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Gary Cole was born on the 20th September 1956, in Park Ridge, Illinois USA, and is an Emmy-nominated actor and voice artist, perhaps best known for his roles in such movies as “In the Line of Fire” (1993), “Office Space” (1999), “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” (2006), and “Pineapple Express” (2008). Cole’s career started in 1983.

Have you ever wondered how rich Gary Cole is, as of late 2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Cole’s net worth is as high as $3 million, an amount earned through his successful acting career. In addition to being a popular actor in movies, Cole has also played in numerous TV series, which have improved his wealth too.

Gary Cole Net Worth $3 Million

Gary Cole was born a son of a school administrative assistant father, and a director of finance mother, and grew up in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, where he went to Rolling Meadows High School, and made his acting debut as Snoopy in school’s production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”. After his matriculation, Cole studied theatre at Illinois State University, with fellow future actors John Malkovich and Laurie Metcalf.

His professional career began in 1983 in the Golden Globe-nominated TV movie “Heart of Steel”, and Cole later appeared in several series and TV movies such as “Fatal Vision” (1984), “American Playhouse” (1984), “The Twilight Zone” (1985), and “Vital Signs” (1986). Cole ended the ‘80s with roles in David Seltzer’s “Lucas” (1986) starring Corey Haim, Kerri Green, Charlie Sheen, and Winona Ryder, “Miami Vice” (1986), and “Echoes in the Darkness” (1987) with Robert Loggia, Peter Coyote and Stockard Channing, which only increased his net worth.
Cole also starred in 61 episodes of “Midnight Caller” (1988-1991), and played in “The Old Man and the Sea” (1990) with Anthony Quinn and Patricia Clarkson, “The Switch” (1993), and in Wolfgang Petersen’s Oscar-nominated “In the Line of Fire” (1993) starring Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, and Rene Russo, increasing further his net worth. In the mid-‘90s, Cole had roles in “The Brady Bunch Movie” (1995), “American Gothic” (1995-1996), “A Very Brady Sequel” (1996), and “For My Daughter’s Honor” (1996). He continued with “Gang Related” (1997) starring Jim Belushi and Tupac Shakur, and Sam Raimi’s Oscar-nominated thriller “A Simple Plan” (1998) with Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, and Bridget Fonda. Cole also played in “Kiss the Sky” (1998) with William Petersen, “Office Space” (1999) starring Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, and David Herman, and in the series “Crusade” (1999).

In the early 2000’s, Cole again had parts in Sam Raimi’s “The Gift” (2000) starring Cate Blanchett, Katie Holmes, and Keanu Reeves, “One Hour Photo”(2002) with Robin Williams, “Cadet Kelly” starring Hilary Duff, and “I Spy” (2002) with Eddie Murphy, Owen Wilson, and Famke Janssen. From 2003 to 2006, Gary played Vice-President Bob Russell in episodes of “The West Wing”, and later in “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” (2004) starring Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, and Vince Vaughn. Cole was very busy in the mid-2000’s, as he appeared in “The Ring Two” (2005) with Naomi Watts, David Dorfman, and Sissy Spacek, “Mozart and the Whale” (2005) starring Josh Hartnett and Radha Mitchell, and in “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” (2006) with Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, and Sacha Baron Cohen.

Gary Cole worked in “Breach” (2007) with Chris Cooper and Ryan Phillippe, in series “Desperate Housewives” (2008), “Pineapple Express” (2008) starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, “Forever Strong” (2008), and “The Joneses” (2008) with Demi Moore, David Duchovny, and Amber Heard. Most recently, Cole is appearing in such series as “The Good Wife” (2010-2016), “Suits” (2011-2016), “Veep” (2012- ), and “Mercy Street” (2016- ), ensuring that his net worth still grows.

