Gary Cole

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Gary Cole
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Cole at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival
Born Gary Michael Cole
(1956-09-20) September 20, 1956 (age 57)
Park Ridge, Illinois
Nationality American
Alma mater Illinois State University
Occupation Actor
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Teddi Siddall (m. 1992)
Children 1

Gary Michael Cole (born September 20, 1956) is an American television and film actor. Born in Park Ridge, Illinois and a graduate of Illinois State University, Cole began his professional acting career on stage with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 1985. On television, Cole had starring roles in the series Midnight Caller, American Gothic, and Crusade. On film, Cole appeared in supporting roles in The Brady Bunch Movie, Office Space, Dodgeball, and Talladega Nights. Cole is also known for voicing the title character of Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law.

Early life[edit]

Cole was born in Park Ridge, Illinois and raised in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. His father was a school administrative assistant and his mother was a director of finance.[1][2] While attending Rolling Meadows High School, Cole made his acting debut as Snoopy in a high school production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Cole later attended Illinois State University, where he studied theater with actors Laurie Metcalf and John Malkovich.

Career[edit]

Cole began his professional career in 1983 as a stage actor in Chicago, where he joined the ensemble of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 1985. He also appeared in several off-Broadway productions in New York City. In addition to his film and television credits listed below, he has done voice work on several animated series (Family Guy; Kim Possible; Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law) and had a recurring role on the drama The West Wing as Vice President Bob Russell. He also starred as Captain Matthew Gideon on the short-lived Babylon 5 spin-off Crusade, and had notable guest appearances on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Arrested Development. He also played Joe Maxwell on DCOM Cadet Kelly and appeared as real-life astronaut Edgar Mitchell in HBO's recreation of Project Apollo, From the Earth to the Moon. One of his most notable roles in 1991 was as General Custer in the much acclaimed television film Son of the Morning Star.

Cole in January 2009

Between 1988 and 1991, Cole became popular on TV for playing the part of Jack "Nighthawk" Killian in the series Midnight Caller. In 1999, Cole starred in the film Office Space, in which he portrayed the sadistic office supervisor Bill Lumbergh. When asked about the oft-quoted character, Cole said:

Everyone in [Office Space] thought that this movie had died. So that's how I knew the movie was actually some kind of success because people were coming up doing some lines from the movie ... It never gets old because it reminds you that something you did had some impact. You could work your whole career and have nothing like that last that long.[3]

He played The Brady Bunch patriarch Mike Brady in the 1995 film The Brady Bunch Movie, the 1996 sequel A Very Brady Sequel, and the 2002 television film The Brady Bunch in the White House.

Cole starred as Lt. Conrad Rose on the TNT series Wanted, is the voice of the title character on the Adult Swim series Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, and starred as Sheriff Lucas Buck on the one season 1995 show, American Gothic. Cole also appeared in the films Talladega Nights, Forever Strong, and American Pastime.

Cole played Katherine Mayfair's ex-husband Wayne on Desperate Housewives[4] and has more recently played the dangerous drug lord Ted Jones in Pineapple Express with Seth Rogen and James Franco. He also appeared in an episode from the third season of the USA Network series Psych as S.W.A.T. commander Cameron Luntz. Cole also played Bill Owens, Sy Parrish's (Robin Williams) boss, in the film One Hour Photo.

In 2008, Cole appeared on Chuck as Sarah's con-artist father (in "Chuck Versus the DeLorean"), a role which he reprised in 2011 (in "Chuck Versus the Wedding Planner"). He also appeared in the fifth season of HBO's Entourage playing Ari Gold's old pal Andrew Klein for a 3-episode story arc prior to joining the regular cast in the sixth season.

Cole has joined Fox's comedy pilot, Tagged.[5]

In 2013, Cole began a recurring role on Suits as Cameron Dennis, the former mentor of Harvey Specter, one of the show's main characters.

Cole will have a guest-appearance on the fourth season of the HBO hit series True Blood, playing Sookie Stackhouse's grandfather.

