Rainn Wilson

Birth Place: Seattle, WA, USA

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Rainn Wilson is an American actor and comedian best known for his role as Dwight Schrute in the hit television series "The Office." Born on January 20, 1966, in Seattle, Washington, Wilson grew up in a creative household, with his father working as a novelist and his mother as a yoga teacher.

Following his graduation from the University of Washington, Wilson moved to New York City to pursue a career in acting. He began his career in theater, appearing in productions such as "The Tempest" and "The Importance of Being Earnest" on Broadway. Wilson also had roles in off-Broadway productions, including "The New Bozena" and "The Sexual Life of the Camel."

In 1997, Wilson made his television debut in an episode of the soap opera "One Life to Live." He went on to make appearances on several popular TV shows, including "Charmed," "CSI," and "Monk." However, it was his portrayal of Dwight Schrute on "The Office" that made him a household name. The show, which premiered in 2005, ran for nine seasons and earned Wilson three Emmy nominations for his performance.

In addition to his work on television, Wilson has also appeared in several films, including "Almost Famous," "Juno," and "The Meg." He has also lent his voice to several animated projects, including "The Last Mimzy" and "Monsters vs. Aliens."

Wilson's comedic talent extends beyond acting, as he is also a writer and producer. He co-created and starred in the web series "The Adventures of Super Awesome Girl and the Incredible Lady," which premiered in 2011. He also wrote and produced the film "The Rocker" in 2008.

Outside of his entertainment career, Wilson is an advocate for several causes. He is a member of the board of directors for the Mona Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports education initiatives around the world. Wilson is also a supporter of the Lidè Haiti Foundation, which works to empower girls in rural Haiti through education and the arts.

Most recently, Wilson starred in the Amazon Prime series "Utopia," which premiered in 2020. He also appeared in the film "Blackbird," which was released in 2019.

Overall, Rainn Wilson's career has been marked by his versatility as an actor, writer, and producer. He has made a lasting impression on audiences with his comedic timing and unique characters, and continues to be a prominent figure in the entertainment industry.

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Rubicon Theatre Company to Present AN EVENING WITH RAINN WILSON at the Ventura Center for Spiritual Living in Ventura

Rubicon Theatre Company will present 'An Evening with Rainn Wilson' at the Ventura Center for Spiritual Living in Ventura. This event is the first in a new series at Rubicon.

The Acting Company to Present Annual Louanna O. Carlin & John MacDonald Reading Series

The Acting Company will present their annual Louanna O. Carlin & John MacDonald Reading Series, featuring a trio of unique Shakespeare interpretations. Get all the details about this exciting event in New York City.

Claire Ayoub's THE GYNOKID Continues Residency At The Kraine Theater This Fall & Winter

There are three chances left to catch Claire Ayoub's award-winning solo comedy show The GynoKid during its 2023 residency at The Kraine Theater! 

Full Cast & Creative Team Unveiled for The Acting Company's World Premiere of Lisa Peterson's ODYSSEY 

The Acting Company has revealed the full cast and creative team for Lisa Peterson's world premiere of ODYSSEY. Get all the details and book your tickets now.

Introducing the Cast and Creative Team of ODYSSEY at Marin Theatre Company

Get an exclusive look at the star-studded cast and talented creative team of ODYSSEY at Marin Theatre Company. Meet the actors and creatives bringing this epic story to life in a captivating stage adaptation. Don't miss out on the opportunity to witness their incredible talents in action.

FRIGID New York to Present Extended Run of Claire Ayoub's THE GYNOKID

Claire Ayoub’s solo show The GynoKid is back with FRIGID New York as a monthly show at The Kraine Theater. Learn how to purchase tickets!

Tatiana Wechsler, Kaliswa Brewster & More to Star in THREE SISTERS AFTER CHEKHOV Reading at The Acting Company

The Acting Company has announced the complete cast for the reading of Mustapha Matura's new play Three Sisters After Chekhov. This is a part of the Reading Series in honor of The Acting Company's 50th anniversary. 

Photos: Go Inside The Acting Company's Reimagined Renaissance Gala

See photos from The Acting Company's gala featuring Ezra Knight as the host!


