David Hornsby

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David Hornsby
David Hornsby by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born (1975-12-01) December 1, 1975 (age 42)
Newport News, Virginia, U.S.
Occupation Actor, voice actor, screenwriter, television producer
Years active 1992–present[1]
Emily Deschanel (m. 2010)
Children 2
Relatives Zooey Deschanel (sister-in-law)

David Hornsby (born December 1, 1975)[2] is an American actor, screenwriter and producer. He is known for a recurring role as defrocked priest Matthew "Rickety Cricket" Mara on the comedy series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, for which he also writes and co-produces.

Early life[edit]

Hornsby was born in Newport News, Virginia. He grew up in Houston, Texas, and majored in acting at Carnegie Mellon University.


Hornsby plays defrocked priest Matthew "Rickety Cricket" Mara on the FX sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, also serving as an executive producer and writer on the show. He appeared as Steve "The Hutch" Hutchinson on The Joe Schmo Show, and as Patrick on Six Feet Under. His first animated role was Fanboy in Fanboy & Chum Chum. He also starred in the independent film Pretty Bird.

Hornsby appeared in Pearl Harbor, Minority Report, and Flags of Our Fathers (in which he played USMC photographer Louis R. Lowery). He created and performed in the podcast Yoda and Me along with Loren Tarquinio.[3] He adapted and created the CBS sitcom How to Be a Gentleman, serving as its lead actor, writer, and producer; CBS canceled the series in its first season. Hornsby co-wrote, designed characters, and lent his voice to FX's cartoon Unsupervised, which lasted for one season. Most recently, he created the NBC pilot for Mission Control, produced by Gary Sanchez Productions for NBC a workplace sitcom set at NASA's Johnson Space Center circa 1965.[4]

Personal life[edit]

On September 25, 2010, Hornsby married Bones star Emily Deschanel in a small private ceremony in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles.[5] On September 21, 2011, Deschanel gave birth to their son Henry Lamar Hornsby.[6] The couple's second son Calvin was born on June 8, 2015.[7]

David is the cousin of singer, songwriter, composer Bruce Hornsby.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Pearl Harbor Flyer with Murmur
2002 Minority Report Pre-Crime Public Service Announcer
2007 Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem Drew Roberts
2008 Pretty Bird Kenny
2016 The Layover Writer


Year Title Role Notes
1999 ER Strauss Episode: "Choosing Joi"
2003 The Joe Schmo Show Steve "The Hutch" Hutchison 10 episodes
2003 Six Feet Under Patrick 7 episodes
2003–2004 The Mullets Denny 11 episodes
2005–2006 Jake in Progress Ken 17 episodes
2005–2006 Threshold Roberts 2 episodes
2006 The West Wing Fred Episode: "Institutional Memory"
2006 The X's Brandon Voice
Recurring role
2006–present It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Matthew "Rickety Cricket" Mara Recurring role
Writer, executive producer
2009–2014 Fanboy & Chum Chum Fanboy Voice
Main role
2011–2012 How to Be a Gentleman Andrew Carlson Main role
Creator, writer, executive producer
2012 Unsupervised Joel Zymanski Voice
Main role
Creator, writer, executive producer
2013 Ben and Kate Matt Swan Episode: "B-Squad"
2013–2015 Sanjay and Craig Tyson Voice
4 episodes
2013 Hello Ladies Andy Episode: "The Dinner"
2013 Bones Priest Episode: "The Woman in White"
2015 Mission Control Creator, executive producer
2016 New Girl Ed Warner Episode: "James Wonder"
2016 Ben 10 (2016 TV series) Wildvine
2017 Idiotsitter Dana Recurring role
2017 Welcome to the Wayne Leif Bornewell III
2018 Good Girls Boomer Recurring role


  1. ^ "David Hornsby Biography ((?)-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2012-01-01. 
  2. ^ David Hornsby [@HornsByDavid] (28 April 2012). "I was born 12/1/75. Put that shit in Fred C and stop being a dick" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  3. ^ "About Yoda and Me". Retrieved June 12, 2010. 
  4. ^ . 2014-05-26 http://www.nbc.com/mission-control. Retrieved 2014-05-26.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  5. ^ Zuckerman, Suzanne (September 25, 2010). "Actress Emily Deschanel Weds". People. Retrieved September 26, 2010. 
  6. ^ Stanhope, Kate (2011-09-21). "Bones' Emily Deschanel Welcomes First Child". TV Guide. Retrieved 2011-09-22. 
  7. ^ "Emily Deschanel Gives Birth, Welcomes Second Son With Husband". 8 June 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2017. 
  8. ^ "Overview for David Hornsby". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 5 November 2017. 

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