Rash at the San Diego Comic-Con International in 2013
July 15, 1971
Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, film producer, screenwriter|
James "Jim" Rash (born July 15, 1971) is an American actor, comedian, producer, and screenwriter. He is known for playing Dean Craig Pelton on the NBC sitcom Community. In 2012, he received a Golden Globe nomination and won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film The Descendants.
Rash was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he attended Charlotte Latin School. Both he and his sister were adopted. After graduating, he spent a post-graduate year at the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. He later attended University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha.
Rash played Mr. Grayson / Stitches, a sidekick to the supervillain Royal Pain, in the 2005 film Sky High. He played Fenton on That '70s Show and Andrew (the "whore house guy") on Reno 911!. He guest starred in the final episode of Friends, and played Head T.A. Philip in Slackers. Since 2009, Rash has starred on Community as Craig Pelton, the dean of the community college in which the show takes place. Rash and comedy partner Nat Faxon moved into screenwriting, writing a pilot in 2005 for a series entitled Adopted, about an adult who finds out his parents are not his birth parents. The show did not take off.
Rash and Faxon wrote the screenplay for The Descendants, based on the novel of the same name by Kaui Hart Hemmings. The script appeared on the 2008 edition of the Black List, which lists the most popular unproduced scripts in Hollywood at that time. The film was produced in Hawaii and starred George Clooney; it was released on November 18, 2011 to critical acclaim. The film received a Golden Globe nomination and won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Rash and Faxon co-wrote and directed the film The Way Way Back, which received a standing ovation at its premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Parts of the film are based on Rash's teenage life. Rash is a member of the Los Angeles-based improvisational and sketch comedy troupe The Groundlings.
|2002||Hiding in Walls||Jane's Assistant|
|2002||One Hour Photo||Amateur Porn Guy|
|2002||Slackers||Head T.A. Philip|
|2003||Wrong Hollywood Number||Caller||Short film|
|2003||George & Gracie||George|
|2005||Sky High||Mr. Grayson / Stitches|
|2007||Smiley Face||Talent Agency Secretary|
|2007||Balls of Fury||Techie|
|2008||The Onion Movie||Bryce's Manager|
|2011||Worst. Prom. Ever.||Pizza Pete|
|2013||The Way Way Back||Lewis||Co-writer, co-director, executive producer|
|1995||Cybill||Production Assistant||Episode: "Local Hero"|
|1997||Tracey Takes On...||Pollster||Episode: "Movies"|
|1997–1998||The Naked Truth||Harris Van Doren||3 episodes|
|1998||Working||Carl||Episode: "Good Val Hunting"|
|1999||Becker||Eddie Blatt||Episode: "Becker the Elder"|
|1999||Clueless||Bart||Episode: "Big Sissies"|
|1999||Katie Joplin||Mitchell Tuit||7 episodes|
|2000||The Hughleys||Census Guy||Episode: "Scary Hughleys"|
|2001||The Practice||Quimby||Episode: "Vanished: Part 1"|
|2002||Less Than Perfect||Rob McLyle||Episode: "Claude the Liar"|
|1998–2006||That '70s Show||Fenton||6 episodes|
|2003||Alligator Point||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2003||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Todd Benton||Episode: "Random Acts of Violence"|
|2003||The Guardian||Court Therapist||Episode: "All the Rage"|
|2003||Baby Bob||Dougy||Episode: "Reality Bites"|
|2003–2009||Reno 911!||Andrew||14 episodes|
|2004||Friends||Nervous Passenger on Plane||Episode: "The Last One"|
|2004||Grim & Evil||Announcer
Episode: "A Kick in the Asgard"
|2004||NCIS||Dr. Joel Sanderson||Episode: "Left For Dead"|
|2005||Will & Grace||Brent||Episode: "Love is in the Airplane"|
|2005||Jake in Progress||Freddie Blake||Episode: "Rivals and Departures"|
|2006||Saturday Night Live||Writer
Episode: "Dane Cook / The Killers"
|2006–2007||Help Me Help You||Jonathan||14 episodes|
|2008||Eli Stone||Bradley Kitsis||Episode: "I Want Your Sex"|
|2008||Samantha Who?||Artist||Episode: "The Gallery Show"|
Episode: "G-String Circus"
|2009–present||Community||Dean Craig Pelton||Regular cast (over 80 episodes)
Writer: "Basic Human Anatomy"
Co-director 2 episodes
|2011–2014||The Soup||Various||7 episodes|