Regarding his personal life, Gary Cole married actress Teddi Siddall in 1992, and they have a daughter named Mary.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Scruples 2012 TV Movie Royce Franklin
Tagged 2011 TV Movie James Percy
Pound Puppies 2011 TV Series Slick
Ricochet 2011 TV Movie Judge Cato Laird
Curb Your Enthusiasm 2011 TV Series Joe O'Donnell
True Blood 2011 TV Series Earl Stackhouse
Vamp U 2011 Arthur Levine
The Last Rites of Joe May 2011 Lenny
Chuck 2008-2011 TV Series Jack Burton
The Chicago 8 2011 Bill Kunstler
Hop 2011 Henry O'Hare
Funny or Die Presents... 2011 TV Series Lead FBI Agent (segment "Terrible Decisions")
Uncle Nigel 2010 TV Movie Nigel
The Good Guys 2010 TV Series Frank Savage
DC Showcase Original Shorts Collection 2010 Video Jim Corrigan The Spectre (segment "The Spectre") (voice)
Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam 2010 Video short Jim Corrigan The Spectre (voice)
The Closer 2010 TV Series Major Edward Dorcet
Batman: Under the Red Hood 2010 Video Bobo Commissioner Gordon Shot ... (voice)
Entourage 2008-2010 TV Series Andrew Klein
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story 2010 Video short Mr. Yankovic
The Spectre 2010 Video short Jim Corrigan The Spectre (voice)
Numb3rs 2009 TV Series Shepard Crater
The Cleaner 2009 TV Series Davis Durham
The Joneses 2009 Larry Symonds
Extract 2009 Bar Patron (uncredited)
A Good Funeral 2009 Stan Talmadge
Forever Strong 2008 Coach Larry Gelwix
Psych 2008 TV Series Commander Cameron Lutz
Pineapple Express 2008 Ted Jones
Desperate Housewives 2008 TV Series Wayne Davis
Conspiracy 2008 Rhodes
Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law 2008 Video Game Harvey Birdman Judge Hiram Mightor (voice)
12 Miles of Bad Road 2008 TV Series Jerry Shakespeare
Good Behavior 2008 TV Movie Dean West
Kim Possible 2002-2007 TV Series Dr. James Timothy Possible
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law 2000-2007 TV Series Harvey Birdman Judge Hiram Mightor Avenger ...
Supernatural 2007 TV Series Brad Redding
Goodnight, Vagina 2007 Short Dr. Milstein
The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning 2007 TV Movie The Balladeer (voice)
Shark 2007 TV Series Christian Chambers
Breach 2007 Rich Garces
American Pastime 2007 Billy Burrell
My Wife Is Retarded 2007 Short Doctor Heichman
Diggs Tailwagger 2007 TV Movie Captain (voice)
Company Town 2006 TV Movie Martin Amberson
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby 2006 Reese Bobby
The West Wing 2003-2006 TV Series Vice President Bob Russell
Arrested Development 2006 TV Series Richard Shaw
That Guy 2006 TV Movie Gary
Wanted 2005 TV Series Lieutenant Conrad Rose
King of the Hill 2005 TV Series Vance Gilbert
Cry_Wolf 2005 Mr. Matthews
Mozart and the Whale 2005 Wallace
Kim Possible: So the Drama 2005 TV Movie Dr. Possible (voice)
The Ring Two 2005 Martin Savide
Pop Rocks 2004 TV Movie Jerry "Dagger" Harden
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story 2004 Cotton McKnight
The Practice 1999-2004 TV Series Defense Attorney Solomon Tager / Atty. Brian Seabury
Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! 2004 Henry Futch
Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time 2003 TV Movie Dr. Possible (Dad) (voice)
Karen Sisco 2003 TV Series Konner
Monk 2003 TV Series Dexter Larson
Family Affair 2002-2003 TV Series William 'Bill' Davis
Hack 2003 TV Series Johnny Scanlon
Criminology 101 2003 TV Movie Roy Franks
The Brady Bunch in the White House 2002 TV Movie Mike Brady
I Spy 2002 Carlos
Cadet Kelly 2002 TV Movie Sir
One Hour Photo 2002 Bill Owens
Justice League 2001 TV Series J. Allen Carter
The Rising Place 2001 Avery Hodge
Neurotic Tendencies 2001 TV Movie
The Gift 2000 David Duncan
