Gary Cole
Gary Cole
Gary Michael Cole is an American television and film actor. Born in Park Ridge, Illinois and a graduate of Illinois State University, Cole began his professional acting career on stage with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 1985. On television, Cole had starring roles in the series Midnight Caller, American Gothic, and Crusade. On film, Cole appeared in supporting roles in The Brady Bunch Movie, Office Space, Dodgeball, and Talladega Nights.
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Donald Trump–Inspired 'SVU' Episode Pushed Back Yet Again
Huffington Post - 3 months
The much-discussed Donald Trump-inspired “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” episode has been pushed back to a later airdate once again.  The episode, ironically called “Unstoppable,” was supposed to air in October before the election, but got rescheduled for Nov. 16. NBC has since moved the episode again, attributing the switch-up to the network’s reshuffling of original content so shows didn’t go against Game 7 of the World Series. The network has not announced a new airdate, but it seems unclear whether the episode will ever air now that Trump is president-elect.  “Unstoppable” features a Trump-inspired character played by Gary Cole. The wealthy businessman-turned-politician comes undone in the episode after he is accused of rape.  “Law & Order: SVU” airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be ...
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Watch Gary Cole play a rich politician under fire on 'Law & Order: SVU'
CNN - 4 months
NBC has unveiled its first look at what's likely to be a much-talked about episode of "Law & Order: SVU."
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Actor Gary Cole On 'Veep' And Why 'Office Space' Endures
NPR - 9 months
The actor, who plays a political consultant on Veep, tells Fresh Air he landed his first major TV role only after a number of other actors turned it down. "It was very, very fluke-ish," Cole says.
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Reba McEntire Booked to Appear, Perform on NBC’s “TODAY”
Headline Planet - almost 2 years
Reba McEntire’s new album “Love Somebody” arrives on April 14. To promote and celebrate the album, the country veteran will appear during all three portions of that morning’s “TODAY” Show. Per NBC’s official listings, McEntire will perform during the 7-9AM ET and 10-11AM ET broadcast segments. She will sit down for an interview in the 9-10AM ET hour. McEntire is one of two musical acts confirmed for that week’s string of “TODAY” Show episodes. Walk the Moon, the other act, performs on April 15. This coming week’s episodes feature performances by Flo Rida (4/8) and Blues Traveler & Hanson (4/9). NBC’s listings follow: Monday, April 6 (7-9 a.m.) Giuliana Rancic on her book, Going Off Script. Shine A Light. Matcha Madness. Bethenny Frankel on The Real Housewives of New York. Cooking with Giada De Laurentiis. Jean Chatzky on Today. (9-10 a.m.) Cooking with Christina Tossi. Must Mark Your Calendar. Love It or List It. Pop Fix. (10-11 a.m.) Giuliana Rancic on her book ...
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Film Director Chris Nelson on <i>Date and Switch</i>
Huffington Post - about 3 years
When film director Chris Nelson was in high school, he wasn't out as a gay person, but he did have the fashion sense that's just innate. So when he came to class one day in a really "stylish, pink, paisley sweater," he wasn't prepared for the ridicule it occasioned. But now he's a handsome, out gay director with a smart, funny and tender teen-bromance comedy coming out from Lionsgate on Feb. 14, Valentine's Day, so suck it, high-school haters! I spoke with Nelson recently about the new film Date and Switch, written by Parks and Recreation writer Alan Yang. In it, two guy besties make a pact to try to get laid and lose their virginity before the senior prom. But with the pressure on, Matty (Hunter Cope) decides to come out to Michael (Nicholas Braun) as a "gay dude." Matty's no showtune-spouting, pectorals-as-big-as-dinner-plates gay male stereotype; he's just gay. Michael, though, struggles to adjust to this new wrinkle at a time when everything else in life, like for most tee ...
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'The Good Wife' Recap: A Surprise Wedding As The Tension Boils In 'Outside The Bubble'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Note: Do not read on if you have not yet seen Season 5, Episode 4 of CBS' "The Good Wife," titled "Outside The Bubble." If you had any doubt as to why Carrie Preston took home the Guest Actress in a Drama Series Emmy for playing Elsbeth Tascioni on "The Good Wife," this episode will put your mind to rest. "Where do you get your hair done?" "Outside The Bubble" kept the drama at Lockhart/Gardner while fanning the flames for the explosion that is next week. Side note: I've seen the next episode. It's amazing. Chrissy Quinn (Tracee Chimo) spent two years as a paralegal at Lockhart/Gardner and decided she had enough. She hired Viola Walsh (the delightfully snub attorney who hates Diane Lockhart, played wonderfully by Rita Wilson) and sued Lockhart/Gardner for creating a hostile work environment. Among her claims: Cary showed her how he masturbates, Diane encouraged prostitution, Alicia asked her about how she lost her virginity, Howard Lyman tried to rape her and Will had sex with underl ...
