Anyone who has seen the computer-animated superhero comedy movie Captain Underpants, may likely not be aware that Ed Helms is the voice behind the lead character, Principal Benjamin Krupp, a bad-tempered elementary school head who was hypnotized by two fourth-grade boys to believe that he’s Captain Underpants who fights crime wearing just underwears and a cape.
Ed Helms is an American comedian, actor, writer and singer; he has been in the entertainment industry since 2002 and has featured in quite a number of movies, television shows, and music videos. The actor is mostly known for being a comic relief on TV. He has been called up for about six awards, one of which he won. Follow us as we tell you more about the rib cracker.
Ed Helms – Biography (Age)
Ed Helms was born as Edward Parker Helms on January 24, 1974, in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. He is of Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, German, Dutch and French descent. He is the last of three children, having a sister, and a brother, who is a geography teacher. His father was an insurance executive, Navy veteran, civic leader, and an attorney who graduated from Harvard Law School.
His mother was a school administrator and was known to be very conscious about health. Ed Helms tagged her a ‘health nut’ who was suspicious about foods laced with sugar, so they never had sugar cereals in the house. He once told a story about visiting his best friend and discovering that he had unrestricted access to Honey Nut Cheerios. Ed found that unbelievable and couldn’t tell how, that afternoon, he consumed ten bowls of the cereal. The magnitude of that was an SOS call to his mum which got her into a fit.
At age 14 and in his 7th grade, Ed had open-heart surgery to correct a severe congenital defect. He has a 10-inch zipper scar right down by his sternum to attest to the operation.
As a child, his family frequented the theater and enjoyed sing-alongs. He grew in an environment where he felt like a weirdo because of his obsession with comedy and movies. This, he said, makes him cherish comedy and movies, and he is glad he comes from the part of the country that isn’t connected to what he does.
As a youth, Ed Helms went to the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, same institution the star of The King and I, Ashley Park, attended. He graduated from Westminster High School and got admitted into Oberlin College where he majored in Geology thinking he’d end up becoming some fine Indiana-Jones scientist. However, Helms ended up donning a convocation gown with a B.A in Film Theory and Technology in 1996.
More so, Oberlin College, as at that time does not have a film major but a film minor, so Ed had to request that the school committee grant him his wish of taking the course as a major. He had to piece together related courses from computer science, theater arts, and literature to make a major of it. To deepen practical knowledge, he went off to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts as a visiting student in the spring semester of his junior year. Whilst at Oberlin, he joined an acapella group, The Obertones, but left the next semester.
After college, Ed Helms moved from Ohio to seek greener pastures in New York. He began making appearances at top standup comedy clubs and this earned him a loyal fan base. He also studied improvisation with the Upright Citizens Brigade troupe. That same period he worked as an assistant video editor at Crew Cuts, a postproduction facility in New York. Ed eventually quit editing and went into commercial voice-over work.
In the course of doing stand-up comedy, John Stewart’s Daily Show had an audition and Ed Helms went on to try his luck. He read for the part and got it. The show proved to be the springboard that shot him to fame. It was the same road Steve Carell, his costar in the TV series, The Office, took to prominence. The Daily show was a late-night talk show that drew satire and comedy from recent news, political figures and media organization. In spite of the hard work and the rigorousness of prop setting and preparing for interviews, Helms admits that he was fulfilled with his job.
According to the actor, people who were interviewed knew what the show was about, but couldn’t get at the nuts and bolts of it. They felt they could not be thrown off when interviewed, but realized they had underestimated the show. Later on, Ed Helms left the show after four years but occasionally made brief appearances.
In late July 2006, NBC announced that Ed Helms would be joining the cast of characters in the docu-comedy, The Office. He returned to the Daily Show in December of that same year, saying that he had worked as undercover at a paper company in Scranton, which was an indirect referral to his time at The Office. Subsequently, Ed became a regular character in the following season of The Office, and, in February 2010, he was added to the show’s opening credits. The Emmy Award-winning office ran for nine seasons and ended in 2013.
Interestingly, The Hangover is Ed’s best-featured movie to date. The three-part movie (produced in 2009, 2011 and 2013) became a blockbuster and went on to earn about $465 million worldwide. Ed Helms was said to have pocketed about $15 million dollars for his role in the movie. Furthermore, for plenty of his hilarious roles, he is, of course, paid handsomely for them. In conclusion to the actor’s net worth, Helms’ financial value falls at $20 million.
Does He Have A Wife or is He Gay?
It’s been rumored that Ed Helms is gay owing to the fact that he strongly supports the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. The 45-year-old has been very secretive about his romantic escapades. Asides from a few rumors that he is dating a blonde woman, there is no evidence to buttress or attest to his being single, married, divorced, or gay. Ed is still a rising star on the big screen. Maybe he’d let people know about his status in no distant time.