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 36)
Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Alma mater Brown University
Occupation Actor, director, producer, screenwriter
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Emily Blunt (m. 2010)
Children 2
Relatives Stanley Tucci (co-brother-in-law)

John Burke Krasinski (/krəˈzɪnski/; born October 20, 1979)[1] is an American actor and filmmaker. He is best known for his role as Jim Halpert on the NBC sitcom The Office. His film credits include Away We Go, Leatherheads, License to Wed, Big Miracle, Something Borrowed, It's Complicated, Promised Land and Aloha. He starred in the 2016 Michael Bay film, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.

Early life[edit]

Krasinski was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to Mary Clare (née Doyle), a nurse, and Ronald Krasinski, an internist.[2][3][4][5] His father is Polish-American and his mother is Irish-American. He and his two older brothers, Kevin and Paul, were raised Roman Catholic.[6]

Krasinski made his stage debut as Daddy Warbucks in a sixth-grade school production of Annie. Afterwards, he co-starred in a satirical play written and cast by his future The Office co-star B. J. Novak when they were high school seniors. Krasinski and Novak both graduated from Newton South High School in 1997.[7][8]

Before entering college, Krasinski taught English as a foreign language in Costa Rica.[9] From there, he went to Brown University, studying theatre arts under Lowry Marshall and John Emigh, and graduating in 2001 as a playwright with the honors thesis "Contents Under Pressure".[10] During his time at Brown, he was a member of the sketch comedy group Out of Bounds.[11] In college, he also helped coach youth basketball at the Gordon School in East Providence, Rhode Island. Then he attended the National Theater Institute in Waterford, Connecticut.[12]

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-starring on television shows, as well as doing readings of off-Broadway plays while working as a waiter.[13] He starred in the play What the Eunuch Saw, which was written and directed by his former college classmates Emily O'Dell and Isaac Robert Hurwitz.[14] In 2000, Krasinski was a script intern on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.[15][16]

Krasinski rose to fame playing Jim Halpert in the NBC sitcom series The Office from 2005-2013. Krasinski filmed the footage of Scranton, Pennsylvania, for the show as well, including the clips shown in the opening credits.[17] 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. Afterwards, he co-starred in films including License to Wed, with Mandy Moore and Robin Williams, and Leatherheads with George Clooney and Renée Zellweger. Krasinski co-starred in Away We Go with Maya Rudolph, directed by Sam Mendes that filmed from April to June 2008.[18] He co-starred with Meryl Streep, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin in Nancy Meyers' romantic comedy It's Complicated, released in late 2009.[19]

In 2006, Krasinski wrote and directed Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, based on David Foster Wallace's collection of short stories. It premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.[20] Krasinski guest-starred in several television series including Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Without a Trace, Ed,[21] American Dad![22] and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He also co-starred in films including Kinsey, Duane Hopwood, Jarhead, The Holiday and Shrek the Third. He also appeared in For Your Consideration and Dreamgirls.

Krasinski co-starred as Ethan in a film adaptation of the novel Something Borrowed. He also signed on to co-star with Drew Barrymore in Big Miracle.[23] Krasinski also starred as Peter in the indie movie Nobody Walks that was released on September 6, 2012.[24] He will appear in and also serve as executive producer with Aaron Sorkin on an HBO miniseries about the Chateau Marmont Hotel.[25] Krasinski co-starred in and co-wrote Promised Land with Matt Damon that filmed in April 2012 and released on December 28, 2012.[26][27][28] Krasinski was also one of the top candidates to star in Captain America: The First Avenger. Chris Evans eventually got the part.[29]

Krasinski co-starred in Cameron Crowe's romantic comedy-drama Aloha with Rachel McAdams, Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone. The film was shot in Hawaii from September to December 2013 and was released on May 29, 2015.[30][31]

Krasinski, along with Stephen Merchant and Allyson Seeger, are executive producers of Dream Corp, LLC, an upcoming animated series created by Daniel Stessen on Adult Swim. The series was announced as a pilot in May 2014, and a full season was approved in November 2015. Jon Gries of Lost fame will portray a principal character.[32]

Other work[edit]

Beginning in March 2006, Krasinski narrated a series of commercials for Ask.com.[33] He has also narrated commercials for Apple TV, Verizon Wireless, Esurance,[34] BlackBerry Storm,[35] My Coke Rewards,[36] and Carnival Cruise Lines,[37] and has appeared in print advertisements for Gap.[38]

