James O'Heir (born February 4, 1962) is an American actor and comedian best known for portraying Jerry Gergich on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. O'Heir first became active in Chicago theater and improv during the late 1980s and early 1990s as part of the comedic theater troupe "White Noise", and appeared in such plays as The Book of Blanche, Stumpy's Gang and Ad-Nauseam with the group. O'Heir has appeared in several films and made guest appearances on such shows as Friends, Boston Legal, Malcolm in the Middle, Star Trek: Voyager, 3rd Rock from the Sun, ER, and Parenthood. In 2000, he starred in the Comedy Central series Strip Mall as Harvey Krudup, the husband of protagonist Tammi Tyler, who was played by Julie Brown. In 2009, O'Heir became a regular supporting cast member of the NBC comedy series Parks and Recreation, playing Jerry Gergich.
Theatre. O'Heir was active in the Chicago theater during the late 1980s and early 1990s, training and performing improvisational comedy at Chicago's Second City and as a member of the six-person sketch comedy troupe "White Noise", which formed in 1987. The group wrote and produced comedic plays that often employed bizarre humor or black comedy. Starting in November 1988, O'Heir appeared in White Noise's production of The Book of Blanche, about a woman who falls through a television screen and ends up in a fantasy world influenced by various television show genres. In July 1989, O'Heir appeared in the Chicago premiere of the Tom Griffin play The Boys Next Door at the Edgewater Theatre Center. O'Heir played Norman Bulansky, a childlike middle-aged mentally handicapped man who works at a doughnut shop.Starting in 1990, O'Heir appeared in White Noise's Stumpy's Gang, a one-act black comedy play by Patrick Cannon. The show played at Stage Left and Strawdog Theatres in Chicago, where it developed a cult following. O'Heir played Frank Bubman, the janitor for a genetics laboratory whose job is to destroy the unsuccessful experiments, which are portrayed by puppets. Frank secretly uses the experiments to stage private shows reminiscent of early television programs. Mary Shen Barnidge of the Chicago Reader said of his performance, "The grotesquely ursine Jim O'Heir adds a new dimension to the role of the enfant terrible with his uninhibited and enthusiastic portrayal of Frank, who will break your heart even as he turns your stomach." Ernest Tucker of the Chicago Sun-Times described O'Heir's performance as very funny and "unforgettable", and said he "held together this funny yet sick apocalyptic fantasy". Stumpy's Gang closed in the fall of 1991. Also with White Noise, O'Heir appeared in the play Ad-Nauseam, about a pair of writers who create an ad campaign about a character named Rim Shot, played by O'Heir. Rim Shot, dressed as a gladiator costume made up of bristle brushes and toilet detritus.O'Heir played the inmate Dale Harding in Dale Wasserman's stage adaption of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest at The Theatre District in Hollywood, California. Backstage writer Terri Roberts said O'Heir stood out among the show's cast. Film. O'Heir appeared in the 1996 baseball comedy film Ed and 1998 fantasy television film Harvey. He also appeared in the 2007 family drama film Welcome to Paradise. O'Heir played Hathaway in the 2016 film, Range 15. Television. O'Heir has appeared in several television shows since the 1990s and 2000s, including 3rd Rock from the Sun, Malcolm in the Middle, Just Shoot Me, Star Trek: Voyager, Suite Life of Zack and Cody and ER. Starting in 2000, O'Heir starred in a regular role in the Comedy Central series Strip Mall as Harvey Krudup, the unattractive husband of protagonist Tammi Tyler, who was played by Julie Brown. The character is the owner of the Starbrite Cleaners business, and Tammi marries him under the false assumption that he is rich. After learning Harvey is not wealthy, Tammi makes numerous attempts to have him murdered.In November 2003, he made a guest appearance in the tenth season episode of Friends, "The One With the Birth Mother", where he played the manager of an adoption agency. On November 28, 2004, he appeared in the Boston Legal episode "Loose Lips", where he played a man fired from being a department store Santa Claus because he is a cross dresser.Starting in 2009, O'Heir became a regular supporting cast member of the NBC comedy series Parks and Recreation. He originally auditioned for the role of Ron Swanson, before being cast as Jerry Gergich, a clumsy employee at a local government parks department who is often routinely mocked by his fellow co-workers who also called him one of four names, Jerry, Larry, Terry, and Garry. Although the character has been featured in the series since the first episode, he started to become more fully developed and play larger roles in the episodes during the second season. The episode "Park Safety", in which Jerry pretends to have been mugged in order to avoid being made fun of for an injury, was focused almost entirely around Jerry and drew positive reviews for O'Heir's comedic performance.In 2011, O'Heir made a guest appearance on the NBC comedy-drama series Parenthood as a bar owner. In 2013, he guest-starred on Good Luck Charlie as a couch surgeon and the owner of a couch store, and later in the year he had a main role in the Ion Television movie My Santa, as Jack, Santa's right-hand man. That same year, he appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live as real-life Toronto mayor Rob Ford, who had recently been involved in a crack-smoking scandal. In 2016, he appeared as Sheriff Reynolds in two episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. In 2016, he voiced the character "Aiden" on Harvey Beaks, the grandfather of the titular character. In 2017, O'Heir won a daytime Emmy for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series for The Bold and the Beautiful.