Frasier 2000 TV Series Luke Parker
Touched by an Angel 2000 TV Series Charlie Radcliff
American Adventure 2000 TV Movie Chuck
Batman Beyond 2000 TV Series Zeta
Family Law 2000 TV Series Alan
What About Joan 2000 TV Series Justin
Chicken Soup for the Soul 1999 TV Series Dad
Crusade 1999 TV Series Capt. Matthew Gideon
Office Space 1999 Bill Lumbergh
I'll Be Home for Christmas 1998 Jake's Dad
Kiss the Sky 1998 Marty
A Simple Plan 1998 Baxter
From the Earth to the Moon 1998 TV Mini-Series Ed Mitchell
The Outer Limits 1998 TV Series Detective Ray Venable
Dead Man's Gun 1998 TV Series Travis Everett Thornberry
Cyclops, Baby 1997 Manks
Gang Related 1997 Richard Simms
Santa Fe 1997 Paul Thomas
Lies He Told 1997 TV Movie Dave
For My Daughter's Honor 1996 TV Movie Pete Nash
A Very Brady Sequel 1996 Mike Brady
American Gothic 1995-1996 TV Series Sheriff Lucas Buck
The Brady Bunch Movie 1995 Mike Brady
Fall from Grace 1994 TV Movie Maj. Tom O'Neill
Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics 1994 TV Movie James (segment "Theater, The")
A Time to Heal 1994 TV Movie Jay Barton
In the Line of Fire 1993 Bill Watts
When Love Kills: The Seduction of John Hearn 1993 TV Movie John Hearn
The Switch 1993 TV Movie Larry McAfee
Midnight Caller 1988-1991 TV Series Jack 'Nighthawk' Killian
Morning Star 1991 TV Mini-Series George Armstrong Custer
The Old Man and the Sea 1990 TV Movie Tom Pruitt
Those She Left Behind 1989 TV Movie Scott Grimes
Echoes in the Darkness 1987 TV Movie Jack Holtz
Moonlighting 1987 TV Series Alan McClafferty
Jack and Mike 1986 TV Series Chris Sykes
Miami Vice 1986 TV Series Jackson Crane
Lucas 1986 Assistant Coach
Vital Signs 1986 TV Movie Dr. Hayward
The Twilight Zone 1985 TV Series Daniel Gaddis (segment "Her Pilgrim Soul")
To Live and Die in L.A. 1985 Man Chased by Richard Chance (uncredited)
First Steps 1985 TV Movie Manny
American Playhouse 1984 TV Series Man with Xmas Tree
Fatal Vision 1984 TV Mini-Series Capt. Jeffrey MacDonald, MD
Heart of Steel 1983 TV Movie Lee
Small Crimes 2017 completed
Mercy Street 2016-2017 TV Series James Green
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2004-2016 TV Series Xander Henry
Family Guy 2000-2016 TV Series Principal Shepherd Mike Brady Security Guard ...
Hot Air 2016/II Aviator
Suits 2011-2016 TV Series Cameron Dennis
Veep 2013-2016 TV Series Kent Davison
Bob's Burgers 2012-2016 TV Series Sergeant Bosco Bosco
Angel from Hell 2016 TV Series Stephen Williams
The Good Wife 2010-2016 TV Series Kurt McVeigh
Unforgettable 2016 TV Series Clay Tendler
Angie Tribeca 2016 TV Series Professor Everett Lamereau
F is for Family 2015 TV Series Rodger Dunbarton
Christmas Eve 2015 Dr. Roberts
Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero 2014-2015 TV Series Brock Zero
Rick and Morty 2015 TV Series Alien Doctor
Mr. Robinson 2015 TV Series Neville Rex
Divine Access 2015 Reverend Guy Roy Davis
Archer 2014-2015 TV Series Special Agent Hawley
The Bronze 2015 Stan
Cotton 2014 Clay Peaks
The Town That Dreaded Sundown 2014 Chief Deputy Tillman
The Legend of Korra 2014 TV Series Dai Li Sergeant / Rich Man
Tammy 2014 Earl
The Tom and Jerry Show 2014 TV Series Narrator
Phineas and Ferb 2014 TV Series Principal Lang
Date and Switch 2014 Dwayne
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated 2010-2013 TV Series Mayor Fred Jones Sr. Black Knight Guard #2 ...
The List 2013 TV Movie Chief Inspector Bob McKinnon
Wedding Band 2012 TV Series Jack
Audrey 2012 TV Series Ian
30 Rock 2012 TV Series Roger
Royal Pains 2012 TV Series Simon Braddock
An Officer and a Murderer 2012 TV Movie Colonel Russell Williams
Hart of Dixie 2012 TV Series Dr. Ethan Hart
The Penguins of Madagascar 2010-2012 TV Series The Commissioner Commissioner McSlade

