John Burke Krasinski is the youngest of three sons born on October 20, 1979 in Newton, Massachusetts to internist Dr. Ronald Krasinski and his wife, Mary, a nurse. Educated at Brown University, he graduated as a playwright with honors. He then moved on to the National Theater Institute in Waterfort, Connecticut.
Krasinski broke into the acting scene when he was hired as an intern on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in 2002. He then moved on to appear in various television shows, including Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Without A Trace , Ed, American Dad ! and CSI . Aside from acting on television, he also worked on feature films Kinsey, Jarhead, Duane Hopwood, and The Holiday.
In 2005, the Polish actor was cast for the role he is most known for, Jim Halpert in the NBC series, The Office. His character on the series is the love interest of Jenna Fischer 's Pam Beesly. "I think the relationship in the office has been an interesting story to follow from the beginning. I can't give the writers enough credit for how incredibly realistic they have been with this storyline. It's an incredibly difficult thing to balance and they have dealt with it with such care and subtlety it's been amazing," he said of the relationship of the two characters.
Krasinski has also lent his voice to Lancelot on the 2007 film, Shrek the Third. "It's a tiny little franchise that I think is really going to catch on. It's gonna be a big deal for DreamWorks. Seriously, it's a blast," the actor said about his experience working on the animated film. "As a kid I always wanted to be a cartoon more than anything else. And I got my chance."
John Krasinski has also gotten supporting roles in films like License to Wed, starring Robin Williams and Mandy Moore, and in Letterheads with George Clooney and Renee Zellweger. He is also known for narrating a series of commercials for Ask.com, for Apple TV, and Best Buy, as well as appearing in advertisements of Gap. In 2008, he wrote and directed the film adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews with
Newton, Massachusetts, USA
Studied at the National Theater Institute
Zodiac sign - Libra
Graduated from Brown University in 2001 as an honors playwright (with a B.A. in English Literature).
Graduated from Newton South High School (1997)
Father is doctor, mother is nurse. He has two older brothers.
Was once a script intern on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993).
Is friends with David Schwimmer, with whom he worked in Duane Hopwood (2005).
Was the best man at his brother Paul's wedding to Ashley Russell on June 22, 2002, at St. Vincent Ferrer church, followed by a reception at the Rainbow Room in New York City.
Comes from a Polish family.
At 6' 3", very tall by regular standards, he is the shortest among his siblings, with his brothers being 6' 6" and 6' 10", respectively.
Brother Kevin, the eldest, is a doctor, and brother Paul, the middle, is strategic consultant.
In License to Wed (2007), the characters of Ben's parents are played by John's real life parents.
2008: Screen Actors Guild Awards - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for: "The Office". Shared.
2007: Screen Actors Guild Awards - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for: "The Office". Shared.
2011: Something Borrowed - Ethan
2005-2010: The Office (TV series) - Jim Halpert / Jim Halpert
2009: It's Complicated - Harley
2009: Away We Go - Burt Farlander
2009: Monsters vs Aliens - Cuthbert (voice)
2009: Brief Interviews with Hideous Men - Ryan/Subject #20
2008: Leatherheads - Carter Rutherford
2007: License to Wed - Ben Murphy
2007: Shrek the Third - Lancelot (voice)
2007: Smiley Face - Brevin
2006: American Dad! (TV series) - Gilbert
2006: Dreamgirls - Sam Walsh
2006: The Holiday - Ben
2006: For Your Consideration - Paper Badge Officer
2006: A New Wave - Gideon
2006: Doogal - Additional Voices (voice)
2005: Jarhead - Corporal Harrigan
2005: Without a Trace (TV series) - Curtis Horne
2005: Duane Hopwood - Bob Flynn
2005: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV series) - Lyle Davis
2004: Taxi - Messenger #3
2004: Kinsey - Ben
2004: Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV series) - Jace Gleesing
2003: Ed (TV series) - Process Server
2002: Alma Mater - Flea Club Candidate 1
2002: Fighting Still Life (short) - Tyler
2000: State and Main - Judge's Assistant
"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."
"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. " - on "The Office" (2005)
"It was a bold interpretation, I didn't shave my head. - on his first acting role, which was Daddy Warbucks in a 5th grade production of 'Annie'."