The Office was a mock documentary about working in a typical office. The employees of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company are all exaggerated caricatures of the types of people you will probably meet while working in a corporate setting. This hilarious show was filmed documentary style, with a “hidden camera” flashing to interviews and back. The office drama and practical jokes make for the funniest corporation you’ve ever been a part of.
The show, which ran on NBC from 2005 to 2013, was based on the British show of the same name. The original, starring Ricky Gervais, ran on the BBC network from 2001 to 2003. It was brought to American television by Greg Daniels and Ricky Gervais. Although the original only lasted for a few seasons, the American the Office expanded upon the foundation built at the BBC and created something entirely its own. The cast was a hilarious blending of characters, including Steve Carell, who played the idiot boss that everyone loved to hate. A spin-off was suggested to NBC in 2008, but it went on to become its own show, known as Parks and Recreation.
Since the show was cancelled in 2013, the show is still talked about three years later. The Office altered the face of Scranton, Pennsylvania, where the fake Dunder Mifflin Paper Company was said to be located in the show. With such a reaching impact, it makes you wonder, what are all of the actors and actresses from the show up to nowadays?
10. Steve Carell – Michael Scott
Michael Scott was the idiot boss on The Office. He was played by comedy great Steve Carell. He made it big in the hit comedies Anchorman and 40-Year Old Virgin. He was also the voice of the main character Gru in all of the Despicable Me movies; look for a third in the series to hit theaters in 2017. Steve was also recently in the family comedy Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. He’s also going to be in Battle of the Sexes, an upcoming movie about Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs; he’ll be starring in it alongside Emma Stone.
9. Rainn Wilson – Dwight Schrute
Dwight Schrute was the office worker everyone thinks is super weird. Dwight was played by Rainn Wilson, who was already well known for playing Arthur Martin on Six Feet Under. During the filming of The Office, Rainn also had parts in the movies Juno and My Super Ex-Girlfriend. Since 2013, Rainn has been quite busy; not only has he guest starred as a voice on Adventure Time, played in several movies, and had a starring role as the brilliant (but not very nice) Everett Backstrom on Backstrom on Fox. Wilson has also been working on a project called SoulPancake, which is a “positive and inspiring media and entertainment company” that creates “smart, uplifting, meaningful, shareable content targeted to the Optimistic Millennial.” The actor has several movies coming up in 2016 and 2017, including voicing Gargamel on a new Smurfs movie, a lead role in Thom Pain in 2017, and a spot in the upcoming Robodog film. Rumor has it he will also have a recurring role on Showtime’s new series Roadies.
8. John Krasinski – Jim Halpert
Jim Halpert is the office joker who likes to play pranks. He was played by John Krasinski, who was nearly unheard of when he began his office job. The actor has since had several successes, including guest starring as the voice of Secretariat on Bojack Horseman, a part in the romcom Aloha, and voicing Halim in the animated drama The Prophet. John Krasinski is married to Hollywood hottie Emily Blunt, and they have one daughter together. The couple is expecting their second child in 2016. They have been married for five years. Look for John in J.J. Abrams upcoming sci-fi thriller God Particle and the voice of Owen in the animated movie Animal Crackers both in 2017.
7. Jenna Fischer – Pam Beesly
Pam Beesly was the office sweetheart, who everyone had a little crush on. She was played by Jenna Fischer, a relatively unknown actress before her part on The Office. Since 2003, however, she’s been in quite a few movies; Jenna was in the horror flick Slither with Nathan Fillion, the comedy Blades of Glory alongside Will Ferrell, and The Promotion alongside Seann William Scott. She was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her part in The Office in 2007. Watch out for her co-starring with Matt LeBlanc in the made-for-TV-movie I’m Not Your Friend sometime in 2016 on CBS.
