This article is about the actor. For the footballer, see Gary Cole (footballer).
Not to be confused with Gary Coleman.

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Gary Michael Cole (born September 20, 1956) is an American actor. Cole is known for his supporting roles in the television series Entourage, Fatal Vision, The West Wing, Desperate Housewives, Midnight Caller, American Gothic, I'll Be Home for Christmas, Kim Possible, Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, Wanted and Crusade, and the films The Brady Bunch Movie, Office Space, From the Earth to the Moon, Kiss the Sky, I Spy, Dodgeball, Talladega Nights, and Pineapple Express. He has also appeared in television movies such as Those She Left Behind. He also had a small cameo appearance in To Live and Die in L.A., has appeared as George Armstrong Custer in the TV movie Son of the Morning Star, and has guest starred on the TV shows Family Guy, Chuck, and Monk.

Early life

Cole was born and raised in Park Ridge, Illinois. His father is a school-administrator and his mother was a director-of-finance.[1] He attended Rolling Meadows High School, where his first dramatic appearance was as Snoopy in a high school production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. He later attended Illinois State University, where he majored in theater alongside actors Laurie Metcalf and John Malkovich.

Career

Cole began his professional career as a stage actor in Chicago, where he joined the ensemble of the famed 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 above, 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 tv movie "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 comedy film Office Space where he portrayed the obnoxious, demanding supervisor Bill Lumbergh. When asked about the oft-quoted character, he stated that:

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.[2]

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 TV movie 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[3] 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.

In 2008, Cole appeared on Chuck as Sarah's dad during November sweeps. 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.

Personal life

Cole married actress Teddi Siddall on March 8, 1992.[4] His only child, a daughter named Mary, has autism; Cole is active in autism-related charities.[5][6]

Filmography

Films

Year Film 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
Indecent Seduction (For My Daughter's Honor) Peter Nash
1997 Cyclops, Baby Manks
Santa Fe Paul Thomas
Gang Related Richard Simms
1998 A Simple Plan Neil Baxter
I'll Be Home for Christmas Jake's Dad
1999 Office Space Bill Lumbergh
Kiss the Sky Marty
2000 The Gift David Duncan
2001 The Rising Place Avery Hodge
2002 One Hour Photo Bill Owens
I Spy Carlos
Cadet Kelly Sir
2004 Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! Henry Futch
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story Cotton McKnight
Pop Rocks Jerry "Dagger" Harden
2005 The Ring Two Martin Savide
Mozart and the Whale Wallace
Cry Wolf Mr. Matthews
2006 Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Reese Bobby
2007 My Wife Is Retarded Doctor Heichman
Breach Rich Garces
American Pastime Billy Burrell
Goodnight Vagina Dr. Milstein
2008 Conspiracy Rhodes
Pineapple Express Ted Jones
Forever Strong Coach Larry Gelwix
2009 Say Hello to Stan Talmadge Stan Talmadge
The Joneses Larry Commercially released in 2010
2010 The Chicago 8 Bill Kunstler
Immortality Bites Dr. Levine
DC Showcase: The Spectre Jim Corrigan/The Spectre voice, animated short

Television

Year Show Role Notes
1983 Heart of Steel Lee Television movie
1984 Fatal Vision Capt. Jeffrey MacDonald, MD Television miniseries
A Matter of Principle Man with Xmas tree Television movie
1985 First Steps Manny Television movie
The Twilight Zone Daniel Gaddis Single episode
1986 Vital Signs Dr. Hayward Television movie
Miami Vice Jackson Crane Single episode
1987 Moonlighting Alan McClafferty Single episode
Echoes in the Darkness Jack Holtz Television movie
1988–1991 Midnight Caller Jack 'Nighthawk' Killian 61 episodes
1989 Those She Left Behind Scott Grimes Television movie
1990 The Old Man and the Sea Tom Pruitt Television movie
1991 Son of the Morning Star George Armstrong Custer Television movie
1993 The Switch Larry McAfee Television movie
When Love Kills: The Seduction of John Hearn John Hearn Television miniseries
1994 A Time to Heal Jay Barton Television movie
Rod Serling's Lost Classics James Television movie
Fall from Grace Maj. Tom O'Neill Television movie
1995–1996 American Gothic Sheriff Lucas Buck 22 episodes
1996 For My Daughter's Honor Pete Nash Television movie
1997 Lies He Told Dave Television movie
1998 Dead Man's Gun Travis Thornberry Single episode
The Outer Limits Detective Ray Venable Single episode
From the Earth to the Moon Ed Mitchell Single episode
1999 Crusade Capt. Matthew Gideon Thirteen episodes
Chicken Soup for the Soul Dad Single episode
1999–2004 The Practice Defense Attorney Solomon Tager Three episodes
2000 National Lampoon's American Adventure Chuck Television movie
What About Joan Justin Single episode
Family Law Alan Single episode
Batman Beyond Zeta Single episode (voice only)
Touched by an Angel Charlie Radcliff Single episode
Frasier Luke Parker Single episode
2000–2007 Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law Harvey Birdman 39 episodes (voice only)
2000–2009 Family Guy Various characters 25 episodes (voice only)
2001 Neurotic Tendencies Television movie
Justice League J. Allen Carter Single episode
2002 Cadet Kelly Joe Maxwell Television movie
The Brady Bunch in the White House Mike Brady Television movie
2002–2003 Family Affair William 'Bill' Davis Fifteen episodes
2002–2007 Kim Possible Dr. James Timothy Possible 38 episodes (voice only)
2003 Criminology 101 Roy Franks Television movie
Hack Johnny Scanlon Single episode
Monk Dexter Larson Single episode
Karen Sisco Konner Two episodes
Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time Dr. James Timothy Possible Television movie (voice only)
2003–2006 The West Wing Vice President Bob Russell 21 episodes
2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Xander Henry Single episode
Pop Rocks Jerry "Dagger" Harden Television movie
2005 Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama Dr. James Timothy Possible Television movie (voice only)
Wanted Lieutenant Conrad Rose Thirteen episodes
King of the Hill Vance Gilbert Single episode (voice only)
2006 That Guy Gary Television movie
Company Town Martin Amberson Television movie
Arrested Development CIA Agent Single episode
2007 Shark Christian Chambers Single episode
The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning Balladeer Television movie (voice only)
Supernatural Brad Redding Single episode
2008 Good Behavior Dean West
12 Miles of Bad Road Jerry Shakespeare Six episodes
Desperate Housewives Wayne Davis Six episodes
Psych Commander Cameron Luntz Single episode
Chuck Jack Burton Two episodes
2008–2009 Entourage Andrew Klein Five episodes
2009 The Cleaner Davis Durham Single episode
2010 The Penguins of Madagascar Pervis McSlay, New York's Park Commissioner Single Episode (voice only)
2010 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Fred Jones Sr. Voice only

References

External links

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