Gary Cole

Gary Michael Cole (born September 20, 1956) is an American actor and voice actor. Cole began his professional acting career on stage at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 1985. On television, he has had starring roles in the TV series Midnight Caller, American Gothic, The West Wing, Crusade, The Good Wife, The Good Fight, Veep, Chicago Fire, and most recently Mixed-ish. In film, he has appeared in The Brady Bunch Movie, One Hour Photo, Office Space, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. He is also known for voicing the title character on the Adult Swim series Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law and James Timothy Possible on Kim Possible.

Gary Cole
Cole at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival
Gary Michael Cole

(1956-09-20) September 20, 1956
ResidenceStudio City, California, U.S.
Alma materIllinois State University
OccupationActor, Voice actor
Years active1983–present
Teddi Siddall
(m. 1992; died 2018)
ChildrenMary Cole

Early life

Gary Michael Cole was born on September 20, 1956 in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. His father, Robert, was a school administrative assistant, and his mother, Margaret "Peggy", was a director of finance.[1][2] Cole has an older sister, Nancy. While attending Rolling Meadows High School, Cole made his acting debut as Snoopy in a high school production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Cole attended Illinois State University, where he studied theater as a classmate with other future actors Laurie Metcalf and John Malkovich.


Cole began his professional career in 1983 as a stage actor in Chicago, where he joined the ensemble of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 1985. In an early role Cole played accused Army triple-murderer Capt Jeffrey MacDonald in the mini-series Fatal Vision. Cole has also appeared in several off-Broadway productions in New York City. He has done voice work on several animated series (Family Guy; Kim Possible; Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law; Archer) 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 television film 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 film Office Space, in which he portrayed the sadistic office supervisor Bill Lumbergh. When asked about the oft-quoted character, Cole said:

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 television film The Brady Bunch in the White House.

Cole starred as Lt. Conrad Rose on the TNT series Wanted, he is also 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[4] 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. Cole also played Bill Owens, Sy Parrish's (Robin Williams) boss, in the film One Hour Photo.

In 2008, Cole appeared on Chuck as Sarah's con-artist father (in "Chuck Versus the DeLorean"), a role which he reprised in 2011 (in "Chuck Versus the Wedding Planner"). 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.

Cole had a guest-appearance on the fourth season of the HBO series True Blood, playing Sookie Stackhouse's grandfather.

In 2011, Cole joined Fox's comedy pilot Tagged, but the series was not picked up.[5]

In 2013, Cole began a recurring role on Suits as Cameron Dennis, the former mentor of Harvey Specter, one of the show's main characters. Also in 2013, Cole began a major recurring role as Kent Davison on the HBO comedy series Veep, joining the main cast at the start of the show's second season. In 2014, he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his work in season three. Additionally, Cole was nominated with his fellow cast members for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for seasons 2, 3, 4, and 5 before ultimately winning the award in 2017 for season 6.

Cole currently provides the voice of Sergeant Boscoe on Bob's Burgers and Principal Shepherd on Family Guy. He appears in triplicate as 10 Minutes, 10 Days and 10 Years in the Future Spokesguy in Kabbage's 2019 commercial campaign.[6]

Personal life

Cole married actress Teddi Siddall on March 8, 1992.[2] Their daughter Mary is pursuing an acting career. On June 19, 2017, the couple announced they were divorcing.[7] Siddall died on February 4, 2018.



