Jim Rash

Jim Rash
Jim Rash by Gage Skidmore (cropped).jpg
Rash in July 2013
James Rash

(1971-07-15) July 15, 1971 (age 50)
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • filmmaker
Years active1995–present

James Rash (born July 15, 1971) is an American actor, comedian, and filmmaker. He is widely known for his role as Dean Craig Pelton on the NBC sitcom Community (2009–2015), for which he was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2012. In that same year, he won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and received a Golden Globe nomination as one of the writers of The Descendants.[1]

Early life

Rash was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, on July 15, 1971. Both he and his sister were adopted.[2] He attended Charlotte Latin School.[3] After graduating, he spent a post-graduate year at the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.[3] He was a member of The Groundlings, the improv comedy group based in Los Angeles.


Rash played Mr. Grayson/Stitches in the 2005 film Sky High, Fenton on That '70s Show,[4] and Andrew the "whore house guy" on Reno 911! He appeared in the final episode of Friends, and played Head T.A. Philip in Slackers. From 2009 to 2015, Rash 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 with a pilot in 2005 for a series entitled Adopted, which did not take off.[2][5] They wrote the screenplay for The Descendants (2011), based on the novel of the same name, which appeared on the 2008 edition of the Black List (the most popular unproduced scripts in Hollywood at that time).[6] The film was released to critical acclaim,[1] receiving a Golden Globe nomination and winning the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. However, the final script for The Descendants was largely re-written by screenwriters and directors Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor. Payne would go on to direct the film. In an interview with Vulture, Payne discussed an agreement between Payne/Taylor and Rash/Faxon. During the awards circuit for The Descendants, Rash/Faxon would deliver the acceptance speeches for all of the awards except the Academy Award; the Academy Award speech would be handled by Payne/Taylor.

Rash and Faxon then co-wrote and co-directed the film The Way Way Back (2013), which received a standing ovation at its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.[7] Parts of the film are based on Rash's teenage life.[5]

Rash has voiced the Marquess of Queensbury for all four seasons of the Adult Swim animated comedy Mike Tyson Mysteries. Since 2017, he has been the official voice actor for Donald Duck universe character Gyro Gearloose in the reboot of DuckTales.



2000Auto MotivesAccountant
2002Hiding in WallsJane's Assistant
One Hour PhotoAmateur Porn Guy
SlackersHead T.A. Philip
Minority ReportTechnician
S1m0neStudio Executive
2003Wrong Hollywood NumberCallerShort film
George & GracieGeorge
2005Sky HighMr. Grayson/Stitches
2007Smiley FaceTalent Agency Secretary
Balls of FuryTechie
2008The Onion MovieBryce's Manager
2009The Slammin' SalmonDisgruntled Businessman
2011The DescendantsN/ACo-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
Bernard and HueyBernard
2019Red Shoes and the Seven DwarfsPrince Average (voice)
2020DownhillN/ACo-director and co-writer
Lazy SusanPhil
2021Long WeekendLarry
Home Sweet Home AloneBell Choir Leader