Personal life[edit]

Cole married actress Teddi Siddall on March 8, 1992[6] and has one daughter Mary who is majoring in Criminal Justice at Lynn University. In his spare time, Gary enjoys playing on his Roland 10-Piece Electronic Drum Kit and watching the Chicago Cubs and NFL games.[7][8][9]

Filmography[edit]

Roles in film
Year Title Role Notes
1985 To Live and Die in L.A. Man chased by Richard Chance Uncredited
1986 Lucas Assistant Coach
1993 In the Line of Fire Secret Service Presidential Detail Agent-In-Charge Bill Watts
1995 Brady Bunch Movie, TheThe Brady Bunch Movie Mike Brady
1996 Very Brady Sequel, AA Very Brady Sequel Mike Brady
1997 Cyclops, Baby Manks
1997 Santa Fe Paul Thomas
1997 Gang Related Richard Simms
1998 Simple Plan, AA Simple Plan Neil Baxter
1998 I'll Be Home for Christmas Jake's Dad
1999 Office Space Bill Lumbergh
1999 Kiss the Sky Marty
2000 Gift, TheThe Gift David Duncan
2001 The Rising Place Avery Hodge
2002 One Hour Photo Bill Owens
2002 I Spy Carlos
2004 Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! Henry Futch
2004 Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story Cotton McKnight
2004 Pop Rocks Jerry "Dagger" Harden
2005 Ring Two, TheThe Ring Two Martin Savide
2005 Mozart and the Whale Wallace
2005 Cry Wolf Mr. Matthews
2006 Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Reese Bobby
2007 My Wife Is Retarded Doctor Heichman
2007 Breach Rich Garces
2007 American Pastime Billy Burrell
2007 Goodnight Vagina Dr. Milstein
2008 Say Hello to Stan Talmadge Stan Talmadge
2008 Conspiracy Rhodes Direct-to-video
2008 Pineapple Express Ted Jones
2008 Forever Strong Coach Larry Gelwix
2009 Extract Bar Patron Uncredited
2009 Joneses, TheThe Joneses Larry Commercially released in 2010
2010 Immortality Bites Dr. Levine
2010 DC Showcase: The Spectre Jim Corrigan/The Spectre Voice only
Animated short film
2011 Hop Henry O'Hare
2011 Chicago 8, TheThe Chicago 8 Bill Kunstler
2012 Gay Dude Matty's father
2013 Vamp U Arthur Levine
2014 Tammy Earl
Roles in television
Year Title Role Notes
1983 Heart of Steel Lee TV Film
1984 Fatal Vision Capt. Jeffrey MacDonald, MD Miniseries
1984 Matter of Principle, AA Matter of Principle Man with Xmas tree TV Film
1985 First Steps Manny TV Film
1985 Twilight Zone, TheThe Twilight Zone Daniel Gaddis Television program
1 episode
1986 Vital Signs Dr. Hayward TV Film
1986 Miami Vice Jackson Crane Television program
1 episode
1987 Moonlighting Alan McClafferty Television program
1 episode
1987 Echoes in the Darkness Jack Holtz TV Film
1988–1991 Midnight Caller Jack 'Nighthawk' Killian Television program
61 episodes
1989 Those She Left Behind Scott Grimes TV Film
1990 Old Man and the Sea, TheThe Old Man and the Sea Tom Pruitt TV Film
1991 Son of the Morning Star George Armstrong Custer TV Film
1993 Switch, TheThe Switch Larry McAfee TV Film
1993 When Love Kills: The Seduction of John Hearn John Hearn Miniseries
1994 Time to Heal, AA Time to Heal Jay Barton TV Film
1994 Rod Serling's Lost Classics James TV Film
1994 Fall from Grace Maj. Tom O'Neill TV Film
1995–1996 American Gothic Sheriff Lucas Buck Television program
22 episodes
1996 For My Daughter's Honor Pete Nash TV Film
1997 Lies He Told Dave TV Film
1998 Dead Man's Gun Travis Thornberry Television program
1 episode
1998 Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits Detective Ray Venable Television program
1 episode
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Ed Mitchell Miniseries
1 episode
1999 Crusade Capt. Matthew Gideon Television program
13 episodes
1999 Chicken Soup for the Soul Dad Television program
1 episode
1999–2004 Practice, TheThe Practice Defense Attorney Solomon Tager Television program
3 episodes
2000 National Lampoon's American Adventure Chuck TV Film
2000 What About Joan Justin Television program
1 episode
2000 Family Law Alan Television program
1 episode
2000 Batman Beyond Zeta Voice only
Animated series
1 episode
2000 Touched by an Angel Charlie Radcliff Television program
1 episode
2000 Frasier Luke Parker Television program
1 episode
2000–2007 Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law Harvey Birdman Voice only
Animated series
39 episodes
2000–Present Family Guy Various characters Voice only
Animated series
25 episodes
2001 Neurotic Tendencies TV Film
2001 Justice League J. Allen Carter Voice only
Animated series
1 episode
2002 Cadet Kelly Commandant Joe "Sir" Maxwell TV Film
