Who is Jim Rash?
James ‘Jim’ Rash was born in Charlotte, North Carolina USA, on 15 July 1971 – his zodiac sign is Cancer, and he holds American nationality. He’s an actor, comedian and a moviemaker, who has appeared in over 110 movies and TV series, while he’s perhaps known best for his portrayal of Lewis, in the 2013 comedy film “The Way Way Back”, which he also wrote and directed together with Nat Faxon. Starring Steve Carell, Toni Collette and Allison Janney, the film follows 14-year-old Duncan who has gone on a vacation with his mother, her boyfriend and his daughter; it won five of the 35 awards for which it was nominated.
Early life and education
Jim was raised in Charlotte by his adoptive parents, alongside his biological sister who was also adopted by the same couple.
He grew up being interested in comedy, as he often watched comedy movies and shows with his family. Jim was physically quite active while attending Charlotte Latin School, as he was on the school’s soccer team, but was more focused on acting, as he was a member of the school’s drama club, and appeared in various plays performed there.
Upon matriculating in 1989, Jim enrolled at Lawrenceville School, spending a year there before transferring to the comedy sketch school The Groundlings, in Los Angeles, California.
Roles in TV series
Jim made his debut TV series appearance in 1995, with his portrayal of Production Assistant in the episode “Local Hero” of the comedy “Cybill”, and gained recognition in 1997, when cast to play the supporting character Harris Van Doren in the comedy “The Naked Truth”.
It starred Tea Leoni, Holland Taylor and Mark Roberts, and follows a photo-journalist who has lost his job, and has now begun working for a celebrity tabloid.
The early 2000s saw Jim appear in various critically acclaimed series, including in the episode “The Last One” of the comedy “Friends”. Between 2002 and 2006, he played Fenton, in six episodes of the hit romantic comedy “That ‘70s Show”, which starred Topher Grace, Laura Prepon and Mila Kunis, amongst others, and follows a group of teenagers who frequently gather in their friend’s basement in ‘70s Wisconsin. It was a huge hit, winning 16 awards, including a Primetime Emmy, while it was nominated for 77 other awards.
Some of Jim’s other notable performances in the 2000s were in the romantic comedy “Help Me Help You”, the comedy “Halfway Home” and the fantasy comedy “Eli Stone”. He’s also known for his portrayal of Dean Pelton in the popular comedy “Community” between 2009 and 2015. Created by Dan Harmon, it starred Joel McHale, Danny Pudi and Donald Glover, and follows a lawyer who’s forced to start attending college again; the series won 20 awards, including a Primetime Emmy, and was nominated for 71 other awards.
The 2010s also heard Jim voice Principal Slimovitz, one of the lead characters in the animated short action “Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja”, play Kevin Pratt in the short series “These People”, and guest star as Joshua in the 2016 episode “Chess Nuts” of the comedy “The Odd Couple”.
Jim’s three most recent roles in TV series have been in the comedy “American Housewife”, the family comedy “This Duckburg Life” (voice role), and the short animated comedy “Vampirina” (voice role).
Roles in movies
Jim made his debut film appearance in 2000, with his portrayal of an Accountant in the short comedy “Auto Motives”. His first notable performance was in the 2002 thriller drama “One Hour Photo”. The film was written and directed by Mark Romanek, starred the late Robin Williams, and follows a mentally unstable man, who after taking photos of a middle-class family, becomes obsessed with them. The movie won six of the 28 awards for which it was nominated.
The early 2000s saw Jim appear in various other critically acclaimed movies, such as the romantic comedy “Slackers”, the mystery crime action “Minority Report” (starring Tom Cruise and Colin Farrell), and the science fiction comedy “S1m0ne” all in 2002. The second half of the 2000s saw him appear in more than 20 movies, many of which became hits, such as the 2007 fantasy mystery drama “The Nines”, the 2007 comedy “Smiley Face”, and the 2008 comedy “The Onion Movie”.
Jim’s following notable performance was in 2016, when he played M. I. T. Liaison, in the action science fiction adventure “Captain America: Civil War”. Starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson, it follows Captain America and Iron Man, whose friendship has gone cold because of the Avengers’ involvement in politics. The movie won 16 of the 88 awards for which it was nominated.
Three of Jim’s most recent movie roles have been in the 2020 comedies “Lazy Susan” and “Invisible Virtual Table Read”, and the 2021 romantic comedy “Long Weekend”.
Writing, producing and directing credits
Jim has eight writing, seven producing, and six directing credits. He made his writing debut with the 2005 comedy film “Adopted”, which he also produced, and in 2013 he wrote, produced and directed the movie “The Way Way Back”. A couple of his other writing credits include three episodes of the short series “These People”, the 2020 comedy movie “Downhill”, and the upcoming action comedy “The Heart”.
His producing credits include 10 episodes of the 2014 short talk-show “The Writers’ Room”, the comedy movie “Fatrick” in the same year, and the 2017 crime comedy film “Thoroughbreds”.
Jim received special thanks for the 2016 hit drama movie “Manchester by the Sea”, which won 131 awards including two Oscars, and was nominated for 263 other awards.
He has made a guest appearance in numerous talk-shows, such as “Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show”, “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”, and “Good Morning America”.
Awards and nominations
Jim has won 21 awards, including a 2012 Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay, for the comedy movie “The Descendants”. Some of his other wins include a 2012 Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, a 2012 USC Scripter Award, and a TV Guide Award for Favorite Ensemble.
Jim has also been nominated for 29 other awards.
Is he gay?
Jim’s not that open when it comes to his love life, but has just recently in early 2021, revealed that he’s gay. He hasn’t shared details of any men whom he has perhaps been with, however, he occasionally refers to his colleague actor Nat Faxon as his partner. It hasn’t been revealed whether the two are indeed together, or if Jim’s only joking about it.
There are some who believe that Jim’s today in a relationship with a non-celebrity man, as some of his fans have claimed to have seen the two spending time together on various occasions. No evidence has been provided to support the rumors, nor has Jim commented on this.
As of July 2021, he seems to be single, hasn’t married, and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Jim’s a huge dog-lover, and his pet dog Foxie can be seen featured in many of his Instagram pictures and videos.
He’s passionate about travelling, and his acting career has taken him all around the world. Jim has been to nearly all the US states, various European countries, and several in Asia. His dream travel destination is Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Jim’s into politics, and voted for Joe Biden, in the 2020 presidential election.
Jim’s a fighter for equal human rights, today supports the movement Black Lives Matter, and has walked various protests organized around the US. Jim’s a supporter of the LGBT community, as he’s also a member.
He has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Jim Carrey, the late Robin Williams and Julia Roberts, and a couple of his favorite movies are “Bruce Almighty”, “Good Will Hunting” and “Notting Hill”.
Age, height and net worth
Jim’s age is 49. He’s bald and has brown eyes, his height is 5ft 7ins (1.7m) and he weighs around 150lbs (68kgs).
As of July 2021, his net worth has been estimated at over $8 million.