Actor William H Macy believes he owes his living to veteran screenwriter DAVID MAMET - because the scribe put him on the movie map.

The FARGO star is currently filming SPARTAN - written and directed by Mamet - alongside Val Kilmer.

Macy says, "David has had an immeasurable influence on my career. He gave me the theatrical aesthetic when I was very young. He put me on the map by putting me in his plays and in his films. The debt will never be paid.

"I'll be long dead and buried and we'll still be talking about Mamet."