William Fichtner Net Worth: How the Actor Built His Fortune?

William Fichtner is an American actor who has made his mark in numerous films and television shows, including:

  1. Heat,
  2. Armageddon,
  3. The Dark Knight,
  4. Prison Break, and
  5. Mom.

Renowned for his versatile and charismatic performances, he is often cast in complex and intriguing roles.

In this article, we will delve into his early life, career, personal life, and net worth.

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William Fichtner  Early Life

Fichtner was born on November 27, 1956, at Mitchel Air Force Base on Long Island, New York.

He is the son of Patricia A. (née Steitz) and, William E. Fichtner with German ancestry.

Growing up in Cheektowaga, a suburb of Buffalo, New York, he had four siblings:

  1. Mary.
  2. Margaret.
  3. Pamela.
  4. Patricia.

He completed his high school education at Maryvale High School in 1974.

Fichtner’s interest in acting was sparked after attending a theatrical improvisation class in college.

He pursued higher education at Farmingdale State College, earning an associate degree in criminal justice in 1976.

He then transferred to the College at Brockport, State University of New York, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 1978.

Furthering his passion for acting, he studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.

William Fichtner  Career

The journey of William Fichtner is acting career commenced in 1987 when he landed the role of Josh Snyder on the soap opera As the World Turns.

William Fichtner appeared in 79 episodes until 1994.

Additionally, he made guest appearances on other TV shows like:

  1. Baywatch,
  2. Grace Under Fire, and
  3. The West Wing.

Fichtner’s film debut came in 1994 with a small part in Quiz Show.

He later appeared in several notable films, including:

  1. Contact (1997),
  2. Heat (1995),
  3. Armageddon (1998),
  4. Go (1999),
  5. The Perfect Storm (2000),
  6. Black Hawk Down (2001),
  7. Crash (2004),
  8. The Longest Yard (2005),
  9. Mr. & Mrs Smith (2005),
  10. The Dark Knight (2008),
  11. Date Night (2010),
  12. The Lone Ranger (2013),
  13. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014),
  14. Independence Day: Resurgence (2016), and
  15. Finding Steve McQueen (2019).

In addition to his on-screen work, Fichtner’s voice talents extended to video games such:

  1. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002) and
  2. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004).

William Fichtner also voiced:

  1. Master Sergeant Sandman in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (2011).
  2. The Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016).

Throughout his career, Fichtner has received recognition for his talent, earning awards and nominations.

Notably, he received:

  1. Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for Crash.
  2. Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for Invasion.
  3. Teen Choice Award nomination for Choice Movie Villain for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Fitchner-Voiced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows(2016) as-The Shredder | photo courtesy | Twitter

William Fichtner’s Personal Life

William Fichtner has been married twice and has two children.

He first tied the knot with Betsy Aidem, an actress, in 1987, and they divorced in 1996.

They have a son named Sam Fichtner.

In 1998, he married his second wife, Kymberly Kalil, also an actress, and together, they have a daughter named Vangel Fichtner.

Beyond acting, Fichtner is an avid fan of the Buffalo Sabres hockey team and co-presented the Vezina Trophy at the National Hockey League awards show in 2009.

He is also a skilled racing driver, winning the 2011 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race during the Grand Prix of Long Beach.

William Fichtner’s Net Worth

As of 2023, William Fichtner’s estimated net worth, according to Celebrity Net Worth, is $8 million.

His wealth stems primarily from his successful acting career in films and television, as well as his voice work in video games and endorsements.


In the realm of Hollywood, William Fichtner stands as a highly respected and versatile actor.

Throughout his illustrious career, he has portrayed an array of characters across various genres, showcasing his talent and charm.

Notably, his voice talents have garnered him praise in the gaming world.

Alongside his successful career, he enjoys a contented family life with his wife and children.

Table of Facts about William Fichtner

Full NameWilliam Edward Fichtner
Date of BirthNovember 27, 1956
Place of BirthEast Meadow, New York, USA
OccupationActor, Producer
EducationGraduated from Farmingdale State College
Notable Films and TV Shows“Armageddon” (1998), “Prison Break” (2005-2009), “The Dark Knight” (2008), “Black Hawk Down” (2001)
Early CareerStarted as a soap opera actor in “As the World Turns” and “One Life to Live”
Acting DebutMade his film debut in “Heat” (1995)
Awards and NominationsNominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for “The Dark Knight”
Other VenturesCo-owns the restaurant Mulholland Distilling in California
Net WorthEstimated net worth of over $8 million (as of 2021)

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