Root, Stephen 1951–

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ROOT, Stephen 1951–

(Steve Root)


Born November 17, 1951, in Sarasota, FL; son of Rolland Clair (a construction supervisor) and Leona Estelle Root; married Laura Joan Hase (divorced August, 1997); children: Cody, Ryan. Education: Attended University of Florida. Politics: Democrat. Avocational Interests: Spending time with family, collecting compact discs.

Addresses: Agent—Paradigm, 360 North Crescent Dr., North Building, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; Cunningham, Escott, Slevin & Doherty, 10635 Santa Monica Blvd, #130, Los Angeles, CA 32767. Office—New Roots Productions, Inc., c/o NSBN, 9454 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 405, Beverly Hills, CA 90212-2907.

Career: Actor. Appeared with National Shakespeare Company. Also worked as a waiter.

Member: Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Awards, Honors: CableACE Award nomination, supporting actor in a movie or miniseries, 1996, for The Road to Galveston; MTV Movie Award nomination (with others), best on-screen team, 2005, for Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.


Film Appearances:

Dean Burbage, Monkey Shines: An Experiment in Fear (also known as Ella and Monkey Shines), Orion, 1988.

Drug Enforcement Agency agent, Crocodile Dundee 2 (also known as Crocodile Dundee II), Paramount, 1988.

Berg, Black Rain, Paramount, 1989.

Mr. Hentley, Stanley and Iris, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1990.

Police sergeant, Ghost, Paramount, 1990.

RKO guard, Guilty by Suspicion, Warner Bros., 1990.

Sheriff, Kindergarten Cop, Universal, 1990.

Mickey, V.I. Warshawski (also known as V.I. Warshawski, Detective in High Heels), Buena Vista, 1991.

Gary Murray, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1992.

Randolph, Bed and Breakfast, Hemdale Releasing, 1992.

Don Durenberger, Dave, Warner Bros., 1993.

Max Alvarez, Extreme Justice (also known as S.I.S.—Extreme Justice), Trimark Pictures, 1993.

Coontz, RoboCop 3, 1993.

(Uncredited) Awakened neighbor, Bye, Bye Love, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1995.

Frank, the sheriff, Night of the Scarecrow, Republic Pictures Home Video, 1997.

Gerald Adams, Krippendorf's Tribe, Buena Vista, 1998.

Dennis Mansky, Bicentennial Man (also known as Der 200 jahre mann), Buena Vista, 1999.

Milton Waddams, Office Space (also known as Cubiculos de la oficina), 1999.

Mr. Crenshaw, Natural Selection (also known as The Demon Slayer, The Monster Hunter, and The Monster Slayer), Asylum Home Entertainment, 1999.

Radio station man, O Brother, Where Art Thou? (also known as O'Brother), Buena Vista, 2000.

Voice of Chode, Tripping the Rift (animated short), 2000.

Voice of Rhino and Start, Ice Age (animated), Twentieth Century-Fox, 2002.

Voice of Zeb, The Country Bears (animated), Buena Vista, 2002.

(Scenes deleted) Michael, White Oleander (also known as WeiBer Oleander), Warner Bros., 2002.

Voice of Bubbles, Finding Nemo (animated), Buena Vista, 2003.

Cameron, Grind, Warner Bros., 2003.

Dwight Nestor, Raising Genius, 2004.

Fernand Gudge, The Ladykillers, Buena Vista, 2004.

Greenie, Jersey Girl, Miramax, 2004.

Gordon, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (also known as Dodgeball and Voll auf die nusse), Twentieth Century-Fox, 2004.

Dr. Freeman, Surviving Christmas, DreamWorks Distribution, 2004.

Vince Masters, Wake Up, Ron Burgandy: The Lost Movie (also known as Anchorman: Wake-Up Ron Burgandy and Wake Up Ron Burgandy), Dream-Works Distribution, 2004.

Judge Hank "The Hangman" BMW, Idiocracy, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2005.

Herb Finkle, Gretchen, 2005.

Television Appearances; Series:

R. O. Moon, Harts of the West, CBS, 1993.

Jimmy James, NewsRadio (also known as News Radio and The Station), NBC, 1995–99.

Voices of Bill Dauterive, Buck Strickland, Beef, Jeter Tuberville, Coach Maxwell, Lyle Neff, Dr. Tannenbaum, and other voices, King of the Hill (animated), Fox, 1998–.

