‘King of the Hill’ Voice Actor Stephen Root Opens Up About Reboot Speculation

by Josh Lanier

Stephen Root, who played loveable but thick Bill Dauterive, said he hasn’t heard any “concrete” plans for a King of the Hill reboot. But there are talks behind the scenes that the beloved comedy may return.

Root told PopCulture that series creators Mike Judge and Greg Daniels recently created an animation studio. Though, he said he had no insider information on the show’s resurrection or not.

“[I] haven’t heard about it, but I would welcome that. I think it’s actually a great idea,” Root said. We’ll just have to “see where that goes,” he said.

However, writer Brent Forrester said earlier this year that Judge was in “hot negotiations” to bring the show back. He opened up during a Reddit AMA, ScreenRant reported.

“I am sure Greg Daniels and Mike Judge will murder me for sharing this but… HELL YES. They are in hot negotiations to bring back King of the Hill,” he wrote. “The Trump administration made it suddenly very relevant again. The characters have all aged 15 years. The project is sooooo good. Okay I’ve said too much.”

It’s not as if rebooted series haven’t performed well. And one as beloved as King of the Hill will certainly find an audience. The only drawback is some of the main actors have died since the show ended in 2010. Brittany Murphy, who played Luanne Platter, died in 2009 of pneumonia. And Tom Petty, who starred as Lucky, died in 2017. However, the core cast is still available if a revival were to happen.

The show could easily write around their absences.

Stephen Root Talks Why He Loved ‘King Of the Hill’

Stephen Root is one of the most prolific character actors in Hollywood. He’s “that guy” in that thing you saw that one time. He’s played Milton in Office Space, who just wanted his stapler back, to a hitman in HBO’s Barry, to The Radio Station Guy in O Brother, Where Art Thou.

But aside from Office Space, Root is most likely known for his role in King of the Hill. He said he hopes they bring the show back, as it provided him with some of his favorite lines from his career.

In one arc of the series, Bill begins dating Texas governor Ann Richards. Wanting to impress her with a show of strength and chivalry, he carries her through a fountain.

“We’re talking in a fountain, and I say, ‘Well, I’m going to pick you up and walk you across this fountain.’ I pick her up in my arms, and I take a step, and I say, ‘I believe I just stepped on a coy,'” he told PopCulture.com. “If I had only done that one episode, that would still be one of my favorite performances ever.”