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Also Known As: Steven Root, Stephen D Root Died:
Born: November 17, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Sarasota, Florida, USA Profession: actor, waiter

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A gifted and immensely likeable character actor, Stephen Root's staggering résumé crossed into multiple genres and mediums, despite the average viewer most likely knowing him more by face than by name. Root achieved his most prolific success with two roles: the stapler-obsessed cubicle rat Milton in the cult comedy "Office Space" (1999) and the oddball billionaire Jimmy James on the sitcom "NewsRadio" (NBC, 1995-99). Often appearing as various legal professionals, grieving fathers, Southern sheriffs, military men or football coaches on television shows like "In the Heat of the Night" (NBC, 1988-94) and "Boston Legal" (ABC, 2004-08), Root also gave solid supporting turns in movies as diverse as "Bicentennial Man" (1999) and "No Country for Old Men" (2007), and lent his voice to such projects as the animated series "King of the Hill" (Fox, 1997-2010), the Pixar blockbuster "Finding Nemo" (2003) and even videogames. Root's scene-stealing work went on to enhance a number of projects over the years, attracting the attention of such respected talents as the Coen Brothers, Mike Judge and George Clooney. Determined to avoid typecasting, Root made sure to regularly alternate between comedy and drama, and his...

A gifted and immensely likeable character actor, Stephen Root's staggering résumé crossed into multiple genres and mediums, despite the average viewer most likely knowing him more by face than by name. Root achieved his most prolific success with two roles: the stapler-obsessed cubicle rat Milton in the cult comedy "Office Space" (1999) and the oddball billionaire Jimmy James on the sitcom "NewsRadio" (NBC, 1995-99). Often appearing as various legal professionals, grieving fathers, Southern sheriffs, military men or football coaches on television shows like "In the Heat of the Night" (NBC, 1988-94) and "Boston Legal" (ABC, 2004-08), Root also gave solid supporting turns in movies as diverse as "Bicentennial Man" (1999) and "No Country for Old Men" (2007), and lent his voice to such projects as the animated series "King of the Hill" (Fox, 1997-2010), the Pixar blockbuster "Finding Nemo" (2003) and even videogames. Root's scene-stealing work went on to enhance a number of projects over the years, attracting the attention of such respected talents as the Coen Brothers, Mike Judge and George Clooney. Determined to avoid typecasting, Root made sure to regularly alternate between comedy and drama, and his experience in both disciplines, gained via years of work in regional theater and the National Shakespeare Company, provided him with an excellent skill set to portray a wide array of people, average and otherwise.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Selma (2014)
2.
 Lone Ranger, The (2013)
3.
 Big Miracle (2012)
4.
5.
 Rango (2011)
6.
 Cedar Rapids (2011)
7.
 Red State (2011)
8.
9.
 Conspirator, The (2010)
10.
 Soloist, The (2009)
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Left college to join National Shakespeare Company
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Made Off-Broadway debut in "Journey's End"
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Starred in Broadway debut, "So Long on Lonely Street"
1987:
Co-starred in Broadway revival of "All My Sons"
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Made two German feature films shot in New York
1988:
Made American film debut, "Monkey Shines: An Experiment in Fear"
1989:
Made TV-movie debut in "Cross of Fire"
1993:
Co-starred as R.O. Moon in "Harts of the West" (CBS)
1995:
Played Jimmy James in "NewsRadio" (NBC)
1997:
Voiced the regular character of Bill on the Fox animated series "King of the Hill"; series created by Mike Judge; because of contract with NBC could not accept onscreen credit
1999:
Played Milton in Mike Judge's live action comedy "Office Space"
2000:
First film with the Coen brothers' "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" as the blind radio station manager
2004:
Cast in "The Ladykillers," a film by Joel and Ethan Coen
2004:
Cast as Greenie in Kevin Smith's "Jersey Girl"
2004:
Cast with Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn in the comedy "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story"
2006:
Co-starred with Luke Wilson in the Mike Judge sci-fi comedy "Idiocracy"
2007:
Once again teamed with the Coen brothers' for "No Country For Old Men"
2008:
Co-starred in the George Clooney directed, "Leatherheads"
2008:
Had a multi-episode arc on the second season of "Pushing Daisies" (ABC) playing the mysterious Dwight Dixon
2008:
Appeared in HBO's series, "True Blood" as a vampire named Eddie
2009:
Appeared in the comedy film, "The Men Who Stare at Goats"
2010:
Had a recurring role in season eight of the Fox series, "24," as a probation officer named Bill Prady
2010:
Appeared in the FX series, "Justified" as the eccentric Judge Mike 'The Hammer' Reardon
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Education

University of Florida: Gainesville , Florida -

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