November 24, 1976
MacDill AFB, Florida, U.S.
|Died||June 9, 2009
Snellville, Georgia, U.S.
|Cause of death||suicide|
Michael Roof (November 24, 1976 - June 9, 2009) was an American actor and comedian.
Roof was born at a U.S. Air Force hospital at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, to Michael Roof, Sr. and Jean Roof, née Tillet. Roof had two brothers, Derek and Donny; and two sisters, Megan and Kim. Went to Reese AFB Elementary, Lubbock, TX. Then Frenship Intermediate and Frenship Jr. High, in Wolfforth, Tx., just outside of Lubbock. Then moved to Germany in the start of 8th grade.
Roof toured American comedy clubs with a stage name of "Chicken." He was especially popular in college town comedy clubs such as Deja Vu in Columbia Missouri.
He landed a number of film roles in big-budget Hollywood productions. Some of these roles include Private Mike Maddox of the U.S. Army Rangers in Black Hawk Down, Dil Driscoll in The Dukes of Hazzard, and National Security Agency Agent Toby Lee Shavers in xXx and its sequel xXx: State of the Union.
In 2006, Roof was given his own Spike Channel reality TV show, Raising the Roofs. The program, which ran for six episodes, followed the misadventures of his self-described "Florida cracker" dad, Michael, Sr., and his uncle, while they visited Roof at his home in Hollywood.
After Raising the Roofs was cancelled, Roof moved to Georgia with his wife, Megan Roof, née Bowen, and their three sons, Chase, Jackson, and Sean.
In the early morning of June 9, Roof's wife contacted police, and reported him missing. Several hours later, his body was found hanged from a tree in a wooded area near a Snellville, Georgia, elementary school parking lot. Roof reportedly suffered from bipolar disorder, and had been despondent about family finances. He is buried in Dunnellon Memorial Gardens, Dunnellon, Florida.
Roof had lived in Georgia with his wife, Megan Roof, née Bowen, and their three sons, Chase, Jackson, and Sean.
- "Actor Michael Roof dies in Georgia; father in Dunnellon confirms death". Ocala.com. 2009-06-10. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
- James Rolen - one of his classmates and good friend.
- "Actor with local connection reportedly took his own life". ocala.com, June 11, 2009. Retrieved on 2009-06-15.
- "Funeral services for actor Michael Roof to be Saturday in Dunnellon". ocala.com, June 12, 2009. Retrieved on 2009-06-15.