Brian Baumgartner is an American actor who is known for his ability to send movie-goers into fits of laughter. An extremely amusing man, Brian knows how to make hilarious facial expressions that leave fans totally cracked up. Having been in the industry for several years, Baumgartner has won many fans to himself and has solidified his place as one of the very exciting Americans to watch on TV.
As an actor, Brian is now best known for the dimwitted character he played as Kevin Malone in The Office, a popular American TV series. His character in the mockumentary sitcom made him very popular among fans who found him completely hilarious. Because of this, a lot of people have shown interest in knowing his background story as much as they have been keeping up with his career.
Early Life and Education of Brian Baumgartner
Brian Baumgartner was born on the 29th of November 1972. The actor was born in Atlanta, a popular city in Georgia, USA. The identity of his parents has not been revealed just yet. Also, we don’t have any details about whether or not he has siblings. However, we know that he grew up in Georgia with his family.
Growing up, Brian Baumgartner attended The Westminster School, a private school in Georgia. After graduating from the school, he went on to attend Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, a college-preparatory day school in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Brian Baumgartner then attended the Southern Methodist University, a private research university which is located in metropolitan Dallas. He graduated from the university with a BFA in acting in 1995.
If anything, the fact that he studied acting in college goes a long way to show that he has always had a passion for the craft. He wasted no time in working towards his dream of becoming a professional actor after he graduated.
Tracing His Career Journey as an Actor
Following his graduation, Brian Baumgartner moved to the city of Los Angeles where he took up a job at Hidden Theatre, a theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota; there, he served as an Artistic Director. While on the job, he received awards for his acting prowess and artistic excellence.
Brian soon started acting regionally at the Theatre de la Jeune Lune, the Guthrie Theater, the Children’s Theater Company, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre, winning lots of accolades for his acting ability. With his theatre acting credits increasing, the actor soon branched off to TV.
Brian Baumgartner kick-started his movie/TV career in 2001 when he was cast in Herman U.S.A., a romantic comedy in which he played Roger. Two years later in 2003, he appeared in The Lyon’s Den, an American legal drama TV series and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, a procedural forensics crime drama TV series that aired on CBS.
After appearing in LAX, a fictional TV drama in 2004, Brian Baumgartner went on to star in three TV series in 2005, namely; Arrested Development, a comedy series titled Jake in Progress, and Everwood, a drama TV series. Brian got his big break on TV in 2005 when he joined the cast of The Office, a TV sitcom that aired on NBC. He portrayed the dimwitted character of Kevin Malone on the series and got many fans cracked up with his hilarious schemes on the show. The show launched the actor into unprecedented fame and endeared him to many TV fans. He starred on the series for about 8 years till 2013 and appeared in as many as 201 episodes.
Other Projects That Helped Him Accumulate His $6 Million Net Worth
Playing the supporting role of Kevin Malone in The Office exposed Baumgartner to a lot of other opportunities in the competitive industry. In 2006, he portrayed Paul Wood in a short film titled Moosecock and followed it up the next year playing Jim in a comedy film titled License to Wed. 2008 came and he appeared on Celebrity Family Feud where he won $50,000 and donated it to Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania. That same year, he played Eric in Four Christmases, a comedy-drama film. 2009 had him play Fr. Ralph O’Brien in Into Temptation and 2010 saw him portray Bob Bradley in House of Good and Evil.
Brian Baumgartner had a voice role in 2011’s Adventure Time. Also, he was Bob Jansen and a hospital orderly respectively in 2012’s Astronaut: The Last Push and Wilfred. Between 2013 and 2015, he appeared as Claude in 2 episodes of the sitcom Hot in Cleveland. You will also find the actor in 2013’s Mike and Molly. The following years were quite busy for Brian as he was part of many other shows like Criminal Minds, The Bridge, Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn, Melissa & Joey, Chicago Fire, The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show, Scream Queens, The Goldbergs, and Ghostbusters: Answer the Call.
That’s not all as Baumgartner has appeared in Life in Pieces and Disjointed. He portrayed Chase in 2020’s My Boyfriend’s Meds and played a voice role the previous year in an episode of the animated series titled Summer Camp Island.
Having been in Hollywood for quite a while and having stunned the world with his acting prowess and winning lots of admiration in the process, it is expected that Brian Baumgartner has made a fortune for himself over the years. The actor has appeared in several high-ranking series and movies as detailed above. As acting is the major source of his income, paychecks from these roles are the major contributors to his net worth estimated at a whopping $6 million.
Meet Brian Baumgartner’s Wife
Brian Baumgartner is a married man. The actor is married to a woman identified as Celeste Ackelson. The couple got married in April 2014 at a ceremony in Los Angeles which was attended by family and friends. Brain and his wife had their wedding reception at the Wilshire Country Club also in Los Angeles. The couple has remained together ever since.
Their union has been blessed with a daughter whom they welcomed the next year in 2015. They named the girl Brylee Bea Baumgartner. The actor took to his Instagram page to announce the arrival of his baby to the excitement of his many fans.
The arrival of their child was quite a surprise to many as Baumgartner and his wife did a good job in keeping it a secret. This has always been the way things are with the actor’s love life, he likes to keep happening thereof close to his heart.
Given that, it is not a surprise that many do not know that the actor’s marriage to Celeste isn’t his first. He was once married to a woman who has been named in some quarters as Julia Fisher. With her, he had a child but that’s all we can tell about the union.