Who is Gary Cole? Wiki Bio
Gary Michael Cole was born in Park Ridge, Illinois USA, on 20 September 1956, so his zodiac sign is Virgo and he holds American nationality. He is an actor and a voice actor, perhaps still best known for having starred in the drama series “Midnight Caller”, which aired from 1988 to 1991, and which also starred Dennis Dun and Arthur Taxier. The series follows a former police officer who is listening to other people’s problems during his radio talk show, and it won two Primetime Emmy Awards while it was nominated for nine other awards.
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Early life and education
Gary was raised alongside his older sister, Nancy in Rolling Meadows by their mother Margaret who worked as a school administrative assistant, and their father Robert who was a finance director.
Gary grew up wanting to become a famous actor, and he repeatedly said while attending elementary school that he was going to appear in movies and series on TV one day. Soon after enrolling at Rolling Meadows High School he joined its drama club, and appeared in the play “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” performed at the school. Upon matriculation in 1974, he enrolled at Illinois State University in Normal, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre in 1978. While there, he was good friends with his classmates John Malkovich and Laurie Metcalf, who are both famous actors today.
Roles in TV series
Gary made his debut TV series appearance when he portrayed the Man with Xmas Tree in the episode “A Matter of Principle” of the anthology series “American Playhouse” in 1984.
After being praised for his performance, he was invited to guest star in single episodes of many series, such as the drama fantasy horror “The Twilight Zone” in 1985, the crime drama “Miami Vice”, and the comedy drama “Jack and Mike” in 1986.
He appeared in two episodes of the comedy drama “Moonlighting” in 1987, before starring in “Midnight Caller” and becoming famous all around the US. After years of starring in movies, he appeared in the horror series “American Gothic” in 1995, portraying the lead character Sheriff Lucas Buck, but the series was canceled after just one season.
The year 1998 saw him guest star in episodes of three series – “Dead Man’s Gun”, “The Outer Limits”, and “From the Earth to the Moon” – before he was invited to play the lead character Captain Matthew Gideon in the action adventure drama series “Crusade” in 1999, which also starred Tracy Scoggins and Daniel Dae Kim, and which follows a team of scientists who have to cure a plague destroying Earth within five years or humans will vanish.
He was cast to play the recurring character Solomon Tager in the legal drama series “The Practice” in 1999, while the year 2000 saw him star in single episodes of five series, with some of his most notable performances being in the sitcom “What About Joan?”, the superhero animated series “Batman Beyond”, and the fantasy drama series “Touched by an Angel”.
In the same year, he voiced the main character Harvey Birdman in the adult animated sitcom “Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law” which won three awards and which aired from 2000 to 2007.
During those years, Gary was simultaneously shooting for other series, appearing in 15 episodes of the comedy “Family Affair” from mid-2002 to late 2003, and starring as Dr. Possible in 40 episodes of the animated action comedy adventure series “Kim Possible”, from 2002 to 2007. In 2003, he guest starred in an episode of the critically acclaimed comedy drama detective mystery series “Monk”, before starring as Vice President Bob Russell in the political drama series “The West Wing” from 2003 to 2006. The following years saw him appear in single episodes of several series, such as the crime drama “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” in 2004, and the animated sitcom “King of the Hill” in 2005.
In 2008, Gary portrayed two recurring characters: Jerry Shakespeare in the show “12 Miles of Bad Road”, and Wayne Davis in the soap opera comedy mystery “Desperate Housewives”. He went on to play the lead character of Andrew Klein in the comedy drama series “Entourage” from 2008 to 2010, and was then invited to star as Kurt McVeigh in the legal political drama “The Good Wife”, which also starred Julianna Margulies and Chris Noth, and which was about a woman who, after her husband who was a state’s attorney ends up in jail, has to support her family all by herself. The series was a huge hit, winning 30 awards including one Golden Globe while it was nominated for 212 other awards – Gary was shooting for it from 2010 to 2016.
Concurrently Gary voiced Mayor Fred Jones Sr. and many other characters in the animated mystery comedy series “Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated” from 2010 to 2013, before guest starring in more single episodes of many series, such as “The Good Guys” and “The Closer” among others. The following years saw him play supporting characters in series such as the legal drama “Suits” and the comedy drama “Hart of Dixie”, and in 2012 he was invited to voice Sergeant Bosco in the animated sitcom “Bob’s Burgers”.
From 2013 to 2019, Gary starred as Kent Davison in the comedy series “Veep”, which co-starred Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tony Hale, and which follows Selina Meyer, a former senator, who finds out that the Vice President of the USA is not even close to what she thought he would be.
The series was a huge success, winning 70 awards and being nominated for 222 others, including seven Golden Globes, while Gary and his colleagues won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (Gary was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy and a Screen Actors Guild Award).