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Brady Bunch in the White House 2002 TV Movie consultant

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
2006 MTV Movie Awards 2006 TV Special very special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards 2016 TV Special Himself
WGN Morning News 2016 TV Series Himself
Hitman 2016 Video Game Himself (voice)
Today 2015 TV Series Himself
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Made in Hollywood 2014 TV Series Himself
The 4th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards 2014 TV Special Himself
The Playboy Morning Show 2014 TV Series Himself
Festival Road Trip 2013 TV Series documentary Himself - Guest Speaker
Lt. Dan Band: For the Common Good 2011 Documentary Himself
Terrible Decisions with Ben Schwartz 2009 TV Series short Himself (2011)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2008 TV Series Himself
Reel Comedy 2008 TV Series Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2007 TV Series Himself
2006 MTV Movie Awards 2006 TV Special Himself
10th Annual Prism Awards 2006 TV Special Himself
'Office Space': Out of the Office 2005 Video documentary short Himself
I Love the 80's 3-D 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
I Love the '90s: Part Deux 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
I Love the '90s 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Project Greenlight 2003 TV Series Himself
Comedy Central Canned Ham 2002 TV Series Himself
Steppenwolf Theatre Company: 25 Years on the Edge 2000 Documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Biography 2008 TV Series documentary Sheriff Lucas Buck
Disney Channel Holiday 2005 Video Dr. James Timothy Possible
Moonlighting 1987 TV Series Alan McClafferty

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 Best Actor Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival Best Actor Cotton (2014)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a New Television Series Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero (2014) · Thomas Middleditch
· Adam Devine
· Tania Gunadi
· Alfred Molina
· Larry Wilmore
· Lea Thompson
· Lenny Venito
· Rosie Perez
· Adam West
2016 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Veep (2012) · Diedrich Bader
· Sufe Bradshaw
· Anna Chlumsky
· Kevin Dunn
· Tony Hale
· Hugh Laurie
· Julia Louis-Dreyfus
· Phil Reeves
· Sam Richardson
· Reid Scott
· Timothy Simons
· Sarah Sutherland
· Matt Walsh
2015 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Veep (2012) · Sufe Bradshaw
· Anna Chlumsky
· Kevin Dunn
· Tony Hale
· Julia Louis-Dreyfus
· Reid Scott
· Timothy Simons
· Matt Walsh
2014 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Veep (2012)
2014 Canadian Screen Award Canadian Screen Awards, CA Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series An Officer and a Murderer (2012)
2014 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Veep (2012) · Sufe Bradshaw
· Anna Chlumsky
· Kevin Dunn
· Tony Hale
· Julia Louis-Dreyfus
· Reid Scott
· Timothy Simons
· Matt Walsh
2013 BTVA Television Voice Acting Award Behind the Voice Actors Awards Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series - Comedy/Musical Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (2010) · Frank Welker
· Matthew Lillard
· Grey Griffin
· Mindy Cohn
· Patrick Warburton
· Vivica A. Fox
· Lewis Black
· Kate Higgins
· James Arnold Taylor


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#Fact
1 Appeared as an extra in the classic 1995 episode of Seinfeld "The Soup Nazi", he can be seen standing behind Jerry and George while they are queuing at the soup restaurant and Banya approaches Jerry.
2 Longtime friend of William Petersen.
3 Went to college with John Malkovich.
4 He was awarded the 1987 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for "Bang" at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
5 He was awarded the 1987 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for "Bang" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
6 He was nominated for a 1982 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for "The Tooth of Crime" at the Remains Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
7 He was nominated for a 1981 Joseph Jefferson Award For Cameo Performance for his role in "The Magnolia Club" at the Novel Ventures Ltd. Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
8 He has played both the President and Vice-President of the United States in different productions: President Mike Brady in The Brady Bunch in the White House (2002) and Vice-President Bob Russell in The West Wing (1999).
9 Daughter, Mary, diagnosed with autism at age 28 months. In 2007, at age 14, she is responding very well to education, treatment, and a special friend - a dog named Tattinger. Cole relates their experience in the anthological book, "Love Heels: Tales from Canine Companions for Independence." Although autism is not curable, it is very treatable, and Mary is, by all appearances, a normal child due to treatment, support, and the dedication of loving parents.
10 Has a daughter with Teddi Siddall.
11 Don Johnson & Philip Michael Thomas edged out Cole and Jimmy Smits for the roles of Crockett & Tubbs in Miami Vice (1984).
12 Received the honor as being a Distinguished Alumnus at Rolling Meadows High School.
13 Attended Illinois State University where he was among fellow actors Laurie Metcalf and John Malkovich.
14 Began acting as Snoopy in a high school production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
15 Gary has appeared in numerous award-winning productions in Chicago as well as off-Broadway in New York.
16 In 1985, became a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble.

