Actor John Krasinski graduated from Brown University in 2001. He then struggled to make it as an actor in New York City, where got parts on such shows as Law & Order: Criminal Intent and CSI. Krasinski also had a bit part in the 2004 film Kinsey. The following year, he began his star-making run as Jim Halpert on the popular sitcom The Office. Krasinski landed substantial roles on the big screen around this time as well, starring in License to Wed (2007) and Leatherheads (2008). He has directed two films—2009's Brief Interviews with Hideous Men and the upcoming 2015 dramatic comedy The Hollars.
Early Life and Career
Born on October 20, 1979, in Newton, Massachusetts, John Krasinski is best known for playing Jim Halpert on the hit sitcom The Office. He met B.J. Novak, a future Office castmate, when they were kids. They played little league baseball and attended school together, and Krasinski later appeared in one of Novak's plays. At Newton South High School, he also played basketball and ran cross-country. After high school, Krasinski attended Brown University, where he focused on playwriting. He also worked as an intern on Late Night with Conan O'Brien during this time and was part of a sketch comedy group called Out of Bounds.
In 2001, Krasinski graduated with honors from Brown and headed to New York City to purse a career in acting. At first, the move was a struggle for him, and he worked as a waiter to make ends meet while also landing a few small roles on such television shows as Law & Order: Criminal Intent and CSI. After making his big screen debut in 2002, Krasinski landed one of his most notable film roles playing a sexually frustrated husband in Kinsey (2004), which starred Liam Neeson.
Popular Sitcom Star
In 2005, Krasinski's career took off with the debut of the television series The Office. In the series, Krasinki played Jim Halpert, a paper salesman who has a crush on his company's receptionist, Pam (Jenna Fischer). His character also must cope with oddball fellow salesman Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and his daffy boss, Michael Scott (Steve Carell). Based on the British series of the same name, this workplace comedy struck a chord with TV viewers and would go on to win several Emmy Awards.
As the funny and likable Jim Halpert, Krasinski quickly won the hearts of the show's fans. He was even named one of People magazine's Sexiest Men in 2006. Audiences also became incredibly invested in the Pam and Jim story line as it evolved from friendship to relationship to marriage and parenthood over the course of the show's nine seasons. Krasinski and Fischer became one of most popular couples in television history.
While on The Office, Krasinski explored other acting opportunities as well. He landed a starring role in the 2007 romantic comedy License to Wed with Robin Williams and Mandy Moore. The following year, he appeared with George Clooney in Leatherheads, a look at the early days of football. Krasinski also found time to create the 2009 film Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, which he adapted from a collection of short stories by David Foster Wallace. He directed and acted in the film as well. That same year, Krasinski appeared opposite Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin in It's Complicated. And in 2012, he co-wrote and starred in the environmental film Promised Land with Matt Damon.
In 2013, Krasinski finally decided to say good-bye to The Office. He later reflected on his experience, telling People magazine, "I was a waiter when I got the show; I was 23 years old. A decade of my life! . . . In a very big, existential way it's the most important thing in my life."
More Recent Projects and Personal Life
After leaving The Office, Krasinski returned to the director's chair to helm the 2016 dramatic comedy The Hollars. He stars in the film alongside Anna Kendrick and Sharlto Copley. On the acting front, Krasinski stars in Michael Bay's political drama 13 Hours (2016) with fellow Office alum David Denman.
On the lighter side, Krasinski showed off his performing skills on the celebrity competition show Lip Sync Battle in 2015. He's also made the rounds on numerous late night comedy shows.
Krasinski married actress Emily Blunt in 2010. The couple welcomed their first child, daughter Hazel, on February 16, 2014. Their second daughter, Violet, was born in June 2016.
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