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William H. Macy

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William H. Macy

TV and Movie Actor


Who is William H. Macy?

William H. Macy is an award winning American actor who is probably best known for his role as Frank Gallagher in Showtime’s television series Shameless and for his leading role in the film Fargo. He has been nominated for a number of awards including Academy, Screen Actors Guild, Primetime Emmy, and Golden Globe Awards. In the fall of 2017, he appeared on PBS’s genealogy show Finding Your Roots where they focused on his southern and Puritan ancestors.

In 1997, William H. Macy was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the film Fargo. In recent years, he received a number of award nominations for his role in Shameless that included winning Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series two years in a row in 2015 and 2016.

Famous Kin

William H.Macy is a 3rd cousin 4 times removed of Rowland H. Macy, founder of Macy’s department stores. He is also a direct descendant of Mayflower passengers John Howland and John Tilley. William H. Macy has royal ancestry with a direct descent from King Edward I and a number of Magna Carta sureties. His family connections to the current royal family include the late Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth II.

U.S. presidential kin in William H. Macy’s family tree include James Madison, Zachary Taylor, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Jimmy Carter. Historical kin include U.S. founding father Benjamin Franklin, explorer Meriwether Lewis, lithographer Nathaniel Currier, Confederate General Robert E. Lee, Moby Dick author Herman Melville, Mormon Church founder Joseph Smith, General George S. Patton, author Agatha Christie, and numerous others.

Fellow celebrities with kinship to William H. Macy include John Lithgow, Amy Poehler, Ken Burns, Steve McQueen, Christopher Lloyd, Humphrey Bogart, Paget Brewster, Linda Hamilton, Elisabeth Shue, James Spader, and more.

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