Gary Cole

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Gary Cole
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Cole at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival
BornGary Michael Cole
(1956-09-20) September 20, 1956 (age 57)
Park Ridge, Illinois
NationalityAmerican
Alma materIllinois State University
OccupationActor
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Teddi Siddall (m. 1992)
ChildrenMary 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 57)
Park Ridge, Illinois
NationalityAmerican
Alma materIllinois State University
OccupationActor
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Teddi Siddall (m. 1992)
ChildrenMary Cole

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
YearTitleRoleNotes
1985To Live and Die in L.A.Man chased by Richard ChanceUncredited
1986LucasAssistant Coach
1993In the Line of FireSecret Service Presidential Detail Agent-In-Charge Bill Watts
1995Brady Bunch Movie, TheThe Brady Bunch MovieMike Brady
1996Very Brady Sequel, AA Very Brady SequelMike Brady
1997Cyclops, BabyManks
1997Santa FePaul 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
2002One Hour PhotoBill Owens
2002I SpyCarlos
2004Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!Henry Futch
2004Dodgeball: A True Underdog StoryCotton McKnight
2004Pop RocksJerry "Dagger" Harden
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
2007American PastimeBilly Burrell
2007Goodnight VaginaDr. Milstein
2008Say Hello to Stan TalmadgeStan Talmadge
2008ConspiracyRhodesDirect-to-video
2008Pineapple ExpressTed Jones
2008Forever StrongCoach Larry Gelwix
2009ExtractBar PatronUncredited
2009Joneses, TheThe JonesesLarryCommercially released in 2010
2010Immortality BitesDr. Levine
2010DC Showcase: The SpectreJim Corrigan/The SpectreVoice only
Animated short film
2011HopHenry O'Hare
2011Chicago 8, TheThe Chicago 8Bill Kunstler
2012Gay DudeMatty's father
2013Vamp UArthur Levine
2014TammyEarl
Roles in television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1983Heart of SteelLeeTV Film
1984Fatal VisionCapt. Jeffrey MacDonald, MDMiniseries
1984Matter of Principle, AA Matter of PrincipleMan with Xmas treeTV Film
1985First StepsMannyTV Film
1985Twilight Zone, TheThe Twilight ZoneDaniel GaddisTelevision program
1 episode
1986Vital SignsDr. HaywardTV Film
1986Miami ViceJackson CraneTelevision program
1 episode
1987MoonlightingAlan McClaffertyTelevision program
1 episode
1987Echoes in the DarknessJack HoltzTV Film
1988–1991Midnight CallerJack 'Nighthawk' KillianTelevision program
61 episodes
1989Those She Left BehindScott GrimesTV Film
1990Old Man and the Sea, TheThe Old Man and the SeaTom PruittTV Film
1991Son of the Morning StarGeorge Armstrong CusterTV Film
1993Switch, TheThe SwitchLarry McAfeeTV Film
1993When Love Kills: The Seduction of John HearnJohn HearnMiniseries
1994Time to Heal, AA Time to HealJay BartonTV Film
1994Rod Serling's Lost ClassicsJamesTV Film
1994Fall from GraceMaj. Tom O'NeillTV Film
1995–1996American GothicSheriff Lucas BuckTelevision program
22 episodes
1996For My Daughter's HonorPete NashTV Film
1997Lies He ToldDaveTV Film
1998Dead Man's GunTravis ThornberryTelevision program
1 episode
1998Outer Limits, TheThe Outer LimitsDetective Ray VenableTelevision program
1 episode
1998From the Earth to the MoonEd MitchellMiniseries
1 episode
1999CrusadeCapt. Matthew GideonTelevision program
13 episodes
1999Chicken Soup for the SoulDadTelevision program
1 episode
1999–2004Practice, TheThe PracticeDefense Attorney Solomon TagerTelevision program
3 episodes
