Day at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con
Charles Peckham Day
February 9, 1976
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, screenwriter, producer, comedian, musician|
Mary Elizabeth Ellis
Charles Peckham Day (born February 9, 1976) is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, comedian, and musician. He is best known for playing Charlie Kelly on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. 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), and Pacific Rim Uprising (2018). Since 2018, Day is the executive producer on the Fox comedy The Cool Kids.
Day was born in New York City. His mother, Mary (née Peckham), was a piano teacher at The Pennfield School in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. His father, Dr. Thomas Charles Day, is a retired professor of music history at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. His mother has English, Irish, and Welsh ancestry, while his father is of Irish and Italian descent. Day spent most of his childhood in Middletown, Rhode Island.
Day attended Pennfield School and graduated from the Portsmouth Abbey School, both in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. He starred on the baseball team at the Portsmouth Abbey School, playing shortstop for the Ravens. In 1998, he received a bachelor's degree from Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts. At Merrimack, he was active in the Onstagers, Merrimack's student theater organization. During the summers of his college years, he was active in the training programs at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, Massachusetts. In 2014, he received an honorary doctorate in performing arts from Merrimack, where he also delivered that year's keynote address.
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. Day has written and improvised some of the music featured in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. He has also appeared on several other television shows such as Third Watch, Law & Order, and Reno 911!.
He appeared in New Line Cinema's Horrible Bosses in July 2011, with Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, and Jamie Foxx. 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.
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. In September 2014, Day provided his voice for The Sims 4 TV spots.
Day has been married to actress Mary Elizabeth Ellis since March 4, 2006. They met in 2001 and were dating in 2004 when they co-starred as incestuous siblings on Reno 911!. Ellis has a recurring role on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia as "The Waitress" an object of the unrequited love and obsession for Day's character. The couple had their first child, a son named Russell Wallace, in 2011.
|2000||Mary and Rhoda||Mailroom Kid||Television film|
|2001||Late Summer||Trevor||Short film|
|2001||Campfire Stories||Joe Boner|
|2005||Love Thy Neighbor||Video Clerk|
|2008||A Quiet Little Marriage||Adam|
|2010||Going the Distance||Dan|
|2011||Horrible Bosses||Dale Arbus|
|2013||Pacific Rim||Dr. Newt Geiszler|
|2014||The Lego Movie||Benny||Voice|
|2014||Horrible Bosses 2||Dale Arbus|
|2016||The Lego Movie: 4D - A New Adventure||Benny||Voice|
|2017||Fist Fight||Andrew "Andy" Campbell||Also Executive Producer|
|2017||I Love You, Daddy||Ralph|
|2018||Pacific Rim Uprising||Dr. Newton Geiszler|
|2019||The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part||Benny||Voice|
|TBA||El Tonto||The Fool||Post-production; also director and screenwriter|
|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|
|2004||Reno 911!||Inbred Twin||Episode: "Not Without My Mustache"|
|2005–present||It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Charlie Kelly||134 episodes, also executive producer and writer|
|2011||Saturday Night Live||Himself (host)||Episode: "Charlie Day/Maroon 5"|
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||The Cool Kids||Chet||1 episode, also co-creator, executive producer and writer|
Awards and nominations
|2011||Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Actor in a Comedy Series||It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Nominated|
|Satellite Award||Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy||It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Nominated|
- "Behind The Voice Actors – Charlie Day". Retrieved January 6, 2014.
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- Salve Regina University (2012). "Faculty". Salve Regina University. Salve Regina University. Archived from the original on January 31, 2011. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
- "Charlie Day : Biography". IMDb.com. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
- "Featured Alum: Charlie Day '98". Merrimack College. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
- David Wolinsky (October 26, 2010). "RANDOM RULES Charlie Day". A.V. Club. Onion Inc. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub (May 11, 2010). "Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Colin Farrell in Talks for HORRIBLE BOSSES for Director Seth Gordon". Collider.com. IndieClick Film Network. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
- 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.
- 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.
- Mary Elizabeth Ellis on IMDb
- Interview with Charlie Day & Mary Elizabeth Ellis, MonsterFresh.com
- Jessica Alba, on Jessica Alba: How I Handle the Paparazzi (March 14, 2012). "Charlie Day, Mary Elizabeth Ellis Welcome Son Russell Wallace – Moms & Babies – Celebrity Babies and Kids - Moms & Babies - People.com". Celebritybabies.people.com. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
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