“I’m really not feeling one way or the other with comedy or drama, I'm just sort of doing projects that I've been finding really fun to be a part of.” John Krasinski.
6' 3" tall, handsome Polish-American actor John Krasinski, who was featured in People Magazine's “Sexiest Men Alive” issue of 2006, is widely popular on television as the bright, friendly and easy-going sales representative Jim Halpert (2005-Present) on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning mockumentary/sitcom “The Office.” On the big screen, he was credited in such films as Kinsey (2004), Taxi (2004), Jarhead (2005), For Your Consideration (2006), The Holiday (2006) and the critically-acclaimed Dreamgirls (2006). He will lend his voice in the upcoming sequel to Shrek, Shrek the Third, and star in the films License to Wed and Leatherheads. He is currently working on his directorial debut, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, based on a collection of twenty-three short stories by David Foster Wallace.
Childhood and Family:
In Newton, Massachusetts, John Burke Krasinski was born on October 20, 1979 into a family of Polish-American heritage. His father, Dr. Ronald Krasinski, is a Medical Doctor, and his mother is a nurse. The youngest of three brothers, John has two older brothers: Kevin, a doctor, and Paul, a strategic consultant. John was the Best Man at his brother Paul Krasinski's wedding to Ashley Russell Krasinski on June 22, 2002, at St. Vincent Ferrer church, followed by a reception at the Rainbow Room in New York City.
As a child, John played on the same Little League Baseball team as B.J. Novak, now a writer and co-star on “The Office” (2005). He graduated from Bowen Elementary School and then from Newton South High School in 1997. In 2002, he finished his study at Brown University as an honors playwright (with an A.B. in Literatures in English) and later studied the Eugene O'Neill National Theatre Institute in Waterford, Connecticut. He is currently resides in between New York City and Los Angeles, where "The Office" (2005) is filmed.
In The Office
Having his first stage experience with a starring role in a satirical high school play written and cast by B.J. Novak (now a writer and co-star on "The Office" (2005)), John Krasinski began his TV career in 2002 as an intern on NBC’s late night talk/variety show “Late Night With Conan O’Brien.” That same year, he also appeared in director Hans Canosa's drama film called Alma Mater and starred in Dori Oskowitz's short film Fighting Still Life.
Afterward, Krasinski landed guest roles in an episode of such TV series as NBC dramedy "Ed," NBC police procedural drama "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and CBS popular, Emmy Award-winning crime-drama "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." Meanwhile, he also played bit parts in Bill Condon's biographical drama Kinsey (played by Liam Neeson), which follows the life of the pioneer in the area of sexology research who irrevocably changed American culture and created a media sensation with his book "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male," and Tim Story's remake of the 1998 Luc Besson-penned French film, Taxi (2004; starring Queen Latifah, Jimmy Fallon and Gisele Bündchen).
2005 saw Krasinski in Matt Mulhern's independent drama comedy Duane Hopwood (starring David Schwimmer and Janeane Garofalo), which was featured in the Sundance Film Festival, and in Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes' adaptation of U.S. Marine Anthony Swofford's 2003 Gulf War memoir, Jarhead (starring Jake Gyllenhaal). He also returned to the small screen to guest star in a May 2005 episode of CBS drama about an FBI missing persons unit, "Without a Trace."
That year also marked Krasinski with his most popular role to date, as the bright, friendly, easy-going sales representative Jim Halpert on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning mockumentary/sitcom “The Office,” which was based on the British series of the same name. As for 2007, he is still staying on the hit show and has won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series along with “The Office” cast members.
"For a while we were all thinking about applying to a restaurant close to the studio, so that at a moment's notice we could go work over there. I remember thinking, We get a DVD of this, right? At least I can prove to my mom that it happened. Now people actually care about it. " John Krasinski (on "The Office" (2005)).
During his “Office” stint, Krasinski continued also his film works. He lent his voce in the big screen version of the animated TV series The Magic Roundabout (released in North America as Doogal; with Sir Ian McKellen and Kylie Minogue), Nancy Meyers' romantic comedy The Holiday (starring Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Kate Winslet and Jack Black), and Bill Condon's critically-acclaimed film adaptation of the 1981 Broadway musical, Dreamgirls (starring Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson). He also guest starred in a 2006 episode of Fox animated sitcom "American Dad!"
Krasinski just completed Jason Carvey's crime action film A New Wave, in which he co-stars as the eccentric roommate of a mid-twenties frustrated artist who works a day job as a bank teller (played by Andrew Keegan), and Gregg Araki's drama comedy movie starring Anna Faris, Smiley Face. His voice will also be heard as Lancelot in the second sequel to Shrek, Shrek the Third (planned for release on May 18, 2007). Additionally, he is currently busy completing his directorial debut, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, based on a collection of twenty-three short stories by David Foster Wallace.
Moviegoers will also watch Krasinski star in Ken Kwapis' romantic comedy movie License to Wed, alongside Robin Williams and Mandy Moore, and George Clooney-directed romantic comedy set in the world of 1920s football, Leatherheads, opposite Clooney and Renée Zellweger.
- Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, "The Office," 2007