Creed Bratton


Creed Bratton (b. 1943) is an American actor and musician best known for playing a fictional version of himself on the American adaptation of ‘The Office.’ Born William Charles Schneider, he grew up in a small California town near Yosemite National Park.

His grandparents, mother, and father were musicians, and he took a liking to music at a very early age. He became a professional musician during his high school and college years. He decided to try life as a traveling musician and made his way on a global excursion, during which he changed his name 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.

His character on ‘The Office,’ Creed Rowland Bratton is unlike most characters of this version of the show in that he has no equivalent in the original BBC series. Show writer and castmember, BJ Novak has said that the actual Creed Bratton is exactly like the character he plays, except that the real Creed is a good-hearted and likable person, while his fictional alter ego has a very dark side to him. His resourcefulness and duplicity are his defining traits along with his senile behavior and ignorance of the modern world.

Creed Bratton is a deviant, former hippie employed at the Scranton branch of fictitious paper distributor Dunder Mifflin as a quality assurance director. Creed is a mysterious figure who is prone to making bizarre or confusing statements on a regular basis. As a result of drug use during his career as a rock musician in the 1960s, Creed has a phenomenally poor memory. He doesn’t remember his job title, Quality Assurance, calling it ‘Quabity ashuates,’ later stating that he should have written it down.

He unapologetically forgets the names of his own co-workers, once referring to Angela as ‘Andrea,’ Stanley as ‘Sammy,’ Meredith as ‘Mary Beth,’ Andy as ‘Jim,’ Oscar as ‘Ace,’ Dwight as ‘Cheroot’ and Darryl as ‘Darnell.’ However, he usually remembers Pam’s name, (although he has also referred to her simply as ‘the receptionist.’

When seen at his office computer, he is usually playing spider solitaire. Little is known about Creed’s life outside the office; the scattered details that emerge (as well as his behavior in the office) are invariably bizarre and it is unknown how much of what he says is true. He is also extremely dishonest, with details emerging of his many scams, including faking his own death, and he admits to being involved in many religious cults saying that ‘you have more fun as a follower, but you make more money as a leader.’

He is a kleptomaniac and regularly steals items from coworkers, charity drives, and even tears off a card from a gift at Phylis’ wedding in order to pretend that it’s his. When asked his age, the reply varies wildly depending upon what suits him at the time.

Outside of work, Creed teeters on the edge of homelessness, and has professed his willingness to do whatever it takes to avoid becoming homeless again. He lives in Toronto, spending three nights a week there in order to milk the welfare state, and surreptitiously sleeps under his desk the remainder of the week.

Little is known of Creed’s childhood. In an interview, he explains that he was left on a doorstep and adopted by a Chinese family, which also explains his ability to speak Mandarin Chinese. He explains that the family bound his feet, unaware that the practice was traditionally restricted to young girls; he lost a toe in the process.

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