|Born:||20 September 1956|
|Birthplace:||Park Ridge, Illinois|
|Years active:||1978 to present|
|Official Website:||Official website|
|Series:||None / Appeared in the films The Brady Bunch Movie (1995) and A Very Brady Sequel (1996)|
also appeared in the TV movie The Brady Bunch in the White House (2002)
|Character played:||Mike Brady|
Gary Cole (born 20 September 1956) played the part of Mike Brady in The Brady Bunch Movie in 1995 and A Very Brady Sequel in 1996. He reprised the role in the third film in the series, the FOX made-for-TV movie The Brady Bunch in the White House in 2002.
A versatile, talented actor, Gary has made numerous TV show guest role appearances on such popular shows as Monk, The West Wing, Kim Possible, ABC's Desperate Housewives, and Entourage.
Born in Park Ridge, Illinois, Gary attended Illinois State University where he was among fellow actors Laurie Metcalf and John Malkovich. He is married to Teddi Siddall and has a daughter with her. His daughter, Mary, was diagnosed with autism at age 28 months. In 2007, at age fourteen, she was 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.
Cole began his professional career in 1983 as a stage actor in Chicago, where he joined the ensemble of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 1985. He also appeared in several off-Broadway productions in New York City.
Gary's big breakthrough role came in 1988, when he gained the part of Jack "Nighthawk" Killian in the hit TV series Midnight Caller, which he played until 1991. In 1999, Cole starred in the film Office Space, in which he portrayed the sadistic office supervisor Bill Lumbergh. Also a talented voice over artist, Gary also has done voice work on several animated series (Family Guy, Kim Possible, Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law) and had a recurring role on the NBC-TV political drama series The West Wing as Vice President Bob Russell.