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STEPHEN ROOT entertains television and film audiences not only in front of the cameras, but behind them as well. He is currently filming a 6 hour, untitled mini-series for ABC, based on the 9/11 Commission Report. It will follow the CIA and FBI behind closed doors from the 1993 World Trade Center bombings to the morning of 9-11. Root plays Richard Clarke, who advised four presidents on homeland security. Patricia Heaton and Harvey Keitel also star.

He voices ‘Chode' in "Tripping the Rift,” Sci-Fi Channel's first animated series, which premiered 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 JUPITER 42, 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. He also lends his voice to ‘Dick' on the new Fox animated series, "American Dad.”

Root starred as the eccentric station owner ‘Jimmy James' on the series "News Radio” for five seasons. He was a series regular on "Ladies Man” with Alfred Molina and "Harts of the West” with Beau and Lloyd Bridges. He also had recurring roles on the award-winning HBO series "From The Earth To The Moon,” as well as the television series "Grounded for Life,” "Civil Wars” and "L.A. Law.” 

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. The Office Space DVD release is slated for November 1. 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 voice of ‘Mr. Strickland,' Hank's boss. "King of the Hill” won the 1998-99 Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program and is now entering its ninth season.

Animated features include the voice of ‘Bubbles' the fish in the Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar hit, Finding Nemo, Twentieth Century Fox's Ice Age, in which he voiced a hilariously menacing ‘Rhino,' and ‘Zeb' in Walt Disney's feature film, Country Bears. He provided voices for Columbia Tri-Star's The Big Guy and Rusty the Robot, as ‘Donovan' and Disney's Star Command, as ‘Sheriff.' 

Born in Sarasota, Root majored in acting and broadcasting at the University of Florida, then 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's "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.

Root co-starred as ‘Gordon' in last summer's hit feature, 20th Century Fox's Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story with Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn. He appeared in Dreamworks' film Anchorman with Will Farrell. 

Rave reviews came his way from critics who adored his performance as ‘Mr. Lund,' the blind ‘Radio Station Man,' in the Coen Brothers feature "O Brother, Where Art Thou?” for Universal/Disney. 

He co-starred as ‘Fernand Gudge' in The Ladykillers, his second Coen Brothers feature. He also played the role of ‘Greennie,' opposite Ben Affleck and George Carlin in Kevin Smith's Jersey Girl

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