Supporting Macy all the way is his wife, Felicity Huffman, who is of course a successful actress in her own right. She’s best known for the ABC show Desperate Housewives, which ran from 2004-2012, but she’s done lots of other critically acclaimed work too. She even earned an Oscar nomination for playing a transgender woman in 2005’s Transamerica.
Huffman and Macy have actually been in a relationship for even longer than a lot of people realize. They’ve been married for 21 years but spent 15 years dating before that. Indeed, Huffman’s fear of being wed nearly threw a wrench into things. “I was so scared of marriage that I thought I would’ve preferred to step in front of a bus,” she told the Tribune News Service in 2015.
“Bill Macy asked me to marry him several times over several years. And I was finally smart enough to go: ‘I’m going to marry this guy or really lose him for good,’” she went on. “And it was after we broke up for four or five years when he asked me again, I knew I couldn’t say no.” It was lucky that she didn’t!