Ed Helms Biography

Ed Helms is an American actor predominantly known for his comic roles. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, family life, achievements and other facts related to his life.

Quick Facts

Birthday: January 24, 1974

Nationality: American

Famous: Actors American Men

Age: 46 Years, 46 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Aquarius

Born in: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Famous as: Actor

Height: 6'0" (183 cm), 6'0" Males


father: John A

mother: Pamela Ann

siblings: John Paxton Helms, Susan Carol Helms Daley

City: Atlanta, Georgia

U.S. State: Georgia

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education: Oberlin College (1996), The Westminster Schools (1992)

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Ed Helms is an American actor predominantly known for his comic roles. His most popular works include the television series ‘The Daily Show’, ‘The Office’ and ‘The Hangover’ feature film trilogy. A graduate in film theory and technology, he started his career doing standup comedy and as a writer. Simultaneously he also began working on recording voice-over clips which later led him to work in acting. Though initially he found work in television series, he soon began working on minor roles in feature films as well. Apart from acting, he has also co-written and produced films as part of his career. His notable projects also include lending his voice for several animated feature films. His performances have earned him awards like the Screen Actors Guild Award and the Teen Choice Award. In 2013, he established his own production company, ‘Pacific Electric Picture Company’. Ed Helms is also part of a music band named ‘The Lonesome Trio’. He has made cameo appearances in several music videos of bands like Mumford & Sons and Maroon 5. He was awarded an honorary degree – Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Knox College, Illinois.

Childhood & Early Life
  • After his graduation, Ed Helms shifted to New York City, where he began his career. He started as a writer and performed with the New York sketch comedy bands, simultaneously studying improv with the troupe ‘Upright Citizens Brigade’.
  • He later worked as a film editor trainee at a post production facility named ‘Crew Cuts’ in New York City. Simultaneously he used to record voice-over tracks that led him to getting work as a voice-over artist and later into acting.
  • He was performing standup comedy in New York when he got the opportunity to audition for the satirical news program ‘The Daily Hunt’. He got the part and was associated with the program as a correspondent between 2002 and 2006.
  • During this period, he contributed as host and ‘field reporter’ in various segments of the show such as ‘Mark Your Calendar’, ‘Digital Watch’ and ‘Ad Nauseam’. Though he left the show in 2006, he made occasional appearances later as well.
  • He made his feature film debut in 2004 with the improvisational comedy ‘Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story’. The film went on to win several awards.
  • He was cast in short, relatively insignificant roles in movies like ‘Evan Almighty’ (2007), ‘Meet Dave’ (2008) and ‘Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian’ (2009).
  • In 2006, he became part of the cast of the television series ‘The Office.’ His role as Andy Bernard, a nostalgic Cornell graduate who is passionate about A capella music garnered a lot of attention. The Emmy award winning show ran successfully for nine seasons, until 2013.
  • In 2009, he costarred in the black comedy ‘The Hangover’ portraying the role of a dentist. The film earned much critical and commercial acclaim. He was later part of the sequels ‘The Hangover Part II’ (2011) and ‘The Hangover Part III’ (2013).
  • In 2011, he made his debut as executive producer with the comedy film ‘Cedar Rapids’, in which he starred as well. This led to him getting major roles in major films like ‘Jeff, Who Lives at Home’ (2011), ‘We're the Millers’ (2013) and ‘Vacation’ (2015).
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  • As a voice over artist, he has lent his voice to characters in animated films including ‘Monsters vs. Aliens’ (2009) and ‘The Lorax’ (2012).
  • Ed Helms has made appearances in several television series like ‘Arrested Development’, ‘Cheap Seats’, Tanner on Tanner’ and ‘Wilfred’.
  • Apart from acting, he is part of a bluegrass band named ‘The Lonesome Trio’ along with friends Ian Riggs and Jacob Tilove from his college. The band plays several times a year.
  • In 2013, he made a cameo appearance in the music video of the Mumford & Sons' song ‘Hopeless Wanderer’. In 2015, he once again did a cameo in the band’s song video ‘The Wolf’. In 2016, he did a cameo appearance in the music video of the song ‘Don’t Wanna Know’ by rock band Maroon 5.
  • Ed Helms founded his own production company ‘Pacific Electric Picture Company’ in 2013. The same year, he co-wrote, acted and produced a web series by Yahoo! named ‘Tiny Commando’.
  • His upcoming film projects include ‘What’s the point’ ((2017), ‘The Clapper’ (2017) and ‘Chappaquiddick’ (2017). He is also lending his voice in the upcoming animated movie ‘Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie’. Ed Helms is also working as part of an upcoming television series project titled ‘The One Percent’.
Major Works
  • Ed Helms is popularly known for his comic roles, including his role as a correspondent in the ‘The Daily show’ and Andy Bernard in television series ‘The Office’. His performance in ‘The Hangover’ movie trilogy also earned him much appreciation and recognition.
Awards & Achievements
  • Ed Helms has been nominated for several awards for his performances in feature films and television. He won the 2008 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for the television series ‘The Office.’
  • In 2011, he was awarded the Teen Choice Award in the “Choice Movie: Hissy Fit” category for the movie ‘The Hangover Part II’.
  • He was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts by the Knox College, where he delivered the 2013 commencement address.
Net Worth
  • He is estimated to have a net worth of USD 20 million.
  • This actor is also a talented harmonica player. He also plays the banjo and bluegrass guitar for several bands.
  • This actor is also a talented harmonica player. He also plays the banjo and bluegrass guitar for several bands.

1. The Hangover (2009)


2. We're the Millers (2013)

  (Crime, Comedy)

3. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)

  (Music, Comedy)

4. A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2018)

  (Comedy, Biography)

5. Chappaquiddick (2017)

  (Drama, History, Thriller)

6. Tag (2018)


7. Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)

  (Adventure, Comedy)

8. Stretch (2014)

  (Crime, Comedy)

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