Benjamin Joseph Manaly "B. J." Novak is an American actor, stand-up comedian, screenwriter, and director. He is best known for being a writer and co-executive producer of The Office while also playing the role of Ryan Howard on the show. He also appeared in Inglourious Basterds, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Saving Mr. Banks. His work in The Office garnered him multiple Emmy nominations and two SAG awards, which were won in 2007 and 2008.