Rainn Wilson Biography

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Born: January 20, 1966


Date of Birth: January 20, 1966

Born in Seattle, Rainn Wilson attended high school in Winnetka, Illinois. He earned an MFA in Acting from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1989 and began performing in regional theater productions, Off-Broadway, Broadway tours and finally, on Broadway.

Wilson made his television debut on several episodes of One Life to Live in 1997, but it was a role in the major motion picture Galaxy Quest (1999) starring Tim Allen that brought him recognition. In short order, he went on to appear in Almost Famous (2000) starring Kate Hudson, America's Sweethearts (2001) starring Julia Roberts, Steven Soderbergh's Full Frontal (2002) and Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses (2003).

During that time, he also made guest appearances on TV series such as Charmed, Dark Angel, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Law & Order: SVU and Monk.

In 2003, he became better known to TV viewers when he joined the cast of the hit series Six Feet Under, for which he shared a 2004 Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series with other cast members.

His fame grew when he was hired for the American version of The Office, starring as annoying nerd Dwight Schrute, again winning a Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. Meanwhile, Wilson's big screen presence was being felt as he was given increasingly larger roles in major motion pictures such as My Super-Ex Girlfriend (2006) opposite Uma Thurman, The Last Mimzy (2007), the Oscar-winning Juno (2007), the comedy The Rocker (2008) with Josh Gad and Christina Applegate, the animated adventure flick Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) with Reese Witherspoon, and the action film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009).

His recent credits include Cooties (2014) with Elijah Wood, the thriller The Boy (2015), the short-lived comedy series The Backstrom (2015), the comedy Army of One with Nicolas Cage, and the animated comedy Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017), in which he voices the character Gargamel and The Meg (2018), alongside Jason Statham.

Wilson lives just outside of Los Angeles in Agoura Hills with his wife, fiction writer Holiday Reinhorn, and their young son, Walter.


The Meg (2018)
Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017)
Cooties (2015)
The Boy (2015)
Hesher (2011)
Peep World (2011)
Super (2011)
Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) (voice)
The Rocker (2008)
Juno (2007)
The Last Mimzy (2007)
My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006)
Dominion (2006)
Blue in Green (2005)
Sahara (2005)
The Life Coach (2005)
Baadasssss! (2004)
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
Full Frontal (2002)
Wheelmen (2002)
America's Sweethearts (2001)
Almost Famous (2000)
Galaxy Quest (1999)

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