Wilson attending the premiere of The Union at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.
|Born||Rainn Dietrich Wilson
January 20, 1966
Seattle, Washington, United States
|Alma mater||New York University (MFA)|
|Occupation||Actor, director, screenwriter, producer, art collector, farmer|
|Spouse(s)||Holiday Reinhorn (1995–present)|
Rainn Dietrich Wilson (/ /; born January 20, 1966) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as egomaniac Dwight Schrute on the American version of the television comedy The Office. Other television roles include Lieutenant Backstrom in the FOX drama Backstrom. In film, Wilson has had numerous parts in such movies as Super, Juno, The Rocker, Sahara, Almost Famous as well as voicing an alien villain in 2009's Monsters vs. Aliens. He published an autobiographical book, The Bassoon King, in November 2015. He co-founded the digital media company SoulPancake in 2008. He has also directed three episodes of The Office: the sixth season's "The Cover-Up", the seventh season's "Classy Christmas", and the eighth season's "Get the Girl".
Early life and education
Wilson was born in Seattle, Washington, the son of Shay Cooper, a yoga teacher and actress, and Robert G. Wilson, a novelist, artist, and business consultant who wrote the science fiction novel Tentacles of Dawn. Wilson has Norwegian ancestry. He attended Kellogg Middle School and Shorecrest High School in Shoreline, Washington, where he played the clarinet and bassoon in the band. He transferred to and graduated from New Trier High School after his family moved to Wilmette, Illinois, to serve at the Bahá'í National Center. Wilson has a theatre background from Tufts University and the University of Washington, and he has taught acting classes.
Wilson holds an BFA from New York University's Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts and was a member of The Acting Company. While acting in theatrical productions in New York City, he drove a moving van to make ends meet.
Wilson worked extensively in the theater for his first ten years after graduating from N.Y.U. He was an actor at the Public Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, Playwrights Horizons, The Roundabout and The Guthrie Theater, among others. He was nominated for three Helen Hayes Awards for Best Supporting Actor for his work at the Arena Stage.
Wilson played Arthur Martin, the intern at Fisher & Diaz Funeral Home in HBO's Six Feet Under and Dwight Schrute in The Office, on which he directed three episodes: the Season 6 "The Cover-Up", the Season 7 "Classy Christmas", and the Season 8 "Get the Girl", and guest-starred in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Entourage, Monk, NUMB3RS, Charmed, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job, Reno 911 and Roadies.
On February 24, 2007, Wilson hosted Saturday Night Live, becoming the second cast member from The Office to host (after Steve Carell). During the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, Wilson appeared in ads for the 2007 United States women's national soccer team as public relations manager "Jim Mike." In August 2010, Wilson appeared in the music video for Ferraby Lionheart's "Harry and Bess" and Andy Grammer's "Keep Your Head Up" as the "creepy elevator guy", and made the final cut for the role of Gob in Arrested Development, but was replaced by Will Arnett.
He was nominated for an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor three different times for his role as Dwight Schrute in 2007, 2008, and 2009. He won two SAG awards for best comedy ensemble for a television show for The Office and one for best drama ensemble for Six Feet Under.
He also starred in films, including Almost Famous, America's Sweethearts, BAADASSSSS!, Galaxy Quest, House of 1000 Corpses, Sahara, The Last Mimzy, Juno (as the convenience store clerk Rollo), The Rocker and My Super Ex-Girlfriend. Wilson starred in the Fox Atomic comedy The Rocker, released on August 20, 2008. In 2009 he lent his voice to DreamWorks Animation film Monsters vs. Aliens, as the villainous alien overlord Gallaxhar, and was featured inTransformers: Revenge of the Fallen, in which he played a university professor. In 2011, he played the lead role as the unhinged protagonist in Super and the black sheep brother in Peep World.
More recently he played in the independent horror comedy, Cooties and the thriller The Boy for Elijah Wood’s production company, SpectreVision. He recently finished shooting Shimmer Lake, a Netflix original movie, Permanent, an independent comedy and Meg for Warner Brothers.
In the Fox crime-drama Backstrom, Wilson played Evert Backstrom, an offensive, self-destructive detective who is part of a team of eccentric criminologists. The series is based on Leif G. W. Persson's Swedish book series of the same name. Wilson also served as the show's producer. It was cancelled by Fox after 13 episodes.
Wilson co-wrote the New York Times Bestseller SoulPancake: Chew on Life’s Big Questions and wrote a humorous memoir about his personal life, career and faith called The Bassoon King that was published in November 2015.
Wilson founded the website and YouTube channel SoulPancake. As of January 24, 2016, the channel has over 1.6 million subscribers, and over 225 million video views. SoulPancake has been featured on Oprah Winfrey's Satellite Radio Show and Super Soul Sunday. The tagline of the brand is: "We make stuff that matters." They were named one of Fast Company's 10 Most Innovative Companies in Video for 2015. More recently, SoulPancake was ranked #114 on the 2015 Inc. 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America List It was recently purchased by Participant Media.
Wilson is married to writer Holiday Reinhorn. They met in an acting class in college and married on the Kalama River in Washington. The couple have a son, Walter Mckenzie, born in 2004, and reside in Agoura Hills, California. They have a home outside of Sisters, Oregon. They have two pit bulls, Oona and Pilot, two vietnamese pot-bellied pigs, Snorty and Amy, as well as a zonkey named Derek. He and his family are members of the Baha'i Faith. He hosts a podcast for Baha'i Blog called the Baha'i Blogcast, where he interviews notable people about the intersection of their faith and their work.
