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Jim Rash

Jim Rash
Born James Rash
(1971-07-15) July 15, 1971 (age 49)
Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian, film producer, screenwriter
Years active 1995–present

James "Jim" Rash (born July 15, 1971) is an American actor, comedian, producer, and screenwriter. He is known for playing Dean Craig Pelton on the NBC sitcom Community. In 2012, he received a Golden Globe nomination and won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film The Descendants.[1]

Early life

Rash was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he attended Charlotte Latin School. Both he and his sister were adopted.[2] After graduating, he spent a post-graduate year at the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.[3] He later attended University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha.


Rash played Mr. Grayson / Stitches, a sidekick to the supervillain Royal Pain, in the 2005 film Sky High. He played Fenton on That '70s Show and Andrew (the "whore house guy") on Reno 911!. He guest starred in the final episode of Friends, and played Head T.A. Philip in Slackers. Since 2009, Rash has starred on Community as Craig Pelton, the dean of the community college in which the show takes place. Rash and comedy partner Nat Faxon moved into screenwriting, writing a pilot in 2005 for a series entitled Adopted, about an adult who finds out his parents are not his birth parents. The show did not take off.[4]

Rash and Faxon wrote the screenplay for The Descendants, based on the novel of the same name by Kaui Hart Hemmings. The script appeared on the 2008 edition of the Black List, which lists the most popular unproduced scripts in Hollywood at that time.[5] The film was produced in Hawaii and starred George Clooney; it was released on November 18, 2011 to critical acclaim.[1] The film received a Golden Globe nomination and won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Rash and Faxon co-wrote and directed the film The Way Way Back, which received a standing ovation at its premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.[6] Parts of the film are based on Rash's teenage life.[4] Rash is a member of the Los Angeles-based improvisational and sketch comedy troupe The Groundlings.



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Auto Motives Accountant
2002 Hiding in Walls Jane's Assistant
2002 One Hour Photo Amateur Porn Guy
2002 Slackers Head T.A. Philip
2002 Minority Report Technician
2002 S1m0ne Studio Executive
2003 Wrong Hollywood Number Caller Short film
2003 George & Gracie George
2005 Sky High Mr. Grayson / Stitches
2007 Smiley Face Talent Agency Secretary
2007 Balls of Fury Techie
2008 The Onion Movie Bryce's Manager
2011 Worst. Prom. Ever. Pizza Pete
2011 The Descendants Co-writer
2013 The Way Way Back Lewis Co-writer, co-director, executive producer
2014 Yellowbird Karl Voice[7][8]


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Cybill Production Assistant Episode: "Local Hero"
1997 Tracey Takes On... Pollster Episode: "Movies"
1997–1998 The Naked Truth Harris Van Doren 3 episodes
1998 Working Carl Episode: "Good Val Hunting"
1999 Becker Eddie Blatt Episode: "Becker the Elder"
1999 Clueless Bart Episode: "Big Sissies"
1999 Katie Joplin Mitchell Tuit 7 episodes
1999 Thanks Cotton 6 episodes
2000 The Hughleys Census Guy Episode: "Scary Hughleys"
2001 Loomis Episode: "Pilot"
2001 The Practice Quimby Episode: "Vanished: Part 1"
2002 Less Than Perfect Rob McLyle Episode: "Claude the Liar"
1998–2006 That '70s Show Fenton 6 episodes
2003 Alligator Point Episode: "Pilot"
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Todd Benton Episode: "Random Acts of Violence"
2003 The Guardian Court Therapist Episode: "All the Rage"
2003 Baby Bob Dougy Episode: "Reality Bites"
2003 Coupling Stalker Episode: "Check/Mate"
2003–2009 Reno 911! Andrew 14 episodes
2004 Friends Nervous Passenger on Plane Episode: "The Last One"
2004 Grim & Evil Announcer
Episode: "A Kick in the Asgard"
2004 NCIS Dr. Joel Sanderson Episode: "Left For Dead"
2005 Will & Grace Brent Episode: "Love is in the Airplane"
2005 Jake in Progress Freddie Blake Episode: "Rivals and Departures"
2005 Adopted Co-creator
2006 Saturday Night Live Writer
Episode: "Dane Cook / The Killers"
2006–2007 Help Me Help You Jonathan 14 episodes
2008 Hackett Episode: "Pilot"
2008 Eli Stone Bradley Kitsis Episode: "I Want Your Sex"
2008 Samantha Who? Artist Episode: "The Gallery Show"
2009 American Dad! Bouncer Voice
Episode: "G-String Circus"
2009–present Community Dean Craig Pelton Regular cast (over 80 episodes)
Writer: "Basic Human Anatomy"
Co-director 2 episodes
2011–2014 The Soup Various 7 episodes
2012 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated JR Kipple Voice
Episode: "The Night the Clown Cried II - Tears of Doom"
2012 The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange Pineapple Joe Voice
Episode: "Follow the Bouncing Orange"
2012–2013 The Looney Tunes Show Cecil Turtle 2 episodes
2012–present Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja Principal Slimovitz Voice
2013–present The Writers' Room Himself Host, producer
2013–2014 TripTank Various Voice
3 episodes
2013–2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Various 2 episodes
2014–2015 Glee Lee Paulblatt Episodes: "Back-up Plan" and "Loser Like Me"
2014–present Mike Tyson Mysteries Marquess of Queensberry Voice

