Oct. 20th, 1979
Newton, Massachusetts, USA
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Tall, handsome American film and television start John Krasinski is probably best known for his role as sardonic nice guy Jim Halpert on NBC's popular TV series "The Office" (2005) for which he won a 2007 and 2008 Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series.
Born John Burke Krasinski on October 20, 1979, in Newton, Massachussetts, USA to a family of Polish-American heritage, he is the youngest of three brothers. His father Ronald is an internist, and his mother Mary Claire is a nurse.
His first stage experience was starring in a satirical high school play written and cast by B.J. Novak. Also good at sports, he played on the same Little League baseball team as B.J. Novak, now a writer and co-star on "The Office" (2005). After graduating from Newton South High School in 1997, Krasinski planned to be an English major and deferred his first semester of college to teach English in Costa Rica. He attended Brown University, graduating in 2001, as a playwright with honors, then studied at the Eugene O'Neill National Theatre Institute in Waterford,Connecticut.
During the summer of 2000, he worked as a script intern on the "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993). Krasinski made his big screen debut in 2002, then played several small roles like Ben in Kinsey (2004), and Bob Flynn in Duane Hopwood (2005). He appeared as Corporal Harrigan in Jarhead (2005) by director Sam Mendes (I), then played a supporting role as Ben in The Holiday (2006), a romantic comedy by director Nancy Meyers. He is billed as the voice of Lancelot in Shrek the Third (2007). Krasinski co-starred opposite Robin Williams (I) and Mandy Moore (II) in romantic comedy License to Wed (2007) as well as with George Clooney and 'Renee Zellweger (I)' in the football screwball comedy Leatherheads (2008). He is also director and writer of Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (2009), a big screen adaptation of the eponymous collection of short stories by David Foster Wallace.
Krasinski was featured in People Magazine's Sexiest Men alive issue of 2006. He is claims Los Angeles as his current home but travels to New York City and his hometown of Newton, MA frequently.
- In _License to Wed (2007)_ (qv), the characters of Ben's parents are played by John's real life parents.
- Studied at the National Theater Institute
- Graduated from Newton South High School (1997)
- First stage experience was starring in a satirical high school play written and cast by 'B.J. Novak' (qv), now a writer and co-star on _"The Office" (2005)_ (qv).
- Is friends with 'David Schwimmer (I)' (qv), with whom he worked in _Duane Hopwood (2005)_ (qv).
- 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.
- Graduated from Brown University in 2001 as an honors playwright with a B.A. in English literature.
- Is the godfather of his brother Paul's first son.