Year Title 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 Agent-In-Charge Bill Watts
1995 The Brady Bunch Movie Mike Brady
1996 A Very Brady Sequel Mike Brady
1997 Santa Fe Paul Thomas
Gang Related Richard Simms
Cyclops, Baby Manks
1998 A Simple Plan Neil Baxter
Kiss the Sky Marty
I'll Be Home for Christmas Jake's Dad
1999 Office Space Bill Lumbergh
2000 The Gift David Duncan
2001 The Rising Place Avery Hodge
2002 One Hour Photo Bill Owens
I Spy Carlos
2004 Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! Henry Futch
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story Cotton McKnight
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 Short film
American Pastime Billy Burrell
Breach Rich Garces
Goodnight Vagina Dr. Milstein Short film
2008 Say Hello to Stan Talmadge Stan Talmadge
Conspiracy Rhodes
Pineapple Express Ted Jones
Forever Strong Coach Larry Gelwix
2009 Extract Bar Patron Uncredited
The Joneses Larry
2010 DC Showcase: The Spectre Jim Corrigan / The Spectre (voice) Short film
Batman: Under the Red Hood Bobo, James Gordon, Shot, Guard (voices) Direct-to-DVD
Immortality Bites Dr. Levine
2011 Hop Henry O'Hare
The Chicago 8 Bill Kunstler
The Last Rites of Joe May Lenny
2013 Vamp U Arthur Levine
2014 Date and Switch Dwayne
Tammy Earl
Cotton Clay Peaks Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival Award for Best Actor [8]
The Town That Dreaded Sundown Chief Deputy Tillman
2015 Divine Access Reverend Guy Roy Davis
Christmas Eve Dr. Roberts
The Bronze Stan Greggory
2016 Hot Air Aviator
2017 Small Crimes Dan Pleasant
Scooby-Doo! Shaggy's Showdown Rafe (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2018 Blockers Ron
Under the Eiffel Tower Gerard
Unbroken: Path to Redemption Dr. George Bailey
Seven in Heaven Mr. Wallace
2019 The Art of Racing in the Rain Don Kitch
2020 Anderson Falls Completed
TBA Married Young Aaron Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1983 Heart of Steel Lee Television film
1984 Fatal Vision Captain Jeffrey MacDonald, MD Television film
American Playhouse Man with Xmas Tree Episode: "A Matter of Principle"
1985 First Steps Manny Television film
The Twilight Zone Daniel Gaddis Episode: "Her Pilgrim Soul"
1986 Vital Signs Dr. Hayward Television film
Miami Vice Jackson Crane Episode: "Trust Fund Pirates"
Jack and Mike Chris Sykes Episode: "Pilot"
1987 Moonlighting Alan McClafferty 2 episodes
Echoes in the Darkness Jack Holtz Television film
1988–1991 Midnight Caller Jack 'Nighthawk' Killian 61 episodes
1989 Those She Left Behind Scott Grimes Television film
1990 The Old Man and the Sea Tom Pruitt Television film
1991 Son of the Morning Star George Armstrong Custer Television film
1993 The Switch Larry McAfee Television film
When Love Kills: The Seduction of John Hearn John Hearn Television film
1994 A Time to Heal Jay Barton Television film
Rod Serling's Lost Classics James Television film
Fall from Grace Maj. Tom O'Neill Television film
1995–1996 American Gothic Sheriff Lucas Buck 22 episodes
1996 For My Daughter's Honor Pete Nash Television film
1997 Lies He Told Dave Television film
1998 Dead Man's Gun Travis Everett Thornberry Episode: "The Photographer"
The Outer Limits Detective Ray Venable Episode: "Criminal Nature"
From the Earth to the Moon Edgar Mitchell Episode: "For Miles and Miles"
1999 Crusade Capt. Matthew Gideon 13 episodes
Chicken Soup for the Soul Dad Episode: "Where's My Kiss, Then?"
1999–2004 The Practice Solomon Tager / Atty. Brian Seabury 3 episodes
2000 What About Joan Justin Episode: "You Can't Go Home Again"
Family Law Alan Episode: "Human Error"
Batman Beyond Zeta (voice) Episode: "Zeta"
Touched by an Angel Charlie Radcliff Episode: "Pandora's Box"
Frasier Luke Parker Episode: "The New Friend"
2000–2007 Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law Harvey Birdman / Various roles (voice) 39 episodes
2000–present Family Guy Principal Shepherd / Various roles (voice) 58 episodes
2001 Neurotic Tendencies Pilot
Justice League J. Allen Carter (voice) 3 episodes
2002-2004 Teamo Supremo Mr. Vague (voice) 2 episodes
2002 American Adventure Chuck Television film
Cadet Kelly Sir Television film
The Brady Bunch in the White House Mike Brady Television film
2002–2003 Family Affair William "Bill" Davis 15 episodes
2002–2007 Kim Possible Dr. Possible / Various roles (voice) 40 episodes
2003 Criminology 101 Roy Franks Pilot
Hack Johnny Scanlon Episode: "Brothers in Arms"
