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Stephen Root

Highest Rated:   99% Get Out (2017)
Lowest Rated:   3% RoboCop 3 (1993)
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Birthplace:   Sarasota, Florida, USA
Though best known for his work as radio station bigwig Jimmy James on the television series NewsRadio, Stephen Root is one of the busier character actors at work today, and a familiar face to television and movie audiences. Born in Sarasota, FL, on November 17, 1951, Root received a degree in acting and broadcasting from the University of Florida, and after graduating passed an audition to join the touring company of the National Shakespeare Company. After three years with the NSC, Root settled in New York City, where he began working in off-Broadway theater, making his debut in a revival of Journey's End. His first Broadway role, in So Long on Lonely Street, was a bust at the box office, but the 1987 revival of All My Sons was a big hit which generated plenty of enthusiastic press for Root. 1988 saw Root making his motion-picture debut in the George Romero horror opus Monkey Shines, and over the next several years Root worked steadily in feature films, episodic television, and made-for-TV movies, scoring recurring roles on L.A. Law, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Blossom; guest spots on Northern Exposure, Murphy Brown, and Quantum Leap; supporting parts in Ghost, Dave, and Robocop 3; and an acclaimed turn in A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story, as well as its sequel, Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, The Last Chapter. In 1993, Root was cast as R.O. on the television series Harts of the West; the show only lasted a season, but his next role on a series would last a bit longer; cast as Jimmy on the sitcom NewsRadio in 1995, Root would last with the show for five seasons, until the show was canceled after a disappointing final season following the death of co-star Phil Hartman. During hiatus from NewsRadio and after the series ended, Root continued his busy schedule, making memorable appearances in feature films (including Office Space and O Brother, Where Art Thou?) and guesting on other shows. Root also began doing voice work, speaking for Buck Strickland and Bill Dauterive on the animated series King of the Hill and the Sheriff on Buzz Lightyear of Star Command.Root's small-screen voice-work would soon lead to his involvement in two popular big-screen animated features. In 2002's Ice Age, audiences could hear him along with Cedric the Entertainer as a pair of Rhinos. And the next year, Root lent his pipes to the blockbuster underwater adventure Finding Nemo. While his voice became more familiar to moviegoers, Root continued to become more of a presence in live-action films as well. Turning in no less than four supporting performances in high-profile films, Root spent 2004 reteaming with the Coen brothers for The Ladykillers, showing up in a prominent role in Kevin Smith's Jersey Girl, and costarring in the broad comedies Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Mad Money, and Leatherheads.He remained one of the most respected and in-demand character actors of his generation appearing in a variety of projects including Mad Money, The Soloist, Everything Must Go, Red State, Cedar Rapids, and J. Edgar. He also provided numerous voices for the Oscar-winning animated feature Rango.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Life of the Party
  • Actor
2018
67% Miles
  • Ron Walton
$2.6k 2017
99% Get Out
  • Jim Hudson
$175.5M 2017
No Score Yet Infinity Baby
  • Actor
2017
35% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
  • Burt Stangle
$46.1M 2016
94% Finding Dory
  • Bubbles
$486.3M 2016
87% All the Way
  • J. Edgar Hoover
2016
83% Hello, My Name is Doris
  • Todd
$14.5M 2016
No Score Yet Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz
  • Actor
2016
73% Trumbo
  • Hymie King
2015
75% 7 Chinese Brothers
  • George
2015
No Score Yet Unthinkable
  • Actor
2014
60% Bad Milo!
  • Roger
2013
31% The Lone Ranger
  • Habberman
$89.3M 2013
54% The Company You Keep
  • Billy Cusimano
$5.2M 2013
73% Big Miracle
  • Gov. Haskell
$20.2M 2012
No Score Yet Milo
  • Actor
2012
43% J. Edgar
  • Arthur Koehler
$37.4M 2011
59% Red State
  • Sheriff Wynan
$1.1M 2011
75% Everything Must Go
  • Elliot
$2.8M 2011
55% The Conspirator
  • John Lloyd
$11.6M 2011
87% Rango
  • Doc/Merrimack/Mr. Snuggles
$123.2M 2011
86% Cedar Rapids
  • Bill Krogstad
$6.8M 2011
No Score Yet Son Of Morning
  • Senator Lewis
2011
No Score Yet Scooby Doo! Camp Scare
  • Burt
2010
52% The Men Who Stare at Goats
  • Gus Lacey
$32.5M 2009
56% The Soloist
  • Curt Reynolds
$31.7M 2009
17% Bob Funk
  • Steve
2009
53% Leatherheads
  • Suds
$31.2M 2008
26% Drillbit Taylor
  • Actor
$32.9M 2008
15% Over Her Dead Body
  • Sculptor
$7.5M 2008
22% Mad Money
  • Glover
$20.6M 2008
93% No Country for Old Men
  • Man Who Hires Wells
$74.3M 2007
No Score Yet Sunny & Share Love You
  • Actor
2007
20% The Fox and the Hound 2
  • Talent Scout
2006
75% Idiocracy
  • Judge Hank `The Hangman' BMW
$0.4M 2006
57% Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
  • Aardvark Dad
$195.3M 2006
83% Gretchen
  • Herb
2006
42% Just Friends
  • KC
$32.6M 2005
7% Surviving Christmas
  • Dr. Freeman
$11.2M 2004
66% Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy
  • Vince Masters
$84.2M 2004
70% Dodgeball - A True Underdog Story
  • Gordon
$114.2M 2004
41% Jersey Girl
  • Greenie
2004
55% The Ladykillers
  • Fernand Gudge
2004
No Score Yet Raising Genius
  • Dwight Nestor
2004
99% Finding Nemo
  • Bubbles
$380.6M 2003
70% White Oleander
  • Michael
$16.3M 2002
30% The Country Bears
  • Zeb
$16.9M 2002
77% Ice Age
  • Rhino/Start
$176.4M 2002
77% O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • Radio Station Man
$45.2M 2000
37% Bicentennial Man
  • Dennis Mansky
1999
79% Office Space
  • Milton Waddams
1999
14% Krippendorf's Tribe
  • Gerald Adams
1998
No Score Yet Pandora's Clock (Doomsday Virus)
  • Mark Hastings
1996
No Score Yet The Lottery
  • Graham Dunbar
1996
No Score Yet The Road to Galveston
  • Ed Kirkman
1996
No Score Yet Night of the Scarecrow
  • Frank
1995
3% RoboCop 3
  • Coontz
1993
94% Dave
  • Don Durenberger
1993
No Score Yet Black Widow Murders: The Blanche Taylor Moore Story
  • Dr. Kirby
1993
No Score Yet Extreme Justice
  • Max Alvarez
1993
35% Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Gary Murray
1992
No Score Yet Bed and Breakfast
  • Randolph
1992
No Score Yet A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story
  • Kevin McDonald
1992
17% V.I. Warshawski
  • Mickey
1991
65% Guilty by Suspicion
  • RKO Guard
1991
51% Kindergarten Cop
  • Sheriff
1990
74% Ghost
  • Police Sargeant
1990
29% Stanley & Iris
  • Mr. Hentley
1990
52% Black Rain
  • Berg
1989
11% Crocodile Dundee II
  • DEA Agent (Toilet)
1988
50% Monkey Shines: An Experiment in Fear
  • Dean Burbage
1988

