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William Edward Fichtner (born November 27, 1956) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Sheriff Tom Underlay on Invasion, as Alexander Mahone on Prison Break, as William Sharp in Armageddon, and as Ken Rosenberg in the video games Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Early life

Fichtner was born at Mitchel Air Force Base in East Meadow, New York, and was raised in Cheektowaga, New York, the son of Patricia A. and William E. Fichtner. He is of German descent.


Fichtner began his acting career as Josh Snyder in As the World Turns in 1987. Fichtner's film credits include Contact, Heat, Armageddon, Go, Equilibrium, Black Hawk Down, The Perfect Storm, The Longest Yard, Crash, Ultraviolet, and The Dark Knight. Mainly a character actor, one of Fichtner's few leading roles is in Passion of Mind, also starring Demi Moore and Stellan Skarsgård. For his role in Crash he won a Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance Award and a "Best Acting Ensemble" Award from Broadcast Film Critics Choice.

Credited as Bill Fichtner, he lent his voice to the character Ken Rosenberg in the popular video games Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. From 2005-2006, Fichtner also starred in the science fiction drama series Invasion as Sheriff Tom Underlay. After Invasion was cancelled, Fichtner was chosen to play Agent Alexander Mahone in the second, third and fourth seasons (2006–2009) of Prison Break. Later that year, he also presented an award at the National Hockey League award show. He also appears in The West Wing episode, "The Supremes" as Christopher Mulready, a brilliant conservative judge nominated to the Supreme Court. Fichtner also had a role as the Gotham National Bank manager in the feature film The Dark Knight, and as Jurgen in Equilibrium; both action movies feature Christian Bale.

In June 2009, Fichtner signed on to guest star on Entourage playing TV producer Phil Yagoda, who is trying to remake his hit 1990s teen series.

His most recent film was 2011's Drive Angry.

Film and TV appearances

1987-1993 As the World Turns Josh Snyder TV Series

1989 Baywatch Howard Ganza TV Series: 1 Episode

1992 Malcolm X Police in the Harlem Station

1994-1995 Grace Under Fire Ryan TV Series: 8 Episodes

1995 Virtuosity Wallace

1995 Reckless Rachel's Father

1995 Strange Days Dwayne Engelman

1995 Heat Roger Van Zant

1995 High Lonesome Sheriff

1995 Underneath Tommy Dundee

1996 Albino Alligator Law

1997 Contact Kent

1997 Switchback Chief Jack McGinnis

1998 Armageddon Colonel William Sharp

1999 Go Burke

1999 The Settlement Jerry

2000 The Perfect Storm David "Sully" Sullivan

2000 Drowning Mona Phil Dearly

2000 Passion of Mind Aaron

2000 Endsville Prince Victor

2001 Pearl Harbor Danny's Father

2001 Black Hawk Down Sfc. Jeff Sanderson

2001 What's the Worst That Could Happen? Detective Alex Tardio

2002 MDs Bruce Kellerman TV Series: 10 Episodes

2002 Julie Walking Home Henry

2002 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Ken Rosenberg Video Game - Voiceover (credited as Bill Fichtner)

2002 Equilibrium Jürgen

2004 Crash Flanagan

2004 The West Wing Justice Christopher Mulready TV Series: 1 Episode - "The Supremes"

2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Ken Rosenberg Video Game - Voiceover (credited as Bill Fichtner)

2005 The Moguls Otis

2005-2006 Invasion Tom Underlay TV Series: 22 Episodes

2005 Nine Lives Andrew

2005 The Chumscrubber Dr. Bill Stifle

2005 Empire Falls Jimmy Minty

2005 The Longest Yard Captain Knauer

2005 Mr. & Mrs. Smith Dr. Wexler, marriage counselor Voice - uncredited

2006 Ultraviolet Garth

2006-2009 Prison Break Alexander Mahone TV Series: 59 Episodes

2007 Blades of Glory Darren MacElroy

2007 First Snow Ed

2008 The Dark Knight Bank Manager Cameo

2008 Turok Logan Video game - Voiceover

2009-2010 Entourage Phil Yagoda TV Series: 8 Episodes

2010 Forehead Tittaes Boss Short Skit

2010 Date Night D.A. Frank Crenshaw

2011 The Big Bang Detective Poley

2011 Drive Angry The Accountant





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