Stephen Root

Stephen Root

Nov. 17th, 1951
Born in
Sarasota, Florida, USA
5' 9"

Stephen Root's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Pushing Daisies TV Show
Pushing Daisies
King of the Hill TV Show
King of the Hill
Adventure Time with Finn and Jake TV Show
Adventure Time with Finn and Jake
Barry TV Show
NewsRadio TV Show
Tripping the Rift (CA) TV Show
Tripping the Rift (CA)
Adventure Time (CA) TV Show
Adventure Time (CA)
Harts of the West TV Show
Harts of the West
Dinner for Five TV Show
Dinner for Five
Ladies Man TV Show
Ladies Man

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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One of the most prolific character actors working today, Stephen Root has worked alongside many of the biggest names in Hollywood. He was born November 17, 1951, in Sarasota, Florida, and went on to attend the University of Florida during the 1970s. He worked in theater after graduation, first with the National Shakespeare Company before moving up to off-Broadway theater and finally moving on to Broadway. His first acting role on screen came in George A. Romero (I)'s cult horror classic Monkey Shines (1988). After that, many more under-the-radar supporting roles came his way until he found some moderate fame in the acclaimed series "NewsRadio" (1995), where he played the somewhat eccentric owner of a radio station, with Dave Foley (I) as the station manager. The show also introduced him to comedian Andy Dick (I), one of many comedian-actors whom he would work with again later in the 1990s and beyond. The show ran from 1995 to 1999 before it was canceled. Besides the character of Jimmy James on "NewsRadio" (1995), Root has played more eccentric characters in recent years. Root began voicing several characters in the hit animated TV series "King of the Hill" (1997), a show created by and starring Mike Judge (I). Judge would later cast Root in another cult classic film, 1999's Office Space (1999), where Root played the squirrelly and unforgettable Milton Waddams, a man who is pushed around at work and has a fetish for Swingline staplers. More recently Root has worked with such directors as the Coen brothers and Kevin Smith (I) as yet more oddball characters as well as making guest appearances on numerous TV shows.

  • Did voice-over work with former _Office Space (1999)_ (qv) costar 'Gary Cole (I)' (qv), for the _"Kim Possible" (2002)_ (qv) series.
  • Has a teenage son.
  • With his part as the squirly Milton in the cult classic "Office Space", Root has developed a fan base; he has said that, from time to time, fans of the movie will either mail him or give him in person a red Swingline stapler.
  • Appeared in three movies with Ben Affleck, _Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)_ (qv), _Jersey Girl (2004)_ (qv) and _Surviving Christmas (2004)_ (qv).
  • He is in the theatrical trailer for _White Oleander (2002)_ (qv) although his scenes were cut from the film itself (other then a very brief voice-over).
  • Donated $100,000 to the University of Florida in 2003 to fund an acting studio, which is now called the Stephen Root Acting Studio.

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