2002 Brady Bunch in the White House, TheThe Brady Bunch in the White House Mike Brady TV Film
2002–2003 Family Affair William 'Bill' Davis Television program
15 episodes
2002–2007 Kim Possible Dr. James Timothy Possible Voice only
Animated series
38 episodes
2003 Criminology 101 Roy Franks TV Film
2003 Hack Johnny Scanlon Television program
1 episode
2003 Monk Dexter Larson Television program
1 episode
2003 Karen Sisco Konner Television program
2 episodes
2003 Kim Possible: A Stitch in Time Dr. James Timothy Possible Voice only
Television film
2003–2006 West Wing, TheThe West Wing Vice President Bob Russell Television program
21 episodes
2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Xander Henry Television program
1 episode
2004 Pop Rocks Jerry "Dagger" Harden TV Film
2005 Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama Dr. James Timothy Possible Voice only
Television film
2005 Wanted Lieutenant Conrad Rose 13 episodes
2005 King of the Hill Vance Gilbert Voice only
Animated series
1 episode
2006 That Guy Gary TV Film
2006 Company Town Martin Amberson TV Film
2006 Arrested Development CIA Agent Television program
1 episode
2007 Shark Christian Chambers Television program
1 episode
2007 Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning, TheThe Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning Balladeer Voice only
Television film
2007 Supernatural Brad Redding Television program
1 episode
2008 Good Behavior Dean West Unaired
2008 12 Miles of Bad Road Jerry Shakespeare 6 episodes
2008 Desperate Housewives Wayne Davis Television program
6 episodes
2008 Psych Commander Cameron Luntz Television program
1 episode
2008–2011 Chuck Jack Burton Television program
2 episodes
2008–2009 Entourage Andrew Klein Television program
5 episodes
2009 Cleaner, TheThe Cleaner Davis Durham Television program
1 episode
2009 Numb3rs Shepard Crater Television program
1 episode
2009-2013 Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife Kurt McVeigh Television program
8 episodes
2010–2011 Penguins of Madagascar, TheThe Penguins of Madagascar Pervis McSlade, New York's Parks Commissioner Voice only
Animated series
2 episodes
2010 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Fred Jones Sr. Voice only
Animated series
2010 Good Guys, TheThe Good Guys Frank Savage Television program
2 episodes
2010 Closer, TheThe Closer Major Edward Dorcet Television program
1 episode
2011 True Blood Earl Stackhouse Television program
1 episode
2011 Curb Your Enthusiasm Joe O'Donnell Television program
1 episode
2011–2013 Suits Cameron Dennis Television program
recurring character
2011 Pound Puppies Slick Voice only
Animated series
1 episode
2012 Hart of Dixie Dr. Ethan Hart Television program
2 episodes
2012 Officer and a Murderer, AnAn Officer and a Murderer Col. Russell Williams TV Film
2012 Royal Pains Simon Braddock Television program
1 episode
2012 Wedding Band Tommy's father Television program
1 episode
2013 Veep Kent Davidson
2012–2014 Bob's Burgers Sergeant Bosco Voice only
Animated series
3 episodes[10][11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Patricia Trebe (2005-10-06). "Peggy J. Cole 1930 - 2005 - Chicago Tribune". Articles.chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  2. ^ "Gary Cole Biography (1956–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  3. ^ Bryant, Adam (December 2006). "Fast-Track Father". Maxim Magazine Online. Retrieved 2007-01-23. 
  4. ^ Bonner, Julie (2008-02-28). "Who will play Katherine's infamous ex". Desperateblog.com. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  5. ^ "Gary Cole Gets Tagged for Fox Pilot". TVGuide.com. Retrieved February 14, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Gary Cole Biography (1956–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  7. ^ Whitney, Christine. "Pineapple Express' Gary Cole Has Simple Tastes, and a Drum Kit.". Huffington Post. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  8. ^ Biography for Gary Cole at the Internet Movie Database
  9. ^ "The Gary Cole Archives". Garycole.net. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  10. ^ http://thefutoncritic.com/listings/20120228fox18/
  11. ^ http://thefutoncritic.com/listings/20130122fox19/
  12. ^ http://www.tv.com/shows/bobs-burgers/i-get-psychic-out-of-you-3020192/cast/

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