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John Burke Krasinski (born October 20, 1979)[1] is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, and director. He is most widely known for his role as Jim Halpert on the NBC sitcom The Office (2005–2013), for which he received critical acclaim and won a number of awards. He also served as a producer and occasional director of the series.

John Krasinski
John Krasinski and Josh Wood (cropped).jpg
Krasinski in January 2011
Born John Burke Krasinski
(1979-10-20) October 20, 1979 (age 38)
Brighton, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Residence Brooklyn, New York
Alma mater Brown University
  • Director
  • actor
  • producer
  • screenwriter
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Emily Blunt (m. 2010)
Children 2

His film credits include License to Wed (2007), Leatherheads (2008), Away We Go (2009), It's Complicated (2009), Something Borrowed (2011), Big Miracle (2012), Promised Land (2012), Aloha (2015), and 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016). Krasinski directed and starred in Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (2009), The Hollars (2016), and A Quiet Place (2018), the latter of which he starred in with his wife, Emily Blunt. In 2018, Krasinski was included on Time's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.[2]


Early lifeEdit

Krasinski was born at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston, to Mary Clare (née Doyle), a nurse, and Ronald Krasinski, an internist.[3][4][5][6][7] His father is Polish-American and his mother is Irish-American. He and his two older brothers, Kevin and Paul, were raised as Roman Catholics.[8] He grew up in Newton, a suburb west of Boston.

Krasinski made his stage debut as Daddy Warbucks in a sixth-grade school production of the musical Annie. Afterwards, he co-starred in a satirical play written and cast by his future The Office co-star B. J. Novak when they were high school seniors. Krasinski and Novak graduated from Newton South High School in 1997.[9][10]

Before entering college, Krasinski taught English as a foreign language in Costa Rica.[11] From there, he went to Brown University, studying theatre arts under Lowry Marsh and John Emigh, and graduating in 2001 as a playwright with the honors thesis "Contents Under Pressure".[12] During his time at Brown, he was a member of the sketch comedy group Out of Bounds.[13] In college, he also helped coach youth basketball at the Gordon School in East Providence, Rhode Island. Then he attended the National Theater Institute in Waterford, Connecticut.[14]


Early 2000s: Career beginningsEdit

Besides training at the National Theater Institute, he also studied at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, and The Actors Center in New York City. After graduating from Brown University, Krasinski went to New York City to pursue acting, appearing in commercials and guest-starring on television shows, as well as doing readings of off-Broadway plays while working as a waiter.[15] He starred in the play What the Eunuch Saw, which was written and directed by his former college classmates Emily O'Dell and Isaac Robert Hurwitz.[16] In 2000, Krasinski interned as a scriptwriter on the show Late Night with Conan O'Brien.[17][18]

2005–2009: Breakthrough with The Office and directorial debutEdit

Krasinski's breakthrough role was as Jim Halpert in the NBC sitcom The Office from 2005 to 2013. Krasinski filmed the footage of Scranton, Pennsylvania for the show as well, including the clips shown in the opening credits.[19] Krasinski directed an episode of The Office, titled "Sabre", the fifteenth episode of The Office's sixth season. He also directed the third episode of the show's eighth season, titled "Lotto" and the sixth episode of the show's ninth and final season, titled "The Boat".

In 2006, Krasinski wrote and directed the comedy-drama Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, based on David Foster Wallace's collection of short stories. It premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.[20] Krasinski guest-starred in a number of television series including Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Without a Trace, Ed,[21] American Dad![22] and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He also co-starred in films including Kinsey, Duane Hopwood, Jarhead, The Holiday and Shrek the Third, For Your Consideration and Dreamgirls.

Krasinski co-starred with Andrew Keegan and Lacey Chabert as Bob in Jason Carvey's comedy A New Wave that was released in 2006. He also co-starred with Anna Faris and Danny Masterson as Brevin in Gregg Araki's comedy Smiley Face, filmed in 2006. Afterwards, he co-starred in a number of films including the romantic comedy License to Wed (2007) with Mandy Moore and Robin Williams, and the sports comedy Leatherheads (2008) with George Clooney and Renée Zellweger. Krasinski co-starred in the comedy-drama Away We Go with Maya Rudolph, directed by Sam Mendes that filmed from April to June 2008.[23] He co-starred with Meryl Streep, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin in Nancy Meyers' romantic comedy It's Complicated that was released in late 2009.[24]

2010–2017: Further feature film and television workEdit

Krasinski co-starred with Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson and Colin Egglesfield in the romantic comedy Something Borrowed, based on Emily Giffin's novel of the same name. Krasinski co-starred with Drew Barrymore in the drama Big Miracle, based on a true story.[25] Krasinski also starred in the independent drama Nobody Walks that was released on September 6, 2012.[26] Krasinski co-starred in and co-wrote the drama Promised Land with Matt Damon that filmed in April 2012 and released on December 28, 2012.[27][28][29] Krasinski was also one of the top candidates to star in the superhero film Captain America: The First Avenger. Chris Evans eventually got the part.[30]

Krasinski co-starred in Cameron Crowe's romantic comedy-drama Aloha with Rachel McAdams, Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone. The film was shot in Hawaii from September to December 2013 and was released on May 29, 2015.[31][32]

Krasinski, with Stephen Merchant and Allyson Seeger, are executive producers of the live-action/animated sitcom Dream Corp, LLC created by Daniel Stessen on Adult Swim. The series was announced as a pilot in May 2014, and a full season was picked up in November 2015. Lost star Jon Gries co-stars.[33] Krasinski executive produced the critically acclaimed 2016 drama Manchester by the Sea, which starred Casey Affleck and produced by Krasinski's Promised Land co-star and co-writer Matt Damon. The film was written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan and is based on an original idea of Krasinski's.[34]

In 2016, Krasinski starred in the war thriller 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, based on a true story. That same year, he directed and starred in the comedy-drama The Hollars.