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
91% Veep
2012
  • Judge Walsh
  • 2017
88% Idiotsitter
2016
  • Ken Russell Kent Russell
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge
2015-2016
  • Voice
  • 2016
  • 2015
94% Brooklyn Nine-Nine
2013
  • Lynn Boyle
  • 2015
  • 2014
82% The Big Bang Theory
2007
  • Dan
  • 2014
66% Turn: Washington's Spies
2014
  • Nathaniel Sackett
  • 2014
No Score Yet DreamWorks Dragons: Defenders of Berk
2012-2013
  • Voice
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
97% Justified
2010-2015
  • Judge Reardon
  • 2014
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
91% Boardwalk Empire
2010-2014
  • Gaston Means
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk
2012
  • Voice
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Cleveland Show
2009-2013
  • Voice
  • 2013
  • 2012
98% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Judge Murphy Wicks
  • 2012
92% Fringe
2008-2013
  • Raymond
  • 2011
91% Raising Hope
2010-2014
  • Cap Collins
  • 2011
70% True Blood
2008-2014
  • Eddie
  • 2011
  • 2009
  • 2008
87% 24
2001-2014
  • Bill Prady
  • 2010
93% Louie
2010-2015
  • Dr. Hepa
  • 2010
73% The Defenders
2010-2011
  • Judge Taylor
  • 2010
51% Californication
2007-2014
  • Dickie
  • 2009
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
2005
  • Voice
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Boston Legal
2004-2008
  • Ethan Melman
  • 2008
No Score Yet Pushing Daisies
2007-2009
  • Dwight Dixon
  • 2008
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Bob Meyer Bob Mayer
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Harbin
  • 2004
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Michael Kirkwood
  • 2003
No Score Yet Malcolm in the Middle
2000-2006
  • Pratt
  • 2002
No Score Yet Seinfeld
1989-1998
  • Bank Manager
  • 1996
No Score Yet Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
  • Capt. K'Vada
  • 1991
No Score Yet Barry
2018
  • Fuches

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