Date of Birth: November 27, 1956
Born in Long Island, New York, Fichtner spent his early years as an army
brat on a military base. After completing high school, he studied criminal
justice in college before moving to New York City to shift his focus to
By 1988, Fichtner landed his first major acting job, playing Josh Snyder/Rod
Landry in the daytime drama, As the World Turns. Five years later, he
landed a recurring role on the series Grace Under Fire playing Ryan Sparks,
and started working on feature films such as Malcolm X (1992), Quiz Show
(1994), Strange Days (1995) and Heat (1995). As he slipped from role to
role, his chameleon ability provided wonderful characters, but was rewarded
by an audience who couldn't recognize him from picture to picture.
In 1997, his name became a bit more familiar to moviegoers after playing
Kent, the blind astronomer in Contact. Strong performances in Armageddon
(1998), Go (1999), Passion of Mind (2000), and The Perfect Storm increased his popularity.
No stranger to the stage, Fichtner has starred in a number of off-Broadway
productions including Raft of Medusa, The Years, Clothes for a Summer Hotel
and Machinal and was a member of the Circle Repertory Theatre in New York.
He starred in productions at the Manhattan Theater Club and Joseph Papp's
He became a household name for TV viewers after playing the mysteriously creepy Sherrif Tom Underlay in ABC's sci-fi drama Invasion during the 2005/6 season, followed by a regular role as FBI Special Agent Alexander Mahone in Fox-TV's hit series Prison Break.
Fichtner has a child with second wife Kymberly and a child with first wife, Betsy.