Rainn Wilson is a $14 million dollar actor, comedian, and filmmaker from the United States. Rainn Wilson is best known for his role in the American version of The Office, although he has also acted in Almost Famous, “Galaxy Quest, The Rocker, Six Feet Under, CSI, and Entourage.
Rainn Dietrich Wilson was born in Seattle, Washington, on January 20, 1966. Shay Cooper, a yoga instructor, and actor, was his mother, and Robert G. Wilson, an artist, and novelist best known for the science-fiction novel Tentacles of Dawn was his father. Wilson spent his childhood in Nicaragua for a few years before returning to Washington to attend middle and high school. However, his family relocated to Illinois before he graduated, and Rainn attended New Trier High School.
He subsequently enrolled at the University of Washington in Seattle, majoring in drama and graduating in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree. Then he went to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program, where he earned an MFA in acting and joined The Acting Company. Wilson acted onstage in various productions across the country for the next many years before breaking into movies and television.
Wilson made his debut appearance on film in 1997, in an episode of the popular soap series One Life to Live. He landed a supporting part on the television series The Expendables two years later (not to be confused with the Sylvester Stallone action franchise by that name). In the same year, he made his feature film debut in Galaxy Quest, a sci-fi comedy, and in 2000, he appeared in Cameron Crowe’s autobiographical Almost Famous. Then, in 2002, he landed his first main part in Rob Zombie’s debut horror picture House of 1000 Corpses, as one of the multiple leads.
He had parts on Law and Order: SVU, CSI, Monk, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Reno 911, and other shows after that, including Law and Order: SVU, CSI, Monk, Tim, and Eric Awesome Show, Reno 911, and more. He appeared in the action-adventure picture Sahara in 2005, but it was on a television show the same year that he achieved new heights of fame in his most renowned performance.
Wilson played Dwight Schrute, an unpleasant sales rep with a superiority complex second only to his boss Michael Scott, in The Office from 2005 to 2013. (played by Steve Carell). Rainn won over viewers on The Office with his great comic skills and his distinctive bespectacled appearance. Wilson went on to demonstrate his wide range of silly faces in big-screen films as well, primarily in comedies like My Super Ex-Girlfriend in 2006 and Juno in 2007, as well as in science fiction flicks like The Last Mimzy in 2007 and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in 2009. In addition, he is a voice actor who has appeared in animated films such as Monster vs. Aliens.
After his on-screen boss Steve Carell, Wilson became the second Office cast member to host Saturday Night Live in 2007. In 2010, he made a vocal cameo in the animated sitcom Family Guy, reprising his popular character. In 2013, he appeared on the NBC TV special Here Comes The Night Time by Arcade Fire, as well as the television version of Comedy Bang! Bang!
Wilson has appeared in a number of projects since The Office ended, including a detective series called Backstrom, portraying the wicked Gargamel in The Smurfs: The Lost Village, and the monster shark movie The Meg. Wilson first appeared in the Star Trek universe in 2017 as Harry Mudd in two episodes of the series Star Trek: Discovery, a role he reprised in “The Escape Artist,” a Star Trek: Short Trek that he also directed. He played the characters “Rattleballs” and “Peacemaster” in four episodes of the popular animated television series Adventure Time.
He starred as Dr. Trevor Wells on the CBS sitcom Mom, and he will appear in the TV programs Solar Opposites and Utopia in 2020. In 2020, he was one of many celebrities to appear in a tongue-in-cheek “remake” of The Princess Bride, Quibi’s Home Movie: The Princess Bride, in which he played Fezzik.
Rainn Wilson has pursued other interests outside of acting, such as the humor website and YouTube channel SoulPancake, which resulted in a book titled SoulPancake: Chew on Life’s Big Questions. The Bassoon King, a funny memoir, was published after that. He’s also involved with a number of humanitarian organizations, such as the Mona Foundation. Wilson has been married to Holiday Reinhorn, a writer, since 1995, when they met while both studying acting at the University of Washington.
Wilson reportedly offered his farmhouse in Agoura Hills, California, with an asking price of over $1.7 million in July of 2020. Wilson’s most famous TV character, Dwight, may have been inspired by this celebrity-owned writer’s & artist’s oasis in old Agoura, according to the property’s official listing, which begins with the following attention-grabber: “The inspiration for TV’s ‘Dwight’s Beet Farm’ may have been this celebrity-owned writer’s & artist’s oasis in old Agoura.” The home includes three bedrooms and three bathrooms, as well as three “flex rooms” that may be used for anything the future owner desires. A secluded writer’s office and “Man Cave/She-Shed” tucked in the trees are located in the backyard.