Stephen Root

Stephen Root

Highest Rated: 100% Superman: Unbound (2013)

Lowest Rated: 7% Surviving Christmas (2004)

Birthday: Nov 17, 1951

Birthplace: Sarasota, Florida, USA

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.


Highest Rated Movies



44% No Score Yet Four Good Days Unknown (Character) - 2020
82% No Score Yet Uncle Frank Daddy Mac (Character) - 2020
20% 37% The Empty Man Arthur Parsons (Character) $1.3M 2020
35% 53% Seberg Walt Breckman (Character) $413.8K 2019
69% 84% Bombshell Neil Mullen (Character) $31.7M 2019
90% 77% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Teller (Segment "Near Algodones") (Character) - 2018
73% 76% On the Basis of Sex Professor Brown (Character) $24.7M 2018
38% 39% Life of the Party Mike (Character) $52.8M 2018
43% 69% Three Christs Dr. Rogers (Character) $37.3K 2017
98% 86% Get Out Jim Hudson (Character) $176M 2017
75% 70% Infinity Baby Fenton (Character) - 2017
70% 43% Miles Ron Walton (Character) $2.1K 2016
38% 51% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Burt Stangle (Character) $46M 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Looking for the Jackalope The Jackalope (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet 41% Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz Uncle Henry (Voice) - 2016
87% 83% All the Way J. Edgar Hoover (Character) - 2016
85% 76% Hello, My Name Is Doris Todd (Character) $14.4M 2015
78% 44% 7 Chinese Brothers George (Character) - 2015
74% 79% Trumbo Hymie King (Character) $7.9M 2015
99% 86% Selma Al Lingo (Character) $52.1M 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Arrangement Avery Boomer (Character) - 2013
62% 41% Milo Roger (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Feels So Good Nick Celisco (Character) - 2013
100% 75% Superman: Unbound Zor-El (Voice) - 2013
54% 45% The Company You Keep Billy Cusimano (Character) $5.1M 2012
75% 64% Big Miracle Gov. Haskell (Character) $20.1M 2012
No Score Yet 62% Tom and Jerry & the Wizard of Oz Uncle Henry/Crows (Voice) - 2011
86% 59% Cedar Rapids Bill Krogstad (Character) $6.9M 2011
88% 69% Rango Doc/Merrimack (Voice) - 2011
60% 54% Red State Sheriff Wynan (Character) $1.1M 2011
43% 44% J. Edgar Arthur Koehler (Character) $37.3M 2011
No Score Yet 66% Unthinkable Charles Thompson (Character) - 2010
55% 61% The Conspirator John Lloyd (Character) $11.5M 2010
73% 53% Everything Must Go Elliot (Character) $2.7M 2010
56% 56% The Soloist Curt (Character) $31.7M 2009
17% 23% Bob Funk Steve (Character) - 2009
50% 39% The Men Who Stare at Goats Gus Lacey (Character) $32.4M 2009
22% 48% Mad Money Glover (Character) $20.7M 2008
15% 42% Over Her Dead Body Sculptor/Angel (Character) $7.6M 2008
No Score Yet 38% Tripping the Rift: The Movie Chode (Voice) - 2008
51% 38% Leatherheads Suds (Character) $31.2M 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Dreams, Will Travel Sheriff Brock (Character) - 2007
93% 86% No Country for Old Men Man who hires Wells (Character) $74.3M 2007
76% 60% Idiocracy Judge Hank "The Hangman" BMW (Character) $438.7K 2006
20% 46% The Fox and the Hound 2 Talent Scout (Voice) - 2006
83% 44% Gretchen Herb (Character) - 2006
43% 71% Just Friends KC (Character) $32.6M 2005
42% 48% Jersey Girl Greenie (Character) $25.3M 2004
71% 76% Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story Gordon (Character) $114.3M 2004
No Score Yet 43% Raising Genius Dwight Nestor (Character) - 2004
7% 29% Surviving Christmas Dr. Freeman (Character) $11.2M 2004
54% 43% The Ladykillers Fernand Gudge (Character) $39.7M 2004
99% 86% Finding Nemo Bubbles (Voice) - 2003
31% 33% The Country Bears Zeb (Voice) $17M 2002
77% 82% Ice Age Rhino (Voice) $176.4M 2002
77% 89% O Brother, Where Art Thou? Radio Station Man (Character) $45.5M 2000
No Score Yet 50% Natural Selection Mr. Crenshaw (Character) - 1999
80% 93% Office Space Milton Waddams (Character) $10.8M 1999
36% 58% Bicentennial Man Dennis Mansky (Character) $58.2M 1999
16% 24% Krippendorf's Tribe Gerald Adams (Character) $7.6M 1998
No Score Yet 45% The Lottery Graham Dunbar (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Road to Galveston Ed Kirkman (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 23% Night of the Scarecrow Frank (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet In the Line of Duty: Hunt for Justice Jaan Laaman (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 80% Black Widow Murders: The Blanche Taylor Moore Story Dr. Kirby (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 31% Class of '61 Unknown (Character) - 1993
35% 43% Buffy the Vampire Slayer Gary Murray (Character) $14.1M 1992
No Score Yet 79% A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story Kevin McDonald (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 60% Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, the Last Chapter Kevin McDonald (Character) - 1992
21% 23% V.I. Warshawski Mickey (Character) $11.1M 1991
53% 40% Monkey Shines Dean Burbage (Character) $4.8M 1988


