Kevin Elliot Pollak is an American actor and comedian. He has appeared in over 80 films. Pollak is an avid poker player, he finished 134th out of 6,598 entrants in the 2012 World Series of Poker and won $52,718. He hosts weekly home games with Hollywood celebrities. Pollak was born in California, he is the youngest son of Robert Pollak. He has one older brother, who lives with his family in San Jose, California, he attended high school at Pioneer High School in San Jose. Pollak was raised in Reform Judaism; as an actor, Pollak's most notable roles are playing the best friend or confidant characters to the leading men, as he did in Ricochet, A Few Good Men, End of Days, The Wedding Planner. However, he has played a wide variety of parts, such as a criminal in The Usual Suspects and a gangster in The Whole Nine Yards, he briefly hosted Celebrity Poker Showdown in its first season. His most substantial role to date was in Deterrence, in which he played the main character, a Vice President who must take over for a deceased President and deal with a nuclear crisis.
In December 2006, he played Karl Kreutzfeld in the Sci Fi Channel miniseries The Lost Room. Through 2008, he had a recurring role as a District Attorney on the television series Shark. In March 2008, Pollak played himself in the web series The Writers Room on Crackle. In 2010, he portrayed Sheriff Tom Wagner in Choose. In January 2010, Pollak was scheduled to host Our Little Genius on FOX, but the series was pulled before it could air on television. Pollak was seen hosting Million Dollar Money Drop for FOX at the end of 2010. In 2014, Pollak began a recurring role as Alvin Biletnikoff on the CBS sitcom Mom. However, his time on the show was cut short by the death of his character. In 2017, Pollak joined the cast of the Golden Globe winning The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, an original series from Amazon, as Moishe Maisel, the main character's father-in-law. In 2019, Pollak is scheduled to appear in five episodes of the fourth season on Showtime's BILLIONS, as Douglas Mason. Pollak's directorial debut was on the horror web series Vamped Out, featured on the internet television platform Babelgum.
Jason Antoon, Seana Kofoed, Samm Levine and Pollak all acted in the ensemble cast. The screenbook was based on a simple joke that Pollak had between them. Most Pollak's feature film directorial debut, the comedy documentary Misery Loves Comedy, premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival; the film sold North American rights to a US distribution company. Pollak directed the comedy film The Late Bloomer, released in 2016; as a comedian, Pollak's most famous work was his 1992 HBO special Stop With the Kicking, directed by fellow comedian David Steinberg and produced by comedy writer Martin Olson. In July 2009, The Littlest Suspect, his most recent comedy special, was aired on Showtime. Comedy Central named Kevin one of the Top 100 Comedians of All Time. Woody Allen Alan Arkin Albert Brooks Gabriel Byrne Johnny Carson Christopher Lloyd Robert De Niro Peter Falk Dudley Moore Eddie Murphy Liam Neeson Jack Nicholson Al Pacino Paul Reiser Arnold Schwarzenegger William Shatner Sylvester Stallone Jason Statham Christopher Walken Robin Williams Larry King In April 2009, Pollak partnered with Jason Calacanis on a weekly Internet talk show, Kevin Pollak's Chat Show.
Guests for the show include film directors Kevin Smith and Mike Binder, comedians Jimmy Pardo and Bill Burr, actors Nia Vardalos, Illeana Douglas, Bryan Cranston, Dana Carvey, Matthew Perry, Jon Hamm, Paul Rudd, Adam Carolla, Anthony Cumia, Jason Alexander, Seth MacFarlane, Tom Hanks, Jason Lee. The guest interviews are in-depth and longer than an hour in duration, sometimes exceeding two hours. Common topics include the guests' childhoods, how they got into the business they are in, how they got inspired to start certain creative endeavors, unique experiences they have had while working. Viewers can interact via chat room during the show, sometimes questions for the guest posed in the chat room are answered live; the show's self-described. Recurring segments and bits on the show include: "The Larry King Game", which requires the guest to do a bad Larry King impression, reveal something about oneself and go to the phones and say a funny-sounding city "Tweet Five," where Pollak reads the guest five questions from a Twitter user in a this-or-that style "Who Tweeted", in which a host reads tweets from the Twitter accounts of three female celebrities and Pollak and his guest compete against each other game-show-style to guess who authored each tweet.