O'Heir was born in Chicago, and is a graduate of the Thornton Fractional South High School in Lansing, Illinois, and of Loyola University Chicago.
Movies & TV shows
The Paley Center Salutes Parks and Recreation
As a lead-in to the highly anticipated special that brings back one of the most admired comedies in TV history, NBC and The Paley Center for Media collaborated on The Paley Center Salutes Parks and Re...
A Parks and Recreation Special
Pawnee's most dedicated civil servant, Leslie Knope, is determined to stay connected to her friends in a time of social distancing.
Parks and Recreation: 10th Anniversary Reunion at PALEYFEST 2019
"Parks and Recreation" alumni gathered at PaleyFest LA 2019 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of of the NBC show with a reunion.
Heavens to Betsy 2
"After Betsy Simon's book "Heavens to Betsy" becomes a bestseller, she must defend her faith when she agrees to do an interview with a self-serving media personality at the risk of destroying her cred...
2nd Chance for Christmas
In a modern-day adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol, spoiled pop star, Chance Love, is forced to confront who she is, who she once was and the dismal fate that awaits her after tr...
The Lonely Island Presents: The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience
The Lonely Island spoofs Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire in this visual rap album set in the Bash Brothers' 1980s heyday.
Smothered by Mothers
A football star loses all of his and his relatives money in a Ponzi scheme and becomes a father with three different women, all at the same time. The Ponzi scheme forces them to all live under one roo...
The Last Whistle
A high school football coach struggles with the fallout after one of his players dies onfield during practice.
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Esther and Benji are platonic best friends who want nothing more than to be accepted by the vain and status-obsessed culture of Los Angeles. Despite their sometimes contentious relationship, when push...
Dance Baby Dance
Have you ever had a dream? Jimmy did and now it's his turn to dance. Will he be able to rise above all the competition, and his own shortcomings, to dance the performance of his life? If so, then his ...
Bad Times at the El Royale
Lake Tahoe was created in 1969. Seven strangers, each one with a secret to bury, meet at El Royale, a decadent motel with a dark past. Everyone will have one last chance to redeem themselves in the co...
Every 21 Seconds
The gut wrenching and inspiring true story of TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) survivor, Brian Sweeney. A happy, loving and successful man is brutally attacked in a case of mistaken identity that results...
When Jeff Tried to Save the World
When Jeff discovers that the bowling alley he manages is being sold, he must do everything he can to save the place he's come to call home.
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Not a War Story
Hollywood collides with a group of veterans who are tired of the typical PTSD and valor-portrayed movies and decide to make an original dark humor zombie apocalypse film all on their own.
Bill Nye Saves the World
Bill Nye explores science and its impact on politics, society and pop culture. Each episode tackles a topic from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths, and refuting anti-scientific claims that ...
The Coca-Cola 600 is one of the most prestigious races in the world and Jimmy and his brother were trying to reverse a family curse by committing an elaborate robbery.
Heavens to Betsy
An aspiring children's book author comes to a better understanding of God's will after each and every one of her prayers from past to present are suddenly answered all at once, erasing her past and al...
