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Creed Bratton (born William Charles Schneider ; February 8, 1943) is an American character actor, singer, and musician. He is a former member of the rock band The Grass Roots, and is best known for playing a fictionalized version of himself on the NBC sitcom The Office, which earned him a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
Bratton at GalaxyCon Raleigh 2019
|Birth name||William Charles Schneider|
|Born||February 8, 1943|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Early life and educationEdit
Bratton was born William Charles Schneider in Los Angeles, and grew up in Coarsegold, California, a small town near Yosemite National Park. When Bratton was two, his father died when an airplane he was working on exploded while he was stationed in Hawaii.
His grandparents, mother, and father were musicians, and he took a liking to music at a very early age. At 13, he ordered his first guitar from a Sears mail order catalog. He became a professional musician during his high school and college years.
He decided to try life as a traveling musician and made his way on a global excursion, during which he changed his name to Creed Bratton. He traveled through Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He played guitar at a large folk festival in Israel, appearing with his group The Young Californians. Fellow American and guitarist Warren Entner witnessed Bratton's performance and asked him to give him a call when he got back to the United States. In 1966, they formed a partnership and recruited the remaining members needed for their group, the 13th Floor. Bratton played lead guitar, Rick Coonce played drums, Entner played rhythm guitar, and Kenny Fukomoto played bass. The Young Californians recorded a demo and sent it to Dunhill, a new record company headed by Lou Adler.
The Grass RootsEdit
Producers/songwriters P. F. Sloan and Steve Barri heard the demo and liked it. They needed new band members for a folk rock group that they had created in 1965. The 13th Floor lost its bass player to the draft during this time, and quickly recruited Rob Grill, changing its name to The Grass Roots for prior name recognition. The group went straight to the top 10 with the song "Let's Live for Today" in 1967. The group continued in its hit-making vein and toured the United States. Iconic hit songs such as "Midnight Confessions" cemented the group's standing as major contributors to the rock music scene.
The Grass Roots had top songwriters offering their best songs to them and wrote many songs themselves. On its major songs, music on the recordings was played by LA studio musicians known as The Wrecking Crew. Bratton co-wrote the songs "Beatin' Round the Bush", "No Exit", and "Hot Bright Lights", and self-composed "Dinner for Eight" and "House of Stone". He sang lead vocals on "This Precious Time" and "Dinner for Eight". Bratton played with the group on its albums Let's Live for Today, Feelings, Golden Grass (a compilation), and Lovin' Things. Three of the albums charted, and Golden Grass received a gold record certification. He took part in ten of the group's singles, eight of which charted; "Midnight Confessions" received a gold record certification.
The Grass Roots played at the Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival on Sunday, June 11, 1967 during the "Summer of Love" as their top ten hit "Let's Live for Today" was hitting the airwaves. This music festival occurred before the Monterey Pop Festival, but did not have a movie to document it for the ages (see List of electronic music festivals). On Sunday, October 27, 1968, the group played at the San Francisco Pop Festival and then played at the Los Angeles Pop Festival and Miami Pop Festival in December of that year as top ten hit "Midnight Confessions" was hitting the airwaves.
In April 1969, Bratton became frustrated by Dunhill's refusal to allow the band to write its own songs and play the instruments on its records (although the members did play alone at concerts). After a disastrous appearance at the Fillmore West in April 1969, Bratton was asked to leave the band.
In 2001 and 2002, Bratton released three albums showcasing his solo recordings since the 1960s with the assistance of Peter White. In 2007, he presented an induction award to The Wrecking Crew at the Musicians' Hall of Fame. In 2008, he released another album of new music with producer Jon Tiven. In 2010, Bratton released another new album titled "Bounce Back" with producer Dave Way. In 2011, Bratton released an album of greatest hits from his first three solo albums titled "Demo". In 2010 and 2012, Bratton performed live at the SXSW festival. In 2013, Bratton released an original work in three acts, as an audio biography, titled 'Tell Me About It'. Songs ranged from recently written to pieces he had written decades ago. Bratton states he listens to much jazz and classical music.
On January 18, 2014, Bratton joined his friend Zachary Scot Johnson for a duet for the 500th consecutive day of thesongadayproject on YouTube. The video was recorded in Bratton's home and has received over 300,000 views.
Bratton began to pursue an acting career in 1979. He has appeared in films such as Mask and Heart Like a Wheel. He was a cast member, playing a fictional version of himself, on NBC's Emmy and SAG award-winning The Office. In the episode "Booze Cruise", he speaks about his time with the Grass Roots on a deleted scene. The scene is included as a bonus feature on the DVD release.