"You're Not Buffering", in which Pollak freezes mid-statement during his interview as though the show has paused due to internet lag, but he's still live. He breaks his pause and says, "You're not buffering." Although a simple gag, it characterizes Pollak's dry humor. In 2012, Pollak began a new podcast called Talkin Walkin in which he spends an hour or more with a new guest in character as Christopher Walken. After three episodes, the show was rated in the top 5 of all comedy podcasts by iTunes, he is the only person to go "2 for 2", as a guest on the Sklar Brothers/Daniel Van K
San Jose, California
San Jose the City of San José, is an economic and political center of Silicon Valley, the largest city in Northern California. With an estimated 2017 population of 1,035,317, it is the third-most populous city in California and the tenth-most populous in United States. Located in the center of the Santa Clara Valley, on the southern shore of San Francisco Bay, San Jose covers an area of 179.97 square miles. San Jose is the county seat of Santa Clara County, the most affluent county in California and one of the most affluent counties in the United States. San Jose is the most populous city in both the San Francisco Bay Area and the San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland Combined Statistical Area, which contain 7.7 million and 8.7 million people respectively. San Jose is a global city, notable as a center of innovation, for its affluence, Mediterranean climate, high cost of living. San Jose's location within the booming high tech industry, as a cultural and economic center has earned the city the nickname "Capital of Silicon Valley".
San Jose is one of the wealthiest major cities in the United States and the world, has the third highest GDP per capita in the world, according to the Brookings Institution. The San Jose Metropolitan Area has the most millionaires and the most billionaires in the United States per capita. With a median home price of $1,085,000, San Jose has the most expensive housing market in the country and the fifth most expensive housing market in the world, according to the 2017 Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey. Major global tech companies including Cisco Systems, eBay, Adobe Systems, PayPal, Samsung, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Western Digital maintain their headquarters in San Jose, in the center of Silicon Valley. Before the arrival of the Spanish, the area around San Jose was inhabited by the Tamien nation of the Ohlone peoples of California. San Jose was founded on November 29, 1777, as the Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe, the first city founded in the Californias, it became a part of Mexico in 1821 after the Mexican War of Independence.
Following the American Conquest of California during the Mexican–American War, the territory was ceded to the United States in 1848. After California achieved statehood two years San Jose became the state's first capital. Following World War II, San Jose experienced an economic boom, with a rapid population growth and aggressive annexation of nearby cities and communities carried out in the 1950s and 1960s; the rapid growth of the high-technology and electronics industries further accelerated the transition from an agricultural center to an urbanized metropolitan area. Results of the 1990 U. S. Census indicated that San Jose had surpassed San Francisco as the most populous city in Northern California. By the 1990s, San Jose and the rest of Silicon Valley had become the global center for the high tech and internet industries, making it California's fastest-growing economy; the Santa Clara Valley has been home to the Tamyen group of the Ohlone people since around 4,000 BCE. The Tamyen spoke Tamyen language of the Ohlone language family.
With the Spanish colonization of California, the majority of the Tamyen came to inhabit Mission Santa Clara de Asís and Mission San José. California was claimed as part of the Spanish Empire in 1542, when explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo charted the Californian coast. During this time and Baja California were administered together as Province of the California. For nearly 200 years, the Californias were sparsely populated and ignored by the government of the Viceroyalty of New Spain in Mexico City. Only in 1769 was Northern California surveyed by Spanish authorities, with the Portolá Expedition. In 1776, the Californias were included as part of the Captaincy General of the Provincias Internas, a large administrative division created by José de Gálvez, Spanish Minister of the Indies, in order to provide greater autonomy for the Spanish Empire's populated and ungoverned borderlands; that year, King Carlos III of Spain approved an expedition by Juan Bautista de Anza to survey the San Francisco Bay Area, in order to choose the sites for two future settlements and their accompanying mission.
First he chose the site for a military settlement in San Francisco, for the Royal Presidio of San Francisco, Mission San Francisco de Asís. On his way back to Mexico from San Francisco, de Anza chose the sites in Santa Clara Valley for a civilian settlement, San Jose, on the eastern bank of the Guadalupe River, a mission on its western bank, Mission Santa Clara de Asís. San Jose was founded as California's first civilian settlement on November 29, 1777, as the Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe by José Joaquín Moraga, under orders of Antonio María de Bucareli y Ursúa, Viceroy of New Spain. San Jose served as a strategic settlement along El Camino Real, connecting the military fortifications at the Monterey Presidio and the San Francisco Presidio, as well as the California mission network. In 1791, due to the severe flooding which characterized the pueblo, San Jose's settlement was moved a mile south, centered on the Pueblo Plaza. In 1800, due to the growing population in the northern part of the Californias, Diego de Borica, Governor of the Californias split the province into two parts: Alta California, which would become a U.