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Title of work Result
2010 Gold Derby TV Award Best TV Ensemble Community Nominated
2011 Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Adapted Screenplay The Descendants Won
Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Adapted Screenplay Nominated
Satellite Awards Adapted Screenplay Won
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Adapted Screenplay Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Adapted Screenplay Nominated
Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Adapted Screenplay Won
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Adapted Screenplay Won
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Adapted Screenplay Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Adapted Screenplay Nominated
National Board of Review Adapted Screenplay Won
2012 Writers Guild of America Adapted Screenplay Won
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Adapted Screenplay Nominated
USC Scripter Award Adapted Screenplay Won
Online Film Critics Society Awards Adapted Screenplay Nominated
London Critics Circle Film Awards Adapted Screenplay Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards Adapted Screenplay Won
Golden Globe Screenplay Nominated
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Adapted Screenplay Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Adapted Screenplay Nominated
BAFTA Awards Adapted Screenplay Nominated
Australian Film Institute Adapted Screenplay Nominated
Academy Award Adapted Screenplay Won
Gold Derby TV Award Best TV Ensemble Community Won
TV Guide Awards Favorite Ensemble Won
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series Nominated
PAAFTJ Television Awards Best Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series Nominated
Best Cast in a Comedy Series Won
2013 Newport Beach Film Festival Audience Award Feature Film The Way Way Back Won
US Feature Won
Filmfest Hamburg Art Cinema Award Nominated
2014 St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Best Comedy Nominated
Critics' Choice Movie Awards[9] Best Comedy Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Informational Series Or Special The Writers' Room Nominated


  1. ^ a b Roger Ebert (16 November 2011). "The Descendants". The Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Interview with Paul F. Tompkins, 'Speakeasy'
  3. ^ Lance Carter (19 November 2010). "Q & A: Community's Jim Rash". Daily Actor. Retrieved 15 March 2012. Two things sort of started me towards what I wanted to do. One was I went to a school called Charlotte Latin School, in Charlotte and after I graduated from there, I really wanted to go to Chapel Hill. And, I just — now the world will know — my grades weren't great. I'll confess that, and so I really wanted to – I went to a post-graduate year at a boarding school up in New Jersey called the Lawrenceville School. 
  4. ^ a b
  5. ^ Lane Brown (15 December 2008). "The Black List 2008: The Full List". New York Magazine. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  6. ^ Labrecque, Jeff. "Sundance 2013: 'The Way, Way Back' makes huge splash with nostalgic summer comedy". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
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  9. ^ "19TH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS NOMINATIONS". Retrieved December 31, 2013. 

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