Wilson's charitable works include fundraising for the Mona educational organization. In 2013, along with his wife and Dr Kathryn Adams, he co-founded Lidè Haiti, an educational initiative that uses the arts and literacy to empower adolescent girls in rural Haiti. They currently work in 13 locations with over 500 girls, providing scholarships to many of them.
|2000||Almost Famous||David Felton|
|2001||America's Sweethearts||Dave O'Hanlon|
|2003||House of 1000 Corpses||Bill Hudley|
|2005||The Life Coach||Dr. Watson Newmark|
|2006||My Super Ex-Girlfriend||Vaughn Haige|
|2007||The Last Mimzy||Larry White|
|2008||The Rocker||Robert 'Fish' Fishman|
|2009||Monsters vs. Aliens||Gallaxhar (voice)|
|2009||Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen||Professor Colan||Cameo|
|2010||Super||Frank D'Arbo / The Crimson Bolt|
|2010||Peep World||Joel Meyerwitz|
|2013||Arcade Fire in Here Comes The Night Time||Greeter; Stage crew member||NBC Special|
|2013||The Stream||Adult Ernest|
|2015||The Boy||William Colby||Nominated- Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|2016||Army of One|
|2016||Shimmer Lake||Andy Sikes|
|2017||Smurfs: The Lost Village||Gargamel (voice)||Filming|
|1997||One Life to Live||Casey Keegan|
|2001||Charmed||Kierkan||Episode: "Coyote Piper"|
|2001||When Billie Beat Bobby||Dennis Van De Meer||Movie|
|2001||Dark Angel||Phil||Episode: "I and I Am a Camera"|
|2001||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Guy in Supermarket||Episode: "The Strip Strangler"|
|2002||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Janitor||Episode: "Waste"|
|2003||Monk||Walker Browning||Episode: "Mr. Monk Goes to the Ballgame"|
|2003–2005||Six Feet Under||Arthur Martin||13 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
|2005||Numb3rs||Martin Grolsch||Episode: "Vector"|
|2005||Entourage||R. J. Spencer||Episode: "I Love You Too"|
|2005–2013||The Office||Dwight Schrute||201 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2006−07)
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2007−09)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2008−12)
|2007||Saturday Night Live||Host||Episode: "Rainn Wilson/Arcade Fire"|
|2008||Tim and Eric Nite Live!||The Psychic||Episode: "1.8"|
|2008; 2010||Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!||Various||5 episodes|
|2009||Reno 911!||Calvin Robin Tomlinson||Episode: "Digging with the Murderer"|
|2010||Family Guy||Dwight Schrute (voice)||Episode: "Excellence in Broadcasting"|
|2012||Rove LA||Himself||Episode: "Rainn Wilson/Sarah Wayne/The Miz"|
|2013||The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange||Dr. Po (voice)||Episode: Orange James Orange (#2.5)|
|2013||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Himself||Episode: "Rainn Wilson Wears a Short Sleeved Plaid Shirt & Colorful Sneakers"|
|2014||Adventure Time||Rattleballs / Peacemaster (voices)||2 episodes|
|2015||Backstrom||Detective Evert Backstrom||13 episodes|
|2016||Roadies||Bryce Newman||Recurring Role|
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- Rainn showed the book and read from it on Jimmy Kimmel Live! March 22, 2011.
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- "NYU Graduate Acting Alumni". 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-08.
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- "Rainn Wilsons Talks About Entourage!". Entourage The Blog. July 17, 2008.
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- "ED治療技術と治療薬まとめ". ED治療技術と治療薬まとめ.
- "Monsters vs Aliens (2009)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved November 2, 2010.
- "The Boy". Dread Central. March 2013.
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- "Rainn Wilson's Next Show is a CBS Crime-Drama Called Backstrom". Splitsider. March 2013.
- Petski, Denise (2015-05-08). "'Backstrom' Cancelled By Fox". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
- Villarreal, Yvonne (November 12, 2015). "Rainn Wilson gets spiritual in his memoir 'The Bassoon King,' and Dwight Schrute has something to say about it". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
- "Rainn Wilson on Oprah's Radio Show". Oprah.com. March 9, 2009.
- "SoulPancake: Number 114 on the 2015 Inc. 5000". Inc.com. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
- Rainey, James (2016-10-13). "Participant Media Acquires Rainn Wilson's SoulPancake". Variety. Retrieved 2016-10-19.
- "From A Weirdo Nerd To A Guy Who Plays One On TV". npr.com. 2015-11-27. Retrieved 2015-11-30.
- Winters Keegan, Rebecca (March 8, 2007). "Rainn Wilson". Time Magazine. Retrieved 2008-08-24.
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- "Rainn Wilson Feeds The Internet Soul Pancakes: Online Video News «". Newteevee.com. 2009-03-11. Retrieved 2011-03-23.
- "Rainn Wilson talks about Hollywood, his family and the Baha'i Faith". bahai.org.
- "Baha'i Blog | Introducing Baha'i Blog's New Podcast: The Baha'i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson -". Bahai Arts, Stories, Media & Bahai Religion. 2016-06-26. Retrieved 2016-10-19.
- "Charity's work aligns with Rainn Wilson's faith". msnbc.com.
- Zumberge, Marianne (2014-12-10). "Rainn Wilson Pays It Forward With Haitian Arts Program". Variety. Retrieved 2016-10-19.
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