Ray is a fledgling entrepreneur who specializes in high-end simulated abductions. He jumps at the chance when a mysterious client contracts him for a weekend kidnapping with a handsome payday at the e...
A Moving Romance
Interior designer Olivia Wilson loses her job in New York. With newfound time on her hands she decides to head home to California to surprise her dad, Neil for the 25th anniversary of the family busin...
When a hapless, unfunny, wanna-be comedian picks up a mysterious hitchhiker on his way to Vegas to audition for the Monte Guy show, he unwittingly becomes trapped in a desert-town killing spree that a...
When Jeff Tried to Save the World
When Jeff discovers that the bowling alley he manages is being sold, he must do everything he can to save the place he's come to call home. This is the original / short.
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A group of veterans wake up after a night of partying to find out that the zombie apocalypse has spread across the United States. They have to fight their way across the country in order to find a cur...
Maya DiMeo is a mom on a mission who will do anything for her husband, Jimmy, and kids Ray, Dylan, and JJ, her eldest son with special needs. As Maya fights injustices both real and imagined, the fami...
A comedic blend of murder, mystery and marijuana. Trying to escape the infamy of a serial killer father, Trent Modine and his goof-ball stepbrother Joey, both seeking a new start, find refuge in the s...
I Know Where Lizzie Is
When 15-year-old Lizzie is kidnapped, her friendly but divorced parents Judith and Martin are devastated. The police can't find the girl but Tracy Spencer comes forward claiming she's a psychic and kn...
The Dust Storm
On a business trip to Nashville, Brennan finds himself reunited with the "Girl" who had previously broken his heart. Now, for one weekend in the city's music scene, a past and present romance will be ...
If I Could Tell You
After years of financially and emotionally draining fertility treatments, Abby Taylor is so desperate to get pregnant that she secretly turns to the online, underworld of natural insemination in order...
The Wrong House
Rebecca Lassiter and her husband Brian leave New York City to move to Los Angeles and find the perfect suburban house for them and their young daughter. Shortly after moving in, Rebecca and Brian noti...
After his movie and television career has run dry, Bruce Madsen (Adam Carolla) is forced to go back on the road playing one dingy comedy club after another, spending endless nights in budget hotel roo...
When Kate and Abby are mistaken for famous art thieves, their fun night out quickly goes from good to bad.
Jane, along with her best friend Lily, hatch a plan to feign homelessness and find different, creative ways to get money from strangers. What is a girl to do when lying is your job and you start to br...
Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves
Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves tells the shocking story of how a group of Nightwolves terrorized a tiny village taking people's hearing and eye sight... and the one woman who fought back.
Life in Color
With no place to live, two strangers are stuck house sitting together. At odds, Mary and Homer soon realize the gravity of their situation and the necessity of joining forces, making money and pulling...
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Naughty & Nice
A radio host is exiled to Nebraska because he had an on-air spat with a romantic partner. Their relationship sparks the interest of the entire town.
I Didn't Do It
Ultra-competitive fraternal twins Lindy and Logan Watson, together with their four best friends, navigate their freshman year of high school. Each episode begins with a comedic "what just happened?" s...
The Turtle's Head
An aging, hilariously slimy detective (with a taste for womanizing) is distracted from the case of his career when he starts developing a mysterious medical condition.
The owners of a failing security company start robbing houses to boost business.
Life After Beth
The unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth, has left him devastated. He gets a second chance at love when she mysteriously comes back. His whole world will turn upside down soon.
4 Movies · 1 TV show
A single-camera ensemble comedy following the lives of an eclectic group of detectives in a New York precinct, including one slacker who is forced to shape up when he gets a new boss.
Mysterious emotional thriller about a woman who, after being left at the altar, has a brief liaison with a handsome stranger on a plane which ultimately puts her – and everyone else on the flight – in...
Hot off the success of "Cars" and "Planes", a room full of executives dreams up the next big thing - "Boats". But is it the story they care about or is it $omething el$e?
The Wrong Woman
In this fresh take on Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Wrong Man,” Ellen Plainview, a sweet, caring, working wife and mother, answers the door one afternoon to learn that she is under arrest for attempted murd...
