Stage & Screen Actor
Rainn Wilson is a critically acclaimed stage and screen actor well known for his portrayal of Dwight Schrute on the overwhelmingly popular television series "The Office." Last year saw the release of his memoir The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy, published by Dutton to critical acclaim. In 2013, Rainn and his wife, the writer Holiday Reinhorn, established the Lide Foundation which provides arts education to women and girls in rural areas of Haiti. The foundation was completely self-funded in its first year and please visit www.LideHaiti.org for more information on how to get involved. This is Rainn's Fidelity High: Bob Dylan // New Morning // Columbia Records // 1970. Rainn says, "My life changed at age 19 when Stephen Webber gave me Bob Dylan’s Bringing it All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisited on cassette tape. After years of listening to nothing but punk and new wave (having jettisoned the Classic Rock of my suburban Seattle childhood) my ears exploded when confronted with the original folk punk poet madman of the American mythological dreamscape. The next 10 years of my life were pretty devoted to Bob. Yes, I had forays into Tom Waits and The Pixies, but Bob was my spirit guide. I was especially moved by his stuff from the 70s. After the motorcycle accident, you know. The under-appreciated, mellower, Woodstock, rural, plaintive, heart-on-his-sleeve Bob of New Morning (pictured) and Planet Waves. Sometimes, if you squint your eyes, you can see I look just a liiiiiiittle bit like him."
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