Edward Parker Helms
January 24, 1974
|Education||Oberlin College (BA)|
Edward Parker Helms (born January 24, 1974) is an American actor and comedian. From 2002 to 2006, he was a correspondent on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He played paper salesman Andy Bernard in the NBC sitcom The Office (2006–2013), and starred as Stuart Price in The Hangover trilogy. He later starred in the comedy series Rutherford Falls (2021–2022), which he co-wrote.
Helms has also starred in dramatic films and comedic films such as Cedar Rapids, Jeff Who Lives at Home (both 2011), We're the Millers (2013), Vacation (2015), Chappaquiddick (2017), A Futile and Stupid Gesture, Tag (both 2018) and Together Together (2021). He provided his voice to the animated films, Everyone's Hero (2006), Monsters vs. Aliens (2009), The Lorax (2012), Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, Mune: Guardian of the Moon (both 2017) and Ron's Gone Wrong (2021).
He has received six Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series winning in 2008. He also received a Writers Guild of America Award for Best Writing for a Comedy or Variety Special for The Fake News with Ted Nelms (2018).
Helms is of English, Irish, German, Dutch and French descent. He had open-heart surgery at age 13 to correct a severe congenital heart defect involving supravalvular aortic and pulmonic stenosis. According to Helms, his surgery lasted nine hours, and he was kept in an intensive care unit for one week after.
He attended Interlochen Center for the Arts as a youth and graduated in 1992 from The Westminster Schools, one year after The Office castmate Brian Baumgartner. Helms entered Oberlin College as a geology major, but graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in film theory and technology. He spent a semester as an exchange student at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. During his college years, he turned down a summer internship with Late Night with Conan O'Brien because he had committed to an internship with WNBC's press and publicity department.
After graduating from Oberlin, Helms began his comedy and acting career as a writer and performer with New York City sketch comedy bands. While studying improvisation with the Upright Citizens Brigade troupe, he was a trainee film editor at Crew Cuts, a post-production facility in New York City, where he recorded some rough voiceover tracks that eventually led to paying voiceover work. He soon found a talent agent.
Helms was performing comedy in New York City when, as he recalled in a 2005 interview, "The Daily Show had a sort of open audition with a casting company that I had dealt with. I read for the part, and got it".
In his April 2002 to mid-2006 tenure on the satirical news program, Helms contributed "field reports" in addition to hosting various segments of the show such as "Digital Watch", "Ad Nauseam" and "Mark Your Calendar". He has also contributed to the "This Week in God" segment. His 2005 segment "Battle of the Bulge", about the wearing of Speedo bathing suits on the beaches of Cape May, New Jersey, and his "Mass. Hysteria" segment, where he reported criticism of Massachusetts when it became the first state to legalize gay marriage, are regarded by TV Guide as his signature segments.
Helms left the show in 2006, but occasionally returned for brief appearances over the next two years. On July 21, 2008 he returned for "Obama Quest"—a segment covering Senator Barack Obama's trip to Iraq. He also occasionally narrated the "Prescott Group" educational films on sister series The Colbert Report. In late July 2006, NBC announced that Helms was added to the cast of the mockumentary The Office, alongside fellow The Daily Show correspondent Steve Carell, in a recurring role as Andy Bernard, a nostalgic Cornell graduate who is obsessed with a cappella music. Helms was a series regular starting with the 3rd season. "He had so much in common with this character we wanted to create," recalled Paul Lieberstein, a writer for the show who also plays Toby Flenderson, the human resources representative at the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin. "I can't remember when they started merging." Helms returned to The Daily Show on December 5, 2006, saying that he had been working "undercover at a paper company in Scranton", an allusion to his stint on The Office.
In February 2007, NBC announced that Helms had been promoted to series regular on The Office, and in February 2010 Helms was added to the show's opening credits. He quickly became a solidifying part of the cast, and one of the show's producers. In June 2009, in an interview with National Public Radio, he said that, like his character Andy Bernard, he had an interest in a cappella music.
Helms has also appeared on such television shows as The Mindy Project, Wilfred, NTSF:SD:SUV, Tanner on Tanner, Childrens Hospital, Arrested Development, and Cheap Seats, and in various Comedy Central specials. He was the celebrity guest on the August 3, 2015 survival-skills reality show Running Wild with Bear Grylls, coming to grips with his fear of heights on the Colorado Mountains. He has done commercial voiceover work in campaigns for Burger King, Doritos, Hotels.com, Sharp Aquos, and Advair asthma medication. He voices Neil the Angel, a character on Cartoon Network's Weighty Decisions series. He plays guitar, banjo, piano, as well as a sitar, in some of his entertainment performances.
Helms has had minor roles in numerous films including Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story, Meet Dave, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, I'll Believe You, Evan Almighty, Semi-Pro, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard.
Helms co-starred in the blockbuster The Hangover (2009) and its sequels The Hangover Part II (2011) and The Hangover Part III (2013) as Stu, a dentist. All three films in the series were box office successes. Helms also starred in the 2011 film Cedar Rapids. He played the lead role, Rusty Griswold, in the 2015 film Vacation, a sequel/spin-off of the National Lampoon's Vacation series. Also in 2015 Helms starred in Jessie Nelson's movie, Love the Coopers. In 2017, he starred in The Clapper as Eddie Krumble, a paid audience member for infomercials. Helms played Joe Gargan in the 2018 film Chappaquiddick.