6. Leslie David Baker – Stanley Hudson
Stanley Hudson is the hardworking guy who no one takes seriously. He was played by Leslie David Baker, who is a very funny man who seems to play mostly comedy roles. Other than The Office, he was also in the 2015 dramedy Fallen Stars alongside Ryan O’Nan and a bit part he played in the comedy Road to Redemption in 2001. In 2011, he also wrote and sang a catchy, quite funny song called “2 B Simple” (if you haven’t seen the video, go watch it now!). Look for Leslie in the upcoming Still the King in June 2016 on CMT, a comedy about Elvis Presley.
5. Brian Baumgartner – Kevin Malone
Kevin Malone is the guy with inappropriate jokes for the office with a childish sense of humor. He was played by Brian Baumgartner. Since the end of The Office, the actor has guest starred in tons of shows, including a voice on the animated comedy Adventure Time, Criminal Minds, Law and Order SVU, and the CBS comedy Mike & Molly. The actor was married in 2014 to his second wife, Celeste Ackelson, in his backyard, and a year later, the couple had their first child together. He was recently the subject of a Ted Cruz meme, where someone held up a sign, wondering if Ted Cruz, the potential presidential candidate, and Kevin Malone were the same person. When asked his opinion of the meme, Brian replied with: “Well played, protester at Ted Cruz rally. Though to be fair, you are insulting Kevin’s intelligence by the comparison.”
4. Angela Kinsey – Angela Martin
Angela Martin, played by Angela Kinsey in The Office, is the co-worker who is a stickler for the rules and really uptight. Angela also starred in another mockumentary called The Hotwives of Orlando (as well as its partner show, The Hotwives of Las Vegas), making fun of the Housewives reality TV series. She also has a recurring role on the Fox show New Girl and the short-lived NBC comedy Bad Judge. This actress has been really busy; she’s even writing, and possibly starring in, a TBS series called 1-800 about her time working in a call center before she was an actress. Angela will also be in a comedy movie in 2016 called Half Magic, a political musical comedy called Swing State, and the comedy TV series called Haters Back Off.
3. Phyllis Smith – Phyllis Vance
Phyllis Vance is the motherly type and gossip in the office. She was played by Phyllis Smith, a former NFL cheerleader and burlesque dancer. Since The Office ended, Phyllis has guest starred on the ABC comedies The Middle and Trophy Wife. Phyllis was also the voice of Sadness from the animated Disney hit movie Inside Out, about the feelings (portrayed as people) that live inside all of us. She will be reprising her role as Sadness in a couple of Disney projects, including the short Riley’s First Date? and the new Disney Infinity 3.0 video game. She was recently honored with an Annie Award for her voice work on Inside Out.
2. Kate Flannery – Meredith Palmer
Meredith Palmer is the promiscuous alcoholic in The Office. She is played by actress Kate Flannery. Kate has been seen in several guest starring roles since The Office ended in 2013; she was in an episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, a few episodes of Steven Universe, The Comeback, and Jesse. She was also in the 2012 comedy Love or Whatever and the 2014 comedy Helicopter Mom. In April 2016, the actress announced for the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards in Hollywood and appeared on NBC’s Must See TV: James Burrows. She also made an appearance at the Scranton, Pennsylvania’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in March 2016, much to the delight of the “home of Dunder Mifflin.”
1. B.J. Novak – Ryan Howard
Ryan Howard was the office intern, played by B.J. Novak. B.J. has also been busy since The Office; he’s been busy on projects like The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and The Smurfs 2. But he hasn’t forgotten his roots in TV. B.J. also has made appearances on shows like The Mindy Project with former The Office co-star Mindy Kaling, Community, The Newsroom, and even plays a fictionalized version of himself on an episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. He’s also been writing; he has an adorable kid’s book entitled The Book with No Pictures and a short story collection called One More Thing. He and Penguin Books recently made the news when a charity drive helped to donate 10,000 books to kids in need. Look for B.J. in his upcoming movie The Founder, a biographical story of the founder of McDonald’s fast food chairs.
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