Born January 26th, 1966, Rainn Wilson is best known for playing über-nerd Dwight Schrute on the NBC comedy The Office, actor Rainn Wilson parlayed a Broadway career into screen work that began with a role on the daytime soap One Life to Live. Bit parts in features such as Galaxy Quest and Almost Famous soon followed before Wilson landed the part of apprentice mortician Arthur on HBO's Six Feet Under during the show's third season. After Six Feet Under bowed in 2005, Wilson was cast in his most prominent role to date, the aforementioned Dwight Schrute, the resident oddball on the critically acclaimed U.S. version of The Office. Wilson so embraced the part that he even personally penned a weblog by the character on the NBC website. In 2006, Wilson was the fourth lead in Ivan Reitman's fantasy romantic comedy My Super Ex-Girlfriend, and a year later he scored his first starring feature role in the children's sci-fi adventure The Last Mimzy.
Biography by Matthew Tobey
- Attended NYU with Philip Seymour Hoffman.
- Performed on Broadway in London Assurance and The Tempest.
- Cocreated and directed the clown and sketch comedy troupe the New Bozena.
- Played real-life Rolling Stone editor David Felton in Almost Famous.
- Breakthrough role was playing assistant mortician Arthur Martin in HBO's Six Feet Under.
- Formerly wrote a blog on NBC's website as his The Office character Dwight. Someone else now maintains the blog for him.
- Voiced the villainous alien Gallaxhar in 2009's Monsters vs. Aliens.