Jim Rash

James Rash (born July 15, 1971) is an American actor, comedian, producer, screenwriter, and director. He is known for his role as Dean Craig Pelton on the NBC/Yahoo! sitcom Community, for which he was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2012. That same year, he won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and received a Golden Globe nomination for the film The Descendants.[1]

Jim Rash
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James Rash

(1971-07-15) July 15, 1971 (age 48)
Alma materUniversity of North Carolina
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • film producer
  • screenwriter
Years active1995–present

Early lifeEdit

Rash was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he attended Charlotte Latin School.[2] Both he and his sister were adopted.[3]

After graduating, he spent a post-graduate year at the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.[2]


Rash played "Mr. Grayson/Stitches", sidekick to supervillain Royal Pain, in the 2005 film Sky High. He played Fenton on That '70s Show[4] 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.

Rash and comedy partner Nat Faxon, both members of The Groundlings, 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.[5][3] From 2009 until the show's finale in 2015, Rash starred on Community as Craig Pelton, the dean of the community college in which the show takes place.

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.[6] The film was produced in Hawaii and starred George Clooney; it was released on November 18, 2011 to critical acclaim.[1] 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.[7] Parts of the film are based on Rash's teenage life.[5] Rash is also a member of the Los Angeles-based improvisational and sketch comedy troupe The Groundlings. Since 2017, he has been the official voice actor for Donald Duck universe character Gyro Gearloose in the reboot of Ducktales, taking over the role from Hal Smith who died in 1994.



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Auto Motives Accountant
2002 Hiding in Walls Jane's Assistant
2002 One Hour Photo Amateur Porn Guy
2002 Slackers Head T.A. Philip
2002 Minority Report Technician
2002 S1m0ne Studio Executive
2003 Wrong Hollywood Number Caller Short film
2003 George & Gracie George
2005 Sky High Mr. Grayson/Stitches
2007 Smiley Face Talent Agency Secretary
2007 Balls of Fury Techie
2008 The Onion Movie Bryce's Manager
2009 The Slammin' Salmon Disgruntled Businessman
2011 The Descendants Co-writer
2013 The Way Way Back Lewis Also co-writer, co-director and executive producer
2014 Yellowbird Karl (voice) [8][9]
2015 Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run Cecil Turtle (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2016 Captain America: Civil War Dean of M.I.T. Cameo
2017 Thoroughbreds Producer
2017 Bernard and Huey Bernard
2020 Downhill Co-director
2020 Lazy Susan Phil
TBA Long Weekend


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Cybill Production Assistant Episode: "Local Hero"
1997 Tracey Takes On... Pollster Episode: "Movies"
1997–1998 The Naked Truth Harris Van Doren 3 episodes
1998 Working Carl Episode: "Good Val Hunting"
1999 Becker Eddie Blatt Episode: "Becker the Elder"
1999 Clueless Bart Episode: "Big Sissies"
1999 Katie Joplin Mitchell Tuit 7 episodes
1999 Thanks Cotton 6 episodes
2000 The Hughleys Census Guy Episode: "Scary Hughleys"
2001 Loomis Pilot
2001 The Practice Quimby Episode: "Vanished: Part 1"
2002 Less Than Perfect Rob McLyle Episode: "Claude the Liar"
2002–2006 That '70s Show Fenton 6 episodes
2003 Alligator Point Pilot
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Todd Benton Episode: "Random Acts of Violence"
2003 The Guardian Court Therapist Episode: "All the Rage"
2003 Baby Bob Dougy Episode: "Reality Bites"
2003 Coupling Stalker Episode: "Check/Mate"
2003–2009 Reno 911! Andrew 14 episodes
2004 Friends Nervous Passenger on Plane Episode: "The Last One"
2004 Grim & Evil Various voices Episode: "A Kick in the Asgard"
2004 NCIS Dr. Joel Sanderson Episode: "Left For Dead"
2005 Will & Grace Brent Episode: "Love is in the Airplane"
2005 Jake in Progress Freddie Blake Episode: "Rivals and Departures"
2005 Adopted Pilot; co-creator and executive producer
2006 Saturday Night Live Guest writer on episode "Dane Cook / The Killers"
2006–2007 Help Me Help You Jonathan 14 episodes
2008 Hackett Pilot
2008 Eli Stone Bradley Kitsis Episode: "I Want Your Sex"
2008 Samantha Who? Artist Episode: "The Gallery Show"
2009 American Dad! Bouncer (voice) Episode: "G-String Circus"
2009–2015 Community Dean Craig Pelton 90 episodes; also wrote "Basic Human Anatomy" and co-directed 2 episodes
2010 Open Books Kyle Pilot
2011 Worst. Prom. Ever. Pizza Pete Television film
2011–2014 The Soup Various roles 7 episodes
2012 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated JR Kipple (voice) Episode: "The Night the Clown Cried II - Tears of Doom"
2012 The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange Pineapple Joe (voice) Episode: "Follow the Bouncing Orange"
2012–2013 The Looney Tunes Show Cecil Turtle (voice) 2 episodes
2012–2015 Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja Principal Slimovitz (voice) 34 episodes
2013–2014 The Writers' Room Himself (host) 12 episodes; also producer
2013–2014 TripTank Various voices 3 episodes
2013–2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Various roles 2 episodes
2014–2015 Glee Lee Paulblatt 2 episodes
2014–present Mike Tyson Mysteries Marquess of Queensberry (voice) 40 episodes
2015–2016 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Sinker (voice) 2 episodes
2015 Rick and Morty Glexo Slim Slom (voice) Episode: "Big Trouble In Little Sanchez"
2016 Dr. Ken Devon Drake Episode: "Ken's an Expert Witness"
2016 Lip Sync Battle Himself Episode: "Jim Rash vs. Joel McHale
2016 Lucifer Richard Kester Episode: "Et Tu, Doctor?"
2016 The Odd Couple Joshua Norwall Episode: "Chess Mates"
2016 The Grinder Bill Foosley Episode: "The Retooling of Dean Sanderson"
2017 Girlboss Mobias 4 episodes
2017-present DuckTales Gyro Gearloose (voice) 9 episodes
2017 Curb Your Enthusiasm Hotel Day Manager Episode: "The Pickle Gambit"
2017 Beyond Stranger Things Himself (host) 7 episodes
2017 Superior Donuts Mr. Mathers Episode: "Error of Admission"
2018 Great News Fenton Pelt 2 episodes
2018 Big City Greens Ted (voice)
2018 The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants Mr. Jerry Citizen (voice) 1 episode
2018 Star Wars Resistance Flix (voice)
2019–present Harley Quinn Edward Nygma / Riddler, Stan, Mr. Isley (voices)
2020 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Dr. Jones Episode: "Pimemento"