In April 2011, he co-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.[39] In 2012, he started narrating the show Head Games on the Discovery Channel.[40]

He appeared in the world premiere of Dry Powder opposite Hank Azaria, Claire Danes and Sanjit De Silva, directed by Thomas Kail, at The Public Theater in New York City.[41]

Personal life[edit]

Krasinski with wife Emily Blunt at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards

In November 2008, Krasinski began dating English actress Emily Blunt.[42] They became engaged in August 2009,[43] and married on 10 July 2010 in Como, Italy.[44] They have two daughters, Hazel (born 16 February 2014)[45][46][47] and Violet (born 20 June 2016).[48][49]

His co-brother-in-law is actor Stanley Tucci, who married Blunt's sister Felicity in 2012.[50]

Filmography[edit]

Feature films
Year Title Role Notes
2000 State and Main Judge's Assistant Uncredited
2002 Fighting Still Life Tyler Short
Alma Mater Flea Club Candidate 1
2004 Kinsey Ben
Taxi Messenger #3
2005 Duane Hopwood Bob Flynn
Jarhead Corporal Harrigan
2006 Doogal Additional voices
New Wave, AA New Wave Gideon
For Your Consideration Paper Badge Officer
Holiday, TheThe Holiday Ben
Dreamgirls Sam Walsh
2007 Smiley Face Brevin
Shrek the Third Sir Lancelot Voice
License to Wed Ben Murphy
2008 Leatherheads Carter Rutherford
2009 Brief Interviews with Hideous Men Ryan/Subject #20 Also screenwriter, director, and producer
Monsters vs. Aliens Cuthbert Voice
Away We Go Burt Farlander
It's Complicated Harley
2011 Something Borrowed Ethan
Muppets, TheThe Muppets Himself Cameo
2012 Nobody Walks Peter
Big Miracle Adam Carlson
Promised Land Dustin Noble Also screenwriter and producer
2013 Monsters University "Frightening" Frank McCay Voice
The Wind Rises Honjo Voice (English dub)
2014 Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet Halim Voice
2015 Aloha John "Woody" Woodside
2016 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Jack Silva
The Hollars John Hollar Also director and producer
2017 Animal Crackers Owen Huntington Voice; Filming
Untitled Detroit project Filming
TV series
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"
2012 30 Rock Himself Episode: "The Ballad of Kenneth Parcell"
2012 Head Games Narrator
2013 Arrested Development Spyder Foode Episode: "The B. Team"
2014-15 BoJack Horseman Secretariat (voice) Episodes: "Later", "The Shot"
2015–present Lip Sync Battle Himself Executive Producer; Episode: "John Krasinski vs. Anna Kendrick"
2016 Robot Chicken Various characters Episode: "Secret of the Flushed Footlong"
TBA Jack Ryan Jack Ryan announced[51]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
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
2015 Behind the Voice Actors Award Best Vocal Ensemble in an Anime Feature Film/Special The Wind Rises Nominated

Television[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2005 Online Film & Television Association Award Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series The Office Nominated
2006 Online Film & Television Association Award Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series The Office Won
2006 Gold Derby TV Award Ensemble of the Year The Office Nominated
2006 Gold Derby TV Award Breakthrough Performer of the Year The Office Nominated
2006 Gold Derby TV Award Comedy Supporting Actor The Office Nominated
2007 Online Film & Television Association Award Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series The Office Won
2007 Gold Derby TV Award Comedy Supporting Actor The Office Nominated
2007 Gold Derby TV Award Ensemble of the Year The Office Won
2007 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series[52] The Office Won
2008 Online Film & Television Association Award Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series The Office Nominated
2008 Gold Derby TV Award Comedy Supporting Actor The Office Nominated
2008 Gold Derby TV Award Ensemble of the Year The Office Nominated
2008 Golden Nymph Award Outstanding Actor - Comedy Series The Office Nominated
2008 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series The Office Won
2009 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series The Office Nominated
2010 Gold Derby TV Award Comedy Supporting Actor The Office Nominated
2010 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series The Office Nominated
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Comedy The Office Nominated
2011 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series The Office Nominated
2012 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series The Office Nominated
2013 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Special Class - Short-Format Nonfiction Programs The Office: Farewells Nominated
2013 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series The Office Nominated
2016 Primetime Emmy Awards Best Structured Reality Series Lip Sync Battle Nominated

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