Sweet, sexy and boyishly goofy, this tall everyman unwittingly began laying the groundwork for an entertainment career while still in high school, when he appeared in a play penned by his classmate B.J. Novak. About a decade later, Krasinski got his big break playing a lovesick worker on another Novak project, the Emmy-winning sitcom The Office. Krasinski initially pursued writing, graduating from college as an honors playwright and working as a script intern for Late Night with Conan O'Brien. In the '00s, he added a number of small, blink-and-you-missed-them roles to his résumé before going to work at The Office. Krasinski parlayed his small-screen success into a number of big-screen roles, like Shrek the Third, Away We Go and It's Complicated. He also wrote and directed his first film, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
- Attended high school with The Office costar and writer B.J. Novak, who plays former intern Ryan Howard.
- First meaningful stage experience was starring in a high-school play written by Novak.
- Took time off before starting college to teach English in Costa Rica.
- Graduated from Brown University as an honors playwright.
- Served as a script intern on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
- His real-life parents appear in License to Wed (2007), as the parents of his character Ben.
- Directed, wrote and produced the 2009 film Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.
- Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, United States; attended the National Theater Institute, Waterford, Connecticut, United States