If people like Tom Cruise and Leonardo DiCaprio are the “face” of Hollywood, I think I’d like to take some time to give recognition to and pay homage to some of the people I’d consider to be the “backbone” of Hollywood. These actors appear all over the spectrum, from comedies to dramas and science fiction to horror. They leave an indelible mark on the films and shows they appear in and should be recognized for their tireless efforts. In this first post in my series I’ll title “Unsung Heroes Of Hollywood”, I’d like to write about Gary Cole.
Gary Cole has been in many shows and films over his thirty-plus year career, ranging from voices in cartoons to the worst boss in history to what could be speculated as the devil himself. I’d like to spend a bit of time talking about a favorite actor of mine because although he might not get the global recognition that say Tom Cruise would, I feel he certainly deserves some time in the spotlight.
Let’s first talk about his animated career. Gary has been the voice of several characters on animated shows. Most prominently to me would be Harvey Birdman Attorney At Law where he voiced the lead character. I warmly recall watching every episode of Birdman in just a few short days. Gary Cole and Stephen Colbert were the perfect choices for their roles and one can’t avoid mentioning John Michael Higgins because episodes with Mentok The Mindtaker were pure gold in cartoon form.
Gary Cole also voices stern FBI agent Hawley on one of my favorite shows, Archer. He only shows up a few times in the later seasons, but his interaction with other characters (particularly Sterling’s mother, Malory) is very dry and always ends up hilarious. This show is rare in that it still keeps things fresh and exciting after six seasons. There hasn’t been a lull or a low point in my opinion and I look forward to more next season!
Let’s veer away from animation and get to some roles played on live-action television and on the silver screen.
Anyone having worked in the humdrum mind-numbing office world should watch Office Space. Destroying a faulty copying machine then having a dance party to rap is one thing that every office drone needs to experience. The “Two Bob’s” are worth mentioning because John C. McGinley and Paul Willson are fantastic as completely out-of-touch executives but Cole’s role as Bill Lumbergh is the scene-stealer. His creepy glasses, his coffee mug (even whilst plowing Jennifer Aniston’s Joanna), and his monotone delivery of every line is about as memorable as it gets. Mike Judge really knocked it out of the park with this movie and I constantly think about wearing the bare minimum as far as flare is concerned.
Let’s talk about one more time that Gary Cole was phenomenal. In the mid-nineties, there was a short-lived television show called American Gothic. Cole played Sheriff Lucas Buck and I recall this show being really good for the time. Sheriff Buck was a crooked law-enforcer that had supernatural powers at his disposal. The show was exciting and very cool when it came out. I’ve yet to watch it again but I can easily obtain the DVD set and might knock out a weekend watching all 22 episodes.
In closing, Gary Cole is one of those actors that makes anything better. He was on Chuck as Sarah’s father. He was on Suits as Harvey’s mentor. He is currently on Veep as the Senior Strategist to the POTUS and every interaction he participates in is fantastic. I think Hollywood is better for having actors like Gary Cole around to class up any joint. Thanks for all your hard work, Gary.
Check out a site about Gary at http://www.garycole.net.