For the character, see Creed Bratton

Creed Bratton (born February 8, 1943) is an American actor and former member of The Grass Roots. He is best known as a cast member on the NBC comedy series The Office.


Bratton in March 2009

Born William Charles Schneider

February 8, 1943 (1943-02-08) (age 67) Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Occupation Actor/Musician
Years active 1965–present


[hide]*1 Background and education

Background and education

Born William Charles Schneider in Los Angeles, he grew up in Coarsegold, California, a small town near Yosemite National Park. His grandparents, mother, and father were musicians, and he took a liking to music at a very early age. At 13, he received his first guitar from a Sears mail order catalogue. He became a professional musician during his high school and college years. Upon his mother's remarriage, his name was changed to Chuck Ertmoed.

Musical career

Early years

He decided to try life as a traveling musician and made his way on a global excursion, during which he changed his name again, to Creed Bratton. He traveled through Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Appearing with his group the Young Californians, he played guitar at a large folk festival in Israel. Fellow American and guitarist Warren Entner witnessed Bratton's performance, and asked him to give him a call when he got back to the United States. In 1966, they formed a partnership and recruited the remaining members needed for their group, the 13th Floor. Bratton played lead guitar, Rick Coonce played drums, Entner played rhythm guitar, and Kenny Fukomoto played bass. They recorded a demo and sent it to Dunhill, a new record company headed by Lou Adler. [2][3]Bratton playing at The Office Convention in Scranton, PA in 2007

The Grass Roots

Producers/songwriters P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri heard the demo and liked it. They needed new band members for a folk rock group that they had created in 1965. The 13th Floor lost their bass player to the draft during this time, and quickly recruited Rob Grill. They changed their name to The Grass Roots for prior name recognition and went straight to the top 10 with their first recording, "Let's Live for Today" in 1967. The group continued in their hit-making vein and toured the United States. Iconic hit songs such as "Midnight Confessions" cemented their standing as major contributors to the rock music scene.

The Grass Roots had top songwriters offering their best songs to them and they wrote many songs themselves. Bratton co-wrote "Beatin' Round the Bush", "No Exit", and "Hot Bright Lights", and self-composed "Dinner for Eight" and "House of Stone". Bratton played with the group on their first four albums – Let's Live for Today, Feelings, Golden Grass, and Lovin' Things – three of which charted. He took part in the first ten singles released, eight of which charted.

Solo years

In 2001 and 2002, Bratton released three albums showcasing his solo recordings since the 1960s. In 2007, he presented an induction award to The Wrecking Crew at the Musicians' Hall of Fame. In 2008, he released another album of new music with producer Jon Tiven. In 2010, Bratton released another new album titled "Bounce Back" with producer Dave Way.

[edit] Acting career

Bratton began to pursue an acting career in 1969. He has appeared in films such as Mask and Heart Like a Wheel. He is a current cast member (playing a fictional version of himself) on NBC's Emmy and SAG award winning The Office. In 2008, he appeared in a short film with Kyle Gass titled "Just One Of The Gynos", which won an award for best short film at the 2008 Malibu International Film Festival. He appeared in the feature film Labor Pains in 2009. His latest film projects are The Ghastly Love of Johnny X, written, produced and directed by Paul Bunnell, I Am Ben, written, produced and directed by Mathew Brady and Gaelan Connell and Terri produced by David Guy Levy.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1967–1969 American Bandstand Himself
1967 The Hollywood Palace Himself
1968 With Six You Get Eggroll Himself
1968–1969 It's Happening Himself
1969 Playboy After Dark Himself
1975 Kolchak: The Night Stalker Man Entering Lab Episode "Primal Scream"
1977 Quincy M.E. Young Man Episode "No Deadly Secret"
1977 Eight is Enough Episode "Mortgage Burnin' Blues"
1983 Heart Like a Wheel Photographer
1985 Mask Carnival Ticket Taker
1986 A Fighting Choice Court Clerk
1987 U.S. Marshals: Waco & Rhinehart Agent Jones
1987 The Wild Pair Dalton
1988 Seven Hours To Judgement Subway Worker
1991 Neon City Guard at Neon He was also a grip
1994 Secret Sins Of The Father Gas Station Worker
2004 The War Of Gene Captain Clark
2005–present The Office Creed Bratton
2006 The Bernie Mac Show Funeral Home Employee Episode "Bernie's Angels"
2006 The Manual Major. Edwards
2007–2008 Today Himself Episodes dated 10/26/07, 6/24/08
2008 Just One Of The Gynos Dr. Gus Callery
2008 6th Annual TV Land Awards Himself
2008 Celebrity Family Feud Himself
2009 Labor Pains John Abbotts
2010 In Gayle We Trust Denny Potter Two episodes
2010 Funny or Die Presents Himself Four episodes
2010 The Forgotten Guy Episode "Double Doe"
2011 The Ghastly Love Of Johnny X Rock & Roll Crooner "Mickey O'Flynn" (the Man with the Grin) Post production
2011 I Am Ben Dr. Cobb Post production
2011 Terri Uncle James Post production



  • 1967 – Let's Live For Today (U.S. #75)
  • 1968 – Feelings
  • 1968 – Golden Grass (U.S. #25)
  • 1969 – Lovin' Things (U.S. #73)
  • 2001 – Chasin' The Ball
  • 2001 – The 80's
  • 2002 – Coarsegold
  • 2008 – Creed Bratton
  • 2010 – Bounce Back


  • 1967 – Let's Live for Today / Depressed Feeling (U.S. #8)
  • 1967 – Things I Should Have Said / Tip of My Tongue (U.S. #23)
  • 1967 – Wake Up, Wake Up / No Exit (U.S. #68)
  • 1968 – Melody for You / Hey Friend (U.S. #123)
  • 1968 – Feelings / Here's Where You Belong
  • 1968 – Midnight Confessions / Who Will You Be Tomorrow (U.S. #5) Gold Record – RIAA Certification
  • 1969 – Bella Linda / Hot Bright Lights (U.S. #28)
  • 1969 – Melody For You / All Good Things Come To An End
  • 1969 – Lovin' Things / You and Love are the Same (U.S. #49)
  • 1969 – The River is Wide / (You Gotta) Live for Love (U.S. #31)


  1. ^ Official website's biography

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