John Krasinski

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John Krasinski
John Krasinski and Josh Wood (cropped).jpg
Krasinski at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Award in January 2009
Born John Burke Krasinski
(1979-10-20) October 20, 1979 (age 34)
Newton, Massachusetts, United States
Alma mater Brown University
Occupation Actor, director, screenwriter
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Emily Blunt (m. 2010)
Children 1
Relatives Stanley Tucci (brother-in-law)

John Burke Krasinski (/krəˈzɪnski/; born October 20, 1979)[1] is an American actor, film director, and writer. He is known for playing Jim Halpert on the NBC sitcom The Office. He has appeared in many films, including Away We Go, Leatherheads, License to Wed, Big Miracle, Something Borrowed, It's Complicated, and Promised Land.

Early life[edit]

Krasinski was born in Newton, Massachusetts, the son of a Polish-American father, internist Dr. Ronald Krasinski,[2][3] and an Irish-American mother, Mary Clare (née Doyle).[4] He has two older brothers, Kevin and Paul, and was raised Roman Catholic.[5]

Krasinski's first stage experience was starring as Daddy Warbucks in a 6th-grade school production of Annie. His next role was in a satirical play written and cast by his Office co-star B.J. Novak when they were high school seniors. The two graduated from Newton South High School in 1997.[6][7]

Before entering college, Krasinski taught English in Costa Rica.[8] From there, he went to Brown University, studying theatre arts under Lowry Marshall and John Emigh, and graduating in 2001 as a playwright with an honors thesis entitled "Contents Under Pressure".[9] During his time at Brown, he was a member of the sketch comedy group Out of Bounds.[10] In college, he also helped coach youth basketball at The Gordon School in East Providence, Rhode Island. He then attended the National Theater Institute in Waterford, Connecticut.[11]

Career[edit]

Television and feature films[edit]

Besides training at the National Theater Institute, he also studied at The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, and The Actors Center in New York City. After graduating from Brown University, Krasinski went to New York City to pursue acting, appearing in commercials and guest spots on television shows, as well as doing readings of off-Broadway plays while working as a waiter.[12] He starred in the play What the Eunuch Saw, which was written and directed by former college classmates Emily O'Dell and Isaac Robert Hurwitz.[13] In 2000, Krasinski was a script intern on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.[14][15]

Krasinski at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards on September 21, 2008

Krasinski filmed the footage of Scranton, Pennsylvania, for The Office, including the clips shown in the opening credits.[16] Krasinski directed an episode of The Office, titled "Sabre", the fifteenth episode of The Office's sixth season. He also directed the third episode of the show's eighth season, titled "Lotto" and the sixth episode of the show's ninth season, titled "The Boat." Krasinski starred as Gideon in A New Wave, released in 2007. He also starred as Brevin in the Gregg Araki film Smiley Face, filmed in 2006. More recently, he had major roles in the films License to Wed, with Mandy Moore and Robin Williams, and Leatherheads with George Clooney and Renée Zellweger. From April to June 2008 he filmed Away We Go, directed by Sam Mendes and co-starring Maya Rudolph.[17] He appeared with Meryl Streep, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin in the Nancy Meyers romantic comedy It's Complicated, released in late 2009.[18]

In 2006, Krasinski wrote and directed Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, an adaptation of David Foster Wallace's collection of short stories. It premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.[19] Krasinski's other television credits include Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Without A Trace, Ed,[20] American Dad!,[21] and an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. His feature film credits include Kinsey, Duane Hopwood, Jarhead, The Holiday and Shrek the Third. He also had minor roles in For Your Consideration and Dreamgirls.

