Charlie Day is an American television, film, and voice actor, as well as a producer, screenwriter, and director. His best-known role is the character Charlie Kelly on the sitcom It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. He has appeared in the black comedies Horrible Bosses and Horrible Bosses 2, as well as the sci-fi films Pacific Rim and Pacific Rim: Uprising. He has voiced characters in the animated films Monsters University and The Lego Movie. He has served as a producer and screenwriter on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Cool Kids, Mythic Quest, Fist Fight, and El Tonto.
Charles Peckham Day was born on February 9, 1976, in The Bronx, New York. His father, Thomas Charles Day, is a retired music history professor who worked at the Salve Regina University in Newport. His mother, Mary Peckham Day, is a retired piano teacher who worked at The Pennfield School in Portsmouth. He has an older sister named Alice Day. Although he was born in New York City, he spent his childhood living in Middletown, Rhode Island.
Day attended the Portsmouth Abbey School and the Pennfield School in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. In 1998, he earned a bachelor’s degree in art history from Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts. During his time at college, he studied acting at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. He was also involved with Onstagers, the theatre organization at Merrimack College. He performed at the Huntington Theatre in Boston in the play Dead End.
Charlie Day made his TV debut in 2000. He played the role of a clerk in an episode of the sitcom Madigan Men. The following year, he appeared in an episode of the drama series Law & Order. He also got a recurring part in the crime drama series Third Watch. In 2003, he took one of the lead roles in the short-lived sitcom Luis. He then appeared in the comedy series Reno 911.
In 2005, Day started working on the sitcom It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The show was created by Rob McElhenney and it premiered on August 4, 2005. It aired on FX but moved to FXX in 2013. It is currently on its 14th season, which makes it one of the longest-running sitcoms in TV history. The story depicts a group of friends, called “The Gang”. They run an Irish pub in South Philadelphia, called Paddy’s Pub. They often go against each other and try to hurt each other physically and emotionally.
The story deals with topics such as alcoholism, drug abuse, kidnapping, stalking, and blackmail. Day plays the character of Charlie Kelly. He is a dyslexic substance abuser with frequent emotional outbursts. He does the cleaning and the manual work in the pub, so his friends often call him “Charlie Work”. The other main characters are Dennis Reynolds, Deandra Reynolds, Frank Reynolds, and Ronald McDonald. They are portrayed by Glenn Howerton, Kaitlin Olson, Danny DeVito, and Rob McElhenney. Apart from acting, Charlie Day has also produced and written many episodes of the show.
Day has appeared in the sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live twice. The first time, he hosted the show and delivered the opening monologue. The second time, he played the role of Congressman Fenton Worthington Carrey. In 2012, he had voice roles in the animated sitcoms Unsupervised and American Dad. In 2014, he starred as British detective Allan Pinkerton in the series Drunk History.
In 2018, he started working on the comedy series The Cool Kids. He was the executive producer and writer of the series, and he also made a guest appearance in one episode. The story depicted a group of senior citizens at the Shady Meadows Retirement Community. In 2019, Fox cancelled the series after the end of its first season. Day is currently producing and writing Mythic Quest. It is a comedy web television series which is set to air on Apple TV.
In 2000, Day appeared in the TV film Mary and Rhoda. The following year, he starred in the short film Late Summer. He then appeared in the film Campfire Stories. In 2002, he had a small role in the American-Czech action comedy thriller film Bad Company. He then starred in the films Love Thy Neighbor and A Quiet Little Marriage. In 2010, he appeared in the romantic comedy Going the Distance.
In 2011, he took one of the lead roles in the black comedy Horrible Bosses. The film depicts the story of three employees who conspire to kill their bosses. Day played the role of Dale Arbus, one of the disgruntled employees. He starred opposite Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, and Kevin Spacey. Horrible Bosses went on to become one of the highest-grossing black comedies of all time.
Day voiced the character Art in the animated film Monsters University, the short film Party Central, and the video game Disney Infinity. In 2013, he played the role of Dr Newt Geiszler in Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi film Pacific Rim. In 2014, he reprised his role as Dale Arbus in Horrible Bosses 2. He then starred in the 2015 comedy film Vacation. He voiced the character of Benny in the short film The Lego Movie: 4D – A New Adventure, the film The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, and the video game Lego Dimensions.
He appeared in the comedy-drama films The Hollars and I Love You, Daddy. In 2017, he was the executive producer and the lead actor in the comedy film Fist Fight. The story depicts the rivalry between two teachers played by Charlie Day and Ice Cube. In 2018, he reprised his role as Dr Newt Geiszler in Pacific Rim: Uprising. That same year, he starred in the dystopian thriller film Hotel Artemis. He is currently working on the comedy film El Tonto. He is the director, screenwriter, and lead actor in the film, and he has not yet announced the release date.
In 2011, Day received a nominator for a Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. That same year, he received a nomination for a Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy. In 2015, he earned a nomination for an MTV Movie & TV Award for WTF Moment for his role in Horrible Bosses 2.
When did Charlie Day get married?
On March 4, 2006, Charlie Day married fellow actress Mary Elizabeth Ellis. The couple started dating in 2001 and they were co-stars on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Reno 911. On December 15, 2011, they had a son named Russell Wallace Day.
Charlie Day’s net worth is estimated to be about $25 million.