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'Suits' Scoop On What Jessica And Harvey Did, Plus Thoughts On A Snazzy, Smart Cable Drama
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I have specific information at the end of this post about the most recent episode of "Suits" -- including thoughts from series creator Aaron Korsh about a questionable thing two lead characters did -- but first, a generality: "Suits" is delightful. This law drama is not perfect (and my exchange with Korsh revolves about one aspect of last week's episode that didn't quite work for me). But I hasten to add that whatever flaws the show has are minor, and my opinion isn't too far off from that of critic Matt Zoller Seitz, who recently wrote that it "might be the most purely entertaining series on television." (By the way, if you plan to catch up on "Suits" -- which I recommend -- you can read everything before the Korsh portion of this post without being spoiled on Season 1, 2 or 3 plot developments.) Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman) and Nigel Nesbitt (Adam Godley) have been frenemies all through Season 3 of "Suits." Pleasure, remember that? Can you recall when pleasure was a regular par ...
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Prepare For A 'Good Wife' 'Bloodbath'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
When Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) said "I'm in." to Cary (Matt Czuchry) in "The Good Wife" Season 4 finale, she started something that cannot be stopped. "Her choosing to leave with Cary and start her own firm creates a bloodbath at Lockhart/Gardner," Margulies said in the preview video below. "The Good Wife" Season 5 will be "civil war," according to "Good Wife" co-creator Robert King. Alicia and Cary are leaving, along with several other players, and the tensions will rise. "It's going to be a really tumultuous time, i think," Margulies said. "You're going to be on a whirlwind and then there's going to be an explosion. It's going to rock everyone's world on the show." "The Good Wife" Season 5 picks up with Alicia announcing her plans to leave Lockhart/Gardner to her husband, Peter Florrick (Chris Noth), the newly elected governor of Illinois, and his adviser Eli Gold (Alan Cumming). But the exit doesn't happen immediately, leading Cary and Alicia to tipto ...
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'The Good Wife' Meets 'Fringe' Once Again
Huffington Post - over 3 years
John Noble is returning to "The Good Wife" in Season 5, HuffPost TV has confirmed. TV Guide originally reported Noble's return to the CBS series. The "Fringe" star appeared in the Season 4 episode "Death of a Client" as a client of Alicia Florrick's (Julianna Margulies) who was murdered. Noble's scenes were flashbacks to his character's time with Alicia. CBS would not confirm whether Noble will appear in more flashbacks or in current "Good Wife" continuity. In an interview with HuffPost TV prior to his first appearance, Noble said he'd return to the show "in a shot." "Good Wife" co-creators Robert and Michelle King previously joked they'd bring Noble back as his character's twin brother. "It was so funny working with Robert because Robert directed the episode and as we were going on he said, 'Oh, we really should have you back!' and I said, 'You can't! You killed me,'" Noble said with a laugh. "It was great fun and it was also fun because as I went onto the set, I kne ...
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The ubiquitous Gary Cole
Chicago Times - over 3 years
The Chicago native talks about 'The Good Wife,' 'Veep' and 'Suits' "Didn't he play a serial killer?" an editor asked when I brought up Gary Cole's name not long ago. Not a serial killer, but the 1984 TV miniseries "Fatal Vision" was Cole's first major role. Playing Jeffrey MacDonald, the real-life Army doctor who was convicted in 1979 of killing his wife and children, Cole — a mainstay of Chicago's then-burgeoning Off-Loop theater scene — stepped into the role with barely any on-camera experience.     
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RELIGIOUS TUSSLE:Atheist Display to Rival 10 Commandments at Court
Fox News - over 3 years
Gay Colo. Couple Sues Bakery Over Alleged Wedding Cake Snub STARNES: Anti-Religion Group Blasts Teen Valedictorian's Prayer
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Joanna Rothkopf: All Pork Fat, No Meat
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Note: Do not read on if you have not yet seen Season 2, Episode 2 of HBO's "Veep," titled "Signals." If last week's premiere was about making us feel great to be a part of Selina's inner circle, this week's episode was about lassoing that positivity and throwing it into a pit of mud and poo. The Veep's office got dark, mean, and, most of all, polit-i-cal. The episode is structured around a National Security meeting (about the hostage situation) that Selina desperately wants to attend. But then: wrench in plan! The President requests that she represent the White House at a pig roast, unappealingly named "U.S. Hay!" by Jonah, king of copy. Unsurprisingly, she is not eager to "mix with the hicks." Meanwhile, several smaller and more unpleasant plotlines sprout. There were, in fact, so many different story linesthat I find it hard to seamlessly weave them together into a tapestry of prose. So, I'll summarize here: Mike buys a hideous carrot-hued jeep creature and revea ...
