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What happened to Kevin from The Office

For nine seasons, Brian Baumgartner was an integral member of the stellar comedic ensemble of the American version of The Office as Kevin Malone, one of the Dunder Mifflin Scranton branch's accountants—and generally regarded as pretty much the dumbest guy in the office. As opposed to some other former Office cast members who on to topline movies and TV shows—like John Krasinski, Ellie Kemper, Mindy Kaling, and Steve Carell—Baumgartner has kept a lower profile since The Office went off the air, continuing to work in film and TV. Here's a look at what TV's Kevin has been up to both onscreen and off since The Office finished up in 2013.

His big post-Office series fell through

In the middle of the final season of The Office, Baumgartner already had an eye toward what he'd be working on next: it was reported that he'd be starring in a new comedy series for ABC. Like The Office, it would've been a single-camera comedy set in the workplace—Baumgartner was set to play an airline middle manager named Norman who's bound and determined not to feel like a loser anymore. The pilot episode was produced by Office executive producer Greg Daniels and written by late Parks and Recreation writer Harris Wittels. Unfortunately for Baumgartner, ABC pulled the plug on the series before a pilot was shot, reportedly because executives weren't happy with multiple drafts of Wittels' script.

He was in another pilot that didn't get picked up

Baumgartner moved from one disappointing pilot process into another in 2014, when he landed a role in Maker Shack Agency. Produced by Amazon to air on its streaming service, the potential tween series was about a group of kids with a knack for inventing who build stuff to get their classmates out of jams, and Baumgartner was cast as the principal of the school the kids attended. Amazon placed the pilot online for viewing by the general public, but when the streaming net announced its next round of shows, Maker Shack Agency didn't make the cut. (At least this time Baumgartner got to film his scenes.)

He's done a lot of TV guest-star work

Baumgartner was a work-a-day actor before he landed the cushy job of a series regular on The Office, and since that series ended, he's returned to being a "hey, it's that guy" on TV. And Baumgartner works a lot. Since 2013, he's landed more than a dozen guest roles on network, cable, and streaming shows. Among his many guest bits and recurring appearances are stints on Mike & Molly, Criminal Minds, Law & Order: SVU, The Bridge, Hot in Cleveland, Scream Queens, Blunt Talk, Chicago Fire, Hand of God, Life in Pieces, and The Goldbergs.

He's had a lot of small parts in indie movies

The former Kevin has popped up in several small films. He was among the cast of comic actors and musicians in Ordinary World, a comedy about an aging punk rocker/dad starring Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day as well as Fred Armisen, Selma Blair, and Judy Greer. Baumgartner played a hotel employee in the movie, which was written and directed by Lee Kirk—who's married to Baumgartner's The Office co-star Jenna Fischer. Baumgartner also acted in the chef comedy Diagnosis Delicious and the upcoming One Last Night.

He's a family man now

With the rigorous shooting schedule of a network sitcom behind him, Baumgartner has had more time to focus on his personal life. In April 2014, he tied the knot with his longtime partner, Celeste Ackelson. The wedding went down in the backyard of Baumgartner's Los Angeles home, and also served as a mini-Office reunion a year after the show wrapped, with Jenna Fischer (Pam), John Krasinski (Jim), Oscar Nunez (Oscar), and Angela Kinsey (Angela) in attendance. And about a year later, Baumgartner and Ackelson welcomed a baby girl named Brylee Bea. Baumgartner joked on Instagram that his daughter "looks forward to catching up on all the old episodes of The Office once her eyes adjust to life."

He spends a lot of time golfing

Before he settled into a screen acting career, Baumgartner worked primarily in theater—and that's when he got really into golf, as a way to decompress while traveling around and performing a grueling eight-shows-a-week schedule. Baumgartner told The Daily Beast that golf was a great way to "get outside," and now he's a regular on the celebrity golf tournament circuit, duffing it up in the Drew Brees Celebrity Championship and the American Century Championship. In 2007, Golf Digest ranked Baumgartner at no. 49 on its list of "Hollywood's Top 100 Golfers" with a handicap of 13, although the actor reported a few years later that he'd gotten it down to 9.2.

He's a pretty good poker player

"Casino Night," The Office's second-season finale, revealed a surprising truth about Kevin Malone: He was an extremely skilled poker player who won the "2002 World Series of Poker $2,500 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Tournament" in Las Vegas. While Baumgartner isn't a poker champion like his character, he is an avid player, often anteing up for celebrity and charity tournaments. He told Poker News in 2013 that at one of those fundraisers he did so well, he won a seat in the actual World Series of Poker. Unfortunately, life did not quite imitate art—as Baumgartner admitted, "because of work I had to give it up."

He's making sports stuff now

Baumgartner is a big sports fan, and he's a veteran of the entertainment history. He combined the two and started his own company, 3 Bees Entertainment (which refers to the three Bs in his full name—Brian Bruce Baumgartner), which makes sports-themed productions. Among the company's projects are an NBC Sports feature called Golf Therapy: Life, Lessons and the Pursuit of Par and a scripted comedy called Turtle Racing. 3 Bees also makes branded videos for Golf Digest.