Edward Parker Helms
January 24, 1974
|Alma mater||Oberlin College|
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, singer|
Edward Parker Helms (born January 24, 1974) is an American actor, comedian, and singer. He is known for his work as a correspondent on The Daily Show as well as playing Andy Bernard in the NBC sitcom The Office, and Stuart Price in The Hangover trilogy. He also provided the voice of The Once-ler in Illumination's The Lorax and Captain Underpants in DreamWorks Animation's Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.
Helms was born in Atlanta, Georgia. Helms had open-heart surgery at age 14 to correct a severe congenital heart defect, which he described as supravalvular aortic and pulmonic stenosis. According to Helms, his surgery lasted nine hours and he was kept in an intensive care unit for one week after.
He attended Interlochen Center for the Arts as a youth, and graduated from The Westminster Schools one year after The Office castmate Brian Baumgartner in 1992. Helms entered Oberlin College as a geology major, but ended up graduating in 1996 with his B.A. in film theory and technology. He spent a semester as an exchange student at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
Helms is the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Knox College, where he delivered the 2013 Commencement Address. In May 2014, Helms gave the convocation speech at Cornell University, alma mater of Andy Bernard, the character he portrayed for seven seasons on The Office. In May 2015, Helms gave the valedictory speech at the University of Virginia.
After graduating from Oberlin, Helms began his comedy and acting career as a writer and performer with New York City sketch comedy bands, and studied improvisation with the Upright Citizens Brigade troupe. Helms concurrently worked as a trainee film editor at Crew Cuts, a post-production facility in New York City. While doing so, he recorded some rough voiceover scratch tracks that eventually led to paying voiceover work, which in turn led to finding a talent agent.
Helms was performing comedy in New York City when, as he recalled in a 2005 interview, "The Daily Show had a sort of open audition with a casting company that I had dealt with. I read for the part, and got it". In his April 2002 to mid-2006 tenure on the satirical news program, Helms contributed "field reports" in addition to hosting various segments of the show, such as "Digital Watch", "Ad Nauseam", and "Mark Your Calendar". He has also contributed to the "This Week in God" segment. His 2005 segment "Battle of the Bulge", which focused on the wearing of Speedo bathing suits on the beaches of Cape May, New Jersey, and his "Mass. Hysteria" segment, in which he reported criticism of Massachusetts when it became the first state to legalize gay marriage, are regarded by TV Guide as his signature segments on the program.
Helms left the show in 2006, but has occasionally returned for brief appearances. On July 21, 2008 he returned for Obama Quest - a segment covering Senator Barack Obama's trip to Iraq. He occasionally narrates the Prescott Group educational films on sister series The Colbert Report. In late July 2006, NBC announced that Helms was added to the cast of the mockumentary The Office, alongside fellow The Daily Show correspondent Steve Carell, in a recurring role as Andy Bernard, a nostalgic Cornell graduate who is obsessed with a cappella music. Helms was a series regular starting with the 3rd season. "He had so much in common with this character we wanted to create," recalled Paul Lieberstein, a writer for the show who also plays Toby Flenderson, the human resources representative at the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin. "I can't remember when they started merging." Helms returned to The Daily Show on December 5, 2006, stating he had been gone because he was "undercover at a paper company in Scranton", an allusion to his stint on The Office. In February 2007, NBC announced that Helms had been promoted to series regular, and in February 2010 Helms was added to the show's opening credits. Helms quickly became a solidifying part of the cast, and eventually came to be one of the show's producers. In June 2009, on a radio interview with National Public Radio, Helms said that like his character, Andy Bernard, he is obsessed with a cappella music.
Helms has also appeared on such television shows as The Mindy Project, Wilfred, NTSF:SD:SUV, Tanner on Tanner, Childrens Hospital, Arrested Development and Cheap Seats, and in various Comedy Central specials. He was the celebrity guest on the August 3, 2015 survival skills reality show Running Wild with Bear Grylls, coming to grips with his fear of heights on the Colorado Mountains. He has done commercial voiceover work in campaigns for Burger King, Doritos, Hotels.com, Sharp Aquos and Advair asthma medication, and he voices Neil the Angel, a character on Cartoon Network's Weighty Decisions series. Helms plays guitar, banjo (which was shown in the commercial bumpers and on a What Up With That? sketch when he hosted Saturday Night Live in 2011), piano, and all three, as well as a sitar, in some of his entertainment performances.
