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Stephen Root (born November 17, 1951) is an American actor, voice actor, and comedian. He has starred as Jimmy James on the TV sitcom NewsRadio, as Milton Waddams in the film Office Space (1999), and as the voices of Bill Dauterive and Buck Strickland in the animated series King of the Hill.[2] His other roles have included Captain K'Vada in the Star Trek: The Next Generation two-part episode "Unification" (1991), Mr. Lund in O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), Gordon Pibb in DodgeBall (2004), Hawthorne Abendsen in seasons 2 and 3 of the series The Man in the High Castle, Jim Hudson in Get Out (2017), and supporting roles in a variety of HBO series, including Boardwalk Empire and Barry.

Stephen Root
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Root in 2009
Born (1951-11-17) November 17, 1951 (age 67)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
EducationPort Byron Central School District
Alma materUniversity of Florida (BFA)
OccupationActor, voice actor, comedian
Years active1988–present
Home townVero Beach, Florida, U.S.
Spouse(s)
Laura Joan Hase
(m. 1984; div. 1997)

Romy Rosemont (m. 2008)
Children1[1]

Early lifeEdit

Root was born in Sarasota, Florida, the son of Leona Estelle and Rolland Clair Root, a project superintendent and site manager on major civil engineering projects throughout the United States and Mexico. Root has likened his childhood to that of an "Army brat", as his family frequently relocated while his father finished each construction project.[3] Root graduated from Vero Beach High School in Vero Beach, Florida. He received his AA from the University of Florida, and trained in the BFA acting program. The university recognized him as one of its distinguished alumni in 2008.[4] Subsequently he was granted his BFA after completion of his final semester based on the quality and character of his acting career, having left college to pursue Broadway in his final semester.

CareerEdit

Among his most recognized television roles are eccentric billionaire Jimmy James on the sitcom NewsRadio and as the voice of divorced, down-and-out Army barber Bill Dauterive and Hank Hill's hedonistic boss Buck Strickland on the Fox animated television series King of the Hill (Root originally auditioned for the role of conspiracy theorist and pest control worker Dale Gribble). He had a recurring role on the final two seasons of The West Wing as Republican campaign consultant Bob Mayer. His most recognizable film roles to date are as the mumbling, quirky Milton Waddams in Office Space, as the mild-mannered gymrat Gordon Pibb in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, as Suds, a drunk sports writer, in Leatherheads, and as the dimwitted principal in the 2008 Judd Apatow produced comedy Drillbit Taylor.

Root is a favorite of the Coen brothers. He has appeared in O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Ladykillers, No Country For Old Men, and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Kevin Smith wrote a role in Jersey Girl specifically for Root.

Root reunited with Mike Judge in Idiocracy and has also portrayed NASA flight director Chris Kraft in the miniseries From the Earth to the Moon. He took on the biographical role of Richard A. Clarke in The Path to 9/11. He has also had many guest appearances in television programs across several genres. He was Klingon Captain K'Vada in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Unification" in 1991. In 1992, Root appeared on the TV series Night Court as Mr. Willard. In the 1993–1994 television season, Root appeared as a series regular as "R.O." on the Beau Bridges/Lloyd Bridges comedy/western series Harts of the West on CBS.

 
Root at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con International, July 2011

Root guest starred on Seinfeld, playing the role of a bank manager in the episode "The Invitations," handling Kramer's hello greeting issue. He had a role in Frasier in the episode "Detour" as the father of the family helping Frasier when his car broke down. In the CSI episode "Homebodies" he played the father of a rape victim. In addition, Root had a series regular role on the short-lived CBS series Ladies Man, which starred Sharon Lawrence soon after she left NYPD Blue. He played Raymond, a hunting store owner involved in illegal gun trading, in the 1993 In the Heat of the Night episode "A Love Lost."

