Stephen Root

Actor, Waiter
A gifted and immensely likeable character actor, Stephen Root's staggering rsum crossed into multiple genres and mediums, despite the average viewer most likely knowing him more by face than by name. Root achieved his ... Read more »
Born: 11/17/1951 in Sarasota, Florida, USA

Filmography

Actor (149)

Barry 2017 - 2018 (TV Show)

Actor

Idiotsitter 2015 - 2017 (TV Show)

Actor

All The Way 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Cassius & Clay 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Voice

Finding Dory 2016 (Movie)

Bubbles (Voice)

Gravity Falls 2012 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Voice

Hello, My Name Is Doris 2016 (Movie)

Todd (Actor)

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates 2016 (Movie)

Burt (Actor)

Workaholics 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

7 Chinese Brothers 2015 (Movie)

George (Actor)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Star vs. the Forces of Evil 2015 (Tv Show)

Voice

Trumbo 2015 (Movie)

Hymie King (Actor)

Turn 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fargo 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hot in Cleveland 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Justified 2010 - 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mike Tyson Mysteries 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

Phineas and Ferb 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

Selma 2014 (Movie)

Col. Al Lingo (Actor)

The Big Bang Theory 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bad Milo! 2013 (Movie)

Roger (Actor)

Boardwalk Empire 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

I Know That Voice 2013 (Movie)

(Himself)

Sweetwater 2013 (Movie)

Hugh (Actor)

The Company You Keep 2013 (Movie)

Billy Cusimano (Actor)

The Lone Ranger 2013 (Movie)

Habberman (Actor)

The Newsroom 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Big Miracle 2012 (Movie)

Governor Haskell (Actor)

The Cleveland Show 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Good Wife 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Adventure Time With Finn and Jake 1994 - 2005, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

Cedar Rapids 2011 (Movie)

Bill Krogstad (Actor)

Chicago Hope 1990 - 2005, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Childrens Hospital 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Christy 1990 - 1992, 1994 - 2005, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Civil Wars 1990 - 2005, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cybill 1990 - 1992, 1994 - 2005, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Davis Rules 1990 - 1992, 1994 - 2005, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 1990 - 2005, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ed 1990 - 1992, 1994 - 2005, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Everything Must Go 2011 (Movie)

Elliot (Actor)

Fringe 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Home Improvement 1991 - 1992, 1994 - 2005, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

In the Heat of the Night 1990 - 2005, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

J. Edgar 2011 (Movie)

Arthur Koehler (Actor)

L.A. Law 1990 - 2005, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 1990 - 2005, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Norm 1990 - 1992, 1994 - 2005, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Party of Five 1990 - 1992, 1994 - 2005, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Profiler 1990 - 2005, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Quantum Leap 1990 - 2005, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rango 2011 (Movie)

Doc/Merrimack/Mr. Snuggles (Voice)

Red State 2011 (Movie)

Sherrif Wynan (Actor)

Sirens 1990 - 2005, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Conspirator 2011 (Movie)

John Lloyd (Actor)

The Life and Times of Tim 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

24 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Defenders 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ace of Cakes 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bob Funk 2009 (Movie)

Steve (Actor)

Californication 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Imagine That 2009 (Movie)

Fred Franklin (Actor)

King of the Hill 1996 - 2009 (TV Show)

Voice

The Men Who Stare at Goats 2009 (Movie)

Gus Lacey (Actor)

The Soloist 2009 (Movie)

Curt Reynolds (Actor)

True Blood 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Drillbit Taylor 2008 (Movie)

Principal Doppler (Actor)

Head Case 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Leatherheads 2008 (Movie)

Suds (Actor)

Mad Money 2008 (Movie)

Glover (Actor)

Over Her Dead Body 2008 (Movie)

Sculptor (Actor)

The Sarah Silverman Program 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

No Country for Old Men 2007 (Movie)

Man who hires Wells (Actor)

The Path to 9/11 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

American Dad 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Voice

Ice Age: The Meltdown 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Aardvark Dad (Actor)

Idiocracy 2006 (Movie)

Judge Hank "The Hangman" BMW (Actor)

The West Wing 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The X's 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Voice

Celebrity Poker Showdown 1997 - 1999, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Disney's Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Voice

Gretchen 2005 (Movie)

Herb Finkle (Actor)

Just Friends 2005 (Movie)

K.C. (Actor)

Justice League 1994 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

Ladies Man 1994 - 2001, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Newsradio 1994 - 1999, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Fox and the Hound 2 2005 (Movie)

Voice of Talent Scout (Actor)

Tripping the Rift 2003 - 2005 (TV Show)

Voice

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story 2004 (Movie)

Gordon (Actor)

Jersey Girl 2004 (Movie)

Greenie (Actor)

Reel Comedy: Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Surviving Christmas 2004 (Movie)

Dr Freeman (Actor)

The Ladykillers 2004 (Movie)

Fernand Grudge (Actor)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Finding Nemo 2003 (Movie)

Voice of Bubbles (Actor)

Disney/Pixar's Buzz Lightyear of Star Command 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Grounded For Life 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ice Age 2002 (Movie)

of One of the Starts (Voice)

Malcolm in the Middle 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Natural Selection 2002 (Movie)

Mr Crenshaw (Actor)