In 2008, he appeared in a short film with Kyle Gass titled Just One Of The Gynos, which won an award for best short film at the 2008 Malibu International Film Festival. He appeared in the feature film Labor Pains in 2009. His recent film projects are The Ghastly Love of Johnny X, written, produced and directed by Paul Bunnell; I Am Ben, written, produced and directed by Mathew Brady and Gaelan Connell; and Terri produced by David Guy Levy. Terri was selected by the Sundance Film Festival 2011 to appear in the US dramatic competition. It was one of only 16 films selected from 1,102 submissions to the US dramatic category. In 2012, he appeared as special guest star in Staged with Brandon Olive who appeared with him in Just One Of The Gynos. In 2013, he starred in Saving Lincoln, a biography set during the American Civil War.
|1983||Heart Like a Wheel||Photographer|
|1985||Mask||Carnival Ticket Taker|
|1987||The Wild Pair||Dalton|
|1988||Seven Hours to Judgment||Subway Worker|
|1991||Neon City||Guard at Neon||Also worked as a grip|
|2006||The Manual||Maj. Edwards||Short film|
|2008||Just One Of The Gynos||Dr. Gus Callery|
|2012||The Ghastly Love of Johnny X||Mickey O'Flynn|
|2011||I Am Ben||Dr. Cobb|
|2012||The Guilt Trip||Suitor|
|2013||Saving Lincoln||Senator Charles Sumner|
|2015||Band of Robbers||Dobbins|
|The Sound of Magic||SRC|
|2018||The Sisters Brothers||Quarrel Saloon Guy Town 2|
|1967||The Hollywood Palace||Himself (guest)|
|1967–69||American Bandstand||4 episodes|
|1968||With Six You Get Eggroll|
|1969||It's Happening||Episode: "The Grassroots"|
|Playboy After Dark|
|1975||Kolchak: The Night Stalker||Man Entering Lab||Episode "Primal Scream"|
|1977||Quincy M.E.||Young Man||Episode "No Deadly Secret"|
|Eight is Enough||Episode "Mortgage Burnin' Blues"|
|1986||The Magical World of Disney||Court Clerk||Episode: "A Fighting Choice"|
|1987||U.S. Marshals: Waco & Rhinehart||Agent Jones||Television film|
|1994||Secret Sins Of The Father||Gas Station Worker||Television film|
|2005–13||The Office||Creed Bratton||Recurring role; Seasons 1-2|
Main cast; 3-9
|2006||The Bernie Mac Show||Funeral Home Employee||Episode "Bernie's Angels"|
|2007–08||Today||Himself (guest)||2 episodes|
|2008||Celebrity Family Feud||Himself (guest)||Episode: "The Office vs. American Gladiators, Hickeys vs. Camden County"|
|2010||The Forgotten||Guy||Episode: "Double Doe"|
|Funny or Die Presents||Himself||4 episodes|
|2012||Liz & Dick||Darryl Zanuck||Television film|
|2014||Adventure Time||Phlannel Boxingday||Episode: "Lemonhope Part One"|
|Franklin & Bash||Judge Patrick Semmer||Episode: "Kershaw v. Lincecum"|
|Garfunkel and Oates||Kazoo Man||Episode: "Maturity"|
|2015||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Grandfather||Episode: "Ty Burrell Wears a Chambray Shirt & Clear Frame Glasses"|
|Grace and Frankie||Seth||Episode: "The Bachelor Party"|
|2017||The New V.I.P.'s||Charlie||Television film|
|2019||Hello Realtor||Sal||Episode: "Pilot"|
|Into the Dark||George Atwood||Episode: "Culture Shock"|
|2020||Upload||Rupert Tilford||Episode: "The Funeral"|
|2008||The Office: The Outburst||Creed Bratton||4 episodes|
|2009||The Office: Blackmail|
|2010||The Office: The Mentor||Episode: "Reimbursements"|
|The Office: The 3rd Floor||Episode: "The Final Product"|
|In Gayle We Trust||Denny Potter||2 episodes|
|2011||The Office: The Podcast||Creed Bratton||3 episodes|
|2012||Staged||Villain||Episode: "Gym Class Heroes"|
|2017||The New V.I.P.'s||Charlie|
|2011||World Gone Sour||Narrator (voice)|
|Release date||Title||Flip side||Record Label||Chart Positions|
|US Billboard||US Cashbox||UK|
|1967||Let's Live for Today||Depressed Feeling||Dunhill||8||5|
|Things I Should Have Said||Tip Of My Tongue||Dunhill||23||36|
|Wake Up, Wake Up||No Exit||Dunhill||68||61|
|1968||Melody For You||Hey Friend||Dunhill||123||120|
|Feelings||Here's Where You Belong||Dunhill||118|
|Midnight Confessions ++||Who Will You Be Tomorrow||Dunhill||5||5|
|1969||Bella Linda||Hot Bright Lights||Dunhill||28||20|
|Melody For You||All Good Things Come To An End||Dunhill|
|Lovin' Things||You And Love Are The Same||Dunhill||49||35|
|River Is Wide, The||(You Gotta) Live For Love||Dunhill||31||16|
++ - Gold Record - RIAA Certification
|Release date||Title||Record Label||Chart Positions|
|US Billboard||US Cashbox||UK|
|1967||Let's Live for Today||Dunhill||75|
|Golden Grass ++||Dunhill||25|
|2001||Chasin’ The Ball||Kindred|
|2018||While The Young Punks Dance||Alien Chicken|
|2020||Slightly Alterd||Alien Chicken|
++ - Gold Record - RIAA Certification
- Hartman, Kent (2012). The Wrecking Crew. New York: St. Martin's Press. pp. 169–172. ISBN 978-0-312-61974-9.
- "Creed Bratton: From His First Guitar to 'The Office' Finale. Telling Us About It. – Farah Joan". Laparadiddle.com. 2013-04-28. Archived from the original on 2014-01-17. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
- "(500) Zachary Scot Johnson & Creed Bratton Chained To The Blues thesongadayproject The Office". YouTube. 2014-01-18. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 24, 2008. Retrieved March 3, 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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