Gary Cole

Gary Cole

Highest Rated: 96% In the Line of Fire (1993)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: Sep 20, 1956

Birthplace: Park Ridge, Illinois, USA

Gary Cole, a handsome actor trained on the Chicago theater scene first gained celebrity on TV in the mid-1980s with a series of accomplished performances in high-profile TV-movies and miniseries. Though youthful, Cole has brought strength and credibility to his portrayals of often flawed figures of authority. He won national attention with his breakthrough TV performance as charismatic accused killer Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald in the acclaimed miniseries "Fatal Vision" (NBC, 1984). As a former Green Beret officer accused (and convicted) of murdering his family, Cole displayed an impressive range that both encompassed and challenged the various points of view expressed about the true nature of his character. However, his roles as Mike Brady in "The Brady Bunch Movie" (1995) and sleazeball boss Bill Lumbergh in Mike Judge's "Office Space" (1999) reinvented Cole as one of the great deadpan comedians of his generation. A frequent presence on TV beginning in the mid-1980s, Cole's substantial telefilm work included a pairing with TV veteran Ed Asner in "Vital Signs" (CBS, 1986) playing father-and-son doctors cum substance abusers; portraying a newly widowed reluctant father in "Those She Left Behind" (NBC, 1989); and a memorable interpretation of General George Armstrong Custer in the miniseries "Son of the Morning Star" (ABC, 1991). He segued to series TV as the star of "Midnight Caller" (NBC, 1988-91). Here Cole was Jack Killian, a sensitive former San Francisco cop who leaves the force after accidentally killing his partner, finding redemption as "The Nighthawk," the host of an all-night, call-in radio show. Despite a busy TV career, Cole continued to tread the boards on the Chicago stage. After dropping out during his third year at Illinois State University, he helped form the Remains Theater. Cole left the Remains to become an ensemble member of the celebrated Steppenwolf Theatre Company where he appeared in such productions as "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "Philadelphia Here I Come" and "Balm in Gilead." During a hiatus from "Midnight Caller," he returned to the Windy City to star in David Mamet's "Speed the Plow." Cole began dabbling in features beginning with a supporting role as young Secret Service agent who needles Clint Eastwood in "In the Line of Fire" (1993). He won appreciative notices for his uncanny recreation of always calm architect Mike Brady, Robert Reed's beloved TV sitcom dad, for "The Brady Bunch Movie" (1995), its sequel, "A Very Brady Movie" (1996) and a TV-movie follow-up "Bradys in the White House" (2002). Cole returned to series TV playing a far more ominous paternal figure in "American Gothic" (CBS, 1995-96). As Sheriff Lucas Buck, he cut a coolly menacing figure as a man with unusual--and perhaps supernatural--powers and influence in a sleepy North Carolina town. After the critically-hailed drama failed to catch on, Cole played a wide ranging assortment of characters from a conventional dad in "I'll Be Home for Christmas" (1998) to a sleazy attorney in "The Gift" (2000). At first, his portrayal of passive-aggressive boss Bill Lumbergh in Mike Judge's "Office Space" (1999) slipped under the radar, but as the box-office dud found a devoted cult audience on home video, Cole's drawled "...that'd be greeeeeat" catchphrase became one of the film's most beloved and oft-repeated memes. Slipping adeptly between comedy and drama, Cole had a banner year in 2002 with a small but compelling turn as the store manager to Robin Williams' creepy, obsessive photo developer in "One Hour Photo" (2002), a role he followed up with a broad comedic turn as Owen Wilson's can-do-no-wrong superspy rival in "I Spy" (2002). He was also cast in the Uncle Bill role (originally played by Brian Keith) in the short-lived update of the saccharine family sit-com "Family Affair" (WB 2002-03) and employed his considerable vocal talents in the title role of subversive animated comedy "Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law" (Adult Swim 2002-07). During this period, Cole also provided various voices on "Family Guy" (Fox 1999- ), played the title character's father on animated hit "Kim Possible" (Disney 2002-07), and had a recurring role as Vice President Bob Russell on "The West Wing" (NBC 1999-2006). Cole continued his comedic sneak attack on audiences with a turn in the retro-cool "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!" (2004) as Kate Bosworth's Hollywood-impressed father, and in a pitch perfect turn as an obsequious sports broadcaster in "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" (2004). Cole continued in this late-career reinvention as a comic actor, appearing in character roles in Will Ferrell's "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" (2006), stoner action comedy "Pineapple Express" (2008), animated bunny film "Hop" (2011) and Melissa McCarthy's "Tammy" (2014). However, he also maintained a steady presence in dramatic films, playing activist lawyer Bill Kunstler in hippie-era biopic "The Chicago 8" (2011), and appearing in crime drama "The Last Rites of Joe May" (2011) and horror flick "The Town That Dreaded Sundown" (2014). Throughout, he maintained his steady TV work schedule, appearing in story arcs on "Desperate Housewives" (ABC 2004-2012), "Entourage" (HBO 2004-2011), "The Good Wife" (CBS 2009-2016) and "Bob's Burgers" (Fox 2011- ). In 2013, Cole joined the cast of "Veep" (HBO 2012- ) as senior strategist Kent Davison, for which he was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Emmy.

