An American Actor, Comedian, and Director with $14 Million
Rainn Wilson is an American actor, comedian, and director whose net worth is estimated to be $14 million dollars. Widely recognized for his work on the American version of The Office, Rainn Wilson has also appeared in numerous films such as Almost Famous, Galaxy Quest, The Rocker, and television shows like CSI, and Entourage.
Rainn Dietrich Wilson was born on January 20, 1966, in Seattle, Washington. His mother was actress and yoga instructor Shay Cooper, and his father was Robert G. Wilson, an artist and novelist known for the science-fiction novel Tentacles of Dawn.
Rainn spent his childhood in Nicaragua before moving back to Washington where he attended middle and high school. He later moved to Illinois with his family where he graduated from New Trier High School. He eventually enrolled at the University of Washington in Seattle, majoring in drama, where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in 1986. He then enrolled at New York University’s Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts, obtaining an MFA in acting and joining The Acting Company. For the next several years before landing his big break into movies and TV, Wilson acted onstage in various productions throughout the country.
Early Acting Career
Wilson’s first onscreen role came in 1997 in an episode of the popular soap opera One Life to Live. Two years later, he snagged a supporting role on the television series The Expendables, followed by a role in Cameron Crowe’s autobiographical Almost Famous in 2000. In 2002, he got his first leading role in Rob Zombie’s debut horror film House of 1000 Corpses. He also got roles in Law and Order: SVU, CSI, Monk, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Reno 911, and more. In 2005, he appeared in the action-adventure film Sahara, but it was on a television show that same year that he would reach new heights of success in his most famous role.
Rainn Wilson is most widely recognized for his role as Dwight Schrute, the obnoxious sales rep with a superiority complex second only to his boss Michael Scott (played by Steve Carell) on the American version of The Office, which aired from 2005-2013. Once his career was propelled to the next level, Wilson showcased his wide range of comedic skills in big screen films as well. This includes comedies such as My Super Ex-Girlfriend in 2006 and Juno in 2007, as well as sci-fi features like 2007’s The Last Mimzy and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in 2009. He is also a voice-over animator who lent his voice in animated films such as Monster vs. Aliens.
After The Office
Since The Office ended, Wilson has appeared in a variety of projects, including a detective series called Backstrom, voiced the villainous Gargamel in The Smurfs: The Lost Village, and the giant shark thriller The Meg. Wilson joined the Star Trek universe as the character of Harry Mudd in two episodes of the series Star Trek: Discovery and again in one of the Star Trek: Short Treks called “The Escape Artist,” which he also directed. He appeared in four episodes of the popular animated TV series Adventure Time in the roles of “Rattleballs” and “Peacemaster” for four episodes. Wilson has played the part of Dr. Trevor Wells on the CBS sitcom Mom. In 2020, he has starred in the TV shows Solar Opposites and Utopia. Moreover, he was one of many celebrities to participate in the tongue-in-cheek homemade “remake” of The Princess Bride, playing the role of Fezzik on Quibi’s Home Movie: The Princess Bride.
Offscreen, Rainn Wilson has been involved in the humor website and YouTube channel SoulPancake, which eventually produced a book entitled SoulPancake: Chew on Life’s Big Questions. That book was followed by a humorous memoir called The Bassoon King. He has also been involved in numerous charitable works like the Mona Foundation. Wilson has been married to writer Holiday Reinhorn, whom he met when they were both studying acting during their time at the University of Washington since 1995.
In July of 2020, Wilson reportedly listed his farmhouse in Agoura Hills, California, with an asking price of almost $1.7 million. Interestingly, the property’s official listing doesn’t shy away from Wilson’s most famous TV character, opening with the following attention-grabber: “The inspiration for TV’s ‘Dwight’s Beet Farm’ may have been this celebrity owned writer’s & artist’s oasis in old Agoura.” The house boasts three bedrooms and three baths, plus another three “flex rooms” that can be adapted to suit whatever purpose the new owner wishes. Out back, there is a detached writer’s office and “Man Cave/She-Shed” nestled in the trees.
Rainn Wilson is a talented American actor, comedian, and director with a net worth of $14 million. Widely recognized for his role as Dwight Schrute on the American version of The Office, he has also appeared in numerous films and television shows. Outside of acting, Wilson has been involved in numerous charitable works and side projects.