Gary Cole

Gary Cole

  • Highest Rated: 96% In the Line of Fire (1993)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Christmas Eve (2015)
  • Birthday: Sep 20, 1956
  • Birthplace: Park Ridge, Illinois, USA
  • Whether following in the footsteps of the seemingly irreplaceable Robert Reed as the all-wise patriarch of the Brady clan or raising the ire of a nation of embittered office workers as the blissfully malevolent Lumbergh in Mike Judge's popular workplace comedy Office Space, longtime character actor Gary Cole can always be depended on to bring life to his varied and oddly endearing characters, despite their sometimes questionable motivations. Even in his earliest role as Snoopy in a high school production of You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, the Park Ridge, IL, native knew his destiny lay on the stage; from that moment straight through Cole's higher education at Illinois State University, his dedication to the theater never wavered. So dedicated was Cole that, during his third year at I.S.U., the eager up-and-comer dropped out to help found the Remains Theater. Transferring over to Chicago's acclaimed Steppenwolf Theater in 1985, Cole quickly made a name for himself in such productions as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Balm in Gilead. Though Cole had essayed a handful of television roles in the early '80s, it wasn't until his breakthrough role as a suspected murderer in the 1984 made-for-television feature Fatal Vision that audiences truly began to take notice. Cole's role as the drug-addicted son of an alcoholic father in the 1986 made-for-TV drama Vital Signs showed that he undoubtedly had the chops to make it on the small screen. Despite an increase in television roles, the ambitious actor continued to impress on the stage as well. Cole's first taste of weekly series life came with his role as a former cop who finds redemption as a late-night radio talk show host in the 1989 series Midnight Caller. In the following decade, he would expand his career into feature film territory. Cole's silver-screen career began with a role as a Secret Service agent in the Clint Eastwood thriller In the Line of Fire (1993), and his natural skills onscreen lent a surprising amount of depth to the supporting role. A few supporting television performances were quick to follow, and in 1995, Cole cracked up audiences with his role as suburban philosopher Mike Brady in the hit comedy The Brady Bunch Movie. Cole would reprise the role in the following year's sequel A Very Brady Sequel, but not before returning to series work as the sheriff in the short-lived, but well-loved, oddity American Gothic. As his feature career gained momentum, Cole still remained loyal to the stage and small screen. In 1998, a role in the acclaimed HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon found him going as strong as ever, and on the heels of supporting roles in A Simple Plan and I'll Be Home for Christmas, Cole played what was perhaps his most widely recognized role to date in Office Space (1999). Cast as by-the-books corporate figurehead William "Bill" Lumbergh, Cole delivered a performance that was pure comic gold for anyone who has weathered the never-ending drone of life in cubicle-land. In 2001, Cole loaned his voice to the hit "Adult Swim" cartoon Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, playing several characters, including Birdman himself. The next year, Cole continued to dabble in animated television with his performance as the titular character's father in the hit series Kim Possible. Back on the big screen, he took the role of the villainous heavy in the Eddie Murphy/Owen Wilson comedy I Spy and returned to the role of Mike Brady in the made-for-television sequel, The Brady Bunch in the White House. In 2003, he was cast in the recurring role of new Vice President "Bingo Bob" Russell for the fifth season of the critically acclaimed dramatic series The West Wing. The popular character actor could also be seen in supporting capacity in the 2004 comedies Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.Cole maintained his status as a talented comic with a series of vocal performances on the animated television show The Family Guy, while showcasing his versatil