Highest rated movies

In the Line of Fire A Simple Plan
One Hour Photo
Office Space
Batman: Death in the Family
The Last Rites of Joe May
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby




No Score Yet No Score Yet DCU Batman: Death in the Family Two-Face / Commissioner Gordon (Voice) - 2020
75% 57% Batman: Death in the Family Unknown (Character) - 2020
13% No Score Yet Darkness Falls Mark Witver (Character) - 2020
44% 96% The Art of Racing in the Rain Don Kitch (Character) $26.4M 2019
41% 43% Under the Eiffel Tower Gerard (Character) $4.0K 2018
No Score Yet 22% Seven in Heaven Wallace (Character) - 2018
38% 74% Unbroken: Path to Redemption Dr. George Bailey (Character) $6.2M 2018
59% 31% Small Crimes Unknown (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet 94% Cotton Clay Peaks (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet 100% Hot Air Aviator (Character) - 2015
67% 50% Divine Access Reverend Guy Roy Davis (Character) - 2015
36% 44% The Bronze Stan Greggory (Character) $615.7K 2015
0% 52% Christmas Eve Dr. Roberts (Character) $82.0K 2015
66% 40% The Town That Dreaded Sundown Chief Deputy Tillman (Character) - 2014
24% 36% Tammy Earl (Character) $84.5M 2014
30% 38% Date and Switch Dwayne (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 22% Dr. Limptooth Arthur Levine (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet An Officer and a Murderer Colonel Russell Williams (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet 76% The Chicago 8 Bill Kunstler (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet 22% Ricochet Judge Cato Laird (Character) - 2011
74% 65% The Last Rites of Joe May Lenny (Character) - 2011
24% 53% Hop Henry O'Hare (Character) $108.0M 2011
No Score Yet 67% DC Showcase: The Spectre Jim Corrigan/The Spectre (Voice) - 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Good Funeral Stan Talmadge (Character) - 2009
62% 47% The Joneses Larry (Character) $1.5M 2009
29% 75% Forever Strong Coach Larry Gelwix (Character) - 2008
68% 73% Pineapple Express Ted Jones (Character) $87.3M 2008
No Score Yet 19% Conspiracy Rhodes (Character) - 2008
33% 68% American Pastime Billy Burrell (Character) - 2007
84% 67% Breach Rich Garces (Character) $33.0M 2007
71% 73% Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Reese Bobby (Character) $148.2M 2006
No Score Yet 80% Mozart & the Whale Wallace (Character) - 2005
24% 51% Cry Wolf Mr. Matthews (Character) $10.0M 2005
No Score Yet 73% Kim Possible: So the Drama Dr. Possible (Voice) - 2005
20% 33% The Ring Two Martin Savide (Character) $75.9M 2005
71% 76% Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story Cotton McKnight (Character) $114.3M 2004
55% 47% Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! Henry Futch (Character) $17.0M 2004
No Score Yet 45% Pop Rocks Jerry "Dagger" Harden (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet 69% Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time Dr. Possible (Voice) - 2003
No Score Yet 49% Cadet Kelly Sir (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 18% The Brady Bunch in the White House Unknown (Character) - 2002
13% No Score Yet The Rising Place Avery Hodge (Character) - 2002
16% 33% I Spy Carlos (Character) $33.1M 2002
81% 65% One Hour Photo Bill Owens (Character) $31.6M 2002
No Score Yet 69% Kim Possible: The Secret Files Unknown (Character) - 2002
57% 55% The Gift David Duncan (Character) $12.0M 2000
80% 93% Office Space Bill Lumbergh (Character) $10.8M 1999
No Score Yet 75% Kiss the Sky Marty (Character) - 1998
23% 41% I'll Be Home for Christmas Mr. Wilkinson (Character) $12.2M 1998
90% 81% A Simple Plan Neil Baxter (Character) $16.3M 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Santa Fe Paul Thomas (Character) - 1997
53% 65% Gang Related Richard Simms (Character) $5.9M 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lies He Told Dave (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 67% For My Daughter's Honor Pete Nash (Character) - 1996
54% 35% A Very Brady Sequel Mike Brady (Character) $21.4M 1996
63% 47% The Brady Bunch Movie Mike Brady (Character) $45.6M 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics James (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Time to Heal Jay Barton (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Switch Larry McAfee (Character) - 1993
96% 79% In the Line of Fire Bill Watts (Character) $102.2M 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet When Love Kills: The Seduction of John Hearn John Hearn (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 64% The Old Man and the Sea Tom Pruitt (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Those She Left Behind Scott Grimes (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Vital Signs Dr. Hayward (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 95% Fatal Vision Capt. Jeffrey MacDonald, MD (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Heart of Steel Lee (Character) - 1983