Helms is in a bluegrass band called The Lonesome Trio with friends Ian Riggs and Jacob Tilove. They formed the band when they were at Oberlin College and still play a few shows every year. They recorded an eponymous album in summer 2013 shortly after appearing on the Bluegrass Situation stage at the Bonnaroo festival, which Helms curated. Helms is a self-confessed "bluegrass nerd" and founded the annual LA Bluegrass Situation festival. Helms plays banjo, guitar and piano.
He and Amy Reitnouer co-founded a music blog also titled The Bluegrass Situation. It summarizes its mission as "Creating and covering content across every level of the international scene, ranging from timeless traditional bluegrass, blues, and old-time to contemporary singer/songwriter, Americana, folk, and everything rootsy beyond and in between." On April 22, 2020, The Bluegrass Situation debuted The Whiskey Sour Happy Hour, a weekly music and comedy program benefiting the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund and Direct Relief.
In 2013, Helms co-wrote, produced, and starred in the Yahoo! Screen web series Tiny Commando, about a former Navy SEAL who is accidentally shrunken in a military experiment to four inches in height. Subsequently, he is deployed to places that his unique size enables him to infiltrate.
Helms partnered with VoteRiders in 2022 to encourage volunteers to write letters and send texts to registered voters to let them know how to overcome voter ID barriers that could prevent them from casting a ballot.
Helms is married and has a daughter.
- Helms received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Knox College, where he delivered the 2013 Commencement.
- In May 2014, Helms gave the convocation speech at Cornell University, alma mater of Andy Bernard, the character he portrayed for seven seasons on The Office.
- In May 2015, Helms gave the commencement speech at the University of Virginia.
|2002–2009||The Daily Show||Correspondent||207 episodes|
|2002||Premium Blend||Himself||Episode: "6.2"|
|2004||Cheap Seats||Bradley Wallace||2 episodes|
|2004, 2013||Arrested Development||James Carr||3 episodes|
|2005||Sunday Pants||Neil the Angel (voice)||"Weighty Decisions" segments|
|2006||The Colbert Report||Narrator – The On Notice Board: A Wonder of the Modern Age||Episode: "Linda Hirshman"|
|2006||Samurai Love God||Samurai Love God (voice)||Miniseries|
|2006–2013||The Office||Andy Bernard||Main cast (seasons 3–9); 163 episodes|
|2008||Upright Citizens Brigade||Guest Monologist||Uncredited|
|2008||American Dad!||Mr. Buckley (voice)||Episode: "Stanny Slickers II: The Legend of Ollie's Gold"|
|2008||Wainy Days||Doctor||Episode: "Angel"|
|2008–2010||Childrens Hospital||Doctor / TV Announcer||5 episodes|
|2009||Family Guy||Al Gore (voice)||Episode: "FOX-y Lady"|
|2010||Funny or Die Presents||Cast (Holdup)||4 episodes|
|2011||Saturday Night Live||Himself (host)||Episode: "Ed Helms/Paul Simon"|
|2012||The Mindy Project||Dennis||2 episodes|
|2012||Ugly Americans||Dennis||Episode: "Mark Loves Dick"|
|2012||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Himself||Episode: "Ed Helms Wears A Grey Shirt & Brown Boots"|
|2013||Kroll Show||Sex in the City Dude||Episode: "San Diego Diet"|
|2013||Saturday Night Live||Ted Pelms||Uncredited|
Episode: "Zach Galifianakis/Of Monsters and Men"
|2014||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Jack Danger||Episode: "USPIS"|
|2015–2020||BoJack Horseman||Kyle (voice)||3 episodes|
|2015||The Muppets||Himself||Episode: "Pig Out"|
|2015||Running Wild with Bear Grylls||Himself||Episode: "Ed Helms"|
|2016||Drunk History||William McMasters||Episode: "Scoundrels"|
|2017||Angie Tribeca||Dr. Clive Mister||Episode: "Germs of Endearment"|
|2017||The Fake News with Ted Nelms||Ted Nelms||TV special; also creator, writer, and executive producer|
|2020||Aunty Donna's Big Ol' House of Fun||Ed Helms/Egg Helms||Also executive producer|
|2021–2022||Rutherford Falls||Nathan Rutherford||18 episodes; also co-creator, writer, executive producer|
|2022||Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock||Lyle Craggle (voice)||2 episodes|
|2022||Big Mouth||Bros 4 Life Member #1 (voice)||Episode: "Dadda Dia!"|
|2013||"Hopeless Wanderer"||Mumford & Sons|
|"Clouds" (Celebrity Music Video)||Zach Sobiech|
|2015||"The Wolf"||Mumford & Sons|
|2016||"Don't Wanna Know"||Maroon 5|
|2017||"Wanna Do Day"||Lisa Loeb|
|2015||Jake and Amir||Mickey||Episode: "The Auditions"|
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- Ed Helms' Bluegrass Situation Superjam with special guests. lineup.bonnaroo.com
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