Creed Bratton (born William Charles Schneider ; February 8, 1943) is an American character actor, singer, and musician. He is a former member of the rock band The Grass Roots, and is best known for playing a fictionalized version of himself on the NBC sitcom The Office, which earned him five nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
Creed Bratton’s talent for acting and music began at a young age. Born in Los Angeles, he grew up in the small town of Coarsegold near Yosemite, California. He attended the College of the Sequoias and Sacramento State College as a drama major. He began playing the guitar professionally as a teenager followed by a whirlwind travel experience throughout Europe in his twenties with the band The Young Californians.
Early life and education
Bratton was born William Charles Schneider in Los Angeles, and grew up in Coarsegold, California, a small town near Yosemite National Park. When Bratton was two, his father died when an airplane he was working on exploded while he was stationed in Hawaii.
His grandparents, mother, and father were musicians, and he took a liking to music at a very early age. At 13, he ordered his first guitar from a Sears mail order catalog. He became a professional musician during his high school and college years.
Bounce Back is Creed Bratton’s third solo album, and the former singer/ composer/ guitarist for the Grass Roots has come up with a winner.
Bratton’s music has a Southwestern/semi-country flavor that brings to mind Michael Nesmith’s solo work. The understated, out-of-left-field humor of Bratton’s character on TV’s “The Office” is part of the makeup, though he is no Weird Al Yankovic and this isn’t parody; it’s first-rate pop laced with brainy wit. Bratton, tongue occasionally in cheek, means it.
Bounce Back has substance (“Matters Like This”) and musical cool (“Love Me Like You Dance”), and Bratton has an unforced, unaffected delivery.