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Read below to find out how the series’ stars got their start and where you can see them next.
Steve Carell (Michael Scott)
Carell joined The Office as Dunder Mifflin’s eccentric regional manager, Michael Scott, with a solid background in comedy: He voiced one half of “The Ambiguously Gay Duo” on Saturday Night Live with Stephen Colbert, starred opposite Will Ferrell in 2004’s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and scored the lead role in Judd Apatow‘s The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Since leaving the show in 2011 during its seventh season (returning just once for the series finale), the actor and comedian has starred in rom-coms like Crazy, Stupid, Love, reprised his Brick Tamland character in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and earned his first Oscar nomination for his dramatic turn in the crime drama Foxcatcher. Carell recently has wrapped filming for his next film, Freeheld, in which he’ll reunite with Crazy, Stupid, Love co-star Julianne Moore, and currently is filming The Big Short alongside Brad Pitt, Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling.
Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute)
Before Wilson scored his best-known role as Dwight Schrute, he had a short stint on HBO’s Six Feet Under (which starred Peter Krause and Michael C. Hall) and guest cameos on dramas such as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The actor currently leads Fox’s Backstrom and will appear next in the sci-fi thriller Uncanny starring Mark Webber, Lucy Griffiths and David Clayton Rogers.
John Krasinski (Jim Halpert)
Krasinski had just five years of acting experience under his belt, nabbing a minor role in 2004’s Kinsey and (like co-star Wilson) making brief cameos on Law & Order: Criminal Intent and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, when he first landed the role of Jim Halpert on The Office. Since ending his permanent gig on the series, the actor has done voice roles for Monsters University and Hayao Miyazaki‘s The Wind Rises and wrapped filming on his next screen ventures: The Hollars (in which he’ll star opposite Anna Kendrick) and Aloha (with a cast led by Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone). Krasinski also is serving as executive producer alongside Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Merchant on Spike’s Lip Sync Battle, premiering April 2.
Jenna Fischer (Pam Beesly)
Fischer appeared in cameos on television series Undeclared (2001), Spin City (2001) and What I Like About You (2002) before sparking her onscreen romance with John Krasinski as The Office‘s receptionist Pam Beesly. Since then, the actress has landed a role on TV show Apocalypse Slough and in Jeff Probst‘s Kiss Me (starring Emily Osment).
B.J. Novak (Ryan Howard)
Novak was a stand-up comedian before he landed his first screen role as Ryan Howard on the NBC series. A newcomer to the television and film industry, the actor scored supporting roles in hits such as 2013’s Saving Mr. Banks and 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 when The Office came to an end after its ninth season. Novak most recently appeared in episodes of The Newsroom and The Mindy Project (with former co-star Mindy Kaling).
Ed Helms (Andy Bernard)
Helms joined the series as character Andy Bernard in 2006, but before then, he appeared in a cameo role on Cheap Seats: Without Ron Parker and had one minor voicing gig on The Colbert Report. During his years on the show, Helms appeared in a leading role in The Hangover franchise and will be seen next in Vacation, starring Chris Hemsworth and Leslie Mann (out Oct. 9). The actor also will appear in 2016’s Central Intelligence alongside Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart.
Mindy Kaling (Kelly Kapoor)
Kaling’s role as Kelly Kapoor served as the actress’ television breakthrough in 2005. She appeared in rom-coms such as No Strings Attached and The Five-Year Engagement during the series’ run and became the star of her own television comedy series, The Mindy Project, in 2012. Kaling’s next film role is as a voice actor for Pixar’s Inside Out, due out June 19.
Leslie David Baker (Stanley Hudson)
Baker appeared in guest roles on The Guardian and Malcolm in the Middle before playing Stanley Hudson. The actor will star next in Fallen Stars alongside Ryan O’Nan and Michelle Ang.
Brian Baumgartner (Kevin Malone)
Before landing the role of Kevin Malone on the NBC series, Baumgartner had cameos on Arrested Development and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Since his time on the show, the actor has appeared on a string of other television series including The Bridge, Hot in Cleveland and Criminal Minds. He can be seen next in Lee Kirk‘s Geezer.
Kate Flannery (Meredith Palmer)
Flannery made brief cameos on The Bernie Mac Show and Boomtown prior to playing Meredith Palmer and currently has four projects in production stages: Tenured, Slow Learners, Fourth Man Out and Emergency Contact (a short). She will appear next in Dial a Prayer, due out April 10, opposite Brittany Snow and William H. Macy.
Paul Lieberstein (Toby Flenderson)
Lieberstein served as producer on popular comedies King of the Hill, The Drew Carey Show and The Bernie Mac Show before joining the cast of The Office as both an actor (the series marked his onscreen debut) and producer in 2005. He has since executive produced six episodes of The Newsroom (also making two cameo appearances).
Craig Robinson (Darryl Philbin)
Robinson, who played the role of Darryl Philbin, appeared in the comedy series Lucky and made a one-time cameo on Friends in 2004 before The Office‘s premiere. During the series’ run, the actor starred in Pineapple Express and Hot Tub Time Machine and voiced character LaVar Brown in the Family Guy spinoff series The Cleveland Show. Robinson was seen most recently in Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and will appear next in James Franco‘s Zeroville.
Phyllis Smith (Phyllis Vance)
New to the acting scene, Smith starred in one episode of Arrested Development and had an uncredited role in Carell’s The 40-Year-Old Virgin when she made her breakthrough as Phyllis Vance on the NBC series. She has appeared since in 2011’s Bad Teacher opposite Cameron Diaz and in three episodes of Trophy Wife. Like co-star Kaling, Smith will voice a role in Pixar’s Inside Out, hitting theaters June 19.
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