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 , for which he was nominated for the Community 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
Rash was born in
Charlotte, North Carolina, where he attended Charlotte Latin School. Both he and his sister were adopted.
After graduating, he spent a post-graduate year at the
Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.
Rash played "Mr. Grayson/Stitches", sidekick to supervillain Royal Pain, in the 2005 film
. He played Fenton on Sky High That '70s Show and Andrew (the "  whore house guy") on . He guest starred in the Reno 911! final episode of , and played Head T.A. Philip in Friends .
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.  From 2009 until the show's finale in 2015, Rash starred on  as Community Craig Pelton, the dean of the community college in which the show takes place.
Rash and Faxon wrote the screenplay for
, based on the The Descendants 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. The film was produced in  Hawaii and starred George Clooney; it was released on November 18, 2011 to critical acclaim. 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 , which received a standing ovation at its premiere at the The Way Way Back 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Parts of the film are based on Rash's teenage life.  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 , taking over the role from Ducktales Hal Smith who died in 1994.
Awards and nominations
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Roger Ebert (November 16, 2011). "The Descendants". The Chicago Sun-Times . Retrieved . March 15, 2012
^ a b Interview with Paul F. Tompkins, 'Speakeasy'
on Community's Jim Rash is TV Ugly - Speakeasy YouTube
Lance Carter (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.
That '70s Show (TV Series 1998–2006) , retrieved 2018-06-23
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Profile, charlotteobserver.com; accessed October 6, 2017.
Brown, Lane (December 15, 2008). "The Black List 2008: The Full List". New York . Retrieved . March 15, 2012
Labrecque, Jeff. "Sundance 2013: . The Way, Way Back makes huge splash with nostalgic summer comedy" Entertainment Weekly . Retrieved . January 22, 2013
"19TH ANNUAL CRITICS' CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS NOMINATIONS" . Retrieved . December 31, 2013
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