Based on Eric Weiner’s bestselling book, “The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World,” Rainn Wilson will explore some of the happiest and least happy places on earth from Iceland to Qatar to Ghana, and in a profound, humorous, and experiential way that unpacks the science of happiness. Watch the video now!

Ezra Knight & Sara Bareilles Join The Acting Company's Annual Reimagined Renaissance Gala

Ezra Knight will host The Acting Company’s annual Reimagined Renaissance Gala, featuring a performance by Sara Bareilles. See how to purchase tickets!

Joe Spano & More to Star in Rolling Southern California Premiere of THE REALISTIC JONESES

Laguna Playhouse announced, in association with Gare St. Lazare, Ireland and the Rubicon Theatre Company, Faline England, Sorcha Fox, Conor Lovett and Joe Spano starring in the rolling Southern California premiere of THE REALISTIC JONESES, written by Will Eno and directed by Judy Hegarty-Lovett.

Chicago Humanities Spring Festival Brings Musical Legends, Hollywood Stars, And More To The City

​​​​​​​Chicago Humanities Spring Festival is returning to stages across the city from April to June with over 40 must-see conversations, rare experiences, and one-night-only performances from some of the biggest names you know—and some that you don't know… yet.

Rainn Wilson And Dakin Matthews to be Honored at The Acting Company's Annual Reimagined Renaissance Gala

Rainn Wilson will receive the Joan M. Warburg Award Honor and that Dakin Matthews will receive the John Houseman Award Honor, as part of The Acting Company’s annual Reimagined Renaissance Gala on April 24, 2023 at Capitale.

Kelley Curran, Ben Horner, Elizabeth Stahlmann & More to Star in THE MISANTHROPE Reading at The Acting Company

The Acting Company has announced the cast for their reading of The Misanthrope. Molière's classic play is translated by Neil Bartlett and directed by The Acting Company's Producing Director Devin Brain.

SUNSET BOULEVARD & More Lead Washington DC's January Top Picks

Washington, DC is never lacking outstanding theatre, whether epic Broadway shows, engrossing dramas or bold fringe offerings. BroadwayWorld is rounding up our top recommended theatre every month. This month's picks include Sunset Boulevard, Ride The Cyclone and more!

Anna Baryshnikov, Ignacio Diaz-Silverio & More to Star in A BRIGHT NEW BOISE Off-Broadway Premiere

Signature Theatre will present the Off-Broadway premiere of Samuel D. Hunter’s 2011 Obie Award-winning dark comedy A Bright New Boise, directed by Oliver Butler. See production dates and how to purchase tickets.

Idina Menzel Will Lead World Premiere Musical REDWOOD at La Jolla Playhouse Next Year

Idina Menzel is headed back to the stage! She will star in the world premiere musical Redwood, which Menzel began developing nearly 20 years ago. The production will premiere at La Jolla Playhouse in 2024.

The Acting Company to Present New York Performances of Louanna O. Carlin & John MacDonald Reading Series

The Acting Company has announced the New York performances for their annual Louanna O. Carlin & John MacDonald Reading Series.

Joe Spano & More to Star in THE REALISTIC JONESES at Rubicon Theatre Company

Rubicon Theatre Company will present the Southern California premiere of THE REALISTIC JONESES, Wednesday, January 25 at 7:00 pm, with a press opening on Saturday, January 28 at 7:00 pm, running through Sunday, February 12.

VIDEO: First Look at The Acting Company's THE THREE MUSKETEERS and ROMEO AND JULIET in Repertory

Watch footage of @TheActingCo's The Three Musketeers and Romeo and Juliet playing in repertory at theatres across the country.


Rainn Wilson has appeared on Broadway in 2 shows.

Rainn Wilson has not appeared in the West End

Rainn Wilson has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. He has received nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Resident Play at the Helen Hayes Awards for his performances in "Long Day's Journey Into Night" and "The Revengers' Comedies." Additionally, he has been nominated for Outstanding Supporting Performer in a Non-Resident Production at the Helen Hayes Awards for his role in "Two Gentlemen of Verona."

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