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Net Worth:
$6 Million
Nov 17, 1951 (72 years old)
5 ft 8 in (1.75 m)
Actor, Voice Actor
United States of America
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Stephen Root is an American actor who has a net worth of $6 million. Root is probably best known for playing Jimmy James on the critically-acclaimed NBC sitcom "NewsRadio" (1995–1999) and Milton Waddams in the 1999 film "Office Space," and he voiced Bill Dauterive and Buck Strickland on the animated Fox series "King of the Hill" (1997–2010). Stephen has more than 260 acting credits to his name, including the films "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" (2000), "DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story" (2004), "No Country for Old Men" (2007), "Red State" (2011), "Get Out" (2017), and "Life of the Party" (2018) and the television series "Harts of the West" (1993–1994), "Ladies Man" (1999–2001), "The West Wing" (2005–2006), "Justified" (2010–2014), "Boardwalk Empire" (2012–2013), "The Man in the High Castle" (2016–2019), and "Barry" (2018–present).

He has lent his voice to numerous animated projects, such as "Ice Age" (2002), "Finding Nemo" (2003), "Ice Age: The Meltdown" (2006), "Rango" (2011), "Finding Dory" (2016), "Tripping the Rift" (2004–2007), "Adventure Time" (2011–2017), and "Dragons: Riders of Berk" (2012–2014). Root has also performed on Broadway, playing King Vaughnum III in "So Long on Lonely Street" (1986) and Frank Lubey in "All My Sons" (1987).

Early Life

Stephen Root was born on November 17, 1951, in Sarasota, Florida. He is the son of Rolland Clair and Leona Estelle Root, and Rolland worked as a site manager and project superintendent on civil engineering projects in the U.S. and Mexico, which caused the family to move frequently. Stephen attended Vero Beach High School in Florida, then he enrolled at the University of Florida, where he earned an AA degree and joined the BFA acting program. In 2003, he donated $100,000 to the University of Florida, which funded the Stephen Root Acting Studio, and in 2008, he was honored with the university's Distinguished Alumnus Award.


After appearing on Broadway in 1986 and 1987, Root made his big screen debut in 1988's "Crocodile Dundee II," followed by "Monkey Shines" (1988), "Black Rain" (1989), "Stanley & Iris" (1990), "Ghost" (1990), "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1992), and "RoboCop 3" (1993). He guest-starred on "Roseanne" (1990), "Head of the Class" (1990), "Jake and the Fatman" (1990–1991), "Night Court" (1990–1992), "L.A. Law" (1990–1994), "Home Improvement" (1991), "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1991), "Murphy Brown" (1992), "Quantum Leap" (1993), and "Blossom" (1993), and he appeared in the 1991 miniseries "Stephen King's Golden Years" and the 1992 TV movies "A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story" and "Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, the Last Chapter." From 1993 to 1994, Stephen played R.O. Moon on the CBS series "Harts of the West," and in 1995, he began starring as billionaire Jimmy James on "NewsRadio" alongside Dave Foley, Phil Hartman, Maura Tierney, Khandi Alexander, Vicki Lewis, Andy Dick, and Joe Rogan. NewsRadio ran for 97 episodes, and sadly, the cast had to say goodbye to their beloved castmate Phil Hartman when he was murdered by his wife in May 1998. They honored Hartman and his character, news anchor Bill McNeal, in the season five premiere, "Bill Moves On," and Root said of the episode, "We read it once on the day that we usually do, on a Monday. We all cried through it and we all decided, unilaterally that we weren't going to rehearse this show… And it was pretty tearful to shoot, but it was cathartic that we did something within the fictional structure that was real, because we really hurt that he was no longer there."