In August 2014, it was announced that Helms will star in Alejandro González Iñárritu's new Starz television drama series The One Percent, with Hilary Swank and Ed Harris, though he was later replaced by Greg Kinnear. Helms was also slated to serve as an executive producer on the upcoming TV series adaptation of the web series Jake and Amir, whose pilot was later rejected by TBS.
Helms starred in the 2011 film Cedar Rapids and co-starred in the blockbuster The Hangover film trilogy as Stuart Price. He had minor roles, including Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story, Meet Dave, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, I'll Believe You, Evan Almighty, Semi-Pro and, with Office co-star Jenna Fischer, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. In 2009, Helms appeared in The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, directed by Neal Brennan and starring Jeremy Piven, and in 2012, he voiced the Once-ler in The Lorax. He played the lead role, Rusty Griswold, in the 2015 film Vacation, a sequel/spin-off of the National Lampoon's Vacation series. The movie began shooting in September 2014 in Helms' native Atlanta, with Christina Applegate playing Rusty's wife Debbie Griswold. In 2015, Helms starred in Jessie Nelson's movie, Love the Coopers. 2017 he stars in The Clapper (film), as Eddie Krumble who works as a paid audience member for infomercials and experiences a whirlwind of unwanted overnight fame, after a late-night talk show host publicizes his frequent infomercial appearances.
Helms voiced the title role in the DreamWorks animated film Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017). He is slated to star in the Paramount Pictures Naked Gun reboot in development as of December 2013. Helms played Joe Gargan in the 2018 film Chappaquiddick.
Helms is also in a bluegrass band called The Lonesome Trio with his friends Ian Riggs and Jacob Tilove. They formed the band when they were at Oberlin College, and still get together to play a few shows every year. They recorded an eponymous album in summer 2013, shortly after appearing on the Bluegrass Situation stage at the Bonnaroo festival, which Helms curated. Helms is a self-confessed "bluegrass nerd" and founded the annual LA Bluegrass Situation festival. Helms plays banjo, guitar and piano.
Helms features in the video for Mumford and Sons' song "Hopeless Wanderer". In 2015, he had a cameo appearance in the band's music video for the song "The Wolf". Helms launched his own production company, Pacific Electric Picture Company, in 2013. The company has a two-year development deal with Universal Television.
In 2013, Helms co-wrote, produced and starred in the Yahoo! Screen web series Tiny Commando, about a former Navy SEAL who is accidentally shrunken in a military experiment to four inches in height, and is then deployed in places that his size allows him to infiltrate.
|2004||Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story||Bunker McLaughlin|
|2006||Everyone's Hero||Hobo Louie||Voice|
|2006||Night at the Museum||Dentist||Scene deleted|
|2007||Evan Almighty||Ark Reporter / Ed Carson|
|2007||I'll Believe You||Leon|
|2007||Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story||Stage Manager|
|2008||Confessions of a Shopaholic||Garret E. Barton||Uncredited|
|2008||Meet Dave||Number 2|
|2008||Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay||Interpreter|
|2008||Lower Learning||Maurice Bunting|
|2009||The Smell of Success||Chet Pigford|
|2009||The Hangover||Stuart Price|
|2009||Monsters vs. Aliens||News Reporter||Voice|
|2009||Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian||Larry Daley's Assistant||Uncredited|
|2009||The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard||Paxton Harding|
|2011||Cedar Rapids||Tim Lippe||Also executive producer|
