Jim Rash is an actor, comedian, producer, screenwriter, and director. He is known for playing Dean Craig Pelton on the beloved NBC/Yahoo! sitcom COMMUNITY. In 2012, he received a Golden Globe nomination and subsequently won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film THE DESCENDANTS.
Rash and writing partner Nat Faxon wrote the screenplay for THE DESCENDANTS, directed by Alexander Payne, based on the novel of the same name by Kaui Hart Hemmings. The film was produced in Hawaii and starred George Clooney; it was released on November 18, 2011, to critical acclaim. The film received a Golden Globe nomination and won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Rash and Faxon co-wrote and directed the film THE WAY WAY BACK, which received a standing ovation at its premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Parts of the film are based on Rash’s teenage life. Rash is also a member of the Los Angeles-based improvisational and sketch comedy troupe The Groundlings.