Gene, Ladies Man, CBS, 1999.

Voice, Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot, The Family Channel, 1999.

Various voices, Kim Possible (animated), Disney, 2003–2004.

Voice of Chode, Tripping the Rift, Sci-Fi Channel, 2004.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Beggs, Cross of Fire, NBC, 1989.

Major Moreland, Stephen King's "Golden Years" (also known as Golden Years), CBS, 1991.

Mark Hastings, Pandora's Clock (also known as Doomsday Virus), NBC, 1996.

Chris Kraft, From the Earth to the Moon, HBO, 1998.

Richard Clarke, ABC/ 9/11 Commission Project, ABC, 2005.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Kevin McDonald, A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story (also known as Till Murder Do Us Part), CBS, 1992.

Kevin McDonald, Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, the Last Chapter (also known as Till Murder Do Us Part II), CBS, 1992.

Class of '61, ABC, 1993.

Max Alvarez, Extreme Justice, 1993.

Dr. Kirby, Black Widow Murders: The Blanche Taylor Moore Story, NBC, 1993.

Jaan Lamaan, In the Line of Duty: Hunt for Justice (also known as In the Line of Duty: Trackdown), NBC, 1995.

Dr. Dunbar, The Lottery, NBC, 1996.

Ed Kirkman, The Road to Galveston, USA Network, 1996.

Voice of Cowboy Gambler, Kim Possible: So the Drama (also known as Disney's "Kim Possible" Movie: So the Drama; animated), Disney, 2005.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Man in diner,, NBC, 1997.

Voice of Big Ducky, The Sissy Duckling, HBO, 1999.

Intimate Portrait: Sharon Lawrence, Lifetime, 2000.

Reel Comedy: Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Comedy Central, 2004.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Me and My Needs, ABC, 2001.

Charles, Dexter Prep Pilot, ABC, 2002.

Charlie Dillon, Sorry Charlie, Fox, 2004.

Voice of Homebase, The X's, Nickelodeon, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Bishop, "Dead Right," Wiseguy, 1990.

"Bad Company," The Young Riders, 1990.

Peter Lundy, "Fender Bender," Roseanne, ABC, 1990.

Spirit of death, "Death Takes a Halloween," Night Court, NBC, 1990.

Hastings, "My Heart Belongs to Daddy," Jake and the Fatman, 1990.

Brandon McCafferty, "Vowel Play," L.A. Law, 1990.

Captain K'Vada, "Unification: Parts 1 & 2," Star Trek: The Next Generation (also known as Star Trek: TNG), syndicated, 1991.

Exterminator, "Wild Kingdom," Home Improvement, ABC, 1991.

Sheriff Bobby Clinton, "I Fought the Law," The Torkelsons, 1991.

Mrs. Caldecott's lawyer, "Shop 'Til You Drop," Civil Wars, 1992.

"The Old Man and the 'C'," Civil Wars, 1992.

John Brophy, "Till Death or Next Thursday Do We Part," Murphy Brown, CBS, 1992.

Mr. Chaney, "Mr. Chaney," Eerie, Indiana, 1992.

Mr. Willard, "A New York Story," Night Court, NBC, 1992.

"Book of Renovation, Chapter 1," L.A. Law, 1993.

Brandon McCafferty, "Come Rain or Come Schein," L.A. Law, 1993.

George Bailey, "Looks Like Christmas," Sirens, 1993.

John Tremaine, Jr., "Goodbye Norma Jean—April 4, 1960," Quantum Leap, NBC, 1993.

Brother Timothy, "Revelations," Northern Exposure, 1993.

Mr. Tucker, "You've Lost That Livin' Feeling," The Golden Palace, 1993.

Louie, "Blossom in Paris: Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4," Blossom, 1993.

Attorney Brandon McCafferty, "Book of Renovation, Chapter 1," L.A. Law, 1993.

Raymond, "A Love Lost," In the Heat of the Night, 1993.

"High School Confidential," Sweet Justice, 1994.

Brandon McCafferty, "Silence Is Golden," L.A. Law, 1994.

Charles Lane, "The Last Laugh: Part 2," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1994.

