/1993 Benny & Joon $3,285,063 1,314 $23,202,734 $23,202,734 100.0%
1/1/1993 Twenty Bucks $0 0 $64,000 $64,000 100.0%
Movies: 22Totals:  $1,009,577,498$1,748,138,663 
 Averages:$7,830,3661,625$45,889,886$79,460,84864.1%

Latest Ranking on All Acting Box Office Record Lists


RecordRankAmount
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 601-700) 641 $232,686,726
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 401-500) 454 $1,009,577,498
Top Live Action Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 201-300) 298 $1,559,294,564
Top Above the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 301-400) 400 $849,942,810
Top Below the Line Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 5,701-5,800) 5,731 $186,538,058
Top Stars in Cameo Roles at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 1,201-1,300) 1,237 $8,247,627
Top Stars at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 301-400) 377 $1,646,015,824
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 901-1,000) 995 $142,254,722
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the International Box Office (Rank 1,501-1,600) 1,591 $738,561,165
Top Live Action Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 1,201-1,300) 1,261 $894,349,151
Top Above the Line Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 701-800) 781 $657,428,669
Top Below the Line Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 21,501-21,600) 21,554 $49,632,056
Top Stars at the International Box Office (Rank 1,101-1,200) 1,154 $1,078,718,068
Top 100 Stars in Leading Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 801-900) 814 $374,941,448
Top 100 Stars in Supporting Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 801-900) 843 $1,748,138,663
Top Live Action Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 601-700) 603 $2,453,643,715
Top Above the Line Stars at the Wordwide Box Office (Rank 501-600) 556 $1,507,371,479
Top Below the Line Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 11,401-11,500) 11,491 $236,170,114
Top Stars in Cameo Roles at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 1,201-1,300) 1,295 $8,247,627
Top Stars at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 701-800) 710 $2,724,733,892
Highest Grossing Stars of 1997 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 160 26
Highest Grossing Stars of 1998 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 196 26
Highest Grossing Stars of 1999 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 201-300) 205 26
Highest Grossing Stars of 2004 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 201-300) 285 15
Highest Grossing Stars of 2005 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 201-300) 297 15
Highest Grossing Stars of 2006 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 201-300) 263 15
Highest Grossing Stars of 2007 at the Domestic Box Office 99 88
Highest Grossing Stars of 2008 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 105 88
Highest Grossing Stars of 2009 at the Domestic Box Office (Rank 101-200) 113 88
Highest Grossing Stars of 2004 at the International Box Office (Rank 201-300) 248 22
Highest Grossing Stars of 2005 at the International Box Office (Rank 201-300) 253 22
Highest Grossing Stars of 2006 at the International Box Office (Rank 201-300) 222 22
Highest Grossing Stars of 2007 at the International Box Office (Rank 101-200) 150 65
Highest Grossing Stars of 2008 at the International Box Office (Rank 101-200) 165 65
Highest Grossing Stars of 2009 at the International Box Office (Rank 101-200) 196 65
Highest Grossing Stars of 2004 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 201-300) 278 17
Highest Grossing Stars of 2005 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 201-300) 294 17
Highest Grossing Stars of 2006 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 201-300) 261 17
Highest Grossing Stars of 2007 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 101-200) 115 80
Highest Grossing Stars of 2008 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 101-200) 132 80
Highest Grossing Stars of 2009 at the Worldwide Box Office (Rank 101-200) 153 80
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 301-400) 331 $226,630,515
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Based on Factual Book/Article Movies (Rank 101-200) 176 $6,002,451
Top International Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 501-600) 588 $131,515,117
Top International Leading Stars for Based on Fiction Book/Short Story Movies (Rank 701-800) 788 $5,246,852
Top International Leading Stars for Based on Factual Book/Article Movies (Rank 101-200) 159 $5,492,753
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Original Screenplay Movies (Rank 401-500) 464 $358,145,632
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Based on Fiction Book/Short Story Movies (Rank 1,001-1,100) 1,018 $5,246,852
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Based on Factual Book/Article Movies (Rank 101-200) 173 $11,495,204
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 401-500) 479 $232,632,966
Top International Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 701-800) 730 $142,254,722
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Live Action Movies (Rank 501-600) 588 $374,887,688
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies (Rank 201-300) 280 $206,222,195
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Historical Fiction Movies (Rank 301-400) 357 $26,410,771
Top International Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies (Rank 401-500) 430 $125,553,768
Top International Leading Stars for Historical Fiction Movies (Rank 401-500) 442 $16,700,954
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Contemporary Fiction Movies (Rank 301-400) 337 $331,775,963
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Historical Fiction Movies (Rank 401-500) 430 $43,111,725
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Comedy Movies (Rank 101-200) 155 $168,269,884
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Drama Movies (Rank 401-500) 495 $32,413,222
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Thriller/Suspense Movies (Rank 201-300) 265 $32,003,620
Top International Leading Stars for Action Movies (Rank 601-700) 625 $5,246,852
Top International Leading Stars for Comedy Movies (Rank 101-200) 199 $85,341,799
Top International Leading Stars for Drama Movies (Rank 501-600) 508 $22,193,707
Top International Leading Stars for Thriller/Suspense Movies (Rank 201-300) 270 $29,472,364
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Action Movies (Rank 701-800) 717 $5,246,852
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Comedy Movies (Rank 101-200) 172 $253,611,683
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Drama Movies (Rank 501-600) 503 $54,606,929
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Thriller/Suspense Movies (Rank 201-300) 281 $61,475,984
Top Domestic Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 301-400) 348 $200,270,964
Top Domestic Leading Stars for R Movies (Rank 801-900) 821 $32,415,762
Top International Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 501-600) 543 $114,814,163
Top International Leading Stars for R Movies (Rank 701-800) 771 $27,440,559
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for PG-13 Movies (Rank 401-500) 451 $315,085,127
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for R Movies (Rank 801-900) 830 $59,856,321
Top Domestic Leading Stars for Walt Disney Movies (Rank 201-300) 241 $168,213,584
Top International Leading Stars for Walt Disney Movies (Rank 301-400) 312 $85,341,799
Top Worldwide Leading Stars for Walt Disney Movies (Rank 201-300) 272 $253,555,383

All Technical Credits


Release
Date
TitleRoleDomestic
Box Office
International
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
12/31/2017 Krystal Director $0 $0 $0
9/1/2017 The Layover Director $0 $0 $0
10/17/2014 Rudderless Director,
Screenwriter,
Executive Producer 
$56,001 $511,218 $567,219
Movies: 3Totals:$56,001$511,218$567,219
  Averages:$18,667$170,406$189,073

Director Credits


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
12/31/2017 Krystal $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
9/1/2017 The Layover $0 0 $0 $0 0.0%
10/17/2014 Rudderless $37,440 18 $56,001 $567,219 9.9%
Movies: 3Totals:  $56,001$567,219 
 Averages:$12,4806$18,667$189,0739.9%


Writer Credits


Release
Date
TitleOpening
Weekend
Box Office
Max
Theater
Count
Domestic
Box Office
Worldwide
Box Office
Domestic
Share
10/17/2014 Rudderless $37,440 18 $56,001 $567,219 9.9%
Movies: 1Totals:  $56,001$567,219 
 Averages:$37,44018$56,001$567,2199.9%


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