Jim Rash

Jim Rash Biography

James "Jim" Rash (born July 15, 1970) is an American actor, comedian, producer, and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. He is best known for playing Dean Pelton on the NBC sitcom Community.

Early life

Rash was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. He attended Charlotte Latin School in Charlotte, and after graduating there spent a post-graduate year at the Lawrenceville School, located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. 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 and as the recurring character Fenton on That '70s Show, and "Andrew the Whore House Guy" on Reno 911!. He also guest starred in the last episode of Friends, and played the role of Head T.A. Philip in Slackers. Since 2009, Rash has starred on Community as Dean Craig Pelton.

Rash and comedy partner Nat Faxon moved into screenwriting. They wrote a pilot, Adopted in 2005, about an adult who finds out his parents are not his birth parents. Yet, they were not cast and the show didn't take off. Their screenplay, based on Kaui Hart Hemmings' novel The Descendants, was on the 2008 edition of the Black List, a list of the most popular unproduced scripts in Hollywood. The film was produced in Hawaii, directed by Alexander Payne, starred George Clooney, and was released on November 18, 2011 to critical acclaim. Payne, Faxon and Rash received a Golden Globe nomination and won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for their work.

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. Parts of the film are actually based on Rash's life as a teenager.

Rash is a member of the Los Angeles 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 #2
2003 Wrong Hollywood Number Caller Short
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 The Descendants Co-writer
2013 The Way, Way Back Lewis Also co-director, co-writer and executive producer


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 Main cast; 7 episodes
1999 Thanks Cotton Main cast; 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"
2002-2006 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 the Whore-House Guy 14 episodes
2004 Friends Nervous passenger on plane Episode: "The Last One"
2004 Grim & Evil Announcer/Gatekepper/Jefferson Voice; 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/Pilot
2006-2007 Help Me Help You Jonathan Main cast; 14 episodes
2006 Saturday Night Live Writer; episode: "Dane Cook/The Killers"
2008 Hackett Episode: Pilot
2008 Eli Stone Bradley Kitsis Episode: "I Want Your Sex"
2008 Samantha Who? Artist Episode: "The Gallery Show"
2009"present Community Dean Craig Pelton Main Cast; also writer
2009 American Dad! Bouncer Voice; episode: "G-String Circus"
2011 Worst.Prom.Ever. Pizza Pete TV Movie
2012 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated J.R. 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 The Writers' Room Himself Host


Awards and Nominations
Year Award Category Title of work Result
2011 Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Adapted Screenplay
(shared with Nat Faxon & Alexander Payne)
The Descendants
Toronto Film Critics Association Awards
Satellite Awards
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards
Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards
National Board of Review
2012 Writers Guild of America
Vancouver Film Critics Circle
USC Scripter Award
Online Film Critics Society Awards
London Critics Circle Film Awards
Independent Spirit Awards
Golden Globe
Central Ohio Film Critics Association
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards
BAFTA Awards
Australian Film Institute
Academy Award
TV Guide Awards Favorite Ensemble Community
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
PAAFTJ Television Awards
Best Cast in a Comedy Series

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