Root also has an active career as a voice artist. Aside from his roles in King of the Hill, he has played various characters in animated films such as Ice Age, Finding Nemo, and Courage the Cowardly Dog. In other animated television, series regular roles include: Commander Chode in Tripping the Rift and Homebase in The X's. Additionally, he has provided guest-starring vocal talent in animated television series like Chowder and Teen Titans. He recently lent his voice to Batman: The Brave and the Bold as Woozy Winks and The Penguin.

Root has appeared in HBO's series True Blood as a vampire named Eddie. He also had a multi-episode arc in the second season of Pushing Daisies on ABC, playing the mysterious Dwight Dixon. He appeared as Johnny Forreals, inventor of the word "boo-yah," on an episode of Comedy Central's The Sarah Silverman Program entitled "Cangamangus." He appeared in the 2009 comedy film The Men Who Stare at Goats as Gus Lacey. In 2010, he appeared in a multi-episode arc in season 8 of the Fox television series 24 as a probation officer named Bill Prady and in the FX television series Justified as the eccentric Judge Mike "The Hammer" Reardon. In 2011, he co-starred in Robert Redford's The Conspirator, playing John Lloyd, a key witness in the trial of alleged Lincoln conspirator Mary Surratt. In 2012, he began playing the role of Gaston Means in season 3 of the acclaimed HBO TV series Boardwalk Empire. He also portrays Lynn Boyle, father of Charles Boyle on the show Brooklyn Nine-Nine. In 2018, Root began starring in the HBO series Barry, for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination.

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1988 Crocodile Dundee II DEA Agent (Toilet)
Monkey Shines Dean Burbage
1989 Black Rain Berg
1990 Stanley & Iris Mr. Hershey
Ghost Police Sgt.
1991 Guilty by Suspicion RKO Guard
V.I. Warshawski Mickey
Bed & Breakfast Randolph
1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Gary Murray
1993 Dave Don Durenberger
RoboCop 3 Coontz
Extreme Justice Max Alvarez
1995 Bye Bye Love Awakened Neighbor Uncredited
Night of the Scarecrow Uncle Frank/The Sheriff
1998 Krippendorf's Tribe Gerald Adams
1999 Gut Feeling Kane Cohen
Office Space Milton Waddams
Natural Selection Mr. Crenshaw a.k.a. The Monster Hunter
Bicentennial Man Dennis Mansky – Head of NorthAm Robotics
2000 O Brother, Where Art Thou? Mr. Lund
Tripping the Rift Chode Voice
2002 Ice Age Frank / Start
The Country Bears Zeb
White Oleander Michael Scenes deleted
2003 Finding Nemo Bubbles Voice
Grind Cameron
2004 Raising Genius Dwight Nestor
The Ladykillers Fernand Gudge
Jersey Girl Greenie
DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story Gordon Pibb
Surviving Christmas Dr. Freeman
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie Vince Masters
2005 Just Friends KC
2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown Aardvark Dad Voice
Gretchen Herb
Idiocracy Judge Hank "The Hangman" BMW
The Frank Anderson John Simon
The Fox and the Hound 2 Talent Scout Voice; Direct-to-video
2007 Cook Off! Morty Van Rookle
No Country for Old Men Man who hires Wells
Have Dreams, Will Travel Sheriff Brock
Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage Bubbles Voice; Short film
Sunny & Share Love You Clive Anderson
2008 Mad Money Glover
Over Her Dead Body Sculptor
Drillbit Taylor Principal Doppler
Leatherheads Suds
Tripping the Rift: The Movie Chode Voice
2009 Glock Remington Short film
Bob Funk Steve
The Soloist Curt Reynolds
Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts Turtle Voice
Imagine That Fred Franklin
The Men Who Stare at Goats Gus Lacey
2010 Son of Mourning Senator Lewis
Unthinkable Charlie
The Conspirator Witness
Everything Must Go Elliot
Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare Burt Voice
2011 Cedar Rapids Bill Korgstad
Rango Doc and Merrimack Voice
Red State Sheriff Wynan
J. Edgar Arthur Koehler
Tom and Jerry and the Wizard of Oz Uncle Henry / Crows Voice
Batman: Year One Lt. Branden Voice
2012 Big Miracle Gov. Haskell
The Company You Keep Billy Cusimano
2013 Sweet Vengeance Kingfisher a.k.a. Sweetwater
I Know That Voice Himself Documentary
Bad Milo! Roger
Superman: Unbound Zor-El Voice
The Lone Ranger Habberman
2014 Selma Al Lingo
Lennon or McCartney Himself Short film
2015 Hello, My Name Is Doris Todd
7 Chinese Brothers George
Trumbo Hymie King
2016 Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz Uncle Henry Voice
Finding Dory Bubbles
Miles Ron Walton
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Burt Stangle
Looking for the Jackalope The Jackalope Voice
Spectral Dr. Mindala
2017 Get Out Jim Hudson
Infinity Baby Fenton
Three Christs Dr. Rogers
2018 Life of the Party Michael ‘’Mike’’ Cook
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Teller Segment: "Near Algodones"
On the Basis of Sex Professor Brown
2019 Seberg Walt Breckman
Bombshell Neil Mullen Post-production
2020 The Empty Man Arthur Parsons
Happily Goodman
Four Good Days Chris