While shooting for “Veep”, Gary was appearing in many other series, such as the sitcom “Mr. Robinson” and the animated science fiction sitcom “Rick and Morty”, while some of his latest appearances in TV series have been in an episode of the adult animated anthology web series “Love, Death & Robots” and two episodes of the animated sitcom “Big Mouth” both in 2019, and in the single-camera sitcom “Mixed-ish”, in which he is currently portraying the lead character Harrison Jackson III.
Roles in movies
Gary made his debut film appearance (uncredited) in 1985, portraying a man chased by Richard Chance in the action thriller movie “To Live and Die in L.A.”, before he was invited to play supporting characters in movies “Lucas” in 1986, “In the Line of Fire” in 1993, and “The Brady Bunch Movie” in 1995.
He starred in the film “A Very Brady Sequel” in 1996, before he was cast to portray lead characters in the comedy drama “Santa Fe” and the action crime drama “Gang Related” in 1997. The following year saw him play supporting characters in three movies, including the Christmas family comedy “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”, and in 1999, he starred as Bill Lumbergh in the black comedy movie “Office Space”, which also starred Ron Livingston and Jennifer Aniston; the story follows three workers who decide to have their revenge on their greedy boss.
Some of his roles in the following years were in the supernatural thriller “The Gift” in 2000, the psychological thriller movie “One Hour Photo” which starred the late Robin Williams in 2002, and the romantic comedy film “Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!” in 2004.
In 2005, Gary appeared in the critically acclaimed supernatural horror movie “The Ring Two”, followed by roles in the romantic comedy “Mozart and the Whale”, and the slasher film “Cry Wolf”. He played a supporting character in the sports comedy movie “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” in 2006, which starred Will Ferrell, and then went on to appear in the spy thriller movie “Breach” in 2007.
He played the lead character Coach Larry Gelwix in the sports movie “Forever Strong” in 2008 followed by his roles in the comedy film “Extract” and the family movie “The Joneses” in 2009.
At the start of the next decade, Gary was invited to star as Bill Kunstler in the drama film “The Chicago 8”, which follows the true events that occurred in 1968 when six protesters tried to cause riots in Chicago during the Democratic National Convention.
In 2015, Gary portrayed the lead character Clay Peaks in the critically acclaimed drama film “Cotton”, which also starred Erik Smith and Lusia Sturs, and which follows a faith healer pushed by his mother to use his gifts to help other people. The movie won seven awards, with Gary receiving a Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival Award for Best Actor.
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In the same year, he was cast to star as Reverend Guy Roy Davis in the comedy drama “Divine Access”, and to portray supporting characters in the Christmas comedy film “Christmas Eve” and the sports comedy drama “The Bronze”. He appeared in the crime movie “Small Crimes” in 2017, while he also voiced Rafe in the animated comedy mystery “Scooby-Doo! Shaggy’s Showdown” in the same year.
Gary appeared in four movies in 2018, starring in the comedy “Under the Eiffel Tower” and the Christian drama movie “Unbroken: Path to Redemption”, while some of his latest appearances in movies have been in the comedy drama “The Art of Racing in the Rain” in 2019, the thriller “Darkness Falls” in 2020, and the comedy drama “Married Young”, set for release in late 2020.
Love life and relationships
Gary and Teddi Siddall were dating for several years before marrying on 8 March 1992, in a ceremony attended by over 100 people. Teddi was an actress best known for her starring roles in the series “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Wings” among others, and her appearances in movies such as the black comedy crime “Prizzi’s Honor” and “Forever Strong”. On 16 March 1993, Teddi gave birth to their daughter Mary Leila Cole who is today pursuing her career as an actress. After over 25 years of being together, on 19 June 2017, Gary announced that he and Teddi were divorcing, but before the divorce was finalized, Teddi died at her home in Studio City, California on 4 February 2018.
Gary’s daughter Mary was diagnosed with autism when she was two and a half years old, but by the time she turned 14 she was a bit better, and began doing well at school. Autism is not a curable disorder, but is treatable and with the help of her best friend – her dog Tattinger – Mary is leading a somewhat normal life today.
Hobbies and other interests
Gary enjoys playing cold and authoritative characters as he is best at those, but in real life he is a humorous person who enjoys telling jokes and having fun with his friends and family. One of his best friends is Williams Petersen, an actor and a producer best known for having starred in the procedural forensics crime drama series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”.
Gary also enjoys appearing in stage plays, and has appeared in several during his career – one of his favorites is “If All the Sky Were Paper”, in which he starred alongside Annette Bening and Jim Beaver.
Gary is a philanthropist and a supporter of The Help Group non-profit organization, which is helping children with special needs such as those with autism, Asperger’s disorder, and the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). He has also worked with and donated money to several other charities and foundations, such as Autism Speaks and Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation.
Appearance and net worth
Gary is 63 years old. He has short grey hair and blue eyes, is 6ft (1.83m) tall, and weighs around 170lbs (77kgs). As of May 2020, his net worth is estimated at over $4 million.