Charlie Day

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Charlie Day
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Day at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con
Charles Peckham Day

(1976-02-09) February 9, 1976 (age 44)
Alma materMerrimack College
OccupationActor, writer, producer, comedian
Years active2000–present
(m. 2006)

Charles Peckham Day (born February 9, 1976)[1] is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, comedian, and director. He is best known for playing Charlie Kelly on the sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005–present), for which he was nominated for a Critics' Choice Television Award and a Satellite Award in 2011.[2] In film, he is known for his role as Dale in the films Horrible Bosses (2011) and its 2014 sequel, as well as for his roles in Monsters University (2013), Pacific Rim (2013), The Lego Movie (2014), Fist Fight (2017), Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018), and The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019). From 2018 to 2019, Day was the executive producer on the Fox comedy The Cool Kids.

Early life

Day was born in The Bronx, in New York City, but spent most of his childhood in Middletown, Rhode Island. He is the younger child of two, with an older sister named Alice.[3] His mother, Mary (née Peckham), was a piano teacher at The Pennfield School in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and his father, Dr. Thomas Charles Day, is a retired professor of music history at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island.[4] His family's original surname was "Del Giorno" and his father is of Irish and Italian descent.,[5] while his mother has English, Irish, and Welsh ancestry.

Day attended Pennfield School and graduated from the Portsmouth Abbey School, both in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. He attended Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts, majoring in art history in 1998. In May 2014, Day gave the commencement speech for Merrimack College's graduating class and received an honorary Ph.D.[6]

After graduating, Day worked on small television roles and doing voiceovers for the Independent Film Channel,[7] and supplemented his income by waiting tables and answering phones for a telethon. At Merrimack, he was active in the Onstagers, Merrimack's student theater organization. He was roommates with fellow actor Jimmi Simpson, who would later play the part of Liam McPoyle on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.[5]


Day at the premiere for Horrible Bosses in August 2011.

During the summers of his college years, Day was active in the training programs at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and went on to play the lead role in Dead End, at the Huntington Theatre in Boston[8]

Besides playing Charlie Kelly on the hit FX television series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, he is also one of the show's executive producers and one of its writers, along with Rob McElhenney and Glenn Howerton.[9] He has also appeared on several other television shows such as Third Watch, Law & Order, and Reno 911!.

He starred in New Line Cinema's Horrible Bosses in July 2011, with Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, and Jamie Foxx.[10] He also had a role in the 2010 film Going the Distance, alongside Justin Long, Jason Sudeikis, and Drew Barrymore. In 2013, he voiced the character Art in the Pixar animated film Monsters University and appeared in Guillermo del Toro's film Pacific Rim. In 2017, Day starred in Fist Fight, with Ice Cube. In it, Day plays Andy Campbell, a high school English teacher challenged by his co-worker, history teacher Ronald Strickland (Cube), to a fight after getting him fired. In 2018, he reprised his role for the Pacific Rim sequel, Pacific Rim: Uprising[11] and had a role in Drew Pearce's film Hotel Artemis, with Jodie Foster, Sterling K Brown, Brian Tyree Henry and Jenny Slate.

Day has also been a producer for the television shows How to Be a Gentleman and Unsupervised. Day hosted the November 5, 2011 episode of Saturday Night Live (SNL) with Maroon 5 as the musical guest. He was the second cast member from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia to host SNL (after Danny DeVito, though DeVito hosted SNL before It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia premiered). DeVito made a special appearance during Day's opening monologue.[12] In September 2014, Day provided his voice for The Sims 4 TV spots.

He is the creator and producer of Fox comedy The Cool Kids, starring Vicki Lawrence, Martin Mull, David Alan Grier and Leslie Jordan and set in a retirement community. On August 9, 2019, Mythic Quest, a new half-hour comedy series written and produced by Day and Rob McElhenney, was announced as one of the original productions for Apple's upcoming streaming service, Apple TV+.[13]

As a film director, Day is currently working on his debut on the upcoming comedy El Tonto, with Kate Beckinsale, Edie Falco and John Malkovich. Day writes, produces and stars as a silent man who becomes a celebrity and loses it all.

