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Rash in July 2013
James Rash

(1971-07-15) July 15, 1971 (age 51)
  • 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 Photo Amateur Porn Guy
Slackers Head T.A. Philip
Minority Report Technician
S1m0ne Studio Executive
2003Wrong Hollywood NumberCallerShort film
George & GracieGeorge
2005 Sky High Mr. Grayson/Stitches
2007 Smiley Face Talent Agency Secretary
Balls of Fury Techie
2008 The Onion Movie Bryce's Manager
2009 The Slammin' Salmon Disgruntled Businessman
2011 The Descendants Co-writer
2013 The Way Way Back LewisAlso co-writer, co-director and executive producer
2014 Yellowbird Karl (voice) [8] [9]
2015 Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run Cecil Turtle (voice)Direct-to-DVD
2016 Captain America: Civil War Dean of M.I.T.Cameo
2017 Thoroughbreds Producer
Bernard and Huey Bernard
2019 Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs Prince Average (voice)
2020 Downhill Co-director and co-writer
Lazy Susan Phil
2021 Long Weekend Larry
Home Sweet Home Alone Bell Choir Leader
2022 Bros Robert


1995 Cybill Production AssistantEpisode: "Local Hero"
1997 Tracey Takes On... PollsterEpisode: "Movies"
1997–1998 The Naked Truth Harris Van Doren3 episodes
1998 Working CarlEpisode: "Good Val Hunting"
1999 Becker Eddie BlattEpisode: "Becker the Elder"
Clueless BartEpisode: "Big Sissies"
Katie Joplin Mitchell Tuit7 episodes
Thanks Cotton6 episodes
2000 The Hughleys Census GuyEpisode: "Scary Hughleys"
The Practice QuimbyEpisode: "Vanished: Part 1"
2002 Less Than Perfect Rob McLyleEpisode: "Claude the Liar"
2002–2006 That '70s Show Fenton6 episodes
2003Alligator PointPilot
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Todd BentonEpisode: "Random Acts of Violence"
The Guardian Court TherapistEpisode: "All the Rage"
Baby Bob DougyEpisode: "Reality Bites"
Coupling StalkerEpisode: "Check/Mate"
Reno 911! Andrew15 episodes
2004 Friends Nervous Passenger on PlaneEpisode: "The Last One"
Grim & Evil Various voicesEpisode: "A Kick in the Asgard"
NCIS Dr. Joel SandersonEpisode: "Left For Dead"
2005 Will & Grace BrentEpisode: "Love is in the Airplane"
Jake in Progress Freddie BlakeEpisode: "Rivals and Departures"
AdoptedPilot; co-creator and executive producer
2006 Saturday Night Live Guest writer on episode "Dane Cook / The Killers"
2006–2007 Help Me Help You Jonathan14 episodes
Eli Stone Bradley KitsisEpisode: "I Want Your Sex"
Samantha Who? ArtistEpisode: "The Gallery Show"
2009, 2016 American Dad! Bouncer / Puddin' (voices)2 episodes
2009–2015 Community Dean Craig Pelton 90 episodes; also wrote "Basic Human Anatomy"
co-directed 2 episodes
2010Open BooksKylePilot
2011Worst. Prom. Ever.Pizza PeteTelevision film
2011–2014 The Soup Various roles7 episodes
2012 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated JR 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"
2012–2013 The Looney Tunes Show Cecil Turtle (voice)2 episodes
2012–2015 Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja Principal Slimovitz (voice)34 episodes
2013–2014 The Writers' Room Himself (host)12 episodes; also producer
TripTank Various voices3 episodes
2013–2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Various roles2 episodes
2014–2015 Glee Lee Paulblatt2 episodes
2014–2020 Mike Tyson Mysteries Marquess of Queensberry (voice)70 episodes
2015–2016 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Sinker (voice)2 episodes
2015 Rick and Morty Glaxo Slimslom (voice)Episode: "Big Trouble In Little Sanchez"
2016 Dr. Ken Devon DrakeEpisode: "Ken's an Expert Witness"
Lucifer Richard KesterEpisode: "Et Tu, Doctor?"
The Odd Couple Joshua NorwallEpisode: "Chess Mates"
Black-ish CodyEpisode: "VIP"
The Grinder Bill FoosleyEpisode: "The Retooling of Dean Sanderson"
2017 Girlboss Mobias4 episodes
SuperMansion NASA Scientist (voice)Episode: "Blazarmageddon"
Animals. Chuckles (voice)Episode: "Cats Part I"
Nobodies Himself5 episodes
Curb Your Enthusiasm Hotel Day ManagerEpisode: "The Pickle Gambit"
Beyond Stranger Things Himself (host)7 episodes
Superior Donuts Mr. MathersEpisode: "Error of Admission"
2017–2021 DuckTales Gyro Gearloose (voice)14 episodes
2017, 2021 Vampirina Mr. Thornberg (voice)2 episodes
2018 Blaze and the Monster Machines Grandpa (voice)Episode: "The Pickle Family Campout"
Great News Fenton Pelt2 episodes
Big City Greens Ted (voice)Episode: "Fill Bill/Critterball Crisis"
The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants Mr. Jerry Citizen (voice)Episode: "Captain Underpants and the Jarring Jerkiness of the Judge J.O.R.T.S."
Angie Tribeca Philip GrammbbowskiEpisode: "Trader Joes"
2018–2020 Star Wars Resistance Flix (voice)13 episodes
2019–present Harley Quinn Edward Nygma/Riddler / various voices14 episodes
2020 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Dr. JonesEpisode: "Pimemento"
Archibald's Next Big Thing FritzEpisode: "The Royal Strutters/Impromptu Cruise"
2020–2021 American Housewife Walker Montgomery6 episodes
2021 Solar Opposites Keith (voice)Episode: "The Solar Opposites Almost Get an Xbox"
Impeachment: American Crime Story Ken Bacon 4 episodes
Tacoma FD CEO Frank DrakeEpisode: "Fire at the Fire Station"
2022 The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window Flight AttendantEpisode: "Episode 8"
Out of Office Television film
2023 Ironheart Dean of M.I.T.Upcoming series