No Score Yet No Score Yet Dallas & Robo Uncle Danny (Voice) 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet DuckTales J.W. Guidebook (Guest Voice) 2020
82% 49% Bless the Harts Rick Ocean (Guest Voice) 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dreamworks The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants Mr. Morty Fyde (Voice) 2018-2019
No Score Yet 97% Amphibia Mayor Toadstool (Guest Voice) 2019
99% 90% Barry Fuches (Character) 2018-2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2019
89% 75% Idiotsitter Kent (Character) 2016-2017
100% 93% Adventure Time Grimby/Tart Toter (Guest Voice) 2017 2014-2015 2011
84% 87% Masters of Sex Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
No Score Yet 95% Phineas and Ferb Floyd (Guest Star) 2015
81% 91% TURN: Washington's Spies Nathaniel Sackett (Guest Star) 2014-2015
95% 94% Brooklyn Nine-Nine Lynn Boyle (Guest Star) 2014-2015
82% 82% The Big Bang Theory Dan (Guest Star) 2014
92% 96% Boardwalk Empire Gaston Means (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
No Score Yet 78% Hot in Cleveland Brian (Guest Star) 2014
92% 84% Fargo Burt Canton (Guest Star) 2014
97% 95% Justified Judge Reardon (Guest Star) 2014 2010-2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dragons: Riders of Berk Mildew (Voice) 2012-2014
No Score Yet 90% The Newsroom General Stomtonovich (Guest Star) 2013
No Score Yet 62% The Cleveland Show Neighbors Kellogg (Guest Voice) 2012-2013
94% 92% The Good Wife Judge Murphy Wicks (Guest Star) 2012
93% 78% The Legend of Korra Hobo (Guest Voice) 2012
90% 81% Fringe Raymond (Guest Star) 2011
96% 90% Raising Hope Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
74% 70% The Defenders Judge Taylor (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet 95% Louie Dr. Hepa (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet 68% King of the Hill Unknown (Voice) 1997-2010
87% 84% 24 Bill Prady (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Unscripted Guest 2010
57% 77% Californication Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
96% 96% Pushing Daisies Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
70% 72% True Blood Eddie Gauthier (Guest Star) 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tripping the Rift Chode McBlob (Voice) 2007-2008 2004-2005
No Score Yet 90% American Dad Dick (Guest Voice) 2005-2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Path to 9/11 Unknown (Character) 2006
75% 95% The West Wing Bob Mayer (Guest Star) 2005-2006
93% 94% Frasier Harbin (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Grounded for Life Tony Bustamante (Guest Star) 2004 2002
No Score Yet 89% Kim Possible Unknown (Guest Voice) 2002-2003
No Score Yet 84% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet According to Jim Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Just Shoot Me Dr. Drake Kelson (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet 89% Malcolm in the Middle Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Proud Family Mr. Andrews (Guest Voice) 2002
8% No Score Yet Ladies Man Gene (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
23% No Score Yet DAG Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
67% No Score Yet Norm Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot Unknown (Voice) 2001 1999
95% No Score Yet NewsRadio Jimmy James (Character) 1995-1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet From the Earth to the Moon Chris Kraft (Character),
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pandora's Clock Unknown (Character) 1996
88% 95% Seinfeld Mr. Lager (Guest Star) 1996
50% No Score Yet Harts of the West R.O (Character) 1993-1994
84% No Score Yet NYPD Blue IAB Sgt. Fulmer (Guest Star) 1994
No Score Yet 97% Quantum Leap John Tremaine Jr. (Guest Star) 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Civil Wars Mrs. Caldecott's Lawyer (Guest Star) 1992
89% 90% Star Trek: The Next Generation Capt. K'Vada (Guest Star) 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jake and the Fatman Unknown (Guest Star) 1990-1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stephen King's Golden Years Major Moreland (Character) 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Head of the Class Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Night Court Unknown (Character) 1990
76% 68% Roseanne Peter Lundy (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet FREE HBO: Barry Fuches (Character)
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wiseguy Jack Bishop (Guest Star)


Milton says: I believe you have my stapler.

Owen says: i got a great idea to raise the money!

Owen says: I got a great idea to raise the money!

Gordon says: how?

Gordon says: How?

Owen says: Car wash!

Milton says: I believe you have my stapler.

Milton says: I believe you have my stapler...

Doc says: This dead!

Waffles says: Circle of life.

Bubbles says: Wow, the Big Blue. Whats it like?

Nemo the Clownfish says: Well its big,

Bubbles says: I knew it.

Milton says: I could set the building on fire

Milton says: I could set the building on fire.

Milton says: Excuse me, but I think you have my stapler.

Rhino says: Who says we're gonna eat him after we kill him?

Rhino says: Yeah. Come on. Move it.

Rhino says: Save it for a mammal that cares.

Doc says: That's a big one.

Merrimack says: Was this during one of your [freezes in place] 'special times?'

Milton says: "Excuse me, I believe you have my stapeler."

Milton says: Excuse me, I believe you have my stapler.