With only a handful of TV guest appearances under his belt, Atlanta-born Brian Baumgartner was a relative unknown when the U.S. version of The Office premiered on NBC in 2005. Playing pencil pusher Kevin Malone on the hit sitcom quickly garnered the actor prominence, and in 2007 he landed a supporting role opposite fellow Office cast member John Krasinski in the romantic comedy License to Wed. Once the series ended in 2013, he continued to work in television, with guest appearances on Hot in Cleveland and Mike & Molly.
Biography by Matthew Tobey
- Hopes of becoming a pro baseball player were dashed when a serious leg injury at age 13 put him in a wheelchair for a significant length of time.
- Went to high school with future Office costar Ed Helms.
- Interest in acting grew when he attended the "Cherub" summer program at Northwestern University in which high schoolers gain college-level experience in various disciplines, including the arts.
- Was Artistic Director for Minneapolis' Hidden Theatre.
- In 2007 won a Daytime Emmy Award for Webisodes of The Office: The Accountants.