S. state, Baja California, which would become two Mexican states. San Jose became part of the First M
Barry Sonnenfeld is an American filmmaker and television director. He worked as a cinematographer for the Coen brothers before directing films such as The Addams Family and its sequel Addams Family Values alongside the Men in Black trilogy, Wild Wild West and Get Shorty. Sonnenfeld has four collaborations with actor Will Smith. Sonnenfeld was born and raised in New York City, the son of Irene "Kelly", an art teacher, Sonny Sonnenfeld, a lighting salesman and architectural lighting designer, he was raised in a Jewish family. After he received his bachelor's degree from Hampshire College, he graduated from New York University Film School in 1978, he began working on pornographic films before starting work as director of photography on the Oscar-nominated In Our Water. Joel Coen and Ethan Coen hired him for Blood Simple; this film began his collaboration with the Coen brothers, who used him for their next two pictures, Raising Arizona and Miller's Crossing. He worked with Danny DeVito on Throw Momma from the Train and Rob Reiner on When Harry Met Sally and Misery.
Sonnenfeld gained his first work as a director from Paramount Pictures on The Addams Family, a box-office success released in November 1991. Its sequel, Addams Family Values, was not as successful at the box office, but he received critical acclaim for his fourth directorial outing, Get Shorty. Produced by Jersey Films and based on a novel by Elmore Leonard, the film won a Golden Globe for John Travolta; the film was entered into the 46th Berlin International Film Festival. Following Tim Burton and the Coen brothers, Sonnenfeld's films would tell stories about unusual and unorthodox people who are into the unexpected and the strange, his films would use his trademark filmmaking techniques such as his unusual camera angles, offbeat dialogue and in certain films, strange behavior and weird creatures. In 1996, Steven Spielberg asked him to direct Men in Black. Starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, the film was a financial smash. In 1998, Jon Peters asked him to direct Wild Wild West. Starring Smith and Kevin Kline, the film was a financial flop.
He directed the comedy Big Trouble, after which he made his most successful film sequel to that point, Men in Black II. He is a contributing editor for Esquire, he co-produced the 2007 film Enchanted for Walt Disney Pictures that starred Amy Adams. In 2008, Sonnenfeld earned an Emmy for directing Pushing Daisies. On April 21, 2010, it was announced that Sonnenfeld intended to return for Men in Black 3. Released in 2012, the third installment received positive reviews and became the highest-grossing film in the series. Sonnenfeld lives in New York City with their daughter Chloe, he is working on new projects, among them include Things a Man Should Never Do Past 30: a single-camera comedy from executive producer/director Sonnenfeld, the Tannenbaum Company and Sony Pictures Television. The project is based on the personal experiences of Esquire writer David Katz and Esquire editor at large A. J. Jacobs; the show is about a man working at a men's magazine, reluctant to embrace adulthood and his friend, an immersion journalist.
Al Higgins is set to serve as showrunner/head writer. He has become attached to a movie adaptation of The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz, about a family of private investigators. Sonnenfeld will direct the movie adaptation of the fantasy novel Gil's All Fright Diner in partnership with DreamWorks Animation, he is developing a sitcom for ABC, Funny in Farsi, based on the book of the same name. In 2012, it was stated that he was appointed to direct Lore, an adaptation based on the comic by T. P. Louise and Ashley Wood of the same name. But, in 2013, Indie director Dave Green has signed on to replace Barry Sonnenfeld as director, Sonnenfeld will take part as executive producer on the project. Barry is in talks with Warner Bros. to make a live action film adaptation of the DC Comics characters, The Metal Men. Sonnenfeld agreed to direct the Beverly Hills Cop pilot for CBS and serve as an executive producer as well. However, Paramount Pictures dropped the idea in favor of a fourth film directed by Brett Ratner.