2018–present: Critical acclaim with A Quiet PlaceEdit

In 2018, Krasinski directed and co-wrote the horror film A Quiet Place, in which he also co-starred with his wife Emily Blunt. The film was released on April 6, 2018 by Paramount Pictures, to significant critical acclaim.[35]

Other workEdit

Beginning in March 2006, Krasinski narrated a series of commercials for[36] He has also narrated commercials for Apple TV, Verizon Wireless, Esurance,[37] BlackBerry Storm,[38] My Coke Rewards,[39] and Carnival Cruise Lines,[40] and has appeared in print advertisements for Gap.[41]

In April 2011, he co-starred in a New Era/Major League Baseball ad campaign with Alec Baldwin, playing off the rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.[42] In 2012, he started narrating the show Head Games on the Discovery Channel.[43]

He co-starred in the world premiere of the Off-Broadway play Dry Powder with Hank Azaria, Claire Danes, and Sanjit De Silva, directed by Thomas Kail, at The Public Theater in New York City.[44]

Personal lifeEdit

Krasinski with wife Emily Blunt at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards

Krasinski began dating English actress Emily Blunt in November 2008.[45] They became engaged in August 2009,[46] and married on July 10, 2010 in Como, Italy.[47] Krasinski and Blunt have two daughters, Hazel and Violet, born in February 2014 and July 2016 respectively.[48][49][50][51]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 State and Main Judge's Assistant Uncredited
2002 Fighting Still Life Tyler Short film
Alma Mater Flea Club Candidate 1
2004 Kinsey Ben
Taxi Messenger #3
2005 Duane Hopwood Bob Flynn
Jarhead Corporal Harrigan
2006 Doogal Additional Voice Voice only
New Wave, AA New Wave Gideon
For Your Consideration Paper Badge Officer
Holiday, TheThe Holiday Ben
Dreamgirls Sam Walsh
2007 Smiley Face Brevin
Shrek the Third Sir Lancelot Voice only
License to Wed Ben Murphy
2008 Leatherheads Carter Rutherford
2009 Brief Interviews with Hideous Men Ryan/Subject #20 Also producer/writer/director
Monsters vs. Aliens Cuthbert Voice only
Away We Go Burt Farlander
It's Complicated Harley
2011 Something Borrowed Ethan
Muppets, TheThe Muppets Himself Cameo
2012 Nobody Walks Peter
Big Miracle Adam Carlson
Promised Land Dustin Noble Also producer/writer
2013 Monsters University "Frightening" Frank McCay Voice only
The Wind Rises Honjo English language version (voice only)
2014 The Prophet Halim Voice only
2015 Aloha John "Woody" Woodside
2016 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Jack Silva
Manchester by the Sea Executive producer only
The Hollars John Hollar Also producer/director
Past Forward Man #1 Short film
2017 Born in China[52] Narrator Voice only
Animal Crackers Owen Huntington Voice only
Detroit Auerbach
2018 A Quiet Place Lee Abbott Also executive producer/co-writer/director


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Ed Process server Episode: "Good Advice"
2004 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jace Gleesing Episode: "Mad Hops"
2005–2013 Office, TheThe Office Jim Halpert Series regular, 188 episodes; also producer and director
2005 Without a Trace Curtis Horne Episode: "The Bogie Man"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Lyle Davis Episode: "Who Shot Sherlock"
2006 American Dad! Gilbert (voice) Episode: "Irregarding Steve"
2012 30 Rock Himself Episode: "The Ballad of Kenneth Parcell"
Head Games Narrator 3 episodes
2013 Arrested Development Spyder Foode Episode: "The B. Team"
2014–2015 BoJack Horseman Secretariat (voice) 2 episodes
2015–present Lip Sync Battle Himself Episode: "John Krasinski vs. Anna Kendrick"; also co-creator and executive producer
2016 Robot Chicken Various voices Episode: "Secret of the Flushed Footlong"
2018 Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan Jack Ryan Main role

Awards and nominationsEdit


Year Award Category Work Result
2009 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic Brief Interviews with Hideous Men Nominated
National Board of Review Award for Best Cast Best Acting by an Ensemble It's Complicated Won
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Romantic Comedy Something Borrowed Won
2015 Behind the Voice Actors Award Best Vocal Ensemble in an Anime Feature Film/Special The Wind Rises Nominated


Year Award Category Work Result
2005 Online Film & Television Association Award Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series The Office Nominated
2006 Online Film & Television Association Award Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series The Office Won
Gold Derby TV Award Ensemble of the Year The Office Nominated
Gold Derby TV Award Breakthrough Performer of the Year The Office Nominated
Gold Derby TV Award Comedy Supporting Actor The Office Nominated
2007 Online Film & Television Association Award Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series The Office Won
Gold Derby TV Award Comedy Supporting Actor The Office Nominated
Gold Derby TV Award Ensemble of the Year The Office Won
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series[53] The Office Won
2008 Online Film & Television Association Award Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series The Office Nominated
Gold Derby TV Award Comedy Supporting Actor The Office Nominated
Gold Derby TV Award Ensemble of the Year The Office Nominated
Golden Nymph Award Outstanding Actor – Comedy Series The Office Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series The Office Won
2009 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series The Office Nominated
2010 Gold Derby TV Award Comedy Supporting Actor The Office Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series The Office Nominated
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Comedy The Office Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series The Office Nominated
2012 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series The Office Nominated
2013 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Special Class – Short-Format Nonfiction Programs The Office: Farewells Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series The Office Nominated
2016 Primetime Emmy Awards Best Structured Reality Series Lip Sync Battle Nominated


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