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Actor William Fichtner returns to Western New York

Buffalo History.org

On Sunday, the Buffalo History Museum will host a conversation with Western New York native and celebrated actor William Fichtner. Prior to his return, Fichtner shared some time with WBFO.

Though his past credits include successful films like   "Heat," "Blades of Glory," and "Dark Knight," William Fichtner is clearly pleased with one of his recent efforts. He narrated the ESPN Film "Four Falls of Buffalo," the recollection of the Buffalo Bills of the early 1990's which made history be losing in four consecutive Super Bowls.   

"At the end of the day, I was so proud to be a part of it. I'm just a voice, but I'm a Buffalo guy and so I was just thrilled to be a part of it," Fichtner said.  

"I hope I do the voiceover for the one when we win the Super Bowl. And that's coming soon."

On Sunday at the Buffalo History Museum Fichtner will take questions from the audience and Buffalo News critic Jeff Simon. There is ample ground to cover, including his role in an approaching blockbuster.

"Last summer, after 20 years, Roland Emmerich, the director of the first 'Independence Day' made the second 'Independence Day' called 'Independence Day: Resurgence.' That's coming out this summer. I'm thrilled about that. I had a great time working on it."

The cast, he says, included "really wonderful people with some of the original folks--Jeff Goldblum. Bill Pullman."

Other projects may not receive the same hype.

 "I worked on a couple of little indie films that you never know how they're going to go."

One was with Jon Voight called "The Wizard."

"I took my wife to see a screening of it a couple months ago and I was blown away. I thought it was wonderful."

Fichtner's creative eye also occasionally focuses on his native turf.

"I have a few projects that are my own that I've been working on really hard. One of them has to do with Western New York," Fichtner said. If the project were to come to fruition, it would fulfill a career dream.

 "I want to work back home. I love Western New York. I love all of Upstate New York," Fichtner shared.

"From hiking in the Catskills to the Adirondacks, Thousand Islands. Finger Lakes. I've been on half the dirt roads in New York State."      

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Jay joined Buffalo Toronto Public Media in 2008 and has been local host for NPR's "Morning Edition" ever since. In June, 2022, he was named one of the co-hosts of WBFO's "Buffalo, What's Next."

A graduate of St. Mary's of the Lake School, St. Francis High School and Buffalo State College, Jay has worked most of his professional career in Buffalo. Outside of public media, he continues in longstanding roles as the public address announcer for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League and as play-by-play voice of Canisius College basketball.
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