|2012||Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated||JR Kipple||Voice
Episode: "The Night the Clown Cried II - Tears of Doom"
|2012||The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange||Pineapple Joe||Voice
Episode: "Follow the Bouncing Orange"
|2012–2013||The Looney Tunes Show||Cecil Turtle||2 episodes|
|2012–present||Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja||Principal Slimovitz||Voice|
|2013–present||The Writers' Room||Himself||Host, producer|
|2013–2015||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Various||2 episodes|
|2014–2015||Glee||Lee Paulblatt||Episodes: "Back-up Plan" and "Loser Like Me"|
|2014–2015||Mike Tyson Mysteries||Marquess of Queensberry||Voice|
Awards and nominations
|Year||Award||Category||Title of work||Result|
|2010||Gold Derby TV Award||Best TV Ensemble||Community||Nominated|
|2011||Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards||Adapted Screenplay||The Descendants||Won|
|Toronto Film Critics Association Awards||Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards||Adapted Screenplay||Won|
|San Diego Film Critics Society Awards||Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
|Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards||Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
|Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards||Adapted Screenplay||Won|
|Florida Film Critics Circle Awards||Adapted Screenplay||Won|
|Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards||Adapted Screenplay||Won|
|Chicago Film Critics Association Awards||Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
|National Board of Review||Adapted Screenplay||Won|
|2012||Writers Guild of America||Adapted Screenplay||Won|
|Vancouver Film Critics Circle||Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
|USC Scripter Award||Adapted Screenplay||Won|
|Online Film Critics Society Awards||Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
|London Critics Circle Film Awards||Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
|Independent Spirit Awards||Adapted Screenplay||Won|
|Central Ohio Film Critics Association||Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
|Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards||Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
|BAFTA Awards||Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
|Australian Film Institute||Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
|Academy Award||Adapted Screenplay||Won|
|Gold Derby TV Award||Best TV Ensemble||Community||Won|
|TV Guide Awards||Favorite Ensemble||Won|
|Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series||Nominated|
|PAAFTJ Television Awards||Best Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series||Nominated|
|Best Cast in a Comedy Series||Won|
|2013||Newport Beach Film Festival Audience Award||Feature Film||The Way Way Back||Won|
|Filmfest Hamburg||Art Cinema Award||Nominated|
|2014||St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association||Best Comedy||Nominated|
|Critics' Choice Movie Awards||Best Comedy||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Informational Series Or Special||The Writers' Room||Nominated|
- Roger Ebert (16 November 2011). "The Descendants". The Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
- Interview with Paul F. Tompkins, 'Speakeasy' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxaO7lkXIhg
- Lance Carter (19 November 2010). "Q & A: Community's Jim Rash". Daily Actor. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
Two things sort of started me towards what I wanted to do. One was I went to a school called Charlotte Latin School, in Charlotte and after I graduated from there, I really wanted to go to Chapel Hill. And, I just — now the world will know — my grades weren't great. I'll confess that, and so I really wanted to – I went to a post-graduate year at a boarding school up in New Jersey called the Lawrenceville School.
- Lane Brown (15 December 2008). "The Black List 2008: The Full List". New York Magazine. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
- Labrecque, Jeff. "Sundance 2013: 'The Way, Way Back' makes huge splash with nostalgic summer comedy". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
- "19TH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS NOMINATIONS". Retrieved December 31, 2013.
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