Awards and nominations

YearTitle of workAwardCategoryResult
2010 Community Gold Derby TV AwardBest TV EnsembleNominated
2011 The Descendants Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Adapted ScreenplayWon
Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Adapted ScreenplayNominated
Satellite Awards Adapted ScreenplayWon
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Adapted ScreenplayNominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society AwardsAdapted ScreenplayNominated
Southeastern Film Critics Association AwardsAdapted ScreenplayWon
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Adapted ScreenplayWon
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Adapted ScreenplayWon
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Adapted ScreenplayNominated
National Board of Review Adapted ScreenplayWon
2012 Writers Guild of America Adapted ScreenplayWon
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Adapted ScreenplayNominated
USC Scripter Award Adapted ScreenplayWon
Online Film Critics Society Awards Adapted ScreenplayNominated
London Critics Circle Film Awards Adapted ScreenplayNominated
Independent Spirit Awards Adapted ScreenplayWon
Golden Globe Screenplay Nominated
Central Ohio Film Critics AssociationAdapted ScreenplayNominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Adapted ScreenplayNominated
BAFTA Awards Adapted ScreenplayNominated
Australian Film Institute Adapted ScreenplayNominated
Academy Award Adapted Screenplay Won
Community Gold Derby TV AwardBest TV EnsembleWon
TV Guide Awards Favorite EnsembleWon
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actor In A Comedy SeriesNominated
PAAFTJ Television Awards Best Supporting Actor In A Comedy SeriesNominated
Best Cast in a Comedy SeriesWon
2013 The Way Way Back Newport Beach Film Festival Audience Award Feature FilmWon
US FeatureWon
Filmfest Hamburg Art Cinema AwardNominated
2014 St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Best ComedyNominated
Critics' Choice Movie Awards [10] Best Comedy Nominated
The Writers' Room Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Informational Series Or SpecialNominated

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