Helms at the Savoy Cinema Irish premiere of The Hangover in Dublin, (2009)
|Birth name||Edward Parker Helms|
January 24, 1974 |
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Edward Parker "Ed" Helms(born January 24, 1974) is an American actor and comedian, known for his work as a correspondent on The Daily Show, Andy Bernard in the U.S. version of The Office and Stuart Price in The Hangover trilogy.
Helms was born in Atlanta, Georgia. His mother, Pamela (née Parker), was a school administrator, and his father, John Helms, was a lawyer. Helms is the youngest of three children. He graduated from The Westminster Schools one year after Office cast-mate Brian Baumgartner in 1992. Helms had open-heart surgery to correct a severe heart murmur at age 14. Originally a geology major, Helms graduated from a private liberal arts college in Oberlin, Ohio. While obtaining a degree in film theory and technology at Oberlin College (1996), he spent a semester as an exchange student at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
After graduating from Oberlin, Helms began his comedy and acting career as a writer and performer with New York City sketch comedy bands, and studied improvisation with the Upright Citizens Brigade troupe. Helms concurrently worked as a trainee film editor at Crew Cuts, a post-production facility in New York City. While doing so, he recorded some rough voiceover scratch tracks that eventually led to paying voiceover work, which in turn led to finding a talent agent.
Helms was performing comedy in New York City when, as he recalled in a 2005 interview, "The Daily Show had a sort of open audition with a casting company that I had dealt with. I read for the part, and got it". In his April 2002 to mid-2006 tenure on the satirical news program, Helms contributed "field reports" in addition to hosting various segments of the show, such as Digital Watch, Ad Nauseam, and Mark Your Calendar. He has also contributed to the This Week in God segment. Helms left the show in 2006, but has occasionally returned for brief appearances. On July 21, 2008 he returned for Obama Quest – a segment covering then-Senator Barack Obama's trip to Iraq. He occasionally narrates the Prescott Group educational films on sister series The Colbert Report. In late July 2006, NBC announced that Helms was added to the cast of the mockumentary The Office, alongside fellow The Daily Show correspondent Steve Carell, in a recurring role as Andy Bernard. Helms has been a series regular since the 3rd season. "He had so much in common with this character we wanted to create," recalled Paul Lieberstein, a writer for the show who also plays Toby Flenderson, the human resources representative at the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin. "I can't remember when they started merging." Helms returned to The Daily Show on December 5, 2006, stating he had been gone because he was "undercover at a paper company in Scranton", an allusion to his stint on The Office. In February of 2007, NBC announced that Helms had been promoted to series regular, and in February 2010 Helms was added to the show's opening credits. In June 2009, on a radio interview with National Public Radio, Helms said that like his character, Andy Bernard, he is obsessed with a capella music. He also appeared on such television shows as Tanner on Tanner, Childrens Hospital, Arrested Development and Cheap Seats, and in various Comedy Central specials. He has done commercial voiceover work in campaigns for Burger King, Doritos, Hotels.com, Sharp Aquos and Advair asthma medication, and he voices Angel, a character on Cartoon Network's Weighty Decisions series. Helms plays guitar, banjo (which was shown in the commercial bumpers and on a What Up With That? sketch when he hosted Saturday Night Live in 2013), piano, and all three, as well as a sitar, in some of his entertainment performances.
Helms starred in the 2011 film Cedar Rapids and co-starred in the blockbuster The Hangover film trilogy as Stuart Price. He had minor roles, including Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story, Meet Dave, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, I'll Believe You, Evan Almighty, Semi-Pro and, with Office co-star Jenna Fischer, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. In 2009, Helms appeared in The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, directed by Neal Brennan and starring Jeremy Piven. He developed a Universal Pictures film A Whole New Hugh with Judd Apatow, in which he would star and co-wrote with Jake Fleisher and Ian Berger. Variety reported in February 2009 that Helms would star and he and Fleisher would co-write a Warner Bros. feature about a time-traveling Civil War re-enactor, with the film to be produced through The Office star Steve Carell's production company Carousel. Helms voiced the Once-ler in The Lorax in 2012 and it was announced in July that he has signed on to play Rusty Griswold in the upcoming film, Vacation as a sequel/spin-off of the National Lampoon's Vacation series.
Helms is also in a bluegrass band called The Lonesome Trio with his friends Ian and Jake. They formed the band when they were at Oberlin College, and still get together to play a few shows every year. They recorded an as-yet-untitled album in summer 2013, shortly after appearing on the Bluegrass Situation stage at the Bonnaroo festival, which Helms curated. Helms is a self-confessed "bluegrass nerd" and founded the annual LA Bluegrass Situation festival. Helms plays banjo, guitar and piano.
On his Twitter account Helms called Chick-fil-A's opposition to same-sex marriage "lame" and said the fast food franchise had lost a loyal customer. Helms features in the video for Mumford and Sons' song "Hopeless Wanderer". Helms launched his own production company, Pacific Electric Picture Company, in 2013. The company has a two-year development deal with Universal Television .
|2004||Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story||Bunker McLaughlin||Film debut|
|2006||Everyone's Hero||Hobo Louie||voice|
|2007||Evan Almighty||Ark Reporter/Ed Carson|
|I'll Believe You||Leon|
|Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story||Stage Manager|
|Confessions of a Shopaholic||Garret E. Barton||uncredited|
|Meet Dave||Number 2|
|Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay||Interpreter|
|Lower Learning||Maurice Bunting|
|2009||The Smell of Success||Chet Pigford|
|The Hangover||Stuart Price||Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie Hissy Fight
Nominated – Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie Actor Comedy
Nominated – Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Chemistry (shared with Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis)
|Monsters vs. Aliens||News Reporter||voice|
|Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian||Larry Daley's Assistant||uncredited|
|The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard||Paxton Harding|
|2011||Cedar Rapids||Tim Lippe||Executive producer|
|The Hangover Part II||Stuart Price|
|Jeff, Who Lives at Home||Pat|
|2012||The Lorax||The Once-ler||voice|
|2013||We're the Millers||Brad Gurdlinger|
|The Hangover Part III||Stuart Price|
|Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues||TBA||cameo|
|2014||They Came Together||TBA||Filming|
|2002–2009||The Daily Show||Correspondent||207 episodes|
|2004||Cheap Seats||Bradley Wallace||2 episodes|
|2004, 2013||Arrested Development||James Carr||3 episodes|
|2006||The Colbert Report||Narrator - The On Notice Board: A Wonder of the Modern Age||Episode: Linda Hirshman|
|Samurai Love God||Samurai Love God||Voice, Television miniseries|
|2008||Upright Citizens Brigade||Guest Monologist||uncredited|
|American Dad!||Mr. Buckley||Voice, Episode: Stanny Slickers II: The Legend of Ollie's Gold|
|Wainy Days||Doctor||Episode: Angel|
|2009||Family Guy||Al Gore||Voice, Episode: FOX-y Lady|
|2010||'Funny or Die Presents||Cast (Holdup)||4 episodes|
|2008–2010||Childrens Hospital||Doctor, TV Announcer||5 episodes|
|2006–2013||The Office||Andy Bernard||Series regular|
|2012||The Mindy Project||Dennis||2 episodes|
|Ugly Americans||Dennis||Episode: Mark Loves Dick|
|2013||Kroll Show||Sex in the City Dude||Episode: San Diego Diet|
|Saturday Night Live||Ted Pelms||Episode: Zach Galifianakis/Of Monsters and Men, uncredited|
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- "Mumford and Sons release hilarious Hopeless Wanderer video". Music Blogged. 2013-08-04. Retrieved 2013-08-04.
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