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Cross of Fire Beggs Television film
1990 Wiseguy Bishop Episode: "Dead Right"
Roseanne Peter Lundy Episode: "Fender Bender"
The Young Riders Episode: "Bad Company"
Head of the Class Mr. Birch Episode: "My Son the Primate"
1990–1991 Jake and the Fatman Sgt. Moynihan / Hastings 2 episodes
1990–1992 Night Court Mr. Willard / Spirit of Death 2 episodes
1990–1994 L.A. Law Atty. Brandon McCafferty 4 episodes
1991 Davis Rules Porter Episode: "Soap"
Golden Years Major Moreland recurring role
My Life and Times Ross Episode: "Our Wedding"
Home Improvement Exterminator Episode: "Wild Kingdom"
Sons and Daughters Stevey Episode: "Melanie"
The Torkelsons Sheriff Bobby Clinton Episode: "I Fought the Law"
Star Trek: The Next Generation Captain K'Vada 2 episodes
1992 A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story Kevin McDonald Television film
Eerie, Indiana Mr. Chaney Episode: "Mr. Chaney"
Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, the Last Chapter Kevin McDonald Television film
Murphy Brown John Brophy Episode: "Till Death or Next Thursday Do We Part"
Civil Wars Mrs. Caldecott's Lawyer 2 episodes
1993 Northern Exposure Brother Timothy Episode: "Revelations"
The Golden Palace Mr. Tucker Episode: "You've Lost That Livin' Feeling"
Quantum Leap John Tremaine Jr. Episode: "Goodbye Norma Jean - April 4, 1960"
Class of '61 Television film
Black Widow Murders: The Blanche Taylor Moore Story Dr. Kirby Television film
Sirens George Bailey Episode: "Looks Like Christmas"
Blossom Louie 4 episodes
In the Heat of the Night Raymond Mercer Episode: "A Love Lost"
1993–1994 Harts of the West R.O Main role
1994 NYPD Blue IAB Sgt. Fulmer Episode: "Guns 'n Rosaries"
Party of Five Football Coach Episode: "Good Sports"
Sweet Justice Episode: "High School Confidential"
Diagnosis: Murder Charlie Lane Episode: "The Last Laugh: Part 2"
1995 Chicago Hope Trumpet Playing Mental Patient Episode: "Love and Hope"
Cybill Phil Asher Episode: "Starting on the Wrong Foot"
Christy Clarence Sweetwater Episode: "To Have and to Hold"
VR.5 F.A.A. Negotiator Episode: "Control Freak"
In the Line of Duty: Hunt for Justice Jaan Laaman Television film
1995–1999 NewsRadio Jimmy James Main role
1996 Seinfeld Mr. Lager Episode: "The Invitations"
The Lottery Graham Dunbar Television film
Pandora's Clock Mark Hastings Miniseries
The Road to Galveston Ed Kirkman Television film
1997 Johnny Bravo Timmy's Dad / Announcer Voice; Episode: "Johnny Real Good"
1997–2010 King of the Hill Bill Dauterive, Buck Strickland Voice; Main role
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Chris Kraft Main role
Profiler Houston Plant Manager Episode: "The Root of All Evil"
1999 Superman: The Animated Series Revered Amos Howell/Unity Voice; Episode: "Unity"
The Sissy Duckling Big Ducky Voice; Television film
Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot Dr. Donovan Voice; Unknown episodes
1999–2001 Ladies Man Gene Main role
