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Stephen Root

Stephen Root has been entertaining television and film audiences not only in front of the cameras, but behind them as well. He provided the voice of 'Bubbles' the fish in last summer's hit, Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar Finding Nemo.

Root voices 'Chode' in Tripping the Rift, Sci-Fi Channel's first animated series, premiering March 4, 2004. This edgy half-hour CGI-animated series is based on the award-winning short film of the same name. Tripping the Rift follows the adventures of The Free Enterprise, a smuggling vessel led by Root's character, a stumpy purple alien. 'Chode,' along with his colorful group of misfit shipmates, battles arch enemies and new obstacles in space each week.

Fans continue to approach Root with how much they adored 'Jimmy James' on NewsRadio. He found inspiration for the eccentric, down-to-earth, cut-to-the-chase businessman and owner of the fictional WNYX news radio station- in his own father. "My father, a construction supervisor, just knew how to get things done in a simple, to-the-point manner." The half hour comedy, NewsRadio ran on NBC TV from 1995-1999.

Rave reviews came his way from critics who adored his performance as the blind 'Radio Station Man,' in the Coen Brothers feature O Brother, Where Art Thou? for Universal/Disney. He co-stars in his second Coen Brothers film, The Ladykillers, out, Firday, March 26.

He starred as the put-upon 'Milton Waddams" in the Twentieth Century Fox film, Office Space, with Jennifer Aniston, released in 1999. This comedy about the plight of white-collar workers in today's corporate world marked a unique re-teaming for Root and director Mike Judge, who debuted in his first live-action feature film. Judge, creator of the Emmy winning hit animated television series King of the Hill cast Root as the voice of 'Bill,' Hank Hill's next door neighbor on the series. Bill is described as a lonely-hearted Army barber with low self-esteem. He also provides the voices of 'Strickland,' Hank's boss and 'Topsy." King of the Hill won the 1998-99 Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program.

He provided the voices for two other animated series, in Columbia Tri-Star's The Big Guy and Rusty the Robot, as 'Donovan' and Disney's Star Command, as 'Sheriff.' His features include Twentieth Century Fox's Ice Age, in which he voiced a hilariously menacing 'Rhino' and 'Zeb' in Walt Disney's feature film, Country Bears.

Numerous feature-film credits include: the upcoming Raving Genius Dodgeball: A True Underdog's Story and Anchorman. He also starred in Bicentennial Man, Krippendorf's Tribe, Bye Bye Love, Dave, Kindergarten Cop, Extreme Justice, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Robocop III, V.I. Warshawski, Ghost, Black Rain, Crocodile Dundee, Guilty by Suspicion and Stanley and Iris.

Root first TV series was Stephen King's The Golden Years. He won the role of 'R.O. Moon' in the short-lived series Harts of the West and had recurring roles on the award-winning HBO series, From the Earth to the Moon, The Betty Broderick Story, Sweet Justice and L.A. Law. He starred on the series Ladies Man, a half hour comedy for CBS television. His additional TV credits include guest-starring roles on C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation, Grounded for Life, Malcom in the Middle, Christy, Chicago Hope, NYPD Blue, Murphy Brown, Home Improvement, Party of Five, Northern Exposure and Roseanne.

Root also appeared in the NBC miniseries Pandora's Clock and was nominated for a CableACE Award for his performance in the cable movie Road to Galveston, with Cicely Tyson and Piper Laurie.

In his off-camera hours, Root likes to spend time with his family and golfing.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.
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Stephen Root Facts

BirthdayNovember 17, 1951 (72)
BirthplaceSarasota, Florida, USA

Selected Filmography

Hello, My Name Is Doris
Finding Dory
Finding Nemo
Drillbit Taylor
Robocop 3
Get Out
Bicentennial Man
Everything Must Go
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