Rainn Wilson


Date Of Birth

January 20, 1966


Born on January 20, 1966 in Seattle, Washington, Rainn Dietrich Wilson is the son of Robert G. Wilson, writer and business consultant, and Shay Cooper, a yoga teacher and actress. He was educated at Tufts University, University of Washington, New York University and Tisch School of the Arts before launching his acting career.

In talking about growing up, Wilson said, "It's funny because I grew up a kind of sad, nerdy individual. There was one point in high school actually when I was on the chess team, marching band, model United Nations and debate club all at the same time. And I would spend time with the computer club after school. And I had just quit pottery club, which I was in junior high, but I let that go. I also played bassoon in the orchestra … so you can imagine. I was kind of pimply. I was a pimply youth. So I really understand what it is to be an outsider and I think that the nerds are kind of taking over now. I don't know if you noticed this, but I saw a girl walking through a mall and she was kind of hot and she had a T-shirt that said ‘I Love Nerds' on it. That wasn't the case when I was young. Now you've got these nerd rock bands and these nerdy actors. Even the leading men of today, Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal, they kind of have a nerdy side to them. So I guess I understand that and it's just what's interesting to me."

Prior to working on the role he is most known for, Dwight Schrute of NBC's The Office, Wilson admitted to having worked in a real office. "I worked at the Multiple Sclerosis Society of New York, first as a receptionist, then an assistant office manager, then an assistant in events coordination. But I was let go," the actor said. "I was fired by my boss because he literally said to me, “I want someone to work for me who when I say ‘jump' says ‘how high.''' He literally said that clich? with a straight face. And the ironic thing is so many of the people that worked there went around in those little wheelie carts, so they couldn't jump at all."

Aside from his work on The Office, he also gained recognition for playing the eccentric Arthur Martin in HBO's Six Feet Under. Wilson also appeared on television series such as One Life to Live, Charmed, Dark Angel, CSI, Law & Order: SVU, Monk, Numb3rs and Six Feet Under. Moving on to films, he has worked on Full Frontal, My Super Ex-Girlfriend and Juno. He is also the star of the Fox Atomic comedy The Rocker. Wilson and his father are both art collectors, buying and selling fine art mostly of contemporary artists.

Place of Birth

Seattle, Washington

Birth Name

Rainn Wilson



Fun Facts

Holiday Reinhorn (30 June 1995 - present), 1 child (son Walter McKenzie born in 2004)

Played clarinet and bassoon in the high school band.

He was born at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle.

Got his start in theater as a member of the Acting Company and remained for several years. Appeared in Long Day's Journey Into Night at the Arena Stage and performed at the Guthrie and other theatrical venues as well.


2009: Writers Guild of America, USA - Comedy/Variety - Music, Awards, Tributes - Specials for: 2008 Film Independent's Spirit Awards (2008) (TV). Shared.
2008: TV Land Awards - Future Classic Award for: "The Office". Shared.
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.
2004: Screen Actors Guild Awards - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for: "Six Feet Under". Shared.


2011: Few Options, All Bad - Cousin Don
2005-2010: The Office (TV series) - Dwight Schrute
2010: Family Guy (TV series) - Dwight Schrute
2010: Peep World - Joel
2010: Super - Frank D'Arbo/The Crimson Bolt
2008-2010: Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (TV series) - Blind Man/Bobby Sloan/Bobby Stoan/...
2010: Hesher - Paul Forney
2010: Fight for Your Right Revisited (short) - Church Goer
2009: Monsters vs Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space (TV movie) - Wicked Jack (voice)
2009: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - Professor Colan
2009: Reno 911! (TV series) - Calvin Robin Tomlinson
2009: Monsters vs. Aliens (Video Game) - Gallaxhar (voice)
2009: Monsters vs Aliens - Gallaxhar (voice)
2008: Bang Blow & Stroke (video short) - Robert 'Fish' Fishman
2008: VH1 Rock Honors (TV movie) - Pinball Wizard
2008: The Rocker - Robert 'Fish' Fishman
2008: Missing Pieces (short) - Brandon York
2008: Tim and Eric Nite Live (TV series) - The Psychic
2007: Juno - Rollo
2007: The Last Mimzy - Larry White
2006: The Office: The Accountants (TV series) - Dwight Schrute
2006: My Super Ex-Girlfriend - Vaughn Haige
2006: Dominion - Angel Gabriel
2003-2005: Six Feet Under (TV series) - Arthur Martin
2005: Entourage (TV series) - R.J. Spencer
2005: Blue in Green - Doug
2005: Sahara - Rudi Gunn
2005: Numb3rs (TV series) - Martin Grolsch
2005: The Life Coach - Dr. Watson Newmark
2003: Baadasssss! - Bill Harris
2003: Monk (TV series) - Walker Browning
2003: House of 1000 Corpses - Bill Hudley
2003: Slice o' Life (TV movie)
2002: MDs (TV series) - John Doe
2002: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV series) - Janitor
2002: Self Storage (short) - Lee
2002: Full Frontal - First Fired Employee
2002: Wheelmen - Barney
2001: America's Sweethearts - Dave O'Hanlon
2001: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV series) - Guy in Supermarket
2001: Dark Angel (TV series) - Phil
2001: When Billie Beat Bobby (TV movie) - Dennis Van De Meer
2001: Charmed (TV series) - Kierkan
2000: Almost Famous - David Felton
1999: Galaxy Quest - Lahnk
1999: The Expendables (TV movie) - Newman
1997: One Life to Live (TV series) - Casey Keegan


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