Rainn Wilson

As Dwight Schrute, the obnoxious German sales rep with a superiority complex second only to his boss Michael Scott (Steve Carell) on NBC's comedy hit "The Office" (2005-13), actor Rainn Wilson took that most coveted of roles - the guy you love to hate - and ran with it, chewing up the scenery with his überdork proclivities and hyper-intense observations of his co-workers. His hysterical rounds of kiss-up to Carell's arrogant Scott were among the most gut-busting scenes in a show chock full of them. Wilson's comedic skills, coupled with a distinctive bespectacled look and a range of goofy facial expressions, helped make him a fan favorite and highly bankable star in other genres, including as big screen second banana in films like "My Super Ex-Girlfriend" (2006), "The Last Mimzy" (2007), "Juno" (2007) and "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" (2009). But it was his turn as the egotistical Dwight that earned him a legion of diehard fans and numerous award nominations, while propelling his career to the next level.