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 59)
Park Ridge, Illinois
Nationality American
Alma mater Illinois State University
Occupation Actor, voice artist
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Teddi Siddall (m. 1992)
Children 1

Gary Michael Cole (born September 20, 1956) is an American actor and voice artist. Cole began his professional acting career on stage at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 1985. On television, He had starring roles in the series Midnight Caller, American Gothic and Crusade. On film, Cole had supporting roles in The Brady Bunch Movie, One Hour Photo, Office Space, Dodgeball and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Cole is also known for voicing the title character of Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law.

He currently plays Kent Davidson on the HBO comedy series, Veep for which he received his first Primetime Emmy Award nomination.

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. He later attended Illinois State University, where he studied theater with actors Laurie Metcalf and John Malkovich.


Cole in January 2009

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. An early role was as accused Army triple-murderer Capt. Jeffrey MacDonald in the mini-series Fatal Vision. He also appeared in several off-Broadway productions in New York City. 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.

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:

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

In 2011, Cole joined Fox's comedy pilot Tagged, but the series was not picked up.[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. Also in 2013, Cole began a major recurring role as Kent Davison on the HBO comedy series Veep, and has appeared throughout the second and third seasons of the show. In 2014, he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his work in the third season.

Cole currently provides the voice of Sergeant Boscoe on Bob's Burgers and Principle Shepard on "Family Guy".

Personal life[edit]

Cole married actress Teddi Siddall on March 8, 1992[2] and has one daughter Mary who is pursuing her acting career.