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

44% The Art of Racing in the Rain Don Kitch 2019
41% Under the Eiffel Tower Gerard 2019
38% Unbroken: Path to Redemption Actor 2018
No Score Yet Seven in Heaven Actor 2018
63% Small Crimes Actor 2017
67% Divine Access Reverend Guy Roy Davis 2016
36% The Bronze Stan Greggory $0.7M 2016
0% Christmas Eve Dr. Roberts $82.5K 2015
No Score Yet Stuck Actor 2015
68% The Town That Dreaded Sundown Chief Deputy Tillmak 2014
24% Tammy Earl $51.1M 2014
30% Date And Switch Dwayne 2014
No Score Yet Cotton Actor 2014
No Score Yet An Officer and a Murderer Russell Williams 2013
No Score Yet Vamp U Actor 2013
No Score Yet The Chicago 8 Actor 2012
74% The Last Rites of Joe May Lenny 2011
25% Hop Henry O'Hare $108.1M 2011
0% The Lion of Judah Producer 2011
No Score Yet Ricochet Actor 2011
No Score Yet DC Showcase: The Spectre Actor 2010
62% The Joneses Larry $1.1M 2010
No Score Yet Say Hello to Stan Talmadge Actor 2009
29% Forever Strong Coach Larry Gelwix $0.6M 2008
68% Pineapple Express Ted Jones $87.4M 2008
No Score Yet Conspiracy Rhodes 2008
33% American Pastime Billy Burrell 2007
84% Breach Rich Garces $33M 2007
71% Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Reese Bobby $148.3M 2006
No Score Yet Mozart and the Whale Wallace 2005
24% Cry_Wolf Mr. Matthews $10.1M 2005
No Score Yet Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama Dr. James Timothy Possible 2005
20% The Ring Two Martin Savide $75.9M 2005
No Score Yet Pop Rocks Jerry Harden 2004
70% Dodgeball - A True Underdog Story Cotton McKnight $114.2M 2004
53% Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! Henry $16.9M 2004
No Score Yet Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time Dad 2003
No Score Yet The Brady Bunch in the White House (The Brady Bunch 3) Mike Brady 2002
16% I Spy Carlos $33.2M 2002
81% One Hour Photo Bill Owens $31.5M 2002
No Score Yet Kim Possible: The Secret Files Actor 2002
13% The Rising Place Avery Hodge 2002
No Score Yet Cadet Kelly Gen. Joseph `Sir' Maxwell 2002
57% The Gift Duncan $11.2M 2000
No Score Yet Kiss the Sky Actor 1999
80% Office Space Bill Lumbergh 1999
90% A Simple Plan Baxter 1998
23% I'll Be Home for Christmas Jake's Dad 1998
53% Gang Related Richard Simms 1997
No Score Yet Lies He Told Davis Bay 1997
No Score Yet Santa Fe Paul Thomas 1997
No Score Yet For My Daughter's Honor Coach Peter Nash 1996
53% A Very Brady Sequel Mike Brady 1996
62% The Brady Bunch Movie Mike Brady 1995
No Score Yet Old Man and the Sea Actor 1995
No Score Yet Fall from Grace Maj. Tom O'Neill 1994
96% In the Line of Fire Bill Watts 1993
No Score Yet Son of the Morning Star Actor 1991
No Score Yet Making of "Son of the Morning Star" Actor 1991
No Score Yet The Old Man and the Sea Tom Pruitt 1990
No Score Yet Echoes in the Darkness Jack Holtz 1987
70% Lucas Assistant Coach 1986
No Score Yet Fatal Vision Jeffrey MacDonald 1984