#Quote
1 (On landing The West Wing (1999) My manager had a connection to the show, which I think was helpful. She represents Stockard Channing. So, she was familiar with everybody over there, and that was pretty traditional. I had read for [producer] John Wells on a show called Third Watch (1999). I read for probably a couple other pilots, too. Didn't get any of them, but a couple of those auditions went fairly well. And I went in to read before the beginning of the fifth season, which was a scene that turned out to be with Martin Sheen. It was actually the first scene I shot, and it went well. It was fairly traditional. But I think the fact my manager had been plugged into the show for a few years because of Stockard probably helped.
2 (On the cult status of Office Space (1999)) It was like a lot of movies. You do the movie and then you walk away. It lasted maybe five weeks in theaters, if that. The first time I got a sense of it was probably a year later. I was doing a play in Chicago in the summer of 2000, because here [in L.A.], you don't spend a lot of time on the street. You're always driving. But in Chicago, I lived next door to the theatre, so I was always walking up and down this big boulevard in Chicago, Halsted Street, and going to restaurants and just down the street a lot. And people started coming up to me, doing Lumbergh's dialogue. And this is a year and a half later, and I was really surprised, because I thought the movie was a flop. I didn't know that it had gained an audience on video. And it happened consistently. I started going to restaurants and people would be like, "Hey Lumbergh!" I went to the ballpark at Wrigley Field, people were shouting out Lumbergh's name. I thought, "My God, somebody's actually watching this thing". So that's the first time, but then you kind of realize that in this day and age, a movie doesn't have to be successful in the theater, necessarily. I mean, it helps, but it doesn't have to die a death in the theater and never be seen again. You get a second chance if word of mouth helps you out, and that was the case of Office Space (1999).
3 (On A Simple Plan (1998)) I got that role because of Sam Raimi, who had produced American Gothic (1995), and I just got a phone call, and that was nice. We didn't really meet on A Simple Plan (1998), but there was a role they needed someone for, and he figured I wouldn't screw it up too badly. Sam was great that way. I did two films for Sam. And even though I only had a small role in the movie, I think it's maybe one of the best films I've been in from top to bottom, in terms of everything working-the story, the way it looked, the kind of impact it had. It wasn't a huge financial success, but I don't really think it was a flop, either, because it didn't really cost that much to make. I think it's a good film. Even though it's a small role, it's pretty pivotal, because it's one of those things where we don't know who this guy is, but either way, it's trouble. Because if he's really the law, he's trouble for these guys. And if he's not, if he's the guy coming back to get revenge, then he's even more trouble, which is what he turned out to be.
4 (On landing The Brady Bunch Movie (1995)) I had done virtually no comedy at all until then. All the television I had done was either disease-of-the-week movies or Fatal Vision (1984) or a television series called Midnight Caller (1988). But Betty Thomas, who had actually directed an episode of Midnight Caller (1988), she was the director. I had worked with her, I had also met her years ago in New York. She was a friend of Jim Belushi's, and I was doing "True West" with Jim Belushi, so I met her and knew her, liked her a lot. Thought she was very funny, very salty, and I went into the read thinking really that it just didn't make sense that I would get this part. But I thought since it was Betty, I'd go in and say hi, do my thing, have fun, walk away. And so I went in, and it seemed to go okay. I went in and did my best Robert Reed impersonation, and it seemed to go fine. And a lot of time went by, more than six or seven weeks, it seemed. So I didn't think any more about it. It was like most auditions. You walk in, and 90 percent of them are dead. And then I got a call back and went in, and [Betty] said, "I just want to see if this was as good as I thought it was". So I did it again, and no one was laughing. She was just looking at me like an animal in the zoo. And then the third time I went in, they had already cast Shelley Long, so they wanted to see me with "Shelley Long", and they put us on tape. They gave me some bad wig. I looked like "Buckwheat" from "The Little Rascals", and they put me in some bad polyester shirt, and it was just really odd, because I looked so stupid. I left and didn't think anything about it, and then it still went on and on. It was on and it was off, and it was on and it was off, and then finally I got a call from her and she said, "I really want you to do it". And then she went to bat for me at the studio, because I don't think the studio wanted me. It didn't make sense for the studio; I'm sure they were going through their list of stand-up comedians and other comic actors that had done those movies. And nobody wanted to do it. They'd keep passing on it. And the time was coming, they had to make it, and so I was slipped in.