Krasinski played the role of Ethan in a film adaptation of the novel Something Borrowed. He also signed on to star with Drew Barrymore in Big Miracle.[22] Krasinski also played the lead, Peter, in an indie movie, released September 6, 2012, called Nobody Walks.[23] He will appear in and also serve as executive producer alongside Aaron Sorkin on an HBO miniseries about the Chateau Marmont Hotel.[24] Krasinski co-wrote Promised Land with Matt Damon and also appeared in it, filmed in April 2012 and released on December 28, 2012.[25][26][27] Krasinski was also one of the top candidates to play the lead role in Captain America: The First Avenger. Chris Evans eventually got the part.[28]

Other work[edit]

Beginning in March 2006, Krasinski narrated a series of commercials for Ask.com.[29] He has also narrated commercials for Apple TV, Verizon Wireless, Esurance,[30] BlackBerry Storm,[31] My Coke Rewards,[32] and Carnival Cruise Lines,[33] and has appeared in print advertisements for Gap.[34]

In April 2011, he starred in a New Era/Major League Baseball ad campaign with Alec Baldwin, playing off the rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.[35] In 2012, he started narrating the show Head Games on the Discovery Channel.[36]

Personal life[edit]

Krasinski with wife Emily Blunt at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards

In November 2008, Krasinski began dating British actress Emily Blunt.[37] Krasinski and Blunt became engaged in August 2009,[38] and married on July 10, 2010 in Como, Italy.[39] They have one daughter, Hazel, born on February 16, 2014.[40]

Filmography[edit]

