Bill Macy

Active - 1971 - 2007  |   Born - May 18, 1922 in Revere, Massachusetts, United States  |   Died - Oct 17, 2019   |   Genres - Comedy, Drama, Mystery

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Biography by Hal Erickson

During his first few decades as an actor, Bill Macy took whatever was readily available: poetry-reading jobs, movie bits, comedy-record gigs (he's the operatic cabdriver in the classical music lampoon The Wurst of PDQ Bach) and off-Broadway stage assignments. While appearing in the 1969 "nudie" musical Oh! Calcutta, the 45-year-old Macy gained attention, critical and otherwise, for appearing au naturel in one of the comedy sketches. Evidently he enjoyed the sensation; even in his days of TV prominence, Macy was known to disrobe at parties and public functions whenever he'd been too generous in his participation at the bar. In the early 1970s, Macy was cast in several small roles in the TV properties of producer Norman Lear; this led to a lengthy (72-78) engagement as Walter Findlay, husband of fiery feminist Maude Findlay (Bea Arthur) on the popular sitcom Maude. Since that time, Bill Macy has thrived in film and stage character parts, and has co-starred in two TV weeklies, Hanging In (79) and Nothing in Common (87).

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  • Worked as a poetry reader before making it as an actor.
  • Lent his voice to The Wurst of PDQ Bach, a comedy album that parodied classical music.
  • At the age of 45, appeared in a nude scene as part of the original cast of the Broadway musical Oh! Calcutta!