Jim Rash

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Jim Rash
Jim Rash by Gage Skidmore.jpg
BornJames Rash
(1970-07-15) July 15, 1970 (age 43)
Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
OccupationActor, comedian, film producer, screenwriter
Years active1995–present
 
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Jim Rash
Jim Rash by Gage Skidmore.jpg
BornJames Rash
(1970-07-15) July 15, 1970 (age 43)
Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
OccupationActor, comedian, film producer, screenwriter
Years active1995–present

James "Jim" Rash (born July 15, 1970) is an American actor, comedian, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for playing Dean Pelton on the NBC sitcom Community. In 2012, he received a Golden Globe nomination and won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay[1] for the film The Descendants.

Early life[edit]

Rash was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. He attended Charlotte Latin School in Charlotte. After graduating, he spent a post-graduate year at the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.[2] He later attended University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha.

Career[edit]

Rash played Mr. Grayson / Stitches, a sidekick to the supervillain Royal Pain, in the 2005 film Sky High. He played Fenton on That '70s Show and Andrew (the "whore house guy") on Reno 911!. He guest starred in the final episode of Friends, and played Head T.A. Philip in Slackers. Since 2009, Rash has starred on Community as Craig Pelton, the dean of the community college in which the show takes place. Rash and comedy partner Nat Faxon moved into screenwriting, writing a pilot in 2005 for a series entitled Adopted, about an adult who finds out his parents are not his birth parents. The show did not take off.[3]

Rash and Faxon wrote the screenplay for The Descendants, based on the novel of the same name by Kaui Hart Hemmings. The script appeared on the 2008 edition of the Black List, which lists the most popular unproduced scripts in Hollywood at that time.[4] The film was produced in Hawaii and starred George Clooney; it was released on November 18, 2011 to critical acclaim.[5] The film received a Golden Globe nomination and won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Rash and Faxon co-wrote and directed the film The Way, Way Back, which received a standing ovation at its premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.[6] Parts of the film are based on Rash's teenage life.[7] Rash is a member of the Los Angeles-based improvisational and sketch comedy troupe The Groundlings.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2000Auto MotivesAccountant
2002Hiding in WallsJane's assistant
2002One Hour PhotoAmateur porn guy
2002SlackersHead T.A. Philip
2002Minority ReportTechnician
2002S1m0neStudio executive
2003Wrong Hollywood NumberCallerShort film
2003George & GracieGeorge
2005Sky HighMr. Grayson / Stitches
2007Smiley FaceTalent agency secretary
2007Balls of FuryTechie
2008The Onion MovieBryce's manager
2011Worst. Prom. Ever.Pizza Pete
2011The DescendantsCo-writer
2013The Way, Way BackLewisCo-writer, co-director, executive producer

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1995CybillProduction assistantEpisode: "Local Hero"
1997Tracey Takes On...PollsterEpisode: "Movies"
1997–1998The Naked TruthHarris Van Doren3 episodes
1998WorkingCarlEpisode: "Good Val Hunting"
1999BeckerEddie BlattEpisode: "Becker the Elder"
1999CluelessBartEpisode: "Big Sissies"
1999Katie JoplinMitchell Tuit7 episodes
1999ThanksCotton6 episodes
2000The HughleysCensus guyEpisode: "Scary Hughleys"
2001LoomisEpisode: "Pilot"
2001The PracticeQuimbyEpisode: "Vanished: Part 1"
2002Less Than PerfectRob McLyleEpisode: "Claude the Liar"
2002–2006That '70s ShowFenton6 episodes
2003Alligator PointEpisode: "Pilot"
2003CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationTodd BentonEpisode: "Random Acts of Violence"
2003The GuardianCourt therapistEpisode: "All the Rage"
2003Baby BobDougyEpisode: "Reality Bites"
2003CouplingStalkerEpisode: "Check/Mate"
2003–2009Reno 911!Andrew the whore house guy14 episodes
2004FriendsNervous passenger on planeEpisode: "The Last One"
2004Grim & EvilAnnouncer
Gatekeeper
Jefferson
Voice;
Episode: "A Kick in the Asgard"
2004NCISDr. Joel SandersonEpisode: "Left For Dead"
2005Will & GraceBrentEpisode: "Love is in the Airplane"
2005Jake in ProgressFreddie BlakeEpisode: "Rivals and Departures"
2005AdoptedCo-creator
2006Saturday Night LiveWriter
Episode: "Dane Cook / The Killers"
2006–2007Help Me Help YouJonathan14 episodes
2008HackettEpisode: "Pilot"
2008Eli StoneBradley KitsisEpisode: "I Want Your Sex"
2008Samantha Who?ArtistEpisode: "The Gallery Show"
2009American Dad!BouncerVoice;
Episode: "G-String Circus"
2009–presentCommunityDean Craig PeltonRecurring (Seasons 1–2)
Main Cast (Seasons 3–present)
Writer: "Basic Human Anatomy"
2012Scooby-Doo! Mystery IncorporatedJ.R. KippleVoice;
Episode: "The Night the Clown Cried II - Tears of Doom"
2012The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying OrangePineapple JoeVoice;
Episode: "Follow the Bouncing Orange"
2012–2013The Looney Tunes ShowCecil Turtle2 episodes
2012–presentRandy Cunningham: 9th Grade NinjaPrincipal SlimovitzVoice
2013–presentThe Writers' RoomHimselfHost

