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Gary Cole



Whether following in the footsteps of the seemingly irreplaceable Robert Reed as the all-wise patriarch of the Brady clan or raising the ire of a nation of embittered office workers as the blissfully malevolent Lumbergh in Mike Judge's popular workplace comedy Office Space, longtime character actor Gary Cole can always be depended on to bring life to his varied and oddly endearing characters, despite their sometimes questionable motivations. Even in his earliest role as Snoopy in a high school production of You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, the Park Ridge, IL, native knew his destiny lay on the stage; from that moment straight through Cole's higher education at Illinois State University, his dedication to the theater never wavered. So dedicated was Cole that, during his third year at I.S.U., the eager up-and-comer dropped out to help found the Remains Theater. Transferring over to Chicago's acclaimed Steppenwolf Theater in 1985, Cole quickly made a name for himself in such productions as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Balm in Gilead.



Though Cole had essayed a handful of television roles in the early '80s, it wasn't until his breakthrough role as a suspected murderer in the 1984 made-for-television feature Fatal Vision that audiences truly began to take notice. Cole's role as the drug-addicted son of an alcoholic father in the 1986 made-for-TV drama Vital Signs showed that he undoubtedly had the chops to make it on the small screen. Despite an increase in television roles, the ambitious actor continued to impress on the stage as well. Cole's first taste of weekly series life came with his role as a former cop who finds redemption as a late-night radio talk show host in the 1989 series Midnight Caller. In the following decade, he would expand his career into feature film territory.



Cole's silver-screen career began with a role as a Secret Service agent in the Clint Eastwood thriller In the Line of Fire (1993), and his natural skills onscreen lent a surprising amount of depth to the supporting role. A few supporting television performances were quick to follow, and in 1995, Cole cracked up audiences with his role as suburban philosopher Mike Brady in the hit comedy The Brady Bunch Movie. Cole would reprise the role in the following year's sequel A Very Brady Sequel, but not before returning to series work as the sheriff in the short-lived, but well-loved, oddity American Gothic. As his feature career gained momentum, Cole still remained loyal to the stage and small screen. In 1998, a role in the acclaimed HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon found him going as strong as ever, and on the heels of supporting roles in A Simple Plan and I'll Be Home for Christmas, Cole played what was perhaps his most widely recognized role to date in Office Space (1999). Cast as by-the-books corporate figurehead William "Bill" Lumbergh, Cole delivered a performance that was pure comic gold for anyone who has weathered the never-ending drone of life in cubicle-land.



In 2001, Cole loaned his voice to the hit "Adult Swim" cartoon Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, playing several characters, including Birdman himself. The next year, Cole continued to dabble in animated television with his performance as the titular character's father in the hit series Kim Possible. Back on the big screen, he took the role of the villainous heavy in the Eddie Murphy/Owen Wilson comedy I Spy and returned to the role of Mike Brady in the made-for-television sequel, The Brady Bunch in the White House. In 2003, he was cast in the recurring role of new Vice President "Bingo Bob" Russell for the fifth season of the critically acclaimed dramatic series The West Wing. The popular character actor could also be seen in supporting capacity in the 2004 comedies Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.



Cole maintained his status as a talented comic with a series of vocal performances on the animated te

