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May 26, 2019

Actor William H. Macy before college admissions scandal: process ‘so stressful’

March 12, 2019
William H. Macy (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Oscar-nominated actor William H. Macy, whose wife was charged in a massive college admissions bribery scandal Tuesday, previously described the college application process his daughter went through as “stressful.”

“She’s going to go to college,” he told Parade magazine in January, apparently referring to his younger daughter. “I’m the outlier in this thing. We’re right now in the thick of college application time, which is so stressful. “

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Macy was not charged in the scheme, which has implicated dozens of people across the country, including his wife, “Desperate Housewives” actress Felicity Huffman. He’s identified only as “spouse” in the complaint filed by FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston.

However, the couple allegedly paid $15,000 to get their oldest daughter accepted into college, prosecutors said.

Macy and Huffman met in 2017 with a cooperating witness, who ran a testing center, to learn how the scheme worked, prosecutors said. The witness told the couple he could have a third party conduct their older daughter’s SAT exam and then “secretly correct her answers afterward,” according to the complaint.

Authorities said they secretly recorded a 2018 phone call between Huffman and a cooperating witness discussing a repeat of the cheating scheme for the famous couple’s younger daughter.

Macy, who turns 70 this week, is known for roles in “Fargo” and “Shameless. Huffman played Lynette Scavo on the ABC series “Desperate Housewives.” They’ve been married for more than 20 years.

In a tweet last month, Huffman posted a photo of the couple and, ironically, described him as her “partner in crime.”

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