Krasinski at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Award in January 2009
|Born||John Burke Krasinski
October 20, 1979
Newton, Massachusetts, United States
|Alma mater||Brown University|
|Occupation||Actor, director, screenwriter|
|Spouse(s)||Emily Blunt (m. 2010)|
|Relatives||Stanley Tucci (brother-in-law)|
John Burke Krasinski (//; born October 20, 1979) 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.
Krasinski was born in Newton, Massachusetts, the son of a Polish-American father, internist Dr. Ronald Krasinski, and an Irish-American mother, Mary Clare (née Doyle). He has two older brothers, Kevin and Paul, and was raised Roman Catholic.
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.
Before entering college, Krasinski taught English in Costa Rica. 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". During his time at Brown, he was a member of the sketch comedy group Out of Bounds. 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.
Television and feature films
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. 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. In 2000, Krasinski was a script intern on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
Krasinski filmed the footage of Scranton, Pennsylvania, for The Office, including the clips shown in the opening credits. 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. He appeared with Meryl Streep, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin in the Nancy Meyers romantic comedy It's Complicated, released in late 2009.
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. Krasinski's other television credits include Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Without A Trace, Ed, American Dad!, 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. Krasinski also played the lead, Peter, in an indie movie, released September 6, 2012, called Nobody Walks. He will appear in and also serve as executive producer alongside Aaron Sorkin on an HBO miniseries about the Chateau Marmont Hotel. Krasinski co-wrote Promised Land with Matt Damon and also appeared in it, filmed in April 2012 and released on December 28, 2012. 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.
Beginning in March 2006, Krasinski narrated a series of commercials for Ask.com. He has also narrated commercials for Apple TV, Verizon Wireless, Esurance, BlackBerry Storm, My Coke Rewards, and Carnival Cruise Lines, and has appeared in print advertisements for Gap.
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. In 2012, he started narrating the show Head Games on the Discovery Channel.
In November 2008, Krasinski began dating British actress Emily Blunt. Krasinski and Blunt became engaged in August 2009, and married on July 10, 2010 in Como, Italy. They have one daughter, Hazel, born on February 16, 2014.
|2000||Thirteen Days||Navy radio operator||Uncredited|
|2000||State and Main||Judge's assistant||Uncredited|
|2002||Fighting Still Life||Tyler||Short film|
|2002||Alma Mater||Flea club candidate 1|
|2005||Duane Hopwood||Bob Flynn|
|2006||New Wave, AA New Wave||Gideon|
|2006||For Your Consideration||Paper Badge Officer|
|2006||Holiday, TheThe Holiday||Ben|
|2007||Shrek the Third||Sir Lancelot||Voice only|
|2007||License to Wed||Ben Murphy|
|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 only|
|2009||Away We Go||Burt Farlander|
|2011||Muppets, TheThe Muppets||Himself||Cameo appearance|
|2012||Big Miracle||Adam Carlson|
|2012||Promised Land||Dustin Noble||Also screenwriter and producer|
|2013||Monsters University||"Frightening" Frank McCay||Voice only|
|2013||The Wind Rises||Honjo||Voice (English dub)|
|2014||Prophet, TheThe Prophet||Halim||Voice only
|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"|
Awards and nominations
|2006||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||The Office||Won|
|2007||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||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|
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