Rob McElhenney

Actor, Producer, Writer
Rob McElhenney created a cult phenomenon that would vault him into pop consciousness as one of a foursome of the most narcissistic, amoral, degenerate and funny losers ever to grace American television. A Philadelphia ... Read more »
Born: 04/14/1977 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (10)

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia 2004 - 2017 (TV Show)

Actor

Conan 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Mindy Project 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2010 Video Game Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tollbooth 2006 (Movie)

Simon Stanton (Actor)

Latter Days 2003 (Movie)

Harmon (Actor)

Thirteen Conversations About One Thing 2002 (Movie)

Aspiring Medical Student (Actor)

Wonder Boys 2000 (Movie)

Student (Actor)

A Civil Action 1998 (Movie)

Teenager on Property (Actor)

The Devil's Own 1997 (Movie)

Kevin (Actor)
Producer (2)

FXX / Untitled Tracy Morgan Project 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Unsupervised 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

Rob McElhenney created a cult phenomenon that would vault him into pop consciousness as one of a foursome of the most narcissistic, amoral, degenerate and funny losers ever to grace American television. A Philadelphia native, McElhenney followed the well-worn path to New York and Los Angeles in search of jobs, which often wound up being in the foodservice industry. Winning supporting film roles that too often wound up cut from the final print, he and friends Glenn Howerton and Charlie Day put together a rudimentary pilot for a situation comedy show about the underbelly of the struggling actor's life in L.A. The creators tweaked it to make it even more blue-collar and anti-Hollywood, resetting it in McElhenney's hometown. "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" (2005- ) premiered on FX in 2005, produced by, written by and starring the three creators, along with McElhenney's soon-to-be-wife Kaitlin Olson, as foul-mouthed, would-be cosmopolitan slackers running a Philly bar and bumbling through weekly sequences of flinch-inducing buffoonery and depraved get-rich-quick schemes. The show was soon embraced by a rabid following for its relentless disregard for politesse and a conspicuous lack of any redemptive traits of its characters. Putting his own twisted stamp on the medium, McElhenney became another successful case of unfettered creativity let loose upon an unsuspecting public.

Relationships

Axel McElhenney

Son
Born Sept. 1, 2010; mother, Kaitlin Olson

Leo McElhenney

Son
Born April 5, 2012; mother, Kaitlin Olson

Kaitlin Olson Actor

Wife
Met while co-starring on the FX series "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" Engaged in December 2007 Married Sept. 27, 2008

EDUCATION

Saint Joseph's Preparatory School

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania 1995

Milestones

2007

Appeared in a few episodes of the ABC drama "Lost" as Aldo

2005

Sold the pilot of "It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia" to FX and the show began airing in the summer of 2005

2004

With friends Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton, shot, starred in and produced the pilot episode of "It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia"

2003

Played a supporting role in "Latter Days"

2000

Appeared briefly in "Wonder Boys"

1998

Had a bit part in "A Civil Action," starring John Travolta

1997

Made his film debut with a bit part in "The Devil's Own"

1997

First appeared on TV in an episode of "Law and Order" (NBC)

Left Philly for New York to pursue acting

Penned the pilot script for "It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia"

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