Jim Rash

James Rash (born July 15, 1971) is an American actor, comedian, producer, screenwriter, and director. He is known for his role as Dean Craig Pelton on the NBC/Yahoo! sitcom Community, for which he was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2012. That same year, he won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and received a Golden Globe nomination for the film The Descendants.[1]

Jim Rash
James Rash

(1971-07-15) July 15, 1971
Alma materUniversity of North Carolina
  • Actor
  • film producer
  • screenwriter
Years active1995–present

Early life

Rash was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he attended Charlotte Latin School.[2] Both he and his sister were adopted.[3]

After graduating, he spent a post-graduate year at the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.[2]


Rash played "Mr. Grayson/Stitches", sidekick to supervillain Royal Pain, in the 2005 film Sky High. He played Fenton on That '70s Show[4] 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.

Rash and comedy partner Nat Faxon, both members of The Groundlings, 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.[5][3] From 2009 until the show's finale in 2015, Rash starred on Community as Craig Pelton, the dean of the community college in which the show takes place.

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.[6] 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.[7] Parts of the film are based on Rash's teenage life.[5] Rash is also a member of the Los Angeles-based improvisational and sketch comedy troupe The Groundlings. Since 2017, he has been the official voice actor for Donald Duck universe character Gyro Gearloose in the reboot of Ducktales, taking over the role from Hal Smith who died in 1994.



2000Auto MotivesAccountant
2002Hiding in WallsJane's Assistant
2002One Hour PhotoAmateur Porn Guy
2002SlackersHead T.A. Philip
2002Minority ReportTechnician
2002S1m0neStudio Executive
2003Wrong Hollywood NumberCallerShort film
2003George & GracieGeorge
2005Sky HighMr. Grayson/Stitches
2007Smiley FaceTalent Agency Secretary
2007Balls of FuryTechie
2008The Onion MovieBryce's Manager
2009The Slammin' SalmonDisgruntled Businessman
2011The DescendantsCo-writer
2013The Way Way BackLewisAlso co-writer, co-director and executive producer
2014YellowbirdKarl (voice)[8][9]
2015Looney Tunes: Rabbits RunCecil Turtle (voice)Direct-to-DVD
2016Captain America: Civil WarDean of M.I.T.Cameo
2017Bernard and HueyBernard


1995CybillProduction AssistantEpisode: "Local Hero"
1997Tracey Takes On...PollsterEpisode: "Movies"
1997–1998The Naked TruthHarris Van Doren3 episodes
1998WorkingCarlEpisode: "Good Val Hunting"
1999BeckerEddie BlattEpisode: "Becker the Elder"
1999CluelessBartEpisode: "Big Sissies"
1999Katie JoplinMitchell Tuit7 episodes
1999ThanksCotton6 episodes
2000The HughleysCensus GuyEpisode: "Scary Hughleys"
2001The PracticeQuimbyEpisode: "Vanished: Part 1"
2002Less Than PerfectRob McLyleEpisode: "Claude the Liar"
2002–2006That '70s ShowFenton6 episodes
2003Alligator PointPilot
2003CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationTodd BentonEpisode: "Random Acts of Violence"
2003The Guardian Court TherapistEpisode: "All the Rage"
2003Baby BobDougyEpisode: "Reality Bites"
2003CouplingStalkerEpisode: "Check/Mate"
2003–2009Reno 911!Andrew14 episodes
2004FriendsNervous Passenger on PlaneEpisode: "The Last One"
2004Grim & EvilVarious voicesEpisode: "A Kick in the Asgard"
2004NCISDr. Joel SandersonEpisode: "Left For Dead"
2005Will & Grace BrentEpisode: "Love is in the Airplane"
2005Jake in Progress Freddie BlakeEpisode: "Rivals and Departures"
2005AdoptedPilot; co-creator and executive producer
2006Saturday Night LiveGuest writer on episode "Dane Cook / The Killers"
2006–2007Help Me Help YouJonathan14 episodes
2008Eli StoneBradley KitsisEpisode: "I Want Your Sex"
2008Samantha Who?ArtistEpisode: "The Gallery Show"
2009American Dad!Bouncer (voice)Episode: "G-String Circus"
2009–2015CommunityDean Craig Pelton90 episodes; also wrote "Basic Human Anatomy" and co-directed 2 episodes
2010Open BooksKylePilot
2011Worst. Prom. Ever.Pizza PeteTelevision film
2011–2014The SoupVarious roles7 episodes
2012Scooby-Doo! Mystery IncorporatedJR Kipple (voice)Episode: "The Night the Clown Cried II - Tears of Doom"
2012The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying OrangePineapple Joe (voice)Episode: "Follow the Bouncing Orange"
2012–2013The Looney Tunes ShowCecil Turtle (voice)2 episodes
2012–2015Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade NinjaPrincipal Slimovitz (voice)34 episodes
2013–2014The Writers' RoomHimself (host)12 episodes; also producer
2013–2014TripTankVarious voices3 episodes
2013–2015Comedy Bang! Bang!Various roles2 episodes
2014–2015GleeLee Paulblatt2 episodes
2014–presentMike Tyson MysteriesMarquess of Queensberry (voice)40 episodes
2015–2016Jake and the Never Land PiratesSinker (voice)2 episodes
2015Rick and MortyGlexo Slim Slom (voice)Episode: "Big Trouble In Little Sanchez"
2016Dr. KenDevon DrakeEpisode: "Ken's an Expert Witness"
2016Lip Sync BattleHimselfEpisode: "Jim Rash vs. Joel McHale
2016LuciferRichard KesterEpisode: "Et Tu, Doctor?"
2016The Odd CoupleJoshua NorwallEpisode: "Chess Mates"
2016The GrinderBill FoosleyEpisode: "The Retooling of Dean Sanderson"
2017GirlbossMobias4 episodes
2017-presentDuckTalesGyro Gearloose (voice)9 episodes
2017Curb Your EnthusiasmHotel Day ManagerEpisode: "The Pickle Gambit"
2017Beyond Stranger ThingsHimself (host)7 episodes
2017Superior DonutsMr. MathersEpisode: "Error of Admission"
2018Great NewsFenton Pelt2 episodes
2018Big City GreensTed (voice)
2018The Epic Tales of Captain UnderpantsMr. Jerry Citizen (voice)13 episodes
2018Star Wars ResistanceFlix (voice)
2019Harley QuinnEdward Nygma / Riddler

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[10] Best Comedy Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Informational Series Or Special The Writers' Room Nominated


  1. Ebert, Roger (November 16, 2011). "The Descendants". The Chicago Sun-Times. Chicago, Illinois: Sun-Times Media Group. Retrieved March 15, 2012 via rogerebert.com.
  2. Carter, Lance (November 19, 2010). "Q & A: Community's Jim Rash". Daily Actor. Retrieved March 15, 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.
  3. Interview with Paul F. Tompkins, 'Speakeasy' Community's Jim Rash is TV Ugly - Speakeasy on YouTube
  4. That '70s Show (TV Series 1998–2006), retrieved 2018-06-23
  5. Profile, charlotteobserver.com; accessed October 6, 2017.
  6. Brown, Lane (December 15, 2008). "The Black List 2008: The Full List". New York. Retrieved March 15, 2012.
  7. Labrecque, Jeff. "Sundance 2013: The Way, Way Back makes huge splash with nostalgic summer comedy". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 22, 2013.
  8. thewrap.com
  9. deadline.com
  10. "19TH ANNUAL CRITICS' CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS NOMINATIONS". Retrieved December 31, 2013.
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