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"
CluelessBartEpisode: "Big Sissies"
Katie JoplinMitchell Tuit7 episodes
ThanksCotton6 episodes
2000The HughleysCensus GuyEpisode: "Scary Hughleys"
The PracticeQuimbyEpisode: "Vanished: Part 1"
2002Less Than PerfectRob McLyleEpisode: "Claude the Liar"
2002–2006That '70s ShowFenton6 episodes
2003Alligator PointPilot
CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationTodd BentonEpisode: "Random Acts of Violence"
The GuardianCourt TherapistEpisode: "All the Rage"
Baby BobDougyEpisode: "Reality Bites"
CouplingStalkerEpisode: "Check/Mate"
Reno 911!Andrew15 episodes
2004FriendsNervous Passenger on PlaneEpisode: "The Last One"
Grim & EvilVarious voicesEpisode: "A Kick in the Asgard"
NCISDr. Joel SandersonEpisode: "Left For Dead"
2005Will & GraceBrentEpisode: "Love is in the Airplane"
Jake in ProgressFreddie BlakeEpisode: "Rivals and Departures"
AdoptedPilot; co-creator and executive producer
2006Saturday Night LiveGuest writer on episode "Dane Cook / The Killers"
2006–2007Help Me Help YouJonathan14 episodes
Eli StoneBradley KitsisEpisode: "I Want Your Sex"
Samantha Who?ArtistEpisode: "The Gallery Show"
2009, 2016American Dad!Bouncer / Puddin' (voices)2 episodes
2009–2015CommunityDean Craig Pelton90 episodes; also wrote "Basic Human Anatomy"
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"
The High Fructose Adventures
of Annoying Orange
Pineapple 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
TripTankVarious voices3 episodes
2013–2015Comedy Bang! Bang!Various roles2 episodes
2014–2015GleeLee Paulblatt2 episodes
2014–2020Mike Tyson MysteriesMarquess of Queensberry (voice)70 episodes
2015–2016Jake and the Never Land PiratesSinker (voice)2 episodes
2015Rick and MortyGlaxo Slimslom (voice)Episode: "Big Trouble In Little Sanchez"
2016Dr. KenDevon DrakeEpisode: "Ken's an Expert Witness"
LuciferRichard KesterEpisode: "Et Tu, Doctor?"
The Odd CoupleJoshua NorwallEpisode: "Chess Mates"
Black-ishCodyEpisode: "VIP"
The GrinderBill FoosleyEpisode: "The Retooling of Dean Sanderson"
2017GirlbossMobias4 episodes
SuperMansionNASA Scientist (voice)Episode: "Blazarmageddon"
Animals.Chuckles (voice)Episode: "Cats Part I"
NobodiesHimself5 episodes
Curb Your EnthusiasmHotel Day ManagerEpisode: "The Pickle Gambit"
Beyond Stranger ThingsHimself (host)7 episodes
Superior DonutsMr. MathersEpisode: "Error of Admission"
2017–2021DuckTalesGyro Gearloose (voice)14 episodes
2017, 2021VampirinaMr. Thornberg (voice)2 episodes
2018Blaze and the Monster MachinesGrandpa (voice)Episode: "The Pickle Family Campout"
Great NewsFenton Pelt2 episodes
Big City GreensTed (voice)Episode: "Fill Bill/Critterball Crisis"
The Epic Tales of Captain UnderpantsMr. Jerry Citizen (voice)Episode: "Captain Underpants and the Jarring Jerkiness of the Judge J.O.R.T.S."
Angie TribecaPhilip GrammbbowskiEpisode: "Trader Joes"
2018–2020Star Wars ResistanceFlix (voice)13 episodes
2019–presentHarley QuinnEdward Nygma/Riddler / various voices11 episodes
2020Brooklyn Nine-NineDr. JonesEpisode: "Pimemento"
Archibald's Next Big ThingFritzEpisode: "The Royal Strutters/Impromptu Cruise"
2020–2021American HousewifeWalker Montgomery6 episodes
2021Solar OppositesKeith (voice)Episode: "The Solar Opposites Almost Get an Xbox"
Impeachment: American Crime StoryKen Bacon4 episodes

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryTitle of workResult
2010Gold Derby TV AwardBest TV EnsembleCommunityNominated
2011Washington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsAdapted ScreenplayThe DescendantsWon
Toronto Film Critics Association AwardsAdapted ScreenplayNominated
Satellite AwardsAdapted ScreenplayWon
San Diego Film Critics Society AwardsAdapted ScreenplayNominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society AwardsAdapted ScreenplayNominated
Southeastern Film Critics Association AwardsAdapted ScreenplayWon
Florida Film Critics Circle AwardsAdapted ScreenplayWon
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsAdapted ScreenplayWon
Chicago Film Critics Association AwardsAdapted ScreenplayNominated
National Board of ReviewAdapted ScreenplayWon
2012Writers Guild of AmericaAdapted ScreenplayWon
Vancouver Film Critics CircleAdapted ScreenplayNominated
USC Scripter AwardAdapted ScreenplayWon
Online Film Critics Society AwardsAdapted ScreenplayNominated
London Critics Circle Film AwardsAdapted ScreenplayNominated
Independent Spirit AwardsAdapted ScreenplayWon
Golden GlobeScreenplayNominated
Central Ohio Film Critics AssociationAdapted ScreenplayNominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association AwardsAdapted ScreenplayNominated
BAFTA AwardsAdapted ScreenplayNominated
Australian Film InstituteAdapted ScreenplayNominated
Academy AwardAdapted ScreenplayWon
Gold Derby TV AwardBest TV EnsembleCommunityWon
TV Guide AwardsFavorite EnsembleWon
Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Supporting Actor In A Comedy SeriesNominated
PAAFTJ Television AwardsBest Supporting Actor In A Comedy SeriesNominated
Best Cast in a Comedy SeriesWon
2013Newport Beach Film Festival Audience AwardFeature FilmThe Way Way BackWon
US FeatureWon
Filmfest HamburgArt Cinema AwardNominated
2014St. Louis Gateway Film Critics AssociationBest ComedyNominated
Critics' Choice Movie Awards[10]Best ComedyNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Informational Series Or SpecialThe Writers' RoomNominated


  1. ^ a b 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. ^ a b Interview with Paul F. Tompkins, 'Speakeasy' Community's Jim Rash is TV Ugly - Speakeasy on YouTube
  3. ^ a b 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.
  4. ^ That '70s Show (TV Series 1998–2006), retrieved June 23, 2018
  5. ^ a b Profile Archived October 21, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, 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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