Felicity Huffman

Actress
Often lauded for her prolific stage work, actress Felicity Huffman struggled for years in trying to find her footing on both television and the big screen. An accomplished performer whose best early work consisted of ... Read more »
Born: 12/08/1962 in Bedford, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (56)

American Crime 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Acting Disruptive 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Cake 2014 (Movie)

Annette (Actor)

Rudderless 2014 (Movie)

Emily (Actor)

Big Game 2013 (Movie)

CIA Director (Actor)

Hollywood Game Night 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stand Up to Cancer 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Desperate Housewives 2004 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Trust Me 2012 (Movie)

Agnes (Actor)

The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Phoebe in Wonderland 2009 (Movie)

Hillary Lichten (Actor)

The 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2009 (Tv Show)

Guest

The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Georgia Rule 2007 (Movie)

Lilly (Actor)

The 2007 Film Independent's Spirit Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Tony Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Debut 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 7th Annual Family Television Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2004 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Transamerica 2005 (Movie)

Bree (Actor)

Christmas with the Kranks 2004 (Movie)

Merry (Actor)

Out of Order 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Raising Helen 2004 (Movie)

Lindsay Davis (Actor)

Scott Turow's Reversible Errors 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The D.A. 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Frasier 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

girls club 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The West Wing 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Slight Case of Murder 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Sports Night 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Magnolia 1999 (Movie)

Cynthia (Actor)

The Spanish Prisoner 1998 (Movie)

Pat McCune (Actor)

Law & Order 1991 - 1994, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

The X-Files 1991 - 1994, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Early Edition 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hackers 1995 (Movie)

Attorney (Actor)

Raven 1991 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Thunder Alley 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stephen King's Golden Years 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Reversal of Fortune 1990 (Movie)

Minnie (Actor)

Things Change 1988 (Movie)

Wheel of Fortune Girl (Actor)

Bedtime (TV Show)

Actor

Harrison: Cry of the City (TV Show)

Actor

Path To War (TV Show)

Actor

Quicksand: No Escape (TV Show)

Actor

Snap Decision (TV Show)

Actor

The Heart of Justice (TV Show)

Actor

The Water Engine (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Often lauded for her prolific stage work, actress Felicity Huffman struggled for years in trying to find her footing on both television and the big screen. An accomplished performer whose best early work consisted of collaborations with playwright David Mamet and actor William H. Macy, whom she later married, Huffman slowly forged a career onscreen that at first mainly consisted of small parts in television movies and guest starring roles on series television, including episodes of "The X-Files" (Fox, 1993-2002) and "Chicago Hope" (CBS, 1994-2000). She finally began to make a name for herself with a starring role on Aaron Sorkin's acclaimed comedy, "Sports Night" (NBC, 1998-2000), though the series only lasted two seasons. Eventually, Huffman received her proper due when she landed a plum role on the ensemble dramedy, "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 2004- ), which propelled her and co-star Eva Longoria and creator Marc Cherry to stardom, while reviving the careers of the show's other stars like Teri Hatcher and Nicolette Sheridan. After receiving an Emmy Award for her performance as the most down-to-earth housewife, Lynette Scavo, Huffman found Academy Award-worthy success on the big screen with her touching portrait of a transsexual parent in "Transamerica" (2005), proving that talent and perseverance could win out.

Relationships

Moore Huffman

Father
Divorced from Felicity's mother a year after her birth

Grace Huffman

Mother
Divorced from Felicity's father a year after her birth

Moore Huffman

Brother
Older

William H. Macy Actor

Husband
Met when Huffman enrolled in Macy's Manhattan acting class in the mid-1980s Married Sept. 6, 1997 Acted together on stage and in "Magnolia" (1999)

Georgia Macy

Daughter
Born March 14, 2002; father, William H. Macy

Sophia Macy

Daughter
Born Aug. 1, 2000; father, William H. Macy

EDUCATION

Circle in the Square Theatre School

New York , New York

New York University

New York , New York 1988
Graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts

Interlochen Arts Academy

Interlochen , Michigan
An independent boarding high school dedicated to the arts

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York

Milestones

2009

Played the title character's mother in "Phoebe in Wonderland"

2008

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

2007

Played Lindsay Lohan's mother in the Garry Marshall directed, "Georgia Rule"

2005

Portrayed a transsexual woman who discovers that she fathered a child in her former life as a man in the indie drama, "Transamerica"; earned Oscar and SAG nominations for Best Actress

2004

Cast as Lynette Scavo, the ex-career woman and mother of four unmanageable kids in the ABC drama, "Desperate Housewives"; earned Golden Globe (2005, 2006, 2007), SAG (2007) and Emmy (2007) nominations for Best Actress in a Comedy Series

2004

Appeared with husband William H. Macy in the CBS miniseries, "Reversible Errors"

2003

Guest starred as Frasier's Love interest on the NBC comedy, "Frasier"

2003

Co-starred with Eric Stoltz, as a married couple and screenwriting partners, in the Showtime series, "Out of Order"

2002

Portrayed Lady Bird Johnson in HBO movie, "Path to War"

2001

Played a photographer who is charged with child pornography in the Lifetime movie, "Snap Decision"

1999

Played small role in "Magnolia" as a TV game show coordinator; husband had more substantial role in the film

1999

Appeared with husband William H. Macy (who also co-wrote the teleplay) in the TNT original, "A Slight Case of Murder"

1998

Played TV producer Dana Whitaker on the ABC series, "Sports Night"; earned a Golden Globe (2000) nomination for Best Actress

1998

Co-starred in Mamet's "The Spanish Prisoner"

1997

Directed by future husband William H. Macy in "The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite" at the Atlantic Theater Company

1996

Was featured in the Showtime series "Bedtime"

1995

Directed by Mamet in the Atlantic Theater Company production of J.B. Priestley's "Dangerous Corner"

1995

Acted onstage in Mamet's "The Cryptogram"

1994

Appeared as Ed Asner's daughter in the pilot episodes of ABC's "Thunder Alley"; replaced by Diane Venora when the series began

1992

First TV movie, "Quicksand: No Escape" (USA network)

1991

Made TV debut in the Stephen King miniseries, "Golden Years" (CBS)

1990

Featured as one of Dershowitz's Student Staff in "Reversal of Fortune"

1988

Made feature acting debut in David Mamet's "Things Changes"

1988

Understudied and eventually replaced Madonna in Mamet's Broadway play, "Speed-the-Plow"

Became a member of the Atlantic Theater Company, co-founded by David Mamet and William H. Macy

Bonus Trivia

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"It's actually one of the things we do best. We work really well together, which is surprising because I know it's tough for couples to play tennis together, much less work together." - Huffman on working with husband, William H. Macy to CNN.com, May 21, 2004

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On Huffman's portrayal of a transsexual: "Your first image of her is so shocking — such a weird, unattractive person," he says. "But by the end of the film, even though the makeup is exactly the same, you've completely fallen for this woman." - Huffman's husband, an executive producer on the film "Transamerica" to USA Today, November 2005

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In 2005, Huffman revealed that she had suffered from both anorexia and bulimia in her late teens and twenties.

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"I was bulimic and anorexic for a while, just hating my body," Huffman reveals. "As an actress, I was never thin enough, never pretty enough," she says. "My boobs weren't big enough." - Huffman quoted to USA Today, November 2005

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When casting agents would tell Huffman why they weren't giving her a role, they'd say they were holding out for a babe: "You're so good, but you're just not pretty," she remembers. "And I actually appreciated their candor. They weren't saying it to be mean. They just didn't want me to think I wasn't right because I couldn't act." - Huffman quoted in Entertainment Weekly, December 2005

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