Personal life

A skilled musician, Day started to play the violin at the age of three. He can play the piano, accordion, trombone, guitar and harmonica,[3] and has written and improvised some of the music featured in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. In 2014, he received an honorary doctorate in performing arts from Merrimack College, where he also delivered that year's keynote address.[14]

Day has been married to actress Mary Elizabeth Ellis since March 4, 2006.[15] They met in 2001 and were dating in 2004 when they co-starred as incestuous siblings on Reno 911!.[16] Ellis has a recurring role on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia as The Waitress, the object of the unrequited love and obsession for Day's character.[16] The couple had their first child, a son named Russell Wallace Day, in December 2011. They live in Los Angeles, California.[17]

Day has stated that he is an agnostic.[18]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Late Summer Trevor Short film
2001 Campfire Stories Joe Boner
2002 Bad Company Stoner Uncredited
2005 Love Thy Neighbor Video Clerk
2008 A Quiet Little Marriage Adam
2010 Going the Distance Dan
2011 Horrible Bosses Dale Arbus
2013 Monsters University Art (voice)
2013 Pacific Rim Dr. Newt Geiszler
2013 Party Central Art (voice) Short film
2014 The Lego Movie Benny (voice)
2014 Horrible Bosses 2 Dale Arbus
2015 Vacation Chad
2016 The Hollars Jason
2017 Fist Fight Andrew "Andy" Campbell Also executive producer
2017 I Love You, Daddy Ralph
2018 Pacific Rim: Uprising Dr. Newton Geiszler
2018 Hotel Artemis Acapulco
2019 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part Benny (voice)
TBA El Tonto The Fool Post-production; also director and screenwriter


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Mary and Rhoda Mailroom Kid Television film
2000 Madigan Men Clerk Episode: "Three Guys, a Girl and a Conversation Nook"
2001 Law & Order Jeremy Episode: "Swept Away – A Very Special Episode"
2001–2004 Third Watch Michael Boscorelli 5 episodes
2003 Luis Richie 10 episodes
2004 Reno 911! Inbred Twin Episode: "Not Without My Mustache"
2005–present It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Charlie Kelly Also executive producer and writer
2011 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "Charlie Day/Maroon 5"
2012 Unsupervised Jesse Judge (voice) Episode: "Jesse Judge Lawncare Incorporated"
2012 Saturday Night Live Congressman Fenton Worthington Carrey Episode: "Jamie Foxx/Ne-Yo"
2012 American Dad! Meth Head (voice) Episode: "Adventures in Hayleysitting"
2014 Drunk History Allan Pinkerton Episode: "Baltimore"
2018–2019 The Cool Kids Chet 1 episode, also co-creator, executive producer and writer
2020–present Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet N/A Co-creator, executive producer, and writer

Video games

Year Title Voice role
2013 Disney Infinity Art
2015 Lego Dimensions Benny

Theme Park attraction

Year Title Role Notes
2016 The Lego Movie: 4D - A New Adventure Benny (voice)

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2011 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actor in a Comedy Series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Nominated
2011 Satellite Awards Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
2015 MTV Movie & TV Awards #WTF Moment Horrible Bosses 2 Nominated


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  4. ^ Salve Regina University (2012). "Faculty". Salve Regina University. Salve Regina University. Archived from the original on January 31, 2011. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
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  6. ^ "Charlie Day Tells Merrimack Grads Diplomas 'Basically Do Nothing'". Boston Magazine. May 21, 2014. Retrieved December 27, 2019.
  7. ^ Escape From Hollywood on IFC, retrieved September 16, 2019
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  9. ^ Wolinsky, David (October 26, 2010). "RANDOM RULES Charlie Day". A.V. Club. Onion Inc. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
  10. ^ Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub (May 11, 2010). "Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Colin Farrell in Talks for HORRIBLE BOSSES for Director Seth Gordon". IndieClick Film Network. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
  11. ^ Nemiroff, Perri (November 24, 2014). "Guillermo del Toro Says PACIFIC RIM 2 Begins a Few Years After PACIFIC RIM in a Kaiju-Free World; Charlie Day and Burn Gorman to Return". Collider.
  12. ^ Semigran, Aly (November 6, 2011). "'Saturday Night Live' recap: Turning back the clock on Charlie Day(light savings time)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
  13. ^ Andreeva, Patrick Hipes,Nellie; Hipes, Patrick; Andreeva, Nellie (March 25, 2019). "Apple Reveals Titles For Several Of Its Original Series". Deadline. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  14. ^ "Featured Alum: Charlie Day '98". Merrimack College. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  15. ^ Mary Elizabeth Ellis on IMDb
  16. ^ a b Interview with Charlie Day & Mary Elizabeth Ellis,
  17. ^ Michaud, Sarah (December 16, 2011). "Charlie Day, Mary Elizabeth Ellis Welcome Son Russell Wallace". People. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  18. ^ Charlie Day Answers the Web's Most Searched Questions | WIRED, retrieved April 25, 2020