Stephen Root is one of today's most prolific character actors. He recently was featured in THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS, with George Clooney, Ewan Mcgregor, Jeff Bridges, and Kevin Spacey; Joe Wright's THE SOLOIST, with Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx. He can seen be seen in CEDAR RAPIDS with Ed Helms, Anne Heche, and John C. Reilly.
Films released in 2007 and 2008 include: the award winning film NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, his third film for the Coen Brothers; MAD MONEY with Queen Latifah, Katie Holmes, and Diane Keaton; OVER MY DEAD BODY, with Eva Longoria; DRILL BIT TAYLOR, with Owen Wilson; and LEATHERHEADS, starring George Clooney and Ren?e Zellweger.
Root starred as the eccentric station owner, 'Jimmy James,' on NBC's "News Radio" for five seasons, CBS's "Ladies Man" with Alfred Molina and "Harts of the West" with Beau and Lloyd Bridges. He had a recurring role on the last two seasons of "The West Wing." Recent guest star appearances include multiple episode story arcs on "24," "True Blood," and "Pushing Daisies." He also co-starred in the award-winning HBO series "From The Earth To The Moon."
He is a frequent collaborator with director Mike Judge and has become a cult hero for his role as put-upon 'Milton Waddams' in Twentieth Century Fox's OFFICE SPACE. Root also starred in Judge's IDIOCRACY, and voices multiple characters of the Emmy-winning hit animated series "King of the Hill," created by Judge. "King of the Hill" won the 1998-99 Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program.
Born in Sarasota, Root majored in acting and broadcasting at the University of Florida. He left before graduating when he won a regional audition for the National Shakespeare Company. After three years of touring the U.S. and Canada with the troupe, Root settled in New York, honing his craft in regional theatre and starring in off-Broadway "Journey's End" and "The Au Pair Man."
Root's Broadway debut came in "So Long on Lonely Street," which was followed by the Tony award-winning production of "All My Sons," in which he starred opposite Richard Kiley. A starring role in the Broadway national tour of "Driving Miss Daisy" with Julie Harris brought Root to Los Angeles.
Other feature credits include: O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?, THE LADYKILLERS, JERSEY GIRL, DODGEBALL: A TRUE UNDERDOG STORY, ANCHORMAN, GHOST, and CROCODILE DUNDEE.
Television series include: "The Path to 9/11," "Frasier," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Just Shoot Me," "Seinfeld," "Chicago Hope," "Cybill," "Roseanne," "Night Court," "Murphy Brown," "Northern Exposure," "Star Trek: The Next Generation," and "Road to Galveston" (for which he was nominated for a CableACE Award).
Root enjoys spending time with his family and golfing.