5 In the Line of Fire (1993) wasn't technically the first feature I was in, but I'm going to say that it was, because the first one I did, I was basically invisible. I was in a movie called Lucas (1986) with Corey Haim in 1986. I played an assistant football coach who had one line, which was looped, and I realized it wasn't even my voice when I saw it. It was me saying the line on-screen, but it was someone else's voice. They lost my phone number, I guess. But yeah, In the Line of Fire (1993) was in '93, and that was an audition on tape, because that's the way [director] Wolfgang [Petersen] did it. He didn't usually meet people, and I believe Mr. Malkovich was responsible for getting me the part. I know John from college. I read for it and didn't hear anything for a long time and, in the meantime, I saw John, and he had been set in it for a while as this a villain, and I just mentioned I read for it, and he said, "Well, I wish I would've known about that". Then, a week or so later, I got a call that I was cast in it. So I think John put in a good word for me.
6 (On his guest appearance on Miami Vice (1984)) I think the show was in its third season, so it was pretty popular at that point. It was a good experience for me. I was only there five or six days. There was a great actor in that episode who's now a director, Perry Lang. We were kind of partner bad guys, a couple of rich kids who became drug smugglers. I just remember having a decent time in Miami for 10 days...Miami Vice was very stylized, in a weird way. It was kind of like the old Batman (1966). Sometimes the villains were very... I wouldn't say they were cartoony, but they were themed. They were very strong characters. This was not NYPD Blue (1993). It wasn't trying to be hardcore authentic all the time.
7 (On his role in Fatal Vision (1984)) I was still really in Chicago. I don't even think I made any pilgrimages out here. I was doing theater in Chicago, and I had a couple plays in New York, which is really what led me to do it. There was a guy by the name of Joel Thurm, who was vice-president at NBC at the time, and he had seen a production of "True West" that I was in, in New York. And I think maybe a year before that or less, I had read for Miami Vice (1984) and did a network screen test for that. Obviously I didn't get that, but [Thurm] still had a memory of me. They had offered the MacDonald role to a few people who had turned it down, and the time for shooting it was approaching. And the casting director in Chicago, who I had known for a long time, suggested me to Joel Thurm. He remembered the play, and then I flew out and auditioned for it, and it became a reality. But it was one of those right-timing things, because they were getting down to the wire, and they were probably less than two weeks from shooting this thing. They already had Karl Malden and Eva Marie Saint and Andy Griffith. It wasn't a question of getting someone that was known, although nowadays I don't know that they'd cast an unknown in that role. It was massive, the role was massive. It was a four-hour miniseries, and I was basically in every scene in the movie. It was an eight- or nine-week shoot out here in L.A.. It was a whole change of life for me, so I was looking at that, too. I read it and re-read the book, and it seemed to me that their take on it was pretty one-sided, and they were pretty convinced that he was guilty. But I didn't disagree with that. That seemed to be the case, although I didn't want to play him like that, because I thought it would be better to play him if he was innocent. It would make him more convincing, which he was to a lot of people-a lot of people were convinced he was innocent.
8 (On landing To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)) [William] Petersen is an old friend of mine from a long time ago. We started a theater company in Chicago, and he's the one that got me on that. I was out here in Los Angeles. Billy was renting a big house while he was doing the movie, and there were other Chicago actors out here migrating, mooching off of him while we were out in L.A. auditioning for stuff. And there were some roles in it, and he mentioned me to William Friedkin, so I just got this role as one of a bunch of bad guys that Billy hunted down. (While filming it) I never ran so much in a day in my life. It was somewhere out in a railyard outside of downtown near a bridge, like a train trestle. And it was running there, it was running across the bridge, and it was running through the industrial park, and finally Billy tackles me and roughs me up. But we ran all day long.

#Trademark
1 Usually plays cold, calculating authority figures
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