PROFILE
Name:
Brian Baumgartner
Birth Date:
1972/11/29
Birth Place:
Atlanta, Georgia
Height:
6' 3" (1.91 m)
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
His role in the hit NBC sitcom “The Office” (2005-2009)
BIOGRAPHY
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The Office

Background:

“Every show is different. It's all been part of a process for me to figure things out. I got cast on ‘The Office’ after I had been in Los Angeles for about four months. Because of how our show has been picked up and the number of episodes the first year just being six, really that was shooting the pilot, then just doing five more, here's been a lot of time in there where I've done these other shows, but 'The Office' has been a constant for me almost since when I first came out here.” Brian Baumgartner

An American actor who began his career on stage, Brian Baumgartner is best known as Kevin Malon on the hit NBC sitcom “The Office” (2005-2009) and reprised the famed role in the spin-off shows “The Office: The Accountants” (2006), “The Office: Kevin's Loan” and “The Office: The Outburst” (both 2008). The role has brought the Atlanta, Georgia, native a Daytime Emmy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and a TV Land Award. Baumgartner has also appeared in the movies “License to Wed” (2007) and “Four Christmases” (2008). Moviegoers will see him in the upcoming features “Into Temptation” (2009) and “The House of Good and Evil” (2009).


Atlanta Boy

Childhood and Family:

Brian Baumgartner was born on November 29, 1972, in Atlanta, Georgia. He was educated at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School and The Westminster High School in Atlanta, where he was a classmate of future “The Office” costar Ed Helms. In 1995, Brian graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, with a BFA degree in acting.

Currently, Brian resides in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.


Into Temptation

Career:

After suffering a sport’s injury in junior high school, Brian Baumgartner turned his attention to acting. He, however, did not realize that he wanted to pursue an acting career until after attending summer acting classes at the Northwestern University while in high school. Baumgartner honed in on his craft in regional theater groups such as the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, the Theatre de la Jeune Lune, and the Children's Theater Company. He even worked as artistic director at the Hidden Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in which he collected multiple awards for his artistic and acting abilities. Later, Baumgartner relocated to Los Angeles to give acting a more serious try.

In 2001, Baumgartner had his first taste in front of the film cameras when he landed the small part of Roger in the comedy “Taking a Chance on Love,” which was directed and written by Bill Semans and starred Michael O'Keefe and Kevin Chamberlin. He worked on television with guest roles on such series as “The Lyon's Den,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “LAX,” “Arrested Development,” “Jack in Progress” and “Everwood” before enjoying a huge breakthrough with “The Office” (2005-present).

Relatively nameless Baumgartner won the regular role of Kevin Malone on the U.S. version of the 2001 hit British show of the same name in 2005 and soon gained mainstream recognition. Along with cast members that included Rainn Wilson, Steve Carell, Leslie David Baker, Ed Helms, Angela Kinsey, and Oscar Nuñez, he received two Screen Actors Guilds for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2007 and 2008) and the Future Classic Award at the 2008 TV Land Awards.

In 2006, Baumgartner recreated his famed TV role for the spin off “The Office: The Accountants,” which was shown on the Internet. A collection of short videos which centered on Kevin, Angela (played by Angela Kinsey), and Oscar (played by Oscar Nuñez), the show had a 2 minute runtime each episode and lasted for 10 episodes. Baumgartner jointly netted a 2007 Daytime Emmy in the category of Outstanding Broadband Program – Comedy for his work on the show. He went on to reprise the Kevin Malone role for the spin offs “The Office: Kevin's Loan” and “The Office: The Outburst” (both 2008).

“The show (The Office) has been great. It is taking up a lot of time. I have a couple of irons in the fire here for the hiatus. I would love to work in films and certainly there are people I would love to work with, but at this point, I'm taking it step by step and enjoying my good fortune.” Brian Baumgartner

Thanks to his TV success, Baumgartner appeared in the 2006 award winning shorts “Moosecock,” which cast him in the lead role of Paul Wood, and “No. 6.” for which he costarred with Ron Perlman and Charlotte Ayanna. The following year, he supported John Brotherton and Rand Holdren in the 16-minute film “Smith and Mike on a Tuesday,” which was directed, written and starred John Brotherton and Rand Holdren. He then appeared in the romantic comedy feature “License to Wed,” which starred Robin Williams, Mandy Moore and “The Office” costar John Krasinski. Baumgartner next had a small role in director Seth Gordon's comedy “Four Christmases” (2008), which starred Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon. The film also featured Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Jon Voight, Jon Favreau, Mary Steenburgen and Dwight Yoakam.

Baumgartner will play Ralph O'Brien in the Patrick Coyle drama “Into Temptation” (2009), which Coyle adapted from his award winning original screenplay. Among his costar in the film are Kristin Chenoweth and Jeremy Sisto. Baumgartner is also scheduled to star as Bob Bradley in the upcoming horror movie “The House of Good and Evil” (2009), which was written by Blu de Golyer and directed by Svetlana Cvetko.


Awards:

  • TV Land: Future Classic Award, “The Office,” 2008

  • Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, “The Office,” 2008

  • Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, “The Office,” 2007

  • Daytime Emmy: Outstanding Broadband Program – Comedy, “The Office: The Accountants,” 2007

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