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Brian Bruce Baumgartner (born November 29, 1972) plays Kevin Malone on The Office.

'For general biographical information, see Brian Baumgartner on Wikipedia.

Coming to The Office

Brian Baumgartner learned that The Office was auditioning, and he asked his agent to try to get an audition. His agent replied, "Well, they're looking for unknown people, but not like you unknown."[1]

Brian Baumgartner originally auditioned for the role of Stanley, using his Kevin voice. After the audition, casting director Allison Jones told him there was another role they were looking to cast, and that's how he ended up auditioning for Kevin.[1]


When Brian Baumgartner is trying not to laugh during a scene, he blows air out the corner of his mouth, which Angela Kinsey nicknames "the teakettle."[2]

Brian Baumgartner was also the host of the podcast "An Oral History of The Office", in which he discusses the origins, struggles and successes of the show.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Baumgartner, Brian. Episode 2: Ordinary Looking Losers, An Oral History of The Office podcast. July 14, 2020.
  2. Kinsey, Angela and Jenna Fischer. Episode 29: Gay Witch Hunt, Office Ladies podcast, May 20, 2020.