Bill Dauterive

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Bill Dauterive
King of the Hill character
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First appearance"Pilot" (1997)
Last appearance"To Sirloin with Love" (2009)
Created byMike Judge
Voiced byStephen Root
In-universe information
OccupationArmy Sergeant/ Barber
SpouseLenore Dauterive (ex wife)
RelativesGilbert Dauterive (cousin)
Violetta Dauterive (cousin)
Girac Dauterive (cousin-in-law)
Rene Dauterive (cousin-in-law)
Esme Dauterive (aunt)
Alphonse Dauterive (uncle)
ReligionUnited Methodist
NationalityCajun American

William Fontaine de La Tour "Bill" Dauterive (born June 22, 1953) is a fictional character on the Fox animated series King of the Hill. He is the Hills' overweight, divorced, and clinically depressed neighbor, voiced by Stephen Root and named for series producer Jim Dauterive.[1]


Stephen Root used his background in Southern theater to help him develop the voice of Bill. Root attended the University of Florida, and had performed in Southern plays in New York City prior to being chosen for the role. He originally auditioned for the role of Dale Gribble, which "didn't feel right" so he then auditioned for Bill.[2]

According to Drawn to Television by M. Keith Booker, Bill "is a lonely figure who adds a touch of pathos to the humor of King of the Hill, which is often bittersweet."[3] Jim Bawden of the Toronto Star describes Bill as a "sad sack". Voicing Bill and a couple other characters on the show is Stephen Root's favorite job.[4]


  1. ^ Tahmahkera, Dustin (2014), Tribal Television: Viewing Native People in Sitcoms, UNC Press Books, p. 110, ISBN 9781469618685
  2. ^ Ryan, Kyle (December 20, 2007). "Random Roles: Stephen Root". AV Club. Retrieved 2009-07-21.
  3. ^ Booker, M. Keith (2006). Drawn to Television. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 72. ISBN 978-0-275-99019-0.
  4. ^ Bawden, Jim (October 20, 2007). "Root having a hoot". Toronto Star. Archived from the original on 2008-02-12. Retrieved 2009-07-21.

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