No Score Yet 83% NCIS FBI Special Agent Alden Parker (Character) 2021-2022
100% 64% The Great North Dell (Guest Voice) 2022
60% 66% NCIS: Hawai'i Alden Parker (Guest Star) 2022
91% 88% Bob's Burgers Sergeant (Guest Voice) 2012-2019 2021
29% 78% Q-Force Dirk Chunley (Voice) 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tom and Jerry Show Unknown (Character),
2014 2017-2021
76% 60% mixed-ish Harrison (Character) 2019-2021
No Score Yet 64% Family Guy Cop / Coach (Guest Voice),
Father O'Leary (Voice)
2000-2002 2005-2007 2009-2011 2013-2018 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrity Family Feud Guest 2020
88% 55% Room 104 Chip Crawford (Character) 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet To Tell the Truth Guest 2020
No Score Yet 89% Chicago Fire Commissioner Grissom (Guest Star) 2018-2019
93% 91% Veep Kent Davison (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
2013-2017 2019
40% 70% Fam Freddy (Guest Star) 2019
87% 79% Love, Death + Robots The Inspector (Voice) 2019
90% 87% Suits Cameron Dennis (Guest Star) 2011 2013 2016 2019
No Score Yet 100% Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law Harvey Birdman (Voice) 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The $100,000 Pyramid Guest 2018
95% 70% The Good Fight Kurt McVeigh (Guest Star) 2017-2018
No Score Yet 100% Hollywood Game Night Guest 2017
73% 82% Mercy Street James Green Sr. (Character) 2016-2017
No Score Yet 89% We Bare Bears CEO (Guest Voice) 2016
41% 55% Angel From Hell Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
93% 91% The Good Wife Kurt McVeigh (Guest Star) 2010-2013 2015-2016
No Score Yet 63% Unforgettable Clay Tendler (Guest Star) 2016
96% 73% Angie Tribeca Professor Everett Lamereau (Guest Star) 2016
94% 87% Rick and Morty Alien Doctor (Guest Voice) 2015
19% 37% Mr. Robinson Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
90% 86% Archer Special Agent Hawley (Guest Voice) 2014-2015
89% 78% The Legend of Korra Dai Li Sergeant/Rich Man (Guest Voice) 2014
No Score Yet 100% Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Mayor Fred Jones Sr./Foreman (Guest Voice) 2010-2011 2013
54% 62% Wedding Band Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
78% 93% 30 Rock Roger (Guest Star) 2012
94% 75% Royal Pains Simon Braddock (Guest Star) 2012
81% 88% Hart of Dixie Dr. Ethan Hart (Guest Star) 2012
65% 83% Entourage Andrew Klein (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
92% 92% Curb Your Enthusiasm Joe O'Donnell (Guest Star) 2011
69% 72% True Blood Earl Stackhouse (Guest Star) 2011
90% 91% Chuck Unknown (Guest Star) 2008 2011
100% No Score Yet Funny or Die Presents Lead FBI Agent (Character) 2011
71% 85% The Good Guys Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
83% 85% The Closer Major Edward Dorcet (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet 93% Numb3ers Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
24% No Score Yet The Cleaner Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
72% 87% Desperate Housewives Wayne Davis (Guest Star) 2008
No Score Yet 80% Kim Possible Dr. James Timothy Possible (Voice) 2002-2007
93% 75% Supernatural Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
52% 60% Shark Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
75% 95% The West Wing Vice President Bob Russell (Guest Star) 2003-2006
74% 85% Arrested Development Richard Shaw (Guest Star) 2006
No Score Yet 87% Wanted Lt. Conrad "Connie" Rose (Character) 2005
No Score Yet 56% King of the Hill Vance Gilbert (Guest Voice) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 2001 2004
78% 89% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Xander Henry (Guest Star) 2004
95% No Score Yet Karen Sisco Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
91% 89% Monk Dexter Larson (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Affair Bill Davis (Character) 2002-2003
20% No Score Yet Hack Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
95% 94% Frasier Luke Parker (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Law Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet 88% Crusade Unknown (Character) 1999
No Score Yet 50% From the Earth to the Moon Ed Mitchell (Character) 1998
67% No Score Yet American Gothic Sheriff Lucas Buck (Character) 1995-1996 1998
No Score Yet 100% The Outer Limits Unknown (Character) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Son of the Morning Star George Armstrong Custer (Character) 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Midnight Caller Jack 'Nighthawk' Killian (Character) 1989
71% 91% Miami Vice Unknown (Guest Star) 1986