‘Office Space’ Star Gary Cole Buys Secluded Bel Air Hideaway

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  • Gary Cole
    Gary Cole
    American actor

Did you get the memo? Gary Cole has a new wife and a new Los Angeles house. Records reveal the Chicago-born veteran stage and screen actor — who achieved cult status with his role as Bill Lumbergh, the boss everyone loves to hate, in the iconic comedy “Office Space” — has doled out $2.5 million for a contemporary four-bedroom, two-bath home nestled in a serene canyon setting in Bel Air. (While the house has Bel Air’s coveted 90077 zip code, it’s actually located way up in the hills near Mulholland Drive, geographically much closer to Sherman Oaks than to prime East Gate Bel Air.)

Presumably Cole, who recently joined the 19th season of NCIS as a series regular, will occupy his stylish new home with his new bride, L.A.-based interior designer Michelle Knapp. The pair were married last month at an intimate ceremony.

Originally built as a 1962 midcentury, the previous structure was essentially razed and completely rebuilt. In its place now stands a decidedly contemporary home offering 2,100 square feet of open-concept space punctuated by hardwood floors and recessed lighting throughout. Serving as the centerpiece is a fireside great room with a dining area, plus a sleek kitchen outfitted with luxe stainless appliances. All of the home’s public rooms have glass pocket doors that open to the private backyard.

There are four bedrooms, including a spacious master suite that leads to a patio and garden, and also features a spa-inspired bath equipped with dual vanities, a rainfall-style shower and large oval soaking tub. Outdoors, the Zen-like grounds hold a black-bottom pool flanked by a deck with a sunken spa tub and a two-car detached garage.

Cole, who turns 65 this month, began his professional career in 1983 as a stage actor with Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company. He went on to star in numerous TV series, including “Midnight Caller,” “The West Wing,” “The Good Wife,” “Veep” and “Chicago Fire”; he’s also appeared in “The Brady Bunch Movie,” “One Hour Photo,” “Dodgeball” and “Talladega Nights.” His best-known role, though, remains Lumbergh in “Office Space.”

The prolific actor recently starred in the ABC sitcom “Mixed-ish,” a prequel to the network’s hit comedy “Black-ish.” By the way … “I’m going to need those TPS reports ASAP. So, if you could do that, that’d be great!”

The listing was held by Josh and Matt Altman of the Altman Brothers Team at Douglas Elliman; Cole was repped by Kevin Stewart of The Agency.

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