About this actor
Gary Michael Cole (born September 20, 1956) is an American actor. Cole is best known for his supporting roles in numerous television and film productions in the 1990s and the 2000s. Longer term roles included his role as Jack "Nighthawk" Killian in the series Midnight Caller. He achieved cult status for his portrayal of Bill Lumbergh in Office Space. Cole was born and raised in Park Ridge, Illinois. His father is a school administrator and his mother was a director of finance. He attended Rolling Meadows High School, where his first dramatic appearance was as Snoopy in a high school production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. He later attended Illinois State University, where he majored in theater alongside actors Laurie Metcalf and John Malkovich. Cole began his professional career as a stage actor in Chicago, where he joined the ensemble of the famed Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 1985. He also appeared in several off-Broadway productions in New York City. In addition to his...