Charlie Day

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Charlie Day
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Day dressed as Dayman from It's Always Sunny at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con
Charles Peckham Day

(1976-02-09) February 9, 1976 (age 46)
Alma materMerrimack College
  • Actor
  • writer
  • producer
Years active2000–present
(m. 2006)

Charles Peckham Day (born February 9, 1976)[1][2] is an American actor, writer and producer. 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.[3] In 2020, he co-created the Apple TV+ comedy series Mythic Quest alongside Rob McElhenney and Megan Ganz. 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[edit]

Charles Peckham Day was born in New York City, New York on February 9, 1976.[1][2] His family lived in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. He spent most of his childhood in Middletown, Rhode Island. He is the younger child of two, with an older sister named Alice.[4] 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.[5]

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.[8] At Merrimack, he was active in the Onstagers, Merrimack's student theater organization.[9]


Day at the 2010 Comic Con in San Diego.

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.[10]

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.[11] 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.[12] 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[13] and had a role in Drew Pearce's film Hotel Artemis, with Jodie Foster, Sterling K Brown, Brian Tyree Henry and Jenny Slate.[14]

Day at the premiere for Horrible Bosses in August 2011.

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.[15] In September 2014, Day provided his voice for The Sims 4 TV spots.[citation needed]

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.[16] 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+.[17]

In September 2021, Nintendo announced that Day will be voicing Luigi, in the upcoming Mario movie, set to be released on December 21, 2022.[18][19]

Day is currently working on his feature directorial debut with the upcoming comedy El Tonto, featuring Kate Beckinsale, Edie Falco and John Malkovich.[20] Day writes, produces, and stars as a silent man who becomes a celebrity and loses it all.[21]

Personal life[edit]

A skilled musician, Day can play the piano, accordion, trombone, guitar, and harmonica,[4] 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.[22]

In 2001, Day met actress Mary Elizabeth Ellis.[23] They began dating in 2004 when they co-starred as incestuous siblings on Reno 911!.[23] 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.[23] The couple married on March 4, 2006.[24] Together they had their first child, a son named Russell Wallace Day, in December 2011.[24] They live in Los Angeles, California.[24]

Day has stated with uncertainty that he is agnostic.[25]


Not yet released Denotes works that have not yet been released


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. Newton Geiszler
2014 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)
2021 How It Ends Lonny
2022 I Want You Back Peter Also executive producer
2023 Untitled Mario film Luigi (voice) Post-production
TBA The Untitled Charlie Day Movie Not yet released The Fool Post-production; also director and screenwriter
Pacific Rim 3 Not yet released Dr. Newton Geiszler


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, 2012 Saturday Night Live Himself (host), Congressman Fenton Worthington Carrey Episodes: "Charlie Day/Maroon 5", "Jamie Foxx/Ne-Yo"
2012 Unsupervised Jesse Judge (voice) Episode: "Jesse Judge Lawncare Incorporated"
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 Co-creator, executive producer, and writer
2022 France Truc Truc/Andy 3 Episodes
Voice of Truc
Also Executive producer and writer.

Video games[edit]

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

Theme park attractions[edit]

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


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Dead End 2nd Ave Gang #1 [26]
1997 Princess Turandot[disambiguation needed] The Second Runuch [26]
1997 Johnny On a Spot Fred [26]
1999 Camino Real Abdullah [26]
1999 Quick Victory Newt [26]
2000 A Servant of Two Masters Pantaloon [26]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2011 Critics' Choice Television Award 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
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Comedy Nominated
Choice Movie: Chemistry Nominated
Choice Movie: Hissy Fit Nominated
2017 Choice Movie: Fight Fist Fight Nominated


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  2. ^ a b "Rotten Tomatoes/Celebrity/Charlie Day". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 6, 2022.
  3. ^ Ward, Kate (November 18, 2009). "'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia': The cast tells their story". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "What You Should Know About Charlie Day". HWD. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  5. ^ Salve Regina University (2012). "Faculty". Salve Regina University. Salve Regina University. Archived from the original on January 31, 2011. Retrieved July 18, 2011.
  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, archived from the original on December 21, 2021, retrieved September 16, 2019
  8. ^ Keegan, Rebecca (July 7, 2011). "Charlie Day is good at playing a fool". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  9. ^ "Star Charlie Day '98 to deliver undergraduate commencement keynote address". Merrimack College. May 12, 2014. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  10. ^ "Charlie Kelly in on FXPlus". FX Networks. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  11. ^ Wolinsky, David (October 26, 2010). "RANDOM RULES Charlie Day". A.V. Club. Onion Inc. Retrieved November 2, 2010.
  12. ^ 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 June 28, 2010.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ Kroll, Justin (May 12, 2017). "Sterling K. Brown, Charlie Day, Jenny Slate Join Jodie Foster's 'Hotel Artemis'". Variety. Retrieved August 27, 2017.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 5, 2017). "Fox Orders 'The Cool Kids' Retirement Community Comedy Pilot From 'It's Always Sunny' Trio & Kevin Abbott". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  17. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Hipes, Patrick (March 25, 2019). "Apple Reveals Titles For Several Of Its Original Series". Deadline. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  18. ^ Murphy, J. Kim (September 23, 2021). "Nintendo Direct: Chris Pratt Will Voice Mario in the Super Mario Bros. Movie". IGN. Archived from the original on September 23, 2021. Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  19. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (September 23, 2021). "Super Mario Bros. Animated Pic Sets Cast: Chris Pratt As Mario, Charlie Day As Luigi, Anya Taylor-Joy As Princess Peach & More". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on September 23, 2021. Retrieved September 23, 2021.
  20. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (October 3, 2018). "Kate Beckinsale, Jason Sudeikis Part Of Big-Name Ensemble Cast Nearing Deals For Charlie Day's 'The Untitled Charlie Day Movie'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  21. ^ McNary, Dave (September 5, 2018). "Charlie Day to Make Directorial Debut With Hollywood Comedy 'El Tonto'". Variety. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  22. ^ "Featured Alum: Charlie Day '98". Merrimack College. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  23. ^ a b c Interview with Charlie Day & Mary Elizabeth Ellis,
  24. ^ a b c Michaud, Sarah (December 16, 2011). "Charlie Day, Mary Elizabeth Ellis Welcome Son Russell Wallace". People. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  25. ^ Charlie Day Answers the Web's Most Searched Questions | WIRED, retrieved April 25, 2019
  26. ^ a b c d e f "Charlie Day theatre profile".

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