Gary Cole

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Gary Cole
Gary Cole 2011 Shankbone.JPG
Cole at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival
BornGary Michael Cole
(1956-09-20) September 20, 1956 (age 58)
Park Ridge, Illinois
Alma materIllinois State University
OccupationActor, voice artist
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Teddi Siddall (m. 1992)
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This article is about the actor. For the footballer, see Gary Cole (footballer).
Not to be confused with Gary Coleman.
Gary Cole
Gary Cole 2011 Shankbone.JPG
Cole at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival
BornGary Michael Cole
(1956-09-20) September 20, 1956 (age 58)
Park Ridge, Illinois
Alma materIllinois State University
OccupationActor, voice artist
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Teddi Siddall (m. 1992)

Gary Michael Cole (born September 20, 1956) is an American television, film actor and voice artist. Born in Park Ridge, Illinois and a graduate of Illinois State University, Cole began his professional acting career on stage at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 1985. On television, Cole had starring roles in the series Midnight Caller, American Gothic, and Crusade. On film, Cole had 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.


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:

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 hit series True Blood, playing Sookie Stackhouse's grandfather.

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. 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 Bobs Burgers.

Personal life[edit]

Cole married actress Teddi Siddall on March 8, 1992[6] and has one daughter Mary who is pursuing a career in acting.


1983Heart of SteelLeeTelevision film
1985To Live and Die in L.A.Man chased by Richard ChanceUncredited
1985First StepsMannyTelevision film
1986Vital SignsDr. HaywardTelevision film
1986LucasAssistant Coach
1987Echoes in the DarknessJack HoltzTelevision film
1989Those She Left BehindScott GrimesTelevision film
1990Old Man and the Sea, TheThe Old Man and the SeaTom PruittTelevision film
1991Son of the Morning StarGeorge Armstrong CusterTelevision film
1993Switch, TheThe SwitchLarry McAfeeTelevision film
1993In the Line of FireSecret Service Presidential Detail Agent-In-Charge Bill Watts
1993When Love Kills: The Seduction of John HearnJohn HearnTelevision film
1994Time to Heal, AA Time to HealJay BartonTelevision film
1994Rod Serling's Lost ClassicsJamesTelevision film
1994Fall from GraceMaj. Tom O'NeillTelevision film
1995Brady Bunch Movie, TheThe Brady Bunch MovieMike Brady
1996Very Brady Sequel, AA Very Brady SequelMike Brady
1996For My Daughter's HonorPete NashTelevision film
1997Lies He ToldDaveTelevision film
1997Cyclops, BabyManks
1997Santa Fe[7]Paul Thomas
1997Gang RelatedRichard Simms
1998Simple Plan, AA Simple PlanNeil Baxter
1998I'll Be Home for ChristmasJake's Dad
1999Office SpaceBill Lumbergh
1999Kiss the SkyMarty
2000Gift, TheThe GiftDavid Duncan
2001The Rising PlaceAvery Hodge
2002Cadet KellyGeneral Joe MaxwellTelevision film
2002One Hour PhotoBill Owens
2002I SpyCarlos
2002Brady Bunch in the White House, TheThe Brady Bunch in the White HouseMike BradyTelevision film
2003Kim Possible: A Stitch in TimeDr. James Timothy Possible (voice)Television film
2004Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!Henry Futch
2004Dodgeball: A True Underdog StoryCotton McKnight
2004Pop RocksJerry "Dagger" HardenTelevision film
2005Kim Possible Movie: So the DramaDr. James Timothy Possible (voice)Television film
2005Ring Two, TheThe Ring TwoMartin Savide
2005Mozart and the WhaleWallace
2005Cry WolfMr. Matthews
2006Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky BobbyReese Bobby
2007My Wife Is RetardedDoctor Heichman
2007BreachRich Garces
2007Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning, TheThe Dukes of Hazzard: The BeginningBalladeer (voice)Television film
2007American PastimeBilly Burrell
2007Goodnight VaginaDr. MilsteinShort film
2008Say Hello to Stan TalmadgeStan Talmadge
2008Pineapple ExpressTed Jones
2008Forever StrongCoach Larry Gelwix
2009ExtractBar PatronUncredited
2009Joneses, TheThe JonesesLarry
2010Immortality BitesDr. Levine
2010Batman: Under the Red HoodBobo / James Gordon (voices)Direct-to-video
2010DC Showcase: The SpectreJim Corrigan/The Spectre (voice)Short film
2011HopHenry O'Hare
2011Chicago 8, TheThe Chicago 8Bill Kunstler
2011The Last Rites of Joe MayLenny
2011RicochetJudge Cato LairdTelevision film
2012Officer and a Murderer, AnAn Officer and a MurdererCol. Russell WilliamsTelevision film
2012Gay DudeMatty's father
2013Vamp UArthur Levine
2014Date and SwitchDwayne
2014CottonClay Peaks
2015The BronzeFilming


