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Also Known As: Gary Michael Cole Died:
Born: September 20, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Park Ridge, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, bartender, house painter

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This handsome stage-trained actor of the Chicago stage first gained celebrity on TV in the mid-1980s with a series of accomplished performances in high-profile TV-movies and miniseries. Though youthful, Cole has brought strength and credibility to his portrayals of often flawed figures of authority. He won national attention with his breakthrough TV performance as charismatic accused killer Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald in the acclaimed miniseries "Fatal Vision" (NBC, 1984). As a former Green Beret officer accused (and convicted) of murdering his family, Cole displayed an impressive range that both encompassed and challenged the various points of view expressed about the true nature of his character.

This handsome stage-trained actor of the Chicago stage first gained celebrity on TV in the mid-1980s with a series of accomplished performances in high-profile TV-movies and miniseries. Though youthful, Cole has brought strength and credibility to his portrayals of often flawed figures of authority. He won national attention with his breakthrough TV performance as charismatic accused killer Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald in the acclaimed miniseries "Fatal Vision" (NBC, 1984). As a former Green Beret officer accused (and convicted) of murdering his family, Cole displayed an impressive range that both encompassed and challenged the various points of view expressed about the true nature of his character.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Divine Access (2015)
2.
 Bronze, The (2015)
3.
 Gay Dude (2014)
4.
 Tammy (2014)
7.
 Hop (2011)
8.
 Ricochet (2011)
10.
 Joneses, The (2009)
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1979:
Co-founded the Remains Theater in Chicago, IL
1983:
Made his TV acting debut in the ABC TV-movie "Heart of Steel"
1984:
Starred as Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald, a former Green Beret accused and convicted of murdering his family, in the fact-based NBC miniseries "Fatal Vision"
1985:
Joined the ensemble of the famed Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago; acted in various Steppenwolf productions, including "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "Philadelphia Here I Come"
1988:
Made TV series debut on the NBC drama "Midnight Caller"
1989:
Returned to Chicago to star in David Mamet's "Speed the Plow" during a hiatus from "Midnight Caller"
1991:
Starred as General George Armstrong Custer in the ABC miniseries "Son of the Morning Star"
1993:
Made feature film debut in "In the Line of Fire"
1995:
First feature lead, playing 1970s TV dad Mike Brady in "The Brady Bunch Movie"
1995:
Returned to series TV as the star of CBS' "American Gothic"
1996:
Reprised role of Mike Brady in "A Very Brady Sequel"
1998:
Played astronaut Edgar Mitchell in producer Tom Hanks' HBO miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon"
1998:
Cast as Jonathan Taylor Thomas' father in the hit teen comedy "I'll Be Home for Christmas"
1999:
Played the jazzman father in the Steppenwolf production of "Side Man"
1999:
Played the obnoxious, demanding supervisor Bill Lumbergh in Mike Judge's "Office Space"
2000:
Cast in director Sam Raimi's "The Gift"
2000:
Provided the voive of the titular superhero on the Adult Swim series "Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law"
2000:
Voiced various characters on the Fox animated series "Family Guy"
2002:
Reprised the role of Mike Brady for the Fox telepic "The Brady Bunch in the White House"
2002:
Played Robin Williams' department store manager in the psychological drama "One Hour Photo"
2002:
Provided the voice of Dr. Possible on Disney Channel's animated series "Kim Possible"
2002:
Cast as Uncle Bill Davis on The WB's updated take on the TV classic "Family Affair"
2003:
Played the recurring role of Vice President Bob Russell on the NBC political drama "West Wing"
2004:
Appeared in the romantic comedy "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton"
2004:
Cast with Ben Stiller in the comedy "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story"
2005:
Appeared in the horror film "The Ring Two"
2006:
Cast as Will Ferrell's estranged father in the comedy "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby"
2008:
Played a drug lord in the Judd Apatow produced comedy "Pineapple Express"
2008:
Landed recurring role on the fifth season of HBO's "Entourage," playing agent Ari Gold's old pal Andrew Klein; joined the regular cast in the sixth season
2008:
Guest starred as Katherine Mayfair's (Dana Delany) ex-husband Wayne Davis on ABC's "Desperate Housewives"
2009:
Co-starred with David Duchovny and Demi Moore in the independent comedy "The Joneses"
2011:
Acted in the family adventure "Hop"
2010:
Made recurring guest appearance on CBS drama "The Good Wife"
2012:
Starred as an Air Force colonel and Peeping Tom in Lifetime's fact-based movie "An Officer and a Murderer"
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Education

Illinois State University: Normal , Illinois -
Rolling Meadows High School: Rolling Meadows , Illinois -

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