|2011||The Hangover Part II||Stuart Price|
|2011||Jeff, Who Lives at Home||Pat|
|2012||The Lorax||The Once-ler||Voice|
|2013||We're the Millers||Brad Gurdlinger|
|2013||The Hangover Part III||Stuart Price|
|2014||Someone Marry Barry||Ben|
|2014||They Came Together||Eggbert|
|2015||Vacation||Russell "Rusty" Griswold|
|2015||Love the Coopers||Hank|
|2016||Kevin Hart: What Now?||Bartender|
|2017||The Clapper||Eddie Krumble||Also producer|
|2017||Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie||Principal Benjamin Krupp / Captain Underpants||Voice|
|2017||Mune: Guardian of the Moon||Spleen||Voice|
|2017||I Do... Until I Don't||Noah Brewing|
|2017||Father Figures||Peter Reynolds|
|2018||A Futile and Stupid Gesture||Tom Snyder||Also executive producer|
|2018||Tag||Hogan "Hoagie" Malloy|
|2019||Corporate Animals||Brandon||Also producer|
|TBA||Coffee & Kareem||Post-production|
|2002-09||The Daily Show||Correspondent||207 episodes|
|2004||Cheap Seats||Bradley Wallace||2 episodes|
|2004, 2013||Arrested Development||James Carr||3 episodes|
|2005||Sunday Pants||Neil the Angel (voice)||"Weighty Decisions" segments|
|2006||The Colbert Report||Narrator - The On Notice Board: A Wonder of the Modern Age||Episode: "Linda Hirshman"|
|2006||Samurai Love God||Samurai Love God (voice)||Miniseries|
|2006-13||The Office||Andy Bernard||Main cast (season 3-9): 163 episodes|
|2008||Upright Citizens Brigade||Guest Monologist||Uncredited|
|2008||American Dad!||Mr. Buckley (voice)||Episode: "Stanny Slickers II: The Legend of Ollie's Gold"|
|2008||Wainy Days||Doctor||Episode: "Angel"|
|2008-10||Childrens Hospital||Doctor / TV Announcer||5 episodes|
|2009||Family Guy||Al Gore (voice)||Episode: "FOX-y Lady"|
|2010||Funny or Die Presents||Cast (Holdup)||4 episodes|
|2011||Saturday Night Live||Himself (host)||Episode: "Ed Helms/Paul Simon"|
|2012||The Mindy Project||Dennis||2 episodes|
|2012||Ugly Americans||Dennis||Episode: "Mark Loves Dick"|
|2012||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Himself||Episode: "Ed Helms Wears A Grey Shirt & Brown Boots"|
|2013||Kroll Show||Sex in the City Dude||Episode: "San Diego Diet"|
|2013||Saturday Night Live||Ted Pelms||Uncredited|
Episode: "Zach Galifianakis/Of Monsters and Men"
|2014||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Jack Danger||Episode: "USPIS"|
|2015-2018||BoJack Horseman||Kyle (voice)||2 Episodes|
|2015||Jake and Amir||Mickey||Episode: "The Auditions"|
|2015||The Muppets||Himself||Episode: "Pig Out"|
|2015||Running Wild with Bear Grylls||Himself||Episode: "Ed Helms"|
|2016||Drunk History||William McMasters||Episode: "Scoundrels"|
|2017||Angie Tribeca||Dr. Clive Mister||Episode: "Germs of Endearment"|
|2017||The Fake News with Ted Nelms||Ted Nelms||TV special; also creator, writer, and executive producer|
|2013||"Hopeless Wanderer"||Mumford & Sons|
|2015||"The Wolf"||Mumford & Sons|
|2016||"Don't Wanna Know"||Maroon 5|
|2017||"Wanna Do Day"||Lisa Loeb|
|2008||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||The Office||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Award||Choice Movie: Rockstar Moment (shared with Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Mike Tyson)||The Hangover||Nominated|
|MTV Movie Award||Best Breakthrough Performance (shared with Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis)||Nominated|
|2010||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||The Office||Nominated|
|2011||Teen Choice Award||Choice Movie: Hissy Fit||The Hangover Part II||Won|
|Choice Movie Actor Comedy||Nominated|
|Choice Movie: Chemistry (shared with Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis)||Nominated|
|2012||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||The Office||Nominated|
|2019||Writers Guild Award||Comedy/Variety (Music, Awards, Tributes) - Specials||The Fake News with Ted Nelms||Won|