Detective Sergeant George Fulmer, "Guns 'n Rosaries," NYPD Blue, ABC, 1994.

Football coach, "Good Sports," Party of Five, Fox, 1994.

Tony, "Love and Hope," Chicago Hope, CBS, 1994.

"High School Confidential," Sweet Justice, 1994.

Federal aviation negotiator, "Control Freak," VR.5, 1995.

Phil Asher, "Starting on the Wrong Foot," Cybill, CBS, 1995.

Mr. Lager, "The Invitations," Seinfeld, NBC, 1996.

Voices of Bill Dauterive and Ray, King of the Hill (animated), Fox, 1997.

"The Root of All Evil," Profiler, 1998.

Voice of sheriff, "Strange Invasion," Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (also known as Disney/Pixar's "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command"; animated), UPN and syndicated, 2000.

Voice of sheriff, "Stranger Invasion," Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (also known as Disney/Pixar's "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command"; animated), UPN and syndicated, 2000.

Voice of sheriff and sentry #2, "Revenge of the Raenoks," Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (also known as Disney/Pixar's "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command"; animated), UPN and syndicated, 2000.

Mr. Sweeney, "Denby Quits," The Norm Show, ABC, 2001.

Mr. Sweeney, "Norm Comes Back," The Norm Show, ABC, 2001.

Senator Culpepper, "Smoke," JAG, NBC, 2001.

George MacPherson, "Changes," Ed, NBC, 2001.

Voice of Mr. Andrews, "I Had a Dream," The Proud Family (animated), Disney, 2002.

John Pratt, "Company Picnic," Malcolm in the Middle, Fox, 2002.

Dr. Drake Kelson, "Blush Gets Some Therapy," Just Shoot Me!, NBC, 2002.

Voice of Cat Man, "Legends: Parts 1 & 2," Justice League (animated), Cartoon Network, 2002.

Tony Bustamante, "I Fought the In-Laws," Grounded for Life, Fox, 2002.

Tony Bustamante, "Mustang Lily," Grounded for Life, Fox, 2002.

Himself, Pyramid, syndicated, 2003.

Michael Kirkwood, "Homebodies," CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS, 2003.

Tony Bustamante, "You're So Vain," Grounded for Life, The WB, 2004.

Himself, Dinner for Five, IFC, 2004, 2005.

Harbin, "Detour," Frasier, NBC, 2004.

Himself, "Tournament 4, Game 1," Celebrity Poker Showdown, Bravo, 2004.

Bob Mayer, "King Corn," The West Wing, NBC, 2005.

Himself, Unscripted, HBO, 2005.

Bob Mayer, "In God We Trust," The West Wing, NBC, 2005.

Voice of Dick, "Threat Levels," American Dad (animated), Fox, 2005.

Voice of Val Yor, "TROQ," Teen Titans (animated), Cartoon Network, 2005.

Also appeared in Christy, CBS; as Sheldon, My Wildest Dreams; porter, Davis Rules; voice of Chode, "Tripping the Rift," Exposure, Sci-Fi Channel.

Stage Appearances:

(Off-Broadway debut) Trotter, Journey's End, Classic Theatre, New York City, 1980.

Venturewell, The Knight of the Burning Pestle, Classic Theatre, 1983.

(Broadway debut) King Vaughnum III, So Long on Lonely Street, Alliance Theatre Company, Atlanta, GA, 1984–86, then Jack Lawrence Theatre, New York City, 1986.

Season's Greetings, Whole Theatre, Montclair, NJ, 1985–86.

Frank Lubey, All My Sons, John Golden Theatre, New York City, then Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, both 1987.

Major Tours:

Benvolio, Romeo and Juliet, National Shakespeare Company, U.S. cities, including Machias, ME, and New Britain, CT, 1976–77.

Dromio of Ephesus, Comedy of Errors, National Shakespeare Company, 1976–77.

Boolie Werthan, Driving Miss Daisy, U.S. cities, including Detroit, MI, and Chicago, IL, 1988.

Also appeared as Valentine and Curio, Twelfth Night, National Shakespeare Company; in Hamlet, National Shakespeare Company; The Winter's Tale, National Shakespeare Company.


Video Games:

Early Q, Blade Runner, 1997.

Voice of Bubbles the Yellow Fish, Finding Nemo, THQ, Inc., 2003.