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Joanna Rothkopf: 'Freedom Is Not Me-Dom; It's We-Dom'
Popeater - almost 4 years
Note: Do not read on if you have not yet seen Season 2, Episode 1 of HBO's "Veep," titled "Midterms." If you are one of the misguided few who chose to watch the MTV Movie Awards instead of the "Veep" premiere, I have to say that I am baffled by your decisions and question the integrity of your character. That said, this recap will probably be most useful for you. I am more than willing to admit that Season 1 of "Veep" took a little time to gain its sea legs with some episodes moving a little slowly in that kind of hyper-dry, deprecating mockumentary form that I generally loathe. It would seem, however, that creators Armando Iannucci and Simon Blackwell have decided Selina Meyer and America can only take so much relentless ego crushing, because Season 2 began with the fastest-paced, most high energy episode in memory. The season begins on the midterms campaign trail where, through a series of spliced terrifically spot-on sound bites, we learn that Selina is killing it. ...
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Where The Veep' Gets Her Asshole-ness From
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
There aren't that many people who can sling insults and remain as likable as "Veep" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The actress, who returns as Vice President Selina Meyer for the HBO series' second season on April 14, won an Emmy for Best Actress in a Comedy following the first season of "Veep." But Louis-Dreyfus, who spent nine years as Elaine Benes on "Seinfeld" and five years as the titular character in CBS's "The New Adventures of Old Christine," said she wasn't looking for an "asshole" character to play. "Yeah, she's kind of an asshole," she said with a laugh. "And I think that comes to me naturally. I didn't say to myself, 'I'm going to play an asshole,' because you can't start there. That wasn't the intention. But she's extremely driven, extremely vain, narcissistic and all of that stuff gets in front of her good intentions, which are somewhere down there. Deep, deep down. She doesn't mean to do the wrong things. It's a dog-eat-dog world and she feels that. I'm not goi ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Gary Cole
  • 2014
    Age 57
    In 2014, he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his work in the third season.
    More Details Hide Details Cole currently provides the voice of Sergeant Boscoe on Bob's Burgers and Principal Shepherd on Family Guy.
  • 2013
    Age 56
    Also in 2013, Cole began a major recurring role as Kent Davison on the HBO comedy series Veep, and has appeared throughout the second, third and fourth seasons of the show.
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    In 2013, Cole began a recurring role on Suits as Cameron Dennis, the former mentor of Harvey Specter, one of the show's main characters.
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  • 2011
    Age 54
    In 2011, Cole joined Fox's comedy pilot Tagged, but the series was not picked up.
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  • 2008
    Age 51
    In 2008, Cole appeared on Chuck as Sarah's con-artist father (in "Chuck Versus the DeLorean"), a role which he reprised in 2011 (in "Chuck Versus the Wedding Planner").
    More Details Hide Details He also appeared in the fifth season of HBO's Entourage playing Ari Gold's old pal Andrew Klein for a 3-episode story arc prior to joining the regular cast in the sixth season. Cole had a guest-appearance on the fourth season of the HBO series True Blood, playing Sookie Stackhouse's grandfather.
  • 1999
    Age 42
    In 1999, Cole starred in the film Office Space, in which he portrayed the sadistic office supervisor Bill Lumbergh.
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  • 1995
    Age 38
    Cole starred as Lt. Conrad Rose on the TNT series Wanted, he is also the voice of the title character on the Adult Swim series Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, and starred as Sheriff Lucas Buck on the one season 1995 show, American Gothic.
    More Details Hide Details Cole also appeared in the films Talladega Nights, Forever Strong, and American Pastime. Cole played Katherine Mayfair's ex-husband Wayne on Desperate Housewives and has more recently played the dangerous drug lord Ted Jones in Pineapple Express with Seth Rogen and James Franco. He also appeared in an episode from the third season of the USA Network series Psych as S.W.A.T. commander Cameron Luntz. Cole also played Bill Owens, Sy Parrish's (Robin Williams) boss, in the film One Hour Photo.
    He played The Brady Bunch patriarch Mike Brady in the 1995 film The Brady Bunch Movie, the 1996 sequel A Very Brady Sequel, and the 2002 television film The Brady Bunch in the White House.
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  • 1992
    Age 35
    Cole married actress Teddi Siddall on March 8, 1992, and has one daughter Mary who is pursuing her acting career.
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  • 1988
    Age 31
    Between 1988 and 1991, Cole became popular on TV for playing the part of Jack "Nighthawk" Killian in the series Midnight Caller.
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  • 1983
    Age 26
    Cole began his professional career in 1983 as a stage actor in Chicago, where he joined the ensemble of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 1985.
    More Details Hide Details In an early role Cole played an accused Army triple-murderer Capt Jeffrey MacDonald in the mini-series Fatal Vision. Cole has also appeared in several off-Broadway productions in New York City. He has done voice work on several animated series (Family Guy, Kim Possible, Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law) and had a recurring role on the drama The West Wing as Vice President Bob Russell. He also starred as Captain Matthew Gideon on the short-lived Babylon 5 spin-off Crusade, and had notable guest appearances on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Arrested Development. He also played Joe Maxwell on DCOM Cadet Kelly and appeared as real-life astronaut Edgar Mitchell in HBO's recreation of Project Apollo, From the Earth to the Moon. One of his most notable roles in 1991 was as General Custer in the much acclaimed television film Son of the Morning Star.
  • 1956
    Born on September 20, 1956.
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