Legendary Hollywood ‘That Guy’ William Fichtner Will Co-Host All-New ‘Top Gear America’

He’ll be joined by drag racer Antron Brown and writer Tom Ford.

The BBC is bringing Top Gear back to the U.S., and one of the new show’s three hosts is a Hollywood character actor that everyone recognizes, even if few know his name. You probably know him as “that guy” from The Dark Knight, “dude” from Prison Break or “whats-his-face” from Entourage

He has a name though, and it’s William Fichtner. As BBC America announced Monday, he’ll be one of three hosts for Top Gear America, which will have an eight episode run later this year. Joining Fichtner will be British automotive journalist Tom Ford, who was a host on the BBC’s Fifth Gear, and drag racer Antron Brown, who won last year’s Top Fuel championship and knows how to survive a scary crash. 

If you’ve seen any other version of Top Gear, it sounds like this one will be right up your alley.

Top Gear America reviews not just exclusive and state-of-the-art vehicles but also the cars of America’s culture defining past. From the latest supercars to the ultimate in automotive engineering technology, Top Gear America puts the viewer in the passenger seat alongside the car-obsessed hosts as they race the most incredible vehicles on the scenic highways and historic tracks of the American west. Each week will feature a different celebrity who will compete for top honor on the leader board at the new Top Gear studio and track, Speed Vegas.

This will mark the second attempt to import the Top Gear brand stateside. The previous incarnation, Top Gear USA, lasted five seasons before being cancelled last summer.


Adam K. Raymond