Rob McElhenney

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Rob McElhenney
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McElhenney at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International
Born Robert Dale McElhenney
(1977-04-14) April 14, 1977 (age 37)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Actor, director, producer, writer
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Kaitlin Olson (m. 2008)
Children 2

Robert Dale "Rob" McElhenney (/ˈmækɨl.hɛni/;[1] born April 14, 1977) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Mac on the FX series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. He is also credited as creator, developer, and executive producer of the show, which has also provided him with writing and directing credits on various episodes.

Early life[edit]

McElhenney was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


McElhenney made his film debut with a small part in Alan J. Pakula's The Devil's Own, followed by small parts in A Civil Action, Wonder Boys, and Thirteen Conversations About One Thing. He later had more substantial parts in Latter Days and The Tollbooth, and a small role in the Law & Order episode "Thrill".

In 2004, McElhenney was still waiting tables between acting assignments when his manager and agent pitched his idea for a sitcom to FX, which was warmly received.[2] McElhenney claims that 50 weeks of each year are consumed by acting, producing, and writing for the show, but he did find time to appear in the third season of Lost in the episode "Not in Portland". This was a result of McElhenney meeting Lost co-creator and executive producer Damon Lindelof, who is a fan of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. McElhenney continued the role in Lost, featured again in the sixth season for a single episode.

Personal life[edit]

McElhenney in August 2011

McElhenney married his Sunny co-star Kaitlin Olson on September 27, 2008, in California.[3] They had their first child, Axel Lee McElhenney, on September 1, 2010. Olson went into labor at a Philadelphia Phillies game.[4] The couple's second son, Leo Grey McElhenney, was born on April 5, 2012.[5] In 2009, McElhenney and Olson announced their purchase of Skinner's Bar at 226 Market Street in Philadelphia (39°57′00″N 75°08′41″W / 39.949895°N 75.144795°W / 39.949895; -75.144795). It was renamed Mac's Tavern.[6]

In preparation for season seven of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, McElhenney put on 50 lbs of extra weight and let his beard grow out to give extra humor to his character and add a new comedic direction for the new season. His co-star Charlie Day described the weight gain as "disgusting" and that the rest of the cast were "a little on the fence about it for his own personal health and safety". McElhenney subsequently lost 23 lbs in a month after the season was finished filming.[7][8] He lost more later in the year to film the next season.



Year Film Role Notes
1997 The Devil's Own Kevin
1998 A Civil Action Teenager on Property
2000 Wonder Boys Student
2001 Thirteen Conversations About One Thing Chris Hammond
2001 Campfire Stories Ricky
2002 Long Story Short Trent
2003 Latter Days Elder Harmon
2004 The Tollbooth Simon Stanton
2012 Living Loaded Television film


Year Film Role Notes
1997 Law & Order Joey Timon Episode: "Thrill"
2004 ER Andy Fesh Episode: "Where There's Smoke"
2005–present It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Ronald "Mac" McDonald 104 episodes
Creator, producer, director, writer
2007–2010 Lost Aldo Episodes: "Not in Portland" and "What Kate Does"
2014 The Mindy Project Lou Tookers, Morgan's cousin[9] Episode: "We're a Couple Now, Bitches" (3rd Season premiere)[10][11]


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