ED HELMS (Hank) is an actor, writer, and comedian best known for his
scene-stealing roles on both the big and small screens.
Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, 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.
Helms was most recently seen as 'Rusty Griswold' in John Francis Daley and
Jonathan Goldstein's adventure comedy film, Vacation, based on the John Hughes
cult classic National Lampoon's Vacation. In this film, Rusty Griswold takes his
own family on a road trip to Walley World in order to spice things up with his
wife and reconnect with his sons. Helms starred alongside Christina Applegate,
Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Chris Hemsworth, Leslie Mann, Charlie Day and
He's currently in production on Bastards starring alongside Owen Wilson. The
feature film follows two brothers, Wilson and Helms, who, after learning of
their mother's reputation for shacking up with famous men back in the 1970s
Studio 54 scene, hit the road to track down their birth father.
It was recently announced that Helms will produce Mermaids in Paradise alongside
Michael Falbo, Jonathan Krisel, and Danica Radovanov. Mermaids, an adaptation of
Lydia Millet's novel, was written by Graham Wagner and will be released by Good
Universe. The plot of the novel, a sendup of the American honeymoon, centers on
a couple who discover the existence of mermaids while celebrating their marriage
in a tropical paradise.
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 star and Executive Produce Rawson Marshall Thurber's film
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 the 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 andThe Lorax based on the famous
Dr. Seuss children's book. Helms 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 LA,
which builds curriculum and funds music education in LA 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 90's and has played together for
over 20 years. The Lonesome trio just wrapped their regional tour and stopped at
six cities across the US. 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. Currently, Helms resides in Los Angeles, CA.