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Carl Franklin is an American actor, producer and television director. Franklin is a graduate of University of California and continued his education at the AFI Conservatory, where he graduated with an M. F. A. degree in directing in 1986. Carl Franklin was raised outside in Richmond, California, he never had the opportunity to know his biological father. Franklin was raised by his stepfather. While Franklin speaks of his stepfather and has called him “very loving,” he has spoken out about his stepfather's abusive tendencies, linking his outbursts to alcohol use. Problems at home combined with life in a tough neighborhood fueled Franklin's ambition to be the first in his family to attend college, he was awarded a scholarship to University of Berkeley. Franklin's initial desires to become a teacher or lawyer led him to study History upon his arrival at the university. However, after two years, Franklin changed his major to theater arts. Franklin did not participate in the many demonstrations at Berkeley in the period.
Describing the scene, Franklin told the LA Times: "It was like a dream to me, I wasn't sophisticated enough to join a particular movement." Upon completion of a BA degree in Theater Arts, Franklin immediately moved to New York City with hopes of becoming an actor. One of his first jobs was acting in the New York Shakespeare Festival, where he appeared in the Twelfth Night, Timon of Athens, Cymbeline. Franklin performed off-Broadway with The Public Theater. Franklin began his on-screen career with a film called Five on the Black Hand Side in 1973. From there, he acted in a string of guest roles on television shows such as The Rockford Files, Good Times, The Incredible Hulk, McClain's Law, The Streets of San Francisco. Over the years, Franklin's looks have landed him roles portraying men of power, such as members of the police force or military officials. Franklin's most recognizable acting role was his 1983-1985 portrayal of Captain Crane on the popular action-adventure series The A-Team. Franklin is quoted in L.
A. Weekly, saying "Acting made a director out of me.” And so, at age 37, Franklin returned to school at the AFI Conservatory in Los Angeles. He obtained his M. F. A. degree in directing in 1986. His time at AFI culminated in his master's thesis, Franklin produced a short film called Punk in 1989; the film follows the story of an African-American boy faced with the realities of familial stress, societal pressures, the ever-daunting development of sexual discovery. Straight out of his Master's program, Franklin landed a job with movie producer-director Roger Corman in 1989. While working at Concord Films, Franklin gained experience working on low-budget films, helping to crank out six films in just two years’ time. From 1989 to 1990, Franklin worked on Nowhere to Run, Eye of the Eagle 2: Inside the Enemy, Full Fanthom Five under Concord Films. At the end of the 80s, producer Jesse Beaton was looking for a director for a film called One False Move. Remembering Franklin's short film Punk, Beaton met Carl to discuss the film's vision.
Franklin's approach to the screenplay produced a thriller of the Film Noir genre. The story follows three drug dealers, played by Billy Bob Thornton, Cynda Williams, Michael Beach and their interactions with a small-town Arkansas police chief played by Bill Paxton. Far from his low-budget past, Franklin's budget of $2 million gave him a bit of room to be creative, achieve his entire vision for the film. However, the original version of the film, released in 1991, was thought to be overly violent. In response to such claims, Franklin told the Observer, “I didn't want people getting excited seeing how neat someone can be killed… I want the audience to feel the emotional loss of life--the real violence is the loss, the violation of humanity. They've taken from us someone who had dreams, the same set of emotions we have."Despite the film's lack of professional publicity, One False Move was promoted by word of mouth and earned itself mixed reviews. However, the reviews that were positive were positive, gaining the project more attention.
The film was named Best Film of the Year by Gene Siskel, one of the 10 Best Films of 1992 by the National Review Board. Next came one of Franklin's most famous films. Franklin's involvement in the production stemmed from his admiration for Walter Mosley, author of the original mystery novel. Franklin adapted the screenplay himself. Working again with Jesse Beaton, with Jonathan Demme as Executive Producer they were able to obtain a $20 million budget for the film, paving the way for a smooth production. With Denzel Washington on board to play the lead role, the film showed great promise. Set in Los Angeles in the end of the 1940s, the story follows an African-American private detective and his challenging career; the film's biggest contribution was its recreation of South Central Los Angeles, in a time when the neighborhood was at its peak of historical relevance. His portrayal of the area touched on a piece of time overlooked, reminded audiences of the community values of Los Angeles, hit home for many African-American viewers, who appreciated the insight into the family values that define their culture.