A young, single mother, Jen, begins to lose her faith in the magic of Christmas. However, when she takes her son Eric to see the local mall Santa, Jen immediately feels an attraction and connection wi...
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A look into American politics, revolving around former Senator Selina Meyer who finds being Vice President of the United States is nothing like she expected and everything everyone ever warned her abo...
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbor who in...
2 TV shows
Austin & Ally
A comedy about the unique relationship between a young songwriter, Ally Dawson, and Austin Moon, the overnight internet sensation who gains sudden notoriety after performing one of Ally's songs. Austi...
Switched at Birth
The story of two teenage girls who discover they were accidentally switched as newborns in the hospital. Bay Kennish grew up in a wealthy family with two parents and a brother, while Daphne Vasquez, w...
3 TV shows
Hot in Cleveland
Three fabulous, eccentric, LA best friends of a certain age have their lives changed forever when their plane unexpectedly lands in Cleveland and they soon rediscover themselves in this new "promised ...
Rizzoli & Isles
Perhaps their strikingly different personalities make the relationship between detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles so effective. Jane, the only female cop in Boston's homicide divi...
Good Luck Charlie
Good Luck Charlie is an American television sitcom, which premiered on April 4, 2010, on Disney Channel. The series was created by Phil Baker and Drew Vaupen, who wanted to create a program that would...
2 TV shows
After a serial killer imitates the plots of his novels, successful mystery novelist Richard "Rick" Castle receives permission from the Mayor of New York City to tag along with an NYPD homicide investi...
Parks and Recreation
Hilarious ensemble comedy that follows Leslie Knope, a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana, and her tireless efforts to make her quintessentially American to...
1 TV show
Patrick Jane, a former celebrity psychic medium, uses his razor sharp skills of observation and expertise at "reading" people to solve serious crimes with the California Bureau of Investigation.
Welcome to Paradise
When a big-city preacher moves to the small town of Paradise with her son, she finds the local community unreceptive to her message of love and forgiveness. Desperate to get through to her obstinate c...
A high school slacker who's rejected by every school he applies to opts to create his own institution of higher learning, the South Harmon Institute of Technology, on a rundown piece of property near ...
1 Movie · 2 TV shows
An elite team of FBI profilers watch over the country's most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. The most experienced agent in the Behavioral Analysis Unit ...
Jane Doe: Vanishing Act
Cathy Davis, one the smartest government agents in the country is urged out of retirement to crack the case of a missing computer file.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Four egocentric friends who run a neighborhood Irish pub in Philadelphia try to find their way through the adult world of work and relationships. Unfortunately, their warped views and precarious judgm...
1 TV show
Looking down on her friends and family isn't a way of life for Mary Alice Young... it's a way of death. One day, in her perfect house, in the loveliest of suburbs, Mary Alice ended it all. Now she's t...
Knee High P.I.
Hank Dingo is the world's smallest private detective with the world's biggest ego. A rough, tough gumshoe full of attitude, he doesn't crack cases... he smashes them! Hank throws himself into the "Cas...
1 TV show
Without a Trace
The FBI's Missing Persons Unit in New York City was the subject of the series.
When a cockroach-spread plague threatened to decimate the child population of New York City in the original Mimic, biologist Susan Tyler and her research associates developed a species of "Judas" bugs...
1 TV show
Malcolm in the Middle
A gifted young teen is trying to survive in a family that is not very nice.
A group of scientists are attempting to create a perfect soldier. Marty Stillwater, a mystery novel writer, feels that something strange is happening in his body and mind on the day the clone is born....
Jack Cooper could be a world-class baseball pitcher if he didn't keep putting himself under pressure. He tries to keep his spirits up after he's traded to a minor league team but loses his hope when h...
An unlikely hero, Elwood P. Dowd. This mild-mannered-but-eccentric bachelor has, for several years, happily kept company with Harvey, a six-foot-tall rabbit that only he can see. All's well until Elwo...
1 TV show
Star Trek: Voyager
When the Federation is 75 years away at maximum warp speed, a ship must work with Maquis rebels to find a way home.
2 TV shows
The inner workings of an urban teaching hospital and the critical issues faced by the dedicated physicians and staff of its overburdened emergency room were explored.
The mis adventures of a group of friends as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life and love in Manhattan.
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