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Born as John Burke Krasinski on October 20th, 1979, in Boston, Massachusetts, John had been interested in acting since the sixth-grade, when he starred in school plays throughout his education. After graduating high school in 1997, John attended Brown University, where he studied English and playwriting, and was part of a sketch comedy group. After earning his degree in 2001, he attended the National Theater Institute in Connecticut, as well as studied at the New York’s Actors Center and the Royal Shakespeare Company, located in England.

Krasinski moved to New York to pursue an acting career and he made his TV debut in an episode of comedy-drama show Ed in 2003. His breakout role came when he was cast in the American remake of British series The Office, in 2004. John appeared in every episode of the show and also served as director and producer on several occasions. The series ran from 2005 to 2013, and although he has since become a very successful actor, this is still his most notable role. During his time on the show, John also made big screen appearances, amongst which were Kinsey (2004,) Jarhead (2005,) For Your Consideration (2006,) The Holiday (2006,) Dreamgirls (2006,) had a brief voice role in Shrek the Third (2006,) License to Wed (2007,) the animated Monsters vs. Aliens (2009,) It’s complicated (2009,) and 2011’s The Muppets and Something Borrowed. John also guest-starred in a number of television series, which included Law & Order: Criminal Intent, 30 Rock, Arrested Development, Without a Trace, American Dad and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

In 2009, John made his directorial debut with the comedy-drama Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, which he also wrote and produced. He founded his production company, Sunday Night, in 2013, and has served as executive producer for live-action/animated sitcom Dream Corp, LLC  and Lip Sync Battle, a musical reality competition, which has been a recurring segment on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. In 2016, he starred in the military action thriller 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, for which his performance received positive reviews. That same year, John made his off Broadway debut in the play Dry Power, and he earned the Theater World Award for Outstanding Debut Performance.

In 2018, Krasinski co-wrote, directed and starred alongside his wife Emily Blunt in the film post-apocalyptic horror thriller A Quiet Place. The film was a critical and commercial hit and is regarded as one of his highest-grossing films to date. John also wrote and directed its sequel, which was released in 2021, to critical and box office success as well. Since 2019, Krasinski has been starring as titular character in the Jack Ryan series on Amazon Video. In 2020, as a response to the ongoing pandemic, he created and hosted a YouTube web series called Some Good News (SGN,) in which he would feature celebrities and positive news in general.

Amongst his latest big screen appearances are a cameo in 2021’s Free Guy and his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022.) He also voiced Superman in 2022’s animated film DC League of Super-Pets.

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