Feature films
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Thirteen Days Navy Radio Operator Uncredited
2000 State and Main Judge's Assistant Uncredited
2002 Fighting Still Life Tyler Short
2002 Alma Mater Flea Club Candidate 1
2004 Kinsey Ben
2004 Taxi Messenger #3
2005 Duane Hopwood Bob Flynn
2005 Jarhead Corporal Harrigan
2006 Doogal Additional voices
2006 New Wave, AA New Wave Gideon
2006 For Your Consideration Paper Badge Officer
2006 Holiday, TheThe Holiday Ben
2006 Dreamgirls Sam Walsh
2007 Smiley Face Brevin
2007 Shrek the Third Sir Lancelot Voice
2007 License to Wed Ben Murphy
2008 Leatherheads Carter Rutherford
2009 Brief Interviews with Hideous Men Ryan/Subject #20 Also screenwriter, director, and producer
Nominated – Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens Cuthbert Voice
2009 Away We Go Burt Farlander
2009 It's Complicated Harley
2011 Something Borrowed Ethan
2011 Muppets, TheThe Muppets Himself Cameo
2012 Nobody Walks Peter
2012 Big Miracle Adam Carlson
2012 Promised Land Dustin Noble Also screenwriter and producer
2013 Monsters University "Frightening" Frank McCay Voice
2013 The Wind Rises Honjo Voice (English dub)
2014 Prophet, TheThe Prophet[citation needed] Halim Voice
2015 The Hollars John Hollar Also director and producer
2015 Untitled Cameron Crowe project Woody In post-production
Television shows
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Ed Process server Episode: "Good Advice"
2004 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jace Gleesing Episode: "Mad Hops"
2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Lyle Davis Episode: "Who Shot Sherlock"
2005–2013 Office, TheThe Office Jim Halpert Main cast; 201 episodes
2005 Without a Trace Curtis Horne Episode: "The Bogie Man"
2006 American Dad! Gilbert Voice; Episode: "Irregarding Steve"
2013 Arrested Development Spyder Foode Episode: "The B. Team"
2014 BoJack Horseman Secretariat (voice) Episode: "Later"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2006 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series[41] The Office Won
2007 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series[42] The Office Won
2008 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series The Office Nominated
2009 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series The Office Nominated
2009 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic Brief Interviews with Hideous Men Nominated
2009 National Board of Review Award for Best Cast Best Acting by an Ensemble It's Complicated Won
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Romantic Comedy Something Borrowed Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John Krasinski: Biography". TVGuide.com. Retrieved February 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ Rutkoski, Rex (March 20, 2006). "Harrison woman has ties to 'The Office'". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Archived from the original on April 11, 2009. 
  3. ^ http://parade.condenast.com/63847/parade/%EF%BB%BFjohn-krasinskis-vacation-of-a-lifetime/
  4. ^ "Ancestry of John Krasinski". 
  5. ^ Tucker, Hannah (April 5, 2006). "Thinking Outside the Cubicle". Archived from the original on April 27, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Boston Globe profile of Krasinski and B.J. Novak". Boston.com. December 6, 2005. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  7. ^ "South Stage". South Stage. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Access Extended: Cosmo's Fun Fearless Male Of The Year Awards". 
  9. ^ "Brown University Library/All Locations". 
  10. ^ Wilkes, Kayla (December 1, 2008). "‘Sexiest’ alum returns to Brown theater". http://www.browndailyherald.com/2008/12/01/sexiest-alum-returns-to-brown-theater/. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  11. ^ "The O'Neill National Theater Institute". 
  12. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (March 8, 2008). "Tackling Directing and George Clooney". New York Times. 
  13. ^ "FringeNYC 2002". [dead link]
  14. ^ April 19, 2000 episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien where he met Rachel Weyer.
  15. ^ "Late Night with Conan O'Brien". NBC.com. 
  16. ^ The Office Season 4 DVD – Writers' Q&A
  17. ^ Krasinski, Rudolph join Mendes film from Variety
  18. ^ Krasinski joins Universal comedy from Variety (February 10, 2009)
  19. ^ "2009 Sundance Film Festival announces films in competition". Festival.sundance.org. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  20. ^ Biography from the NBC website
  21. ^ "American Dad on FOX". Tvguide.com. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  22. ^ Fleming, Mike (April 29, 2010). "Universal Greenlights Whale Tale With John Krasinski And Drew Barrymore". Deadline Hollywood. 
  23. ^ "Krasinski To Lead New Indie Film". First Showing. 
  24. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 23, 2011). "HBO Teams With John Krasinski & Aaron Sorkin For Chateau Marmont Miniseries". Deadline.com. Retrieved June 23, 2011. 
  25. ^ Fleming, Mike (February 1, 2012). "Focus, Participant Acquire Matt Damon/John Krasinski Film; Gus Van Sant Directing". Deadline.com. 
  26. ^ Kit, Borys (October 19, 2011). "Matt Damon to Direct Warner Bros. Drama He Co-Wrote With John Krasinski". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  27. ^ Gerhardt, Tina (31 December 2012). "Matt Damon Exposes Fracking in Promised Land". The Progressive. 
  28. ^ Gholson, John (February 24, 2010). "Is John Krasinski Our Captain America? - The Moviefone Blog". Blog.moviefone.com. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  29. ^ Skerry, Kath (March 29, 2006). "UPDATE: John Krasinski IS the Voice of Ask.com". givememyremote.com. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  30. ^ "Esurance Debuts New National Ad Campaign". California: PRNewswire. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  31. ^ Jones, Charisse (February 22, 2009). "Ad Track: Scandals tarnish celebrity endorsements". Usatoday.com. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  32. ^ "John Krasinski: My Coke Rewards Commercial". givememyremote.com. April 26, 2009. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  33. ^ Gianatasio, David (January 6, 2010). "Arnold Bangs the Drum for Carnival Launches trio of spots celebrating shipboard family fun". Adweek.com. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  34. ^ "More John Krasinski for Gap". Givememyremote.com. November 1, 2007. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  35. ^ By 'Duk. "Krasinski-Baldwin New Era/MLB video". Sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  36. ^ Bibel, Sara (30 April 2012). "John Krasinski Hosts New Series Head Games Premiering June 3 on Discovery". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  37. ^ Koltnow, Barry (February 9, 2011). "Emily Blunt: 'Juliet' star not a humorless person". Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  38. ^ Oh, Eunice (28 August 2009). "Emily Blunt & John Krasinski Are Engaged". People. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  39. ^ Fleeman, Mike (July 10, 2010). "John Krasinski Marries Emily Blunt". People. Retrieved July 10, 2010. 
  40. ^ Eggenberger, Nicole (February 16, 2014). "Emily Blunt Gives Birth, Welcomes Daughter Hazel With Husband John Krasinski". Us Weekly. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  41. ^ Screen Actors Guild Honors Outstanding Film and Television Performances..., a January 2007 press release from the SAG Awards website
  42. ^ 'Sopranos,' 'The Office' Win SAG Ensemble Awards, a January 2008 TVWeek article

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