Date of Birth: November 17th 1951
Root was born in Sarasota, Florida, the son of Leona Estelle and Rolland Clair Root, a construction supervisor.
Root is a favorite of the Coen Brothers and has appeared in O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Ladykillers, and No Country For Old Men. Kevin Smith wrote a role in Jersey Girl specifically for Root. He has also voiced various characters in Ice Age, Finding Nemo, and Courage the Cowardly Dog. Root reunited with Mike Judge in Idiocracy and has also portrayed NASA flight director Chris Kraft in the miniseries From the Earth to the Moon. He provides the lead voice of Commander Chode on the Sci Fi Channel's Tripping the Rift, as well as the voice of Homebase of The X's. Root has also had many guest appearances in television programs, the most notable being made the Klingon Captain K'Vada in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Unification." Root recently played Richard A. Clarke in The Path to 9/11. He guest starred as a bank manager in the Seinfeld episode "The Invitations," handling Kramer's hello greeting issue. He also had a role in the CSI episode "Homebodies" as a father whose daughter is raped, then murdered at the end of the episode.