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Stephen Root

One of the most prolific character actors working today, Stephen Root has worked alongside many of the biggest names in Hollywood. Born in Sarasota, Root majored in acting and broadcasting at the University of Florida and remains a die-hard Gator fan. After three years of touring the U.S. and Canada with the National Shakespeare Company, Root settled in New York, honing his craft in many regional theaters and starring off-Broadway in 'Journey's End' and 'The Au Pair Man'. His Broadway debut came in 'So Long On Lonely Street', which was followed by the Tony award-winning production of 'All My Sons', with Richard Kiley. A starring role as 'Boolie', in the Broadway national touring company of 'Driving Miss Daisy' with Julie Harris, brought Root to Los Angeles where he now resides. Back on the boards, he recently starred with Helen Hunt and Lyle Lovett in ‘Much Ado About Nothing', an LA Shakespeare Production.

His first acting role on screen came in George A. Romero's cult horror classic "Monkey Shines." After that, many more under-the-radar supporting roles came his way until he found fame in the acclaimed series "NewsRadio," where he played the somewhat eccentric owner of a radio station, Jimmy James, with Dave Foley as the station manager. The show ran from 1995 to 1999. Root has played more eccentric characters in recent years, voicing several characters in the hit animated TV series "King of the Hill," a show created by and starring Mike Judge. Judge would later cast Root in another cult classic film, "Office Space," where Root played the squirrelly and unforgettable Milton Waddams, a man who is pushed around at work and has a fetish for Swingline staplers. Root has worked with the Coen brothers several times in the films "O Brother Where Art Thou?," "The Ladykillers" and "No Country For Old Men." He played Gordon Pimm in the comedy "Dodgeball" and Dwight Dixon on the stylish TV comedy "Pushing Daisies." He played the shifty Gaston Means on HBO’s "Boardwalk Empire" and Judge Mike “The Hammer” Reardon on FX’s "Justified." He’ll soon be seen on "Fargo" and "Turn."