1984Fatal VisionCapt. Jeffrey MacDonald, MDTelevision miniseries
1984American PlayhouseMan with Xmas TreeEpisode: "A Matter of Principle"
1985Twilight Zone, TheThe Twilight ZoneDaniel GaddisEpisode: "Her Pilgrim Soul"
1986Miami ViceJackson CraneEpisode 2.21: "Trust Fund Pirates"
1986Jack and MikeChris SykesEpisode: "Pilot"
1987MoonlightingAlan McClafferty2 episodes
1988–1991Midnight CallerJack 'Nighthawk' Killian61 episodes
1995–1996American GothicSheriff Lucas Buck22 episodes
1998Dead Man's GunTravis ThornberryEpisode: "The Photographer"
1998Outer Limits, TheThe Outer LimitsDetective Ray VenableEpisode 4.1: "Criminal Nature"
1998From the Earth to the MoonEd MitchellEpisode: "For Miles and Miles"
1999CrusadeCapt. Matthew Gideon13 episodes
1999Chicken Soup for the SoulDadEpisode: "Where's My Kiss, Then?"
1999, 2001, 2004Practice, TheThe PracticeDefense Attorney Solomon Tager / Atty. Brian Seabury3 episodes
2000National Lampoon's American AdventureChuckPilot
2000What About JoanJustinEpisode: "You Can't Go Home Again"
2000Family LawAlanEpisode: "Human Error"
2000Batman BeyondZeta (voice)Episode: "Zeta"
2000Touched by an AngelCharlie RadcliffEpisode: "Pandora's Box"
2000FrasierLuke ParkerEpisode: "The New Friend"
2000–2007Harvey Birdman, Attorney at LawHarvey Birdman (voice)39 episodes
2000–presentFamily GuyPrincipal Shepherd / Various voices36 episodes
2001Neurotic TendenciesPilot
2001Justice LeagueJ. Allen Carter (voice)3 episodes
2002–2003Family AffairWilliam 'Bill' Davis15 episodes
2002–2007Kim PossibleDr. James Timothy Possible (voice)38 episodes
2003Criminology 101Roy FranksPilot
2003HackJohnny ScanlonEpisode: "Brothers in Arms"
2003MonkDexter LarsonEpisode: "Mr. Monk Meets the Playboy"
2003Karen SiscoKonner2 episodes
2003–2006West Wing, TheThe West WingVice President Bob Russell21 episodes
2004Law & Order: Special Victims UnitXander HenryEpisode: "Brotherhood"
2005WantedLieutenant Conrad Rose13 episodes
2005King of the HillVance Gilbert (voice)Episode: "Harlottown"
2006That GuyGaryPilot
2006Company TownMartin AmbersonPilot
2006Arrested DevelopmentCIA AgentEpisode: "Exit Strategy"
2007SharkChristian ChambersEpisode: "Blind Trust"
2007SupernaturalBrad ReddingEpisode: "Hollywood Babylon"
2008Good BehaviorDean WestUnaired series
200812 Miles of Bad RoadJerry Shakespeare6 episodes
2008Desperate HousewivesWayne Davis6 episodes
2008PsychCommander Cameron LuntzEpisode: "Gus Walks Into a Bank"
2008, 2011ChuckJack Burton2 episodes
2008–2010EntourageAndrew Klein12 episodes
2009Cleaner, TheThe CleanerDavis Durham2 episodes
2009Numb3rsShepard CraterEpisode: "Hangman"
2010-2013Good Wife, TheThe Good WifeKurt McVeigh8 episodes
2010Uncle NigelNigelPilot
2010Funny or Die PresentsLead FBI AgentEpisode: "201"
2010–2012Penguins of Madagascar, TheThe Penguins of MadagascarCommissioner Pervis McSlade (voice)4 episodes
2010–2013Scooby-Doo! Mystery IncorporatedMayor Fred Jones Sr. (voice)21 episodes
2010Good Guys, TheThe Good GuysFrank Savage2 episodes
2010Closer, TheThe CloserMajor Edward DorcetEpisode: "War Zone"
2011True BloodEarl StackhouseEpisode: "She's Not There"
2011Curb Your EnthusiasmJoe O'DonnellEpisode: "The Divorce"
2011TaggedJames PercyPilot
2011–2013SuitsCameron Dennis8 episodes
2011Pound PuppiesSlick (voice)Episode: "I Never Barked for My Father"
2012Hart of DixieDr. Ethan Hart2 episodes
2012ScruplesRoyce FranklinPilot
201230 RockRogerEpisode: "Unwindulax"
2012Royal PainsSimon BraddockEpisode: "Who's Your Daddy"
2012Wedding BandJackEpisode: "We Are Family"
2012–2014Bob's BurgersSergeant Bosco (voice)4 episodes[8][9][10]
2012The ListChief Inspector Bob McKinnonPilot
2013–2014VeepKent Davidson18 episodes
2014ArcherSpecial Agent Hawley (voice)4 episodes
2014The Tom and Jerry ShowNarrator (voice)3 episodes
2014The Legend of KorraDai Li Sergeant (voice)2 episodes
2014-Penn Zero: Part-Time HeroBrock Zero (voice)2 episodes


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  2. ^ "Gary Cole Biography (1956–)". 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". Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  5. ^ "Gary Cole Gets Tagged for Fox Pilot". Retrieved February 14, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Gary Cole Biography (1956–)". Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
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