Rainn Dietrich Wilson is an American actor, writer, and producer. He is best known for his role as Dwight Schrute on the NBC sitcom The Office. Since 2018, he has starred as Trevor on the CBS sitcom Mom. Wilson published an autobiography, The Bassoon King, in November 2015. He co-founded the digital media company SoulPancake in 2008.
About Rainn Wilson in brief
Rainn Dietrich Wilson is an American actor, writer, and producer. He is best known for his role as Dwight Schrute on the NBC sitcom The Office. Since 2018, he has starred as Trevor on the CBS sitcom Mom. In addition to acting, Wilson published an autobiography, The Bassoon King, in November 2015. He also co-founded the digital media company SoulPancake in 2008. Wilson first appeared onscreen in 1997 in an episode of the soap opera One Life to Live, followed by a supporting role in the television film The Expendables. In August 2010, Wilson appeared in the music video for the United States women’s national soccer team’s public relations manager as Jim Mike. During the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Wilson became the second cast member of The Office to host Saturday Night Live. He won an Emmy in 2008 for Best Supporting Actor, and two SAG awards in 2009 for best comedy ensemble on the series. He was nominated for an Emmy for Best Actor in 2007, 2008, and 2009 for The Office, season 6, season 7, and season 8. Wilson is of part Norwegian ancestry.
He attended the University of Washington in Seattle, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in drama in 1986. He then enrolled in New York University’s Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts where he graduated with an MFA in acting. Wilson worked extensively in the theater in his early career, performing with the Public Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, Playwrights Horizons, The Roundabout, and The Guthrie Theater, among others. In 2009, he provided his voice for the computer animated science fiction film Monsters vs. Aliens as the villain Gallaxhar and voiced Gargamel in Smurfs: The Lost Village. He has also had minor roles in America’s Sweethearts and the Melvin van Peebles biopic Baadasssss! Wilson guest-starred in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Entourage, Monk, Numbers, Charmed, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job, and Reno 911!. In 2005, he appeared in Sahara, as well as the independent mockumentary film The Life Coach.