Reviews for the film varied, with many praising Franklin's directing more than the film itself. Switching to television, Franklin directed Laurel Avenue, a two-part miniseries focused on an African-American family in Minnesota for HBO in 1993. One issue in particular that stood out in the series was the issue of drug use. Franklin defended his depictions, explaining that "Drugs are a huge problem in the black com
Michael John Douglas, known professionally as Michael Keaton, is an American actor and director. He first rose to fame for his roles on the CBS sitcoms All's Fair and The Mary Tyler Moore Hour and his comedic film roles in Night Shift, Mr. Mom, Johnny Dangerously, Beetlejuice, he earned further acclaim for his dramatic portrayal of the title character in Tim Burton's Batman and Batman Returns. Since he has appeared in a variety of films ranging from dramas and romantic comedies to thriller and action films, such as Clean and Sober, The Dream Team, Pacific Heights, Much Ado About Nothing, My Life, The Paper, Jackie Brown, Herbie: Fully Loaded, The Other Guys, Need for Speed, The Founder, Spider-Man: Homecoming, has provided voices for characters in animated films such as Cars, Toy Story 3, Minions. Keaton's lead performance in Birdman or earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, the Critics' Choice Award for Best Actor and Best Actor in a Comedy, nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award, British Academy Film Award, Academy Award for Best Actor.
He received a Golden Globe Award nomination for his performance in Live from Baghdad and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for The Company. Keaton was awarded a Career Achievement Award from the Hollywood Film Festival. On January 18, 2016, he was named Officer of Order of Letters in France, he is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Mellon University. Michael John Douglas, the youngest of seven children, was born at Ohio Valley Hospital in Kennedy Township, Pennsylvania, on September 5, 1951, he was raised between Pennsylvania. His father, George A. Douglas, worked as a civil engineer and surveyor, his mother, Leona Elizabeth, a homemaker, came from McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania. Keaton was raised in a Roman Catholic family, is of half Irish descent through his mother, his father was of English, German and Scotch-Irish descent and was from a Protestant family. He attended Montour High School in Robinson Township and studied speech for two years at Kent State University, where he appeared in plays, before dropping out and returning to Pennsylvania.
Keaton first appeared on TV in the Pittsburgh public television programs Where the Heart Is and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. For Mister Rogers he played one of the "Flying Zookeeni Brothers" and served as a full-time production assistant. Keaton worked as an actor in Pittsburgh theatre, he performed stand-up comedy during his early years in order to supplement his income. Keaton moved to Los Angeles to begin auditioning for various TV parts, he popped up in various popular TV shows including The Mary Tyler Moore Hour. He decided to use a stage name to satisfy SAG rules, as there was an actor and daytime host with the same or similar names; the claim that Keaton selected his new surname due to an attraction to actress Diane Keaton is incorrect. Keaton's film debut came in a small non-speaking role in the Joan Rivers film Rabbit Test, his next break was working alongside Jim Belushi in the short-lived comedy series Working Stiffs, which showcased his comedic talent and led to a co-starring role in the comedy Night Shift directed by Ron Howard.
His role as the fast-talking schemer Bill "Blaze" Blazejowski earned Keaton some critical acclaim, he scored leads in the subsequent comedy hits Mr. Mom, Johnny Dangerously and Gung Ho, he played the title character in Tim Burton's 1988 horror-comedy Beetlejuice, earning Keaton widespread acclaim and boosting him to Hollywood's A list. He turned down the role reconsidered like most of the cast, he now considers Beetlejuice his favorite of his own films. That same year, he gave an acclaimed dramatic performance as a drug-addicted realtor in Clean and Sober. Keaton's career was given another major boost when he was again cast by Tim Burton, this time as the title comic book superhero of 1989's Batman. Warner Bros. received thousands of letters of complaint by fans who believed Keaton was the wrong choice to portray Batman. However, Keaton's performance in the role earned widespread acclaim from both critics and audiences, Batman became one of the most successful films of 1989. According to Les Daniels's reference book Batman: The Complete History, Keaton was not surprised when he was first considered as Batman as he believed the film would be similar to the 1960s television series starring Adam West.