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Sheriff / Sentry No. 2 Voice; 3 episodes
2001 Me & My Needs Television film
The Andy Dick Show Manager of 98+1 Store Episode: "Andy Land"
The Norm Show Mr. Sweeney 2 episodes
DAG Senator Culpepper Episode: "Smoke"
The Legend of Tarzan Theodore 'Teddy' Roosevelt Voice; Episode: "Tarzan and the Rough Rider"
Ed George MacPherson Episode: "Changes"
2002 Dexter Prep Charles Television film
The Proud Family Mr. Andrews Voice; Episode: "I Had a Dream"
Malcolm in the Middle John Pratt 2 episodes
Just Shoot Me! Dr. Drake Kelson Episode: "Blush Gets Some Therapy"
Justice League Cat Man Voice; 2 episodes
Teamo Supremo The Angler / Billy Jim Dixon; Fishmonger No. 1 Voice; Episode: Angler's Angle
According to Jim Al Crannis Episode: "The Christmas Party"
2002–2004 Grounded for Life Tony Bustamante 3 episodes
2002–2005 Kim Possible: So the Drama Cowboy Gambler Voice
Kim Possible Various characters Voice; Recurring role
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Michael Kirkwood Episode: "Homebodies"
2004 Frasier Harbin Episode: "Detour"
Brandy & Mr. Whiskers Santa Claus Voice; Episode: "On Whiskers, on Lola, on Cheryl, on Meryl"
2004–2007 Tripping the Rift Chode Voice; Main role
2005 Teen Titans Val Yor Voice; Episode: "TROQ"
2005–2006 The X's Homebase Voice; Main role
The West Wing Bob Mayer Recurring role
2005–2007 American Dad! Dick / Dentist's Father Voice; Recurring role
2006 The Path to 9/11 Richard Clarke Miniseries
2007 Random! Cartoons Lance Voice; Episode: "Squirly Town"
Slacker Cats Tommy Unknown episodes
WordGirl Professor Robert Tubing Voice; Episode: "Lady Redundant Woman/A Game of Cat & Mouse"
2008 Head Case Pat Jennings Episode: "Come Together"
Boston Legal Ethan Melman Episode: "Tabloid Nation"
Chowder Stilton/Dancer Voice; Episode: "The Apprentice Games"
The Sarah Silverman Program Johnny Forrealz Episode: "Kangamangus"
Pushing Daisies Dwight Dixon Recurring role
2008–2009 True Blood Eddie 4 episodes
2009 Californication Ricardo Collini Episode: "Slow Happy Boys"
2010 24 Bill Prady 3 episodes
The Defenders Judge Taylor Episode: "Pilot"
Louie Dr. Heppa Episode: "Dentist/Tarese"
Glenn Martin, DDS Hoss Willicker Voice; 2 episodes
2010–2011 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin Voice; 4 episodes
2010–2014 Justified Judge Mike Reardon Recurring role
2011 Childrens Hospital Hank Maestro Episode: "Party Down"
Thundercats Drifter / Hattanzo the Swordmaker Voice; Episode: "The Duelist and the Drifter"
Fringe Raymond Episode: "And Those We Left Behind"
The Life & Times of Tim Lou Voice; Episode: "The Caddy's Shack/The Sausage Salesman"
Raising Hope Cap Collins Episode: "Sabrina Has Money"
2011–2016 Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Master Junjie Voice; Recurring role
2011–2017 Adventure Time The Royal Tart Toter, Grimby, Martin Voice; Recurring role
2012 Young Justice Jack Haly Voice; Episode: "Performance"
