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  • Moved frequently as a child because of his father's construction work.
  • Made his movie debut in the 1988 horror film Monkey Shines.
  • Has done voice-over work for such movies as Ice Age and Finding Nemo, as well as the TV series King of the Hill.
  • Appeared in the Kevin Smith film Jersey Girl in a role that was reportedly written specifically for him.
  • Has had success in both comedic (Office Space) and dramatic (No Country For Old Men) movie roles.
  • Played stapler-obsessed Milt Waddams in the comedy cult classic Office Space. He says fans still approach him to ask about his stapler. 
  • Donated $100,000 to the University of Florida; it was used to fund the Stephen Root Acting Studio.


  • Romy Rosemont — Wife
  • Laura Joan Hase — Ex-wife
  • Leona Estelle Root — Mother
  • Rolland Clair Root — Father


  • Attended the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

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  • Birth Place: Sarasota, FL
  • Birthday: November 17, 1951, Scorpio
  • Profession: Actor
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