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 Emmy Award-nominated role as egomaniac Dwight Schrute on the American version of the television comedy The Office. Wilson also voiced the alien villain Gallaxhar in Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) and starred in the police procedural Backstrom.
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 English and Norwegian ancestry. He attended Central 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 Winnetka, 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 MFA 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 played Arthur Martin, the intern at Fisher & Diaz Funeral Home in HBO's Six Feet Under and Dwight Schrute in The Office, and guest-starred in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Entourage, Monk, NUMB3RS, Charmed, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job and Reno 911.
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 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. His 2009 films include Bonzai Shadowhands, which he co-wrote and co-produced; Renaissance Men, which he co-wrote and co-produced; the DreamWorks Animation film Monsters vs. Aliens, as the voice of the villainous alien overlord Gallaxhar, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, in which he played a university professor. In 2011, he played the lead role as the unhinged protagonist in Super.
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 serves as the show's producer. In the same year he starred in a leading role in The Boy, which premiered at SXSW.
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. Soul Pancake has been featured on Oprah Winfrey's Satellite Radio Show and Super Soul Sunday.
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 three pit bulls, Oona, Barry, and Pilot, and a zonkey named Derek. He and his family are members of the Baha'i Faith. A short film inspired by his character in The Office was selected and shown at the 2009 Dawn Breakers International Film Festival in Zurich.
On Bill Maher's Real Time, Wilson described himself as a diverse independent, voting for Republican, Green Party, and Democratic candidates. Wilson's charitable works include fundraising for the Mona educational organization.
|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||Filming|
|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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- "Monsters vs Aliens (2009)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved November 2, 2010.
- "Rainn Wilson Moves From 'The Office' to the Big Screen". AOL. August 20, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-25.[dead link]
- "Rainn Wilson's Next Show is a CBS Crime-Drama Called Backstrom". Splitsider. March 2013.
- "The Boy". Dread Central. March 2013.
- 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.
- "Rainn Wilson Book: Office Actor Releases Soul Pancake". thedailybeast.com. Retrieved 2011-03-25.
- "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.
Did being of the Baha'i faith help you understand the spirituality? As a Baha'i, I believe in all the spiritual beliefs: Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity.
- "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.
- "First line-up". Dbiff.com. Retrieved 2011-03-23.
- "Charity's work aligns with Rainn Wilson's faith". msnbc.com.
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