Stephen Root biography

Life of the Party

Stephen Root

Date of Birth: November 17, 1951

Stephen Root was born in Sarasota, California and spent 15 years honing his acting skills in theater before eventually making the switch to television and film.

He received a BA in 1972 from the University of Florida, where he majored in acting and broadcasting. Originally intending to be a journalist, Stephen discovered his love for acting after attending a directing class. He began acting in New York, both off-Broadway and on Broadway.

He did not make his screen debut until the 1980s.. The first film he featured in was Monkey Shines (1988), which would lead to an extensive career, both on television and in movies.

Some of his most notable TV roles include playing billionaire Jimmy James on the '90s sitcom NewsRadio and Army barber Bill Dauterive on the animated series King of the Hill. He had a recurring role as Republican campaign consultant Bob Mayer on The West Wing and made guest appearances on such shows as Seinfeld, Frasier and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

As far as film roles, Stephen has expressed his desire to maintain a comedy/drama mix in order to avoid being typecast. His wide range of acting credits span from the bumbling, good-natured gym-goer Gordon Pibb in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004), to the malicious, blind art dealer Jim Hudson in the Oscar-winning film Get Out (2017).

Other roles include Milton in Office Space (1999), Al Lingo in Selma(2014), and the blind Radio Station Man in O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Most recently, Stephen played Melissa McCarthy’s father, Mike, in the comedy film Life of the Party (2018).

Stephen Root Filmography

Actor:

  • Life of the Party (2018)
  • On the Basis of Sex (2018)
  • Get Out (2017)
  • Infinity Baby (2017)
  • Three Christs (2017)
  • Finding Dory (2016)
  • Hello, My Name Is Doris (2016)
  • Looking for the Jackalope (2016)
  • Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)
  • Miles (2016)
  • Spectral (2016)
  • Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz (2016)
  • 7 Chinese Brothers (2015)
  • Trumbo (2015)
  • Selma (2014)
  • Bad Milo! (2013)
  • Superman: Unbound (2013)
  • Sweet Vengeance (2013)
  • The Lone Ranger (2013)
  • Big Miracle (2012)
  • The Company You Keep (2012)
  • Cedar Rapids (2011)
  • Everything Must Go (2011)
  • J. Edgar (2011)
  • Rango (2011)
  • Red State (2011)
  • Tom and Jerry and the Wizard of Oz (2011)
  • Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare (2010)
  • Son of Mourning (2010)
  • The Conspirator (2010)
  • Unthinkable (2010)
  • Bob Funk (2009)
  • Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts (2009)
  • Imagine That (2009)
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)
  • The Soloist (2009)
  • Double Jeu (2008)
  • Drillbit Taylor (2008)
  • Leatherheads (2008)
  • Mad Money (2008)
  • Over Her Dead Body (2008)
  • Tripping the Rift: The Movie (2008)
  • Cook-Off! (2007)
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage (2007)
  • Have Dreams, Will Travel (2007)
  • No Country for Old Men (2007)
  • Sunny and Share Love You (2007)
  • Gretchen (2006)
  • Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)
  • Idiocracy (2006)
  • The Fox and the Hound 2 (2006)
  • The Frank Anderson (2006)
  • Just Friends (2005)
  • Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)
  • Jersey Girl (2004)
  • Raising Genius (2004)
  • Surviving Christmas (2004)
  • The Ladykillers (2004)
  • Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie (2004)
  • Finding Nemo (2003)
  • Grind (2003)
  • Ice Age (2002)
  • The Country Bears (2002)
  • White Oleander (2002)
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
  • Tripping the Rift (2000)
  • Bicentennial Man (1999)
  • Gut Feeling (1999)
  • Natural Selection (1999)
  • Office Space (1999)
  • Krippendorf’s Tribe (1998)
  • Night of the Scarecrow (1995)
  • Dave (1993)
  • Extreme Justice (1993)
  • RoboCop 3 (1993)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
  • Bed & Breakfast (1991)
  • Guilty by Suspicion (1991)
  • V.I. Warshawski (1991)
  • Ghost (1990)
  • Stanley & Iris (1990)
  • Black Rain (1989)
  • Crocodile Dundee II (1988)
  • Monkey Shrines (1988)

Life of the Party

Genre:  Comedy
Running Time:  105 min.
In theatres: May 11, 2018
DVD/Blu-ray: July 24, 2018

Current rating: Rating: 4.03
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Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Gillian Jacobs, Maya Rudolph, Julie Bowen, Molly Gordon, Matt Walsh, Stephen Root, Jacki Weaver, Jessie Ennis, Adria Arjona, Debby Ryan