Stephen appeared in the films "Night of the Scarecrow" (1995), "Krippendorf's Tribe" (1998), and "Bicentennial Man" (1999), and he played Chris Kraft in the 1998 HBO miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon," which won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries and a Golden Globe for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV. In 1999, Root starred as Milton Waddams in "Office Space," which was written and directed by "King of the Hill" co-creator Mike Judge; the two would team up again for 2006's "Idiocracy." From 1999 to 2001, he was a series regular on the CBS sitcom "Ladies Man," and he had a recurring role as Bob Mayer on NBC's "The West Wing" from 2005 to 2006. Stephen played Mr. Lund in 2000's "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" and Gordon Pibb in 2004's "DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story," and he appeared in "Grind" (2003), "The Ladykillers" (2004), "Jersey Girl" (2004), "Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie" (2004), and "Just Friends" (2005). He portrayed Richard Clarke, former National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-terrorism, in the 2006 miniseries "The Path to 9/11," and he appeared in 2007's "No Country for Old Men" and 2008's "Mad Money," "Over Her Dead Body," "Drillbit Taylor," and "Leatherheads." From 2008 to 2009, Root played vampire Eddie Fournier in four episodes of HBO's "True Blood," and he guest-starred in three episodes of Fox's "24" in 2010. From 2010 to 2014, he had a recurring role as Judge Mike Reardon on the FX series "Justified."

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In 2011, Stephen played Sheriff Wynan in the Kevin Smith-directed horror film "Red State" and portrayed Arthur Koehler in "J. Edgar," then he appeared in "The Company You Keep" (2012), "Bad Milo!" (2013), and "The Lone Ranger" (2013). From 2012 to 2013, he played Gaston Means on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," and in 2014, he portrayed Al Lingo, head of the Alabama Highway Patrol, in "Selma" and began a four-episode stint as Lynn Boyle on Fox's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." From 2014 to 2017, Root starred as Kent Russell on the Comedy Central web series "Idiotsitter," and around this time, he appeared in the films "Hello, My Name Is Doris" (2015), "Trumbo" (2015), and "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates" (2016) and portrayed J. Edgar Hoover in the 2016 HBO movie "All the Way." He played Jim Hudson in the 2017 horror film "Get Out," which was written and directed by Jordan Peele, and he had a recurring role as Hawthorne Abendsen on the Amazon Prime Video series "The Man in the High Castle" from 2016 to 2019. In 2018, Stephen appeared in the films "Life of the Party," "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs," and "On the Basis of Sex" and began playing Monroe Fuches on HBO's "Barry" alongside Bill Hader and Henry Winkler. He appeared in 2019's "Bombshell," 2020's "Uncle Frank," "The Empty Man," and "Home," and 2021's "Happily," "Queenpins," and "The Tragedy of Macbeth," and in 2020, he played Maynard Barnes in seven episodes of HBO's "Perry Mason."

Personal Life

Stephen married Laura Joan Hase in 1984, and they welcomed son Cody before divorcing in 1997. Root wed actress Romy Rosemont on December 14, 2008, and they have co-starred on "Fringe," "Hot in Cleveland," and "Masters of Sex." Romy has appeared in more than 150 film and television projects, and she is probably best known for playing Carole Hudson, the mother of Finn Hudson, on the Fox musical series "Glee." In April 2021, the couple adopted a puppy, Archie, from Tobie's Small Dog Rescue in Los Angeles.

Awards and Nominations

In 2019, Root earned a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and an International Online Cinema Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for "Barry." "Uncle Frank" won a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Movie in 2021, and Stephen shared a Gold Derby Award for Ensemble Cast with his "No Country for Old Men" co-stars in 2008. The "Barry" cast has earned two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2019 and 2020), and Root and his "Get Out" co-stars earned an Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture nomination in 2018. "Get Out" also received a BAM Award nomination for Best Cast (2017), and "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" earned an MTV Movie Award nomination for Best On-Screen Team (2005). Stephen received a CableACE Award nomination for Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries for "The Road to Galveston" in 1996, and in 2012, Root and his "Tom and Jerry & The Wizard of Oz" castmates earned a Behind the Voice Actors Award nomination for Best Vocal Ensemble in a TV Special/Direct-to-DVD Title or Short.

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