Monk Dexter Larson Episode: "Mr. Monk Meets the Playboy"
Karen Sisco Konner 2 episodes
Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time Dr. Possible (Dad) (voice) Television film
2003–2006 The West Wing Vice President Bob Russell 21 episodes
2004 Pop Rocks Jerry "Dagger" Harden Television film
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Xander Henry Episode: "Brotherhood"
2005 Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama Dr. Possible (voice) Television film
Wanted Lieutenant Conrad Rose 13 episodes
King of the Hill Vance Gilbert (voice) Episode: "Harlottown"
2006 That Guy Gary Pilot
Company Town Martin Amberson Pilot
Arrested Development CIA Agent Episode: "Exit Strategy"
2007 The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning The Balladeer (voice) Television film
Shark Christian Chambers Episode: "Blind Trust"
Supernatural Brad Redding Episode: "Hollywood Babylon"
2008 Good Behavior Dean West Unaired series
12 Miles of Bad Road Jerry Shakespeare 6 episodes
Desperate Housewives Wayne Davis 6 episodes
Psych Commander Cameron Lutz Episode: "Gus Walks Into a Bank"
2008-2011 Chuck Jack Burton 2 episodes
2008–2010 Entourage Andrew Klein 12 episodes
2009 The Cleaner Davis Durham 2 episodes
Numb3rs Shepard Crater Episode: "Hangman"
2010–2016 The Good Wife Kurt McVeigh 14 episodes
2010 Uncle Nigel Nigel Pilot
Funny or Die Presents Lead FBI Agent Episode: "201"
2010–2012 The Penguins of Madagascar Commissioner McSlade (voice) 4 episodes
2010–2013 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Mayor Fred Jones Sr. / Various roles (voice) 21 episodes
2010 The Good Guys Frank Savage 2 episodes
The Closer Major Edward Dorcet Episode: "War Zone"
2011 True Blood Earl Stackhouse Episode: "She's Not There"
Curb Your Enthusiasm Joe O'Donnell Episode: "The Divorce"
Ricochet Judge Cato Laird Television film
2011 Tagged James Percy Pilot
2016, 2019
Suits Cameron Dennis 10 episodes
2011 Pound Puppies Slick (voice) Episode: "I Never Barked for My Father"
2012 An Officer and a Murderer Col. Russell Williams Television film
Hart of Dixie Dr. Ethan Hart 2 episodes
Scruples Royce Franklin Pilot
30 Rock Roger Episode: "Unwindulax"
Royal Pains Simon Braddock Episode: "Who's Your Daddy"
Wedding Band Jack Episode: "We Are Family"
2012–present Bob's Burgers Sergeant Bosco (voice) 10 episodes[9][10][11]
2012 The List Chief Inspector Bob McKinnon Pilot
2013–2019 Veep Kent Davison 55 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2017)
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (2014)
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2013–2016)
2014–2015 Archer Special Agent Hawley (voice) 6 episodes
2014 Phineas and Ferb Principal Lang (voice) Episode: "Doof 101/Father's Day"
2014, 2017 The Tom and Jerry Show Narrator (voice) 6 episodes
2014 The Legend of Korra Dai Li Sergeant / Rich Man (voice) 2 episodes
2014–2017 Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero Brock Zero (voice) 14 episodes
2015 Mr. Robinson Neville Rex Episode: "Flesh for Fantasy"
Rick and Morty Alien Doctor (voice) Episode: "Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate"
2015–2017 F Is for Family Rodger Dunbarton (voice) 6 episodes
2016 Angie Tribeca Professor Everett Lamereau Episode: "Pilot"
2016–2017 Mercy Street James Green, Sr. 12 episodes
2016 Unforgettable Clay Tendler Episode: "Bad Company"
Angel from Hell Stephen Williams Episode: "Believe Me, Part 2"
We Bare Bears CEO (voice) Episode: "Fashion Bears"
Justice League Action Black Adam (voice) 2 episodes
2017–present The Good Fight Kurt McVeigh 11 episodes
2017–present Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters Mark Armstrong (voice) 10 episodes
2018–present Trolls: The Beat Goes On! Sky Toronto (voice) 9 episodes
2018–2019 Chicago Fire Chief Grissom 12 episodes
2018 The Venture Bros. Professor Von Helping (voice) Episode: "The High Cost of Loathing"
Harvey Birdman: Attorney General Harvey Birdman (voice) Television special
2019 Fam Freddy Main role
7 episodes
Love, Death & Robots The Inspector (voice) Episode: "The Dump"
American Dad! Ted Robinson (voice) Episode: "Stan & Francine & Connie & Ted"
Big Mouth Matthew's father (voice) 2 episdoes
2019–present Mixed-ish Harrison Jackson III Main role

Video games

Year Title Role
2008 Harvey Birdman: Attorney Law Harvey Birdman / Judge Hiram Mightor
2016 Hitman Himself


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