Mitch Rouse

Edward Mitchell "Mitch" Rouse (born August 6, 1964) is an American film and television actor, director, and screenwriter.[1]

Mitch Rouse
Edward Mitchell Rouse

(1964-08-06) August 6, 1964 (age 55)
Knoxville, Tennessee
OccupationFilm, television actor
Years active1992–2017
Spouse(s)Andrea Bendewald

Rouse was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and raised in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where he played football at Oak Ridge High School.[2] He attended the University of Tennessee, then developed an interest in acting.


Rouse studied acting in Atlanta and later, improvisation in Chicago, where he became involved with improv guru Del Close and Chicago's Second City Theatre where he met long-time friend David Pasquesi. After writing and performing in a number of Second City productions, Rouse moved to New York City.[citation needed]


With Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello, and Stephen Colbert, he co-created and starred in two television series for the cable television channel Comedy Central: Exit 57 and Strangers with Candy.[2] Rouse has appeared on episodes of Reno 911!, Home Improvement, Still Standing, and Lost at Home. He appeared in seasons 4-6 of the sitcom According to Jim as Ryan Gibson, Dana's fiancee and later husband. Rouse also voiced Round John Virgin and Comet in the Holiday movie Olive, the Other Reindeer.

Rouse created and stars in Spike TV's 2008 comedy series Factory.[3]

In 2013, Rouse played Eddie, the lead character in a single episode of the television series Call Me Crazy: A Five Film.


Rouse appeared in several feature films, including Austin Powers, Friends with Money, Rudy, and The Heartbreak Kid. His most prominent screen appearance as an actor was playing the leading role opposite Janeane Garofalo in 1997's Sweethearts. He directed and co-wrote the movie Employee of the Month starring Matt Dillon, Steve Zahn, Christina Applegate, and Andrea Bendewald as well as co-wrote the Without A Paddle, starring Seth Green and Dax Shepard.

Personal lifeEdit

In 2001, he married actress Andrea Bendewald in Malibu, California. The couple met while performing on the sitcom The Secret Lives of Men.[2] Jennifer Aniston was the matron of honor at their wedding on August 19, 2001.


  1. ^ "The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-01-14.
  2. ^ a b c Bendewald, Rouse married in Malibu, The Oak Ridger, March 1, 2002
  3. ^ Terry Morrow, Oak Ridge talent finds 'Factory' in backyard, Knoxville News Sentinel, June 27, 2008

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