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Title of work Result
2010 Gold Derby TV Award Best TV Ensemble Community Nominated
2011 Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Won
Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Adapted Screenplay Nominated
Satellite Awards Adapted Screenplay Won
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Adapted Screenplay Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Adapted Screenplay Nominated
Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Adapted Screenplay Won
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Adapted Screenplay Won
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Adapted Screenplay Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Adapted Screenplay Nominated
National Board of Review Adapted Screenplay Won
2012 Writers Guild of America Adapted Screenplay Won
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Adapted Screenplay Nominated
USC Scripter Award Adapted Screenplay Won
Online Film Critics Society Awards Adapted Screenplay Nominated
London Critics Circle Film Awards Adapted Screenplay Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards Adapted Screenplay Won
Golden Globe Screenplay Nominated
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Adapted Screenplay Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Adapted Screenplay Nominated
BAFTA Awards Adapted Screenplay Nominated
Australian Film Institute Adapted Screenplay Nominated
Academy Award Adapted Screenplay Won
Gold Derby TV Award Best TV Ensemble Community Won
TV Guide Awards Favorite Ensemble Won
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series Nominated
PAAFTJ Television Awards Best Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series Nominated
Best Cast in a Comedy Series Won
2013 Newport Beach Film Festival Audience Award Feature Film The Way Way Back Won
US Feature Won
Filmfest Hamburg Art Cinema Award Nominated
2014 St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Best Comedy Nominated
Critics' Choice Movie Awards[10] Best Comedy Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Informational Series Or Special The Writers' Room Nominated


  1. ^ a b Ebert, Roger (November 16, 2011). "The Descendants". The Chicago Sun-Times. Chicago, Illinois: Sun-Times Media Group. Retrieved March 15, 2012 – via rogerebert.com.
  2. ^ a b Carter, Lance (November 19, 2010). "Q & A: Community's Jim Rash". Daily Actor. Retrieved March 15, 2012. Two things sort of 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. ^ a b Interview with Paul F. Tompkins, 'Speakeasy' Community's Jim Rash is TV Ugly - Speakeasy on YouTube
  4. ^ That '70s Show (TV Series 1998–2006), retrieved 2018-06-23
  5. ^ a b Profile Archived 2014-10-21 at the Wayback Machine, charlotteobserver.com; accessed October 6, 2017.
  6. ^ Brown, Lane (December 15, 2008). "The Black List 2008: The Full List". New York. Retrieved March 15, 2012.
  7. ^ Labrecque, Jeff. "Sundance 2013: The Way, Way Back makes huge splash with nostalgic summer comedy". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 22, 2013.
  8. ^ thewrap.com
  9. ^ deadline.com
  10. ^ "19TH ANNUAL CRITICS' CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS NOMINATIONS". Retrieved December 31, 2013.

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