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
67% Divine Access
  • Reverend Guy Roy Davis
2016
33% The Bronze
  • Stan Greggory
2016
0% Christmas Eve
  • Dr. Roberts
2015
No Score Yet Stuck
  • Actor
2015
70% The Town That Dreaded Sundown
  • Chief Deputy Tillmak
2014
23% Tammy
  • Earl
2014
30% Date And Switch
  • Dwayne
2014
No Score Yet Cotton
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Vamp U
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet The Chicago 8
  • Actor
2012
75% The Last Rites of Joe May
  • Lenny
2011
25% Hop
  • Henry O'Hare
2011
0% The Lion of Judah
  • Producer
2011
No Score Yet Ricochet
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet DC Showcase: The Spectre
  • Actor
2010
63% The Joneses
  • Larry
2010
No Score Yet Say Hello to Stan Talmadge
  • Actor
2009
29% Forever Strong
  • Coach Larry Gelwix
2008
68% Pineapple Express
  • Ted Jones
2008
No Score Yet Conspiracy
  • Rhodes
2008
33% American Pastime
  • Billy Burrell
2007
84% Breach
  • Rich Garces
2007
72% Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
  • Reese Bobby
2006
No Score Yet Lies He Told
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Mozart and the Whale
  • Wallace
2005
22% Cry Wolf
  • Mr. Matthews
2005
No Score Yet Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama
  • Dr. James Timothy Possible
2005
20% The Ring Two
  • Martin Savide
2005
No Score Yet Pop Rocks
  • Jerry Harden
2004
70% Dodgeball - A True Underdog Story
  • Cotton McKnight
2004
52% Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!
  • Henry
2004
No Score Yet Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time
  • Dad
2003
No Score Yet The Brady Bunch in the White House (The Brady Bunch 3)
  • Mike Brady
2002
15% I Spy
  • Carlos
2002
81% One Hour Photo
  • Bill Owens
2002
No Score Yet Kim Possible: The Secret Files
  • Actor
2002
13% The Rising Place
  • Avery Hodge
2002
No Score Yet Cadet Kelly
  • Gen. Joseph `Sir' Maxwell
2002
57% The Gift
  • Duncan
2000
No Score Yet Kiss the Sky
  • Actor
1999
79% Office Space
  • Bill Lumbergh
1999
90% A Simple Plan
  • Baxter
1998
23% I'll Be Home for Christmas
  • Jake's Dad
1998
56% Gang Related
  • Richard Simms
1997
No Score Yet Lies He Told
  • Davis Bay
1997
No Score Yet Santa Fe
  • Paul Thomas
1997
No Score Yet For My Daughter's Honor
  • Coach Peter Nash
1996
52% A Very Brady Sequel
  • Mike Brady
1996
63% The Brady Bunch Movie
  • Mike Brady
1995
No Score Yet Old Man and the Sea
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Fall from Grace
  • Maj. Tom O'Neill
1994
95% In the Line of Fire
  • Bill Watts
1993
No Score Yet Son of the Morning Star
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet The Old Man and the Sea
  • Tom Pruitt
1990
68% Lucas
  • Assistant Coach
1986
No Score Yet Fatal Vision
  • Jeffrey MacDonald
1984

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Royal Pains
2009
  • Actor
No Score Yet Hart of Dixie
2011-2015
  • Ethan Hart
No Score Yet Psych
2006-2014
  • Actor
90% Veep
2012-2016
  • Kent Davison
86% Suits
2011
  • Cameron Dennis
70% True Blood
2008-2014
  • Earl Stackhouse
67% Entourage
2004-2011
  • Andrew Klein
98% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2011
  • Joe O'Donnell
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
No Score Yet The Closer
2005-2012
  • Major Edward Dorset
86% Chuck
2007-2012
  • Actor
97% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Kurt McVeigh
No Score Yet Crusade
1999
  • Capt. Matthew Gideon Captian Matthew Gideon
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
  • Roger
The Twilight Zone
1985-1989
  • Daniel
Monk
2002-2009
  • Dexter Larsen
67% The Good Guys
2010
  • Frank Savage
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Luke Parker
No Score Yet Justice League
2004
  • Voice
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Xander Henry
54% Wedding Band
2012-2013
  • Jack
41% Angel From Hell
2016
  • Dr. Williams
No Score Yet Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
  • Wayne Davis
92% Supernatural
2005
  • Brad Redding
89% Bob's Burgers
2011
  • Voice
No Score Yet Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
  • Actor
75% Mercy Street
2016
  • James Green
20% Mr. Robinson
2015
  • Neville Rex

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