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

91% black-ish
2014
Harrison
  • 2019
40% FAM
2018
Freddy
  • 2019
79% Love, Death & Robots
2019
  • 2019
78% mixed-ish
2019
Harrison
  • 2019
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2019
No Score Yet Chicago Fire
2012
Chief Grissom Grissom
  • 2019
  • 2018
91% Archer
2009
Voice
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
91% Bob's Burgers
2011
Voice
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2014
  • 2013
93% Veep
2012
Kent Davison
  • 2019
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
91% Suits
2011
Guest Cameron Dennis
  • 2019
  • 2016
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet The $100,000 Pyramid
2016
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law
2000-2018
Voice
  • 2018
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013
Guest
  • 2017
73% Mercy Street
2016-2017
James Green
  • 2017
  • 2016
71% Family Guy
1999
Voice Principal Shepherd/Man's Voice
  • 2017
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
41% Angel From Hell
2016
Dr. Williams
  • 2016
94% The Good Wife
2009-2016
Kurt McVeigh
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Xander Henry
  • 2016
  • 2004
20% Mr. Robinson
2015
Neville Rex
  • 2015
85% 30 Rock
2006-2013
Roger
  • 2012
81% Hart of Dixie
2011-2015
Ethan Hart
  • 2012
92% Royal Pains
2009-2016
  • 2012
54% Wedding Band
2012-2013
Jack
  • 2012
92% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2017
Joe O'Donnell
  • 2011
No Score Yet Lass es, Larry!
2000-2017
Joe O'Donnell
  • 2011
70% True Blood
2008-2014
Earl Stackhouse
  • 2011
84% The Closer
2005-2012
Major Edward Dorset
  • 2010
68% The Good Guys
2010
Frank Savage
  • 2010
66% Entourage
2004-2011
Andrew Klein
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
Shepard Crater
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Cleaner
2008-2009
  • 2009
  • 2008
89% Chuck
2007-2012
  • 2008
92% Psych
2006-2014
  • 2008
66% Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
Wayne Davis
  • 2008
  • 2004
52% Shark
2006-2008
Christian Chambers
  • 2007
88% Supernatural
2005
Brad Redding
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet Kim Possible
2002-2007
Voice
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
75% The West Wing
1999-2006
Vice President Russell Robert Russell Vice President Robert Russell Vice President Bob Russell
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
No Score Yet King of the Hill
1997-2010
Voice
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Practice
1997-2004
Solomon Tager Tager Brian Seabury
  • 2004
  • 2001
  • 1999
95% Karen Sisco
2003
Konner
  • 2003
90% Monk
2002-2009
Dexter Larsen
  • 2003
95% Justice League
2004
Voice
  • 2001
94% Frasier
1993-2004
Guest Luke Parker
  • 2000
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
Charlie Radcliff
  • 2000
No Score Yet Crusade
1999
Capt. Matthew Gideon Captian Matthew Gideon
  • 1999
No Score Yet From the Earth to the Moon
1998
Mitchell
  • 1998
No Score Yet The Outer Limits
1995-2002
  • 1998
67% American Gothic
1995-1996
Sheriff Lucas Buck
  • 1998
  • 1996
  • 1995
97% Moonlighting
1985-1989
Alan McClafferty
  • 1987
  • 1986
No Score Yet Miami Vice
1984-1990
Jackson
  • 1986
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1985-1989
Daniel
  • 1985
No Score Yet Harvey Birdman, Attorney General
2018
Voice
No Score Yet Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated

QUOTES FROM Gary Cole CHARACTERS

Bill Lumbergh
Hello Peter what's happening.I'm gonna need you to go ahead and come in tomorrow. So if you could be here at around....9 that'd be great
Bill Lumbergh
Hello Peter what's happening. I'm gonna need you to go ahead and come in tomorrow. So if you could be here at around....9 that'd be great.
Lenny
You want to get rid of a loser, you give him five bucks and you'll never see him again.
Pepper Brooks
I just talked to White Goodman today, and his team REALLY wants to win this one.
Pepper Brooks
I just talked to White Goodman today, and his team really wants to win this one.
Cotton McKnight
. . . . . . Right you are.
Cotton McKnight
Right you are.
Reese Bobby
You've gotta learn to drive with the fear. There ain't nothin' more frightenin' than drivin' with a live cougar in the car. If you're calm, that wonderous big cat will be calm too. But if you're scared, that beautiful death machine will do what God made it to do, namely, eat you with a smile on its face.
Cotton McKnight
ohhhh right in the testicles!!!
Cotton McKnight
Ohh, right in the testicles!
Reese Bobby
You've got to learn to drive with the fear. There ain't nothing more frightening than driving with a live cougar in the car. [...] If you're calm, that wonderous big cat will be calm too. But if you're scared, that beautiful death machine will do what God made it to do, namely, eat you with a smile on its face.
Bill Lumbergh
Oh, and remember: next Friday... is Hawaiian shirt day. So, you know, if you want to, go ahead and wear a Hawaiian shirt and jeans.
Bill Lumbergh
didn't you get the memo
Bill Lumbergh
Didn't you get the memo?
Reese Bobby
If you ain't first your last
Reese Bobby
If you ain't first, you're last.
Bill Lumbergh
Yeah........I'm gonna need you to come in on Saturday.
Bill Lumbergh
Oh, oh, and I almost forgot. Ahh, I'm also gonna need you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too.
Ted Jones
Has anyone seen my bigger knife?