Brian Baumgartner is an American actor, best known for playing Kevin Malone on ‘NBC’ network's situational comedy TV series ‘The Office.’ When Baumgartner’s aspiration of becoming a baseball player was crushed following a leg injury at the age of 13, he shifted his attention to performing arts. After honing his skills in various regional theaters, he moved to Los Angeles in 2003 in an attempt to land film and television roles. Four years later, he shared a ‘Daytime Emmy Award’ with fellow cast members of a web series titled ‘The Office: The Accountants’ which is a spin-off from the popular TV series ‘The Office.’ Apart from appearing in various other television series, Brian Baumgartner has also played supporting roles in films, such as ‘License to Wed,’ ‘Four Christmases,’ ‘Into Temptation,’ ‘Dirty Girl,’ and ‘Ordinary World.’ In 2014, he appeared in singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson’s music video ‘Time Machine.’
Childhood & Early Life
Brian Bruce Baumgartner was born on November 29, 1972, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He grew up in Atlanta where he attended a college-preparatory day school called ‘Holy Innocents' Episcopal School’ (HIES).
Baumgartner loved playing baseball, so much so that he wanted to make a career out of it. However, he suffered a serious leg injury at the age of 13 which shattered his dream of becoming a baseball player.
He discovered his passion for acting when he attended ‘National High School Institute at Northwestern University’ (summer camp) where he learned the nuances of acting. He went to ‘The Westminster Schools’ from where he graduated in 1991.
He attended ‘Southern Methodist University’ in Dallas, Texas from where he graduated in 1995 with a degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA). He then started honing his skills by performing at various regional theaters, such as ‘The Guthrie Theater,’ ‘Children's Theater Company,’ ‘Berkeley Repertory Theatre,’ and ‘Theatre de la Jeune Lune.’
Simultaneously, he also worked as the artistic director at ‘Hidden Theatre’ in Minneapolis where he was honored with several awards for acting and artistic excellence. He made his film debut in 2001 when he was cast to play Roger in Bill Semans-directed romantic comedy film ‘Herman U.S.A.’ To make both ends meet, he also worked as a paralegal before moving to Los Angeles in 2003.
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Brian Baumgartner made his television debut in 2003 when he was cast to play a minor role in an episode titled ‘Fur and Loathing’ in the popular TV series ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.’ In the same year, he was also seen playing Al Grissom in one of the episodes of ‘NBC’ network’s legal drama television series ‘The Lyon's Den.’
After playing minor roles in TV series, such as ‘LAX,’ ‘Arrested Development,’ ‘Jake in Progress,’ and ‘Everwood,’ Baumgartner received his breakthrough role when he was chosen to play Kevin Malone on ‘NBC’ network's situational comedy series ‘The Office.’ He played the role from 2005 to 2013, appearing in 201 episodes. He also directed the series' sixteenth episode from eighth season, ‘After Hours.’
Baumgartner became a household name in the United States after appearing in ‘The Office.’ He also appeared in many spin-offs, such as ‘The Office: The Accountants’ and ‘The Office: Kevin's Loan.’ In June 2007, he shared a ‘Daytime Emmy Award’ along with Oscar Nunez and Angela Kinsey for his work in the web series ‘The Office: The Accountants.’
Meanwhile, he started appearing in films, such as ‘License to Wed,’ ‘Four Christmases,’ ‘Into Temptation,’ and ‘Moosecock’ (short film). In 2011, he voiced a character named Georgy in an episode titled ‘Heat Signature’ in the popular animated television series ‘Adventure Time.’ The following year, he played Bob Jansen in Eric Hayden-directed science fiction film ‘Astronaut: The Last Push.’
In 2014, he was seen playing supporting roles in seven TV series, namely ‘Maker Shack Agency,’ ‘Charles, Your Hangover,’ ‘Criminal Minds,’ ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,’ ‘Bad Teacher,’ ‘Rake,’ and ‘The Bridge.’ In 2015, he played Jo McCoy in one of the episodes of comedy television series ‘Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn.’ In the same year, he also played Hank Jeffers in three episodes of the popular situational comedy TV series ‘Melissa & Joey.’
In 2016, Baumgartner played minor roles in five television series, namely ‘The Crossroads of History,’ ‘Scream Queens,’ ‘Blunt Talk,’ ‘Chicago Fire,’ and ‘The Goldbergs.’ In the same year, he was also seen in films, such as ‘Ordinary World’ and ‘Diagnosis Delicious’ (TV film). He also played Frank the Mercado in the 2016 Paul Feig-directed supernatural comedy film ‘Ghostbusters: Answer the Call.’ However, his scene was deleted from the theatrical cut.
In 2017, he played Dr. Olonari in four episodes of a web television series titled ‘Hand of God.’ In the same year, he played Dean on ‘CBS’ network's situational comedy series ‘Life in Pieces’ and then played a minor role in a series titled ‘Good Behavior.’
In 2018, he was cast to play Krinkles in one of the episodes of Netflix's original comedy series ‘Disjointed.’ In the same year, he was also seen playing Escott in Anthony Sabet-directed romantic-comedy film ‘One Last Night.’ The following year, he was selected to play a character named Chase in a comedy film titled ‘My Boyfriend's Meds.’
Family & Personal Life
Brian Baumgartner married Celeste Ackelson in April 2014. On February 19, 2015, Ackelson and Baumgartner were blessed with a daughter named Brylee Bea Baumgartner.
Baumgartner is active on social media platforms, such as Twitter and Instagram where he has thousands of followers. He often posts pictures depicting his personal life on his official Instagram and Twitter pages.
Baumgartner is an avid golfer and spends most of his free time golfing in and around California. Apart from acting in films and TV series, he also appears in music videos and commercials. He currently lives in Del Mar, California along with his wife and daughter.