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 The Brady Bunch Movie Mike Brady
1996 A Very Brady Sequel Mike Brady
1997 Santa Fe Paul Thomas
1997 Gang Related Richard Simms
1997 Cyclops, Baby Manks
1998 A Simple Plan Neil Baxter
1998 Kiss the Sky Marty
1998 I'll Be Home for Christmas Jake's Dad
1999 Office Space Bill Lumbergh
2000 The 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
2005 The 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 Short
2007 American Pastime Billy Burrell
2007 Breach Rich Garces
2007 Goodnight Vagina Dr. Milstein Short
2008 Say Hello to Stan Talmadge Stan Talmadge
2008 Conspiracy Rhodes
2008 Pineapple Express Ted Jones
2008 Forever Strong Coach Larry Gelwix
2009 Extract Bar Patron Uncredited
2009 The Joneses Larry
2010 Immortality Bites Dr. Levine
2011 Hop Henry O'Hare
2011 The Chicago 8 Bill Kunstler
2011 The Last Rites of Joe May Lenny
2013 Vamp U Arthur Levine
2014 Date and Switch Dwayne
2014 Tammy Earl
2014 Cotton Clay Peaks Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival Award for Best Actor [6]
2014 The Town That Dreaded Sundown Chief Deputy Tillman
2015 Christmas Eve Dr. Roberts Also known as Stuck
2015 The Bronze Stan Greggory Completed but unreleased
Year Title Role Notes
1983 Heart of Steel Lee Movie
1984 Fatal Vision Capt. Jeffrey MacDonald, MD Movie
1984 American Playhouse Man with Xmas Tree Episode: "A Matter of Principle"
1985 First Steps Manny Movie
1985 The Twilight Zone Daniel Gaddis Episode: "Her Pilgrim Soul"
1986 Vital Signs Dr. Hayward Movie
1986 Miami Vice Jackson Crane Episode: "Trust Fund Pirates"
1986 Jack and Mike Chris Sykes Episode: "Pilot"
1987 Moonlighting Alan McClafferty 2 episodes
1987 Echoes in the Darkness Jack Holtz Movie
1988–91 Midnight Caller Jack 'Nighthawk' Killian 61 episodes
1989 Those She Left Behind Scott Grimes Movie
1990 The Old Man and the Sea Tom Pruitt Movie
1991 Son of the Morning Star George Armstrong Custer Movie
1993 The Switch Larry McAfee Movie
1993 When Love Kills: The Seduction of John Hearn John Hearn Movie
1994 A Time to Heal Jay Barton Movie
1994 Rod Serling's Lost Classics James Movie
1994 Fall from Grace Maj. Tom O'Neill Movie
1995–96 American Gothic Sheriff Lucas Buck 22 episodes
1996 For My Daughter's Honor Pete Nash Movie
1997 Lies He Told Dave Movie
1998 Dead Man's Gun Travis Everett Thornberry Episode: "The Photographer"
1998 The Outer Limits Detective Ray Venable Episode: "Criminal Nature"
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Ed Mitchell Episode: "For Miles and Miles"
1999 Crusade Capt. Matthew Gideon 13 episodes
1999 Chicken Soup for the Soul Dad Episode: "Where's My Kiss, Then?"
1999, 2001, 2004 The Practice Defense Attorney Solomon Tager / Atty. Brian Seabury 3 episodes
2000 What About Joan Justin Episode: "You Can't Go Home Again"
2000 Family Law Alan Episode: "Human Error"
2000 Batman Beyond Zeta (voice) Episode: "Zeta"
2000 Touched by an Angel Charlie Radcliff Episode: "Pandora's Box"
2000 Frasier Luke Parker Episode: "The New Friend"
2000–2007 Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law Harvey Birdman (voice) 39 episodes
2000–present Family Guy Principal Shepherd / Various voices 36 episodes
2001 Neurotic Tendencies Pilot
2001 Justice League J. Allen Carter (voice) 3 episodes
2002 American Adventure Chuck Movie
2002 Cadet Kelly General Joe Maxwell Movie
2002 The Brady Bunch in the White House Mike Brady Movie
2003 Kim Possible: A Stitch in Time Dr. James Timothy Possible (voice) Movie
2002–2003 Family Affair William 'Bill' Davis 15 episodes
2002–2007 Kim Possible Dr. James Timothy Possible (voice) 38 episodes
2003 Criminology 101 Roy Franks Pilot
2003 Hack Johnny Scanlon Episode: "Brothers in Arms"
2003 Monk Dexter Larson Episode: "Mr. Monk Meets the Playboy"
2003 Karen Sisco Konner 2 episodes
2003–2006 The West Wing Vice President Bob Russell 21 episodes
2004 Pop Rocks Jerry "Dagger" Harden Movie
2005 Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama Dr. James Timothy Possible (voice) Movie
2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Xander Henry Episode: "Brotherhood"
2005 Wanted Lieutenant Conrad Rose 13 episodes
2005 King of the Hill Vance Gilbert (voice) Episode: "Harlottown"
2006 That Guy Gary Pilot
2006 Company Town Martin Amberson Pilot
2006 Arrested Development CIA Agent Episode: "Exit Strategy"
2007 The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning Balladeer (voice) Movie
2007 Shark Christian Chambers Episode: "Blind Trust"
2007 Supernatural Brad Redding Episode: "Hollywood Babylon"
2008 Good Behavior Dean West Unaired series
2008 12 Miles of Bad Road Jerry Shakespeare 6 episodes
2008 Desperate Housewives Wayne Davis 6 episodes
2008 Psych Commander Cameron Luntz Episode: "Gus Walks Into a Bank"
2008, 2011 Chuck Jack Burton 2 episodes
2008–2010 Entourage Andrew Klein 12 episodes
2009 The Cleaner Davis Durham 2 episodes
2009 Numb3rs Shepard Crater Episode: "Hangman"
2010–present The Good Wife Kurt McVeigh 10 episodes
2010 Uncle Nigel Nigel Pilot
2010 Funny or Die Presents Lead FBI Agent Episode: "201"
2010–2012 The Penguins of Madagascar Commissioner Pervis McSlade (voice) 4 episodes
2010–2013 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Mayor Fred Jones Sr. (voice) 21 episodes
2010 The Good Guys Frank Savage 2 episodes
2010 The Closer Major Edward Dorcet Episode: "War Zone"
2011 True Blood Earl Stackhouse Episode: "She's Not There"
2011 Curb Your Enthusiasm Joe O'Donnell Episode: "The Divorce"
2011 Ricochet Judge Cato Laird Movie
2011 Tagged James Percy Pilot
2011–2013 Suits Cameron Dennis 8 episodes
2011 Pound Puppies Slick (voice) Episode: "I Never Barked for My Father"
2012 An Officer and a Murderer Col. Russell Williams Movie
2012 Hart of Dixie Dr. Ethan Hart 2 episodes
2012 Scruples Royce Franklin Pilot
2012 30 Rock Roger Episode: "Unwindulax"
2012 Royal Pains Simon Braddock Episode: "Who's Your Daddy"
2012 Wedding Band Jack Episode: "We Are Family"
2012–2014 Bob's Burgers Sergeant Bosco (voice) 4 episodes[7][8][9]
2012 The List Chief Inspector Bob McKinnon Pilot
2013–present Veep Kent Davison Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (2014)
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2013-14)
2014 Archer Special Agent Hawley (voice) 4 episodes
2014 The Tom and Jerry Show Narrator (voice) 3 episodes
2014 The Legend of Korra Dai Li Sergeant (voice) 2 episodes
2014–present Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero Brock Zero (voice) recurring role
2015 Rick and Morty Jerry's Doctor (voice) Episode: "Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate"
Year Title Role Notes
2010 DC Showcase: The Spectre Jim Corrigan/The Spectre (voice) Short
2010 Batman: Under the Red Hood Bobo / James Gordon (voices) Direct-to-video


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