2000National Lampoon's American AdventureChuckTV Film
2000What About JoanJustinTelevision program
1 episode
2000Family LawAlanTelevision program
1 episode
2000Batman BeyondZetaVoice only
Animated series
1 episode
2000Touched by an AngelCharlie RadcliffTelevision program
1 episode
2000FrasierLuke ParkerTelevision program
1 episode
2000–2007Harvey Birdman, Attorney at LawHarvey BirdmanVoice only
Animated series
39 episodes
2000–PresentFamily GuyVarious charactersVoice only
Animated series
25 episodes
2001Neurotic TendenciesTV Film
2001Justice LeagueJ. Allen CarterVoice only
Animated series
1 episode
2002Cadet KellyCommandant Joe "Sir" MaxwellTV Film
2002Brady Bunch in the White House, TheThe Brady Bunch in the White HouseMike BradyTV Film
2002–2003Family AffairWilliam 'Bill' DavisTelevision program
15 episodes
2002–2007Kim PossibleDr. James Timothy PossibleVoice only
Animated series
38 episodes
2003Criminology 101Roy FranksTV Film
2003HackJohnny ScanlonTelevision program
1 episode
2003MonkDexter LarsonTelevision program
1 episode
2003Karen SiscoKonnerTelevision program
2 episodes
2003Kim Possible: A Stitch in TimeDr. James Timothy PossibleVoice only
Television film
2003–2006West Wing, TheThe West WingVice President Bob RussellTelevision program
21 episodes
2004Law & Order: Special Victims UnitXander HenryTelevision program
1 episode
2004Pop RocksJerry "Dagger" HardenTV Film
2005Kim Possible Movie: So the DramaDr. James Timothy PossibleVoice only
Television film
2005WantedLieutenant Conrad Rose13 episodes
2005King of the HillVance GilbertVoice only
Animated series
1 episode
2006That GuyGaryTV Film
2006Company TownMartin AmbersonTV Film
2006Arrested DevelopmentCIA AgentTelevision program
1 episode
2007SharkChristian ChambersTelevision program
1 episode
2007Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning, TheThe Dukes of Hazzard: The BeginningBalladeerVoice only
Television film
2007SupernaturalBrad ReddingTelevision program
1 episode
2008Good BehaviorDean WestUnaired
200812 Miles of Bad RoadJerry Shakespeare6 episodes
2008Desperate HousewivesWayne DavisTelevision program
6 episodes
2008PsychCommander Cameron LuntzTelevision program
1 episode
2008–2011ChuckJack BurtonTelevision program
2 episodes
2008–2009EntourageAndrew KleinTelevision program
5 episodes
2009Cleaner, TheThe CleanerDavis DurhamTelevision program
1 episode
2009Numb3rsShepard CraterTelevision program
1 episode
2009-2013Good Wife, TheThe Good WifeKurt McVeighTelevision program
8 episodes
2010–2011Penguins of Madagascar, TheThe Penguins of MadagascarPervis McSlade, New York's Parks CommissionerVoice only
Animated series
2 episodes
2010Scooby-Doo! Mystery IncorporatedFred Jones Sr.Voice only
Animated series
2010Good Guys, TheThe Good GuysFrank SavageTelevision program
2 episodes
2010Closer, TheThe CloserMajor Edward DorcetTelevision program
1 episode
2011True BloodEarl StackhouseTelevision program
1 episode
2011Curb Your EnthusiasmJoe O'DonnellTelevision program
1 episode
2011–2013SuitsCameron DennisTelevision program
recurring character
2011Pound PuppiesSlickVoice only
Animated series
1 episode
2012–2013Bob's BurgersSergeant BoscoVoice only
Animated series
2 episodes[10][11]
2012Hart of DixieDr. Ethan HartTelevision program
2 episodes
2012Officer and a Murderer, AnAn Officer and a MurdererCol. Russell WilliamsTV Film
2012Royal PainsSimon BraddockTelevision program
1 episode
2012Wedding BandTommy's fatherTelevision program
1 episode
2013VeepKent Davidson

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/

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