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Stephen Root Is Usually The Best Part Of Everything He's In, Even If You Don't Recognize Him

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Vote up the roles that make Stephen Root one of Hollywood's most wonderfully weird actors.

Many of us first became aware of Stephen Root's acting prowess in the 1999 classic Office Space, where his character Milton Waddams stole the show and secured a prominent place in pop culture history. Root had already been acting for over a decade before that breakout hit, though. In the years since Office Space, he has become one of the most prolific and chameleonic character actors around, boasting a remarkably productive resume. He seems to show up everywhere and in everything (over 800 episodes of television and 100 films, as of 2020). 

"I knew I wanted to be a working actor," Root told The A.V. Club. "And as the years have gone on, I just naturally evolved into [a character actor]. Because, y'know, I'm not a leading guy. Never was. It was just a natural progression to keep doing this. I mean, Betty White's, what, 90? And she's still working!"

A one-hit wonder Stephen Root is not. It's quite possible you've completely overlooked Root in some of your favorite films and TV shows. If you haven't, then you know he is one of the greatest character actors of the past 30 years; the guy transforms both physically and emotionally, rendering himself unrecognizable from role to role. He also has a knack for choosing unusual characters. In pretty much every case, he brings a wonderful amount of creativity and weirdness to each role, subtly enhancing everything he appears in - whether you recognize him or not.