The Legend of Korra Hobo / White Lotus Leader / Phonograph Vendor Voice; 2 episodes
The Good Wife Judge Murphy Wicks 2 episodes
Outlaw Country Frank Television film
2012–2013 Boardwalk Empire Gaston Means Recurring role
The Cleveland Show Neighbors Kellogg / Allister Monkarsh Voice; 2 episodes
Dragons: Riders of Berk Mildew Voice; Recurring role
2012–2016 Gravity Falls Bud Gleeful / additional characters Voice; Recurring role
2013 Out There Mr. Shooty Voice; Episode: "Frosty King"
The Newsroom General Stanislao Stomtonovich 2 episodes
The Arrangement Avery Boomer Television film
Bee and PuppyCat Farmer Voice; Episode: "Farmer"
2014 Fargo Burt Canton 2 episodes
The Big Bang Theory Dan 2 episodes
Mike Tyson Mysteries Thomas J. Watson Voice; Episode: "Ultimate Judgment Day"
Hot in Cleveland Brian Episode: "The Bachelors"
Phineas and Ferb Floyd Voice; 2 episodes
Gravity Falls TV Shorts Bud Gleeful Voice; Episode: "TV Shorts 1"
2014–2015 Turn: Washington's Spies Nathaniel Sackett 4 episodes
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Lynn Boyle 4 episodes
2014–2016 Idiotsitter Kent Russell Main role
2015–2016 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Brian / additional voices 2 episodes
2016 Workaholics Carty Episode: "Gone Catfishing"
All the Way J. Edgar Hoover Television film
Masters of Sex Harvey Toplin Episode: "Topeka"
Con Man Pascal Episode: "New Deal, No Deal"
Guardians of the Galaxy Neeza Voice; Episode: "Jingle Bell Rock"
2016–2018 The Man in the High Castle Hawthorne Abendsen Recurring role
2017 Angie Tribeca Mortimer Begoyle Episode: "License to Drill"
Veep Judge Walsh Episode: "Judge"
Niko and the Sword of Light Diggantus / Exuber-Ant Voice; Episode: "From the Tunnels of Terror to the Den of Doom"
2018 Mr. Pickles Mr. Montgomery Voice; Episode: "Telemarketers Are the Devil"
Dallas & Robo Uncle Danny Voice; Main role
The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants Mr. Morty Fyde Voice; Episode: "Captain Underpants and the Squishy Predicament of Stanley Peet's Stinky Pits"
2018–present Barry Monroe Fuches Main role
2019 Amphibia Mayor Toadstool Voice; Recurring role
2019 BoJack Horseman Jeremiah Whitewhale Voice; Episode: "Feel-Good Story"

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Blade Runner Early Q
2000 Deus Ex Mechanic Uncredited
2003 Finding Nemo Bubbles

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Who is Stephen Root married to after divorcing the first wife? Know his Married Life, Children, Net Worth, House, Lifestyle, and Career". Thecelebscloset. 5 July 2018.[unreliable source?]
  2. ^ Ham, Robert. "Stephen Root's Funniest Characters". Paste. Retrieved July 13, 2016.
  3. ^ Harris, Will (February 21, 2012). "Stephen Root · Interview · The A.V. Club". The A.V. Club. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  4. ^ "Distinguished Alumnus Award". University of Florida College of Arts. University of Florida. Retrieved July 13, 2016.

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