Fast Facts

  • Made film acting debut in The Devil's Own (1997), but his scenes were cut; McElhenney's appearances in Curtis Hanson's Wonder Boys (2000) were also dropped.
  • Other big-screen roles include A Civil Action (1998) and Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001). 
  • Along with Glenn Howerton and Charlie Day, created the FX comedy series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia in 2005.
  • McElhenney's original pilot for Sunny was shot for $200 on a hand-held digital camera.
  • Diverse TV credits include appearances on ABC's Lost and All My Children, as well as NBC's ER and Law & Order.


  • Axel Lee McElhenney — Son
  • Leo Grey McElhenney — Son
  • Kaitlin Olson — Wife


  • Attended Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

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  • Birth Place: Philadelphia, PA
  • Profession: Actor, Screenwriter, Producer, Director

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