It was only after he was introduced to Frank Miller's comic book miniseries, The Dark Knight Returns, that Keaton understood the dark and brooding side of Batman that he portrayed to much fan approval. Keaton reprised the role for the sequel Batman Returns, another critically acclaimed success, he was set to reprise the role again for a third Batman film going as far as to show up for costume fitting. However, when Burton was dropped as director of the film, Keaton left the franchise as well, he was dissatisfied with the screenplay approved by the new director, Joel Schu
William H. Macy
William Hall Macy Jr. is an American actor. His film career has been built on appearances in small, independent films, though he has appeared in summer action films. Macy has described himself as "sort of a Middle American, WASPy, Lutheran kind of guy... Everyman". Macy has won two Emmy Awards and four Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for Fargo. Since 2011, he has played Frank Gallagher, a main character in the Showtime adaptation of the British television series Shameless. Macy and actress Felicity Huffman have been married since 1997. Macy was born in Miami and grew up in Georgia and Maryland, his father, William Hall Macy, Sr. was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and an Air Medal for flying a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber in World War II. His mother, was a war widow who met Macy's father after her first husband died in 1943. Macy graduated from Allegany High School in Cumberland, Maryland in 1968, went on to Bethany College in West Virginia where he studied veterinary medicine.
A'wretched student' by his own admission, he transferred to Goddard College in rural Vermont, where he studied under playwright David Mamet. He studied theatre at HB Studio in New York City. After graduating from Goddard in 1972, Macy originated roles in a number of plays by collaborator David Mamet, such as American Buffalo and The Water Engine. While in Chicago in his twenties, he did a TV commercial, he was required to join AFTRA in order to do the commercial, received his SAG card within a year, which for an elated Macy represented an important moment in his career. Macy spent time in Los Angeles before moving to New York City in 1980, where he had roles in over 50 Off Broadway and Broadway plays. One of his early on-screen roles was as a turtle named Socrates in the direct-to-video film The Boy Who Loved Trolls, under the name W. H. Macy, he had a minor role as a hospital orderly on the sitcom Kate & Allie in the fourth-season episode "General Hospital", played an assistant district attorney in "Everybody's Favorite Bagman", the first produced episode of Law & Order.
He has appeared in numerous films that Mamet wrote and/or directed, such as House of Games, Things Change, Oleanna, Wag the Dog and Main and Spartan. Macy's leading role in Fargo helped boost his career and recognizability, though at the expense of nearly confining him to a narrow typecast of a worried man down on his luck. Other Macy roles of the 1990s and 2000s included Benny & Joon, Above Suspicion, Mr. Holland's Opus, Ghosts of Mississippi, Air Force One, Boogie Nights, A Civil Action, Gus Van Sant's remake of Psycho, Texas, Mystery Men, Jurassic Park III, Panic, Welcome to Collinwood, The Cooler and Sahara, his work on ER and Sports Night has been recognized with Emmy nominations. In a November 2003 interview with USA Today, Macy stated that he wanted to star in a big-budget action movie "for the money, for the security of a franchise like that, and I love big action-adventure movies. They're way cool." He serves as director-in-residence at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York, where he teaches a technique called Practical Aesthetics.
A book describing the technique, A Practical Handbook for the Actor, is dedicated to Mamet. In 2007, Macy starred in Wild Hogs, a film about middle-aged men reliving their youthful days by taking to the open road on their Harley-Davidson motorcycles from Cincinnati to the Pacific Coast. Despite being critically panned, with a 14% "rotten" rating from Rotten Tomatoes, it was a financial success, grossing over $168 million; the film reunited him with his A Civil Action costar, John Travolta. In 2009, Macy completed filming on The Maiden Heist, a comedy that co-starred Morgan Freeman and Christopher Walken. On June 23, 2008, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced Macy and his wife, Felicity Huffman, would each receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the upcoming year. On January 13, 2009, Macy replaced Jeremy Piven in David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow on Broadway. Piven and unexpectedly dropped out of the play in December 2008 after he experienced health problems. Dirty Girl, which starred Macy along with Juno Temple, Milla Jovovich, Mary Steenburgen and Tim McGraw, premiered September 12, 2010 at the Toronto International Film Festival.
In summer 2010, Macy joined the Showtime pilot Shameless as Frank Gallagher. The project went to series, its first season premiered on January 9, 2011. Macy has received high critical acclaim for his performance getting an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 2014. In the 2012 film The Sessions, Macy played a priest who helps a man with a severe disability find personal fulfillment through a sex surrogate, he made his directorial debut with the independent drama Rudderless, which stars Billy Crudup, Felicity Huffman, Selena Gomez and Laurence Fishburne. In 2017, he directed The Layover, a road trip sex comedy starring Alexandra Daddario and Kate Upton, in which Macy appeared. In 2015, he had a small role as Grandpa in the drama film Room, nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture; the film reunited him with his Plea