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryTitle of workResult
2011Washington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsAdapted ScreenplayThe DescendantsWon
2011Toronto Film Critics Association AwardsAdapted ScreenplayThe DescendantsNominated
2011Satellite AwardsAdapted ScreenplayThe DescendantsWon
2011San Diego Film Critics Society AwardsAdapted ScreenplayThe DescendantsNominated
2011Phoenix Film Critics Society AwardsAdapted ScreenplayThe DescendantsNominated
2011Southeastern Film Critics Association AwardsAdapted ScreenplayThe DescendantsWon
2011Florida Film Critics Circle AwardsAdapted ScreenplayThe DescendantsWon
2011Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsAdapted ScreenplayThe DescendantsWon
2011Chicago Film Critics Association AwardsAdapted ScreenplayThe DescendantsNominated
2011National Board of ReviewAdapted ScreenplayThe DescendantsWon
2012Writers Guild of AmericaAdapted ScreenplayThe DescendantsWon
2012Vancouver Film Critics CircleAdapted ScreenplayThe DescendantsNominated
2012USC Scripter AwardAdapted ScreenplayThe DescendantsWon
2012Online Film Critics Society AwardsAdapted ScreenplayThe DescendantsNominated
2012London Critics Circle Film AwardsAdapted ScreenplayThe DescendantsNominated
2012Independent Spirit AwardsAdapted ScreenplayThe DescendantsWon
2012Golden GlobeAdapted ScreenplayThe DescendantsNominated
2012Central Ohio Film Critics AssociationAdapted ScreenplayThe DescendantsNominated
2012Broadcast Film Critics Association AwardsAdapted ScreenplayThe DescendantsNominated
2012BAFTA AwardsAdapted ScreenplayThe DescendantsNominated
2012Australian Film InstituteAdapted ScreenplayThe DescendantsNominated
2012Academy AwardAdapted ScreenplayThe DescendantsWon
2012TV Guide AwardsFavorite EnsembleCommunityWon
2012Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Supporting Actor In A Comedy SeriesCommunityNominated
2012PAAFTJ Television AwardsBest Supporting Actor In A Comedy SeriesCommunityNominated
2012PAAFTJ Television AwardsBest Cast in a Comedy SeriesCommunityWon
2013Audience AwardFeature FilmThe Way Way BackWon
2013Audience AwardUS FeatureThe Way Way BackWon
2013Filmfest HamburgArt Cinema AwardThe Way Way BackNominated
2014St. Louis Gateway Film Critics AssociationBest ComedyThe Way Way BackPending
2014Critics' Choice Movie Awards[8]Best ComedyThe Way Way BackNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roger Ebert (16 November 2011). "The Descendants". The Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Lance Carter (19 November 2010). "Q & A: Community’s Jim Rash". Daily Actor. Retrieved 15 March 2012. "What got you started into acting and then theater?Jim Rash: Well, two things sort of for me started me towards what I wanted to do. One was I went to a school called Charlotte Latin School, in Charlotte and after I graduated from there, I really wanted to go to Chapel Hill. And, I just — now the world will know — my grades weren’t great. I’ll confess that, and so I really wanted to – I went to a post-graduate year at a boarding school up in New Jersey called the Lawrenceville School" 
  3. ^ http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/02/26/3049545/charlotte-native-wins-oscar-for.html
  4. ^ Lane Brown (15 December 2008). "The Black List 2008: The Full List". New York Magazine. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  5. ^ Roger Ebert (16 November 2011). "The Descendants". The Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  6. ^ Labrecque, Jeff. "Sundance 2013: 'The Way, Way Back' makes huge splash with nostalgic summer comedy". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  7. ^ http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/02/26/3049545/charlotte-native-wins-oscar-for.html
  8. ^ "19TH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS NOMINATIONS". Retrieved December 31, 2013. 

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