ED HELMS (Rusty Griswold) is an actor, writer, and producer
best known for his scene-stealing roles on both the big and small screens. Born
and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Helms attended Oberlin College and moved to New
York City in 1996 to pursue a career in comedy. As he immersed himself in sketch
and standup across the city and trained with The Upright Citizens Brigade
troupe, his craft steadily evolved. In 2002, Helms landed the coveted role of
correspondent on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," where he
stayed for almost 5 years, combining his loves of comedy and politics. From
there, Helms joined NBC's hit comedy "The Office," where he starred as Andy
Bernard, a Cornell grad and a cappella singer alongside fellow Daily Show alum,
Steve Carell. "The Office" won multiple awards, including the 2006 Emmy for
Outstanding Comedy Series, 2008 SAG award for Outstanding Performance by an
Ensemble in a Comedy Series, the 2007 Television Critics Association Awards for
Outstanding Achievement in Comedy and many more. On the film side, Helms starred
in "The Hangover" trilogy opposite Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis. The
first installment won the 2010 Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Comedy or
Musical, and the three films have collectively grossed nearly $1.5 billion
dollars worldwide. He recently wrapped production on Jessie Nelson's holiday
film "Love the Coopers," opposite Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Diane Keaton
and John Goodman, which follows the Cooper family's annual Christmas Eve
celebration that takes a turn as they encounter a series of unexpected events.
The film is slated for release on November 13, 2015.
Helms will soon begin production starring in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's
STARZ Network TV drama "The One Percent," opposite Hilary Swank and Ed Harris.
Helms will play the lead role of Alfred Murphy, who is struggling professionally
and personally to keep the family business afloat. Helms will also executive
produce Rawson Marshall Thurber's comedy "Central Intelligence," about a
mild-mannered accountant who, after reuniting with an old pal through Facebook,
is lured into the world of international espionage. He will also lend his voice
to the role of Mr. Krupp and Captain Underpants in Rob Letterman's movie
adaptation of the beloved "Captain Underpants," which is currently in
pre-production and will be released on January 13, 2017. In 2013, Helms launched
his production company, The Pacific Electric Picture Co. with Universal TV.
The company produced "Jake & Amir," based on College Humor's most popular and
longest-running series by comedy duo Amir Blumenfeld and Jake Hurwitz. Under the
Pacific Electric Picture Co. banner, Helms is also developing various feature
films as vehicles for him to star in and produce, including the action-comedy
"Epic Fail," alongside Nicky Weinstock and Michael Falbo. Additionally, Helms
will head NBC's half-hour comedy "Big Kids" as an executive producer alongside
Joe Wengert. The actor's additional film credits include "They Came Together,"
"We're The Millers," "Jeff, Who Lives At Home," "Cedar Rapids," and "The Lorax,"
based on the famous Dr. Seuss children's book. Ed starred on Yahoo Screen's
"Tiny Commando" and made appearances on Fox's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," Adult Swim's
"NTSF:SD:SUV" and Netflix's "Arrested Development." Beyond acting and producing,
Helms has worked closely with Malaria No More, a non-profit organization at the
vanguard of the fight to eradicate malaria worldwide. He also sits on the
advisory board for Education Through Music-Los Angeles, which builds curriculum
and funds music education in L.A. public schools. A lifelong musician, Helms
plays a mean banjo in his bluegrass band, The Lonesome Trio which formed at
Oberlin College in the mid 90s and has played together for over 20 years. The
band released their debut album this past June. In 2010, Helms co-founded The
L.A. Bluegrass Situation, a music festival in Los Angeles, and its sister
website, TheBluegrassSituation.com, providing news and resources for fans of
Americana, Bluegrass and Old Time music.