The Country Bears 2002 (Movie)

of Zeb (Voice)

White Oleander 2002 (Movie)

Michael (Actor)

Dag 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Sharon Lawrence 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

O Brother, Where Art Thou? 2000 (Movie)

Radio Station Man (Actor)

Bicentennial Man 1999 (Movie)

Dennis Mansky (Actor)

Office Space 1999 (Movie)

Milton (Actor)

Krippendorf's Tribe 1998 (Movie)

Gerald Adams (Actor)

Murphy Brown 1988 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

steve.oedekerk.com 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lottery 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

VR.5 1994 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

My Wildest Dreams 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of the Scarecrow 1995 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Sweet Justice 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Blossom in Paris 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Harts of the West 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Dave 1993 (Movie)

Don Durenberger (Actor)

Likely Suspects 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Robocop 3 1993 (Movie)

Coontz (Actor)

The Golden Palace 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Bed & Breakfast 1992 (Movie)

Randolph (Actor)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1992 (Movie)

Gary Murray (Actor)

Guilty By Suspicion 1991 (Movie)

RKO Guard (Actor)

Stephen King's Golden Years 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

V.I. Warshawski 1991 (Movie)

Mickey (Actor)

Ghost 1990 (Movie)

Police Sergeant (Actor)

Kindergarten Cop 1990 (Movie)

Sheriff (Actor)

Roseanne 1990 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stanley and Iris 1990 (Movie)

Mr Hentley (Actor)

Black Rain 1989 (Movie)

Berg (Actor)

Crocodile Dundee 2 1988 (Movie)

Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Agent--In Toilet (Actor)

Monkey Shines 1988 (Movie)

Dean Burbage (Actor)

Class of '61 (TV Show)

Actor

Cross of Fire (TV Show)

Actor

Exposure (TV Show)

Voice

Extreme Justice (TV Show)

Actor

From the Earth to the Moon (TV Show)

Actor

Outlaw Country (TV Show)

Actor

Pandora's Clock (TV Show)

Actor

The Road to Galveston (TV Show)

Actor

The Sissy Duckling (TV Show)

Voice

Biography

A gifted and immensely likeable character actor, Stephen Root's staggering résumé crossed into multiple genres and mediums, despite the average viewer most likely knowing him more by face than by name. Root achieved his most prolific success with two roles: the stapler-obsessed cubicle rat Milton in the cult comedy "Office Space" (1999) and the oddball billionaire Jimmy James on the sitcom "NewsRadio" (NBC, 1995-99). Often appearing as various legal professionals, grieving fathers, Southern sheriffs, military men or football coaches on television shows like "In the Heat of the Night" (NBC, 1988-94) and "Boston Legal" (ABC, 2004-08), Root also gave solid supporting turns in movies as diverse as "Bicentennial Man" (1999) and "No Country for Old Men" (2007), and lent his voice to such projects as the animated series "King of the Hill" (Fox, 1997-2010), the Pixar blockbuster "Finding Nemo" (2003) and even videogames. Root's scene-stealing work went on to enhance a number of projects over the years, attracting the attention of such respected talents as the Coen Brothers, Mike Judge and George Clooney. Determined to avoid typecasting, Root made sure to regularly alternate between comedy and drama, and his experience in both disciplines, gained via years of work in regional theater and the National Shakespeare Company, provided him with an excellent skill set to portray a wide array of people, average and otherwise.

Relationships

Rolland Root

Father

Leona Root

Mother

EDUCATION

University of Florida

Gainesville , Florida
Left school to join the National Shakespeare Company

Milestones

2010

Had a recurring role in season eight of the Fox series, "24," as a probation officer named Bill Prady

2010

Appeared in the FX series, "Justified" as the eccentric Judge Mike 'The Hammer' Reardon

2009

Appeared in the comedy film, "The Men Who Stare at Goats"

2008

Had a multi-episode arc on the second season of "Pushing Daisies" (ABC) playing the mysterious Dwight Dixon

2008

Appeared in HBO's series, "True Blood" as a vampire named Eddie

2008

Co-starred in the George Clooney directed, "Leatherheads"

2007

Once again teamed with the Coen brothers' for "No Country For Old Men"

2006

Co-starred with Luke Wilson in the Mike Judge sci-fi comedy "Idiocracy"

2004

Cast in "The Ladykillers," a film by Joel and Ethan Coen

2004

Cast with Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn in the comedy "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story"

2004

Cast as Greenie in Kevin Smith's "Jersey Girl"

2000

First film with the Coen brothers' "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" as the blind radio station manager

1999

Played Milton in Mike Judge's live action comedy "Office Space"

1997

Voiced the regular character of Bill on the Fox animated series "King of the Hill"; series created by Mike Judge; because of contract with NBC could not accept onscreen credit

1995

Played Jimmy James in "NewsRadio" (NBC)

1993

Co-starred as R.O. Moon in "Harts of the West" (CBS)

1989

Made TV-movie debut in "Cross of Fire"

1988

Made American film debut, "Monkey Shines: An Experiment in Fear"

1987

Co-starred in Broadway revival of "All My Sons"

Starred in Broadway debut, "So Long on Lonely Street"

Left college to join National Shakespeare Company

Made Off-Broadway debut in "Journey's End"

Made two German feature films shot in New York

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