David Hornsby

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David Hornsby
David Hornsby by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Hornsby in July 2010
Born (1975-12-01) December 1, 1975 (age 45)
OccupationActor, screenwriter, producer
Years active1999–present
(m. 2010)
RelativesBruce Hornsby (cousin)
Zooey Deschanel (sister-in-law)

David Alan Hornsby[1] (born December 1, 1975) is an American actor, screenwriter, and producer. He is best known for a recurring role as defrocked priest Matthew "Rickety Cricket" Mara on the FX comedy series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, for which he also writes and co-produces. Hornsby also has a regular role on the NBC comedy-crime series Good Girls (2018-2020).

Early life[edit]

Hornsby was born in Newport News, Virginia, on December 1, 1975.[2][3] He is a cousin of musician Bruce Hornsby.[4] 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 comedy series 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.[5] 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.[6]

Hornsby portrays executive producer David Brittlesbee in Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet, an American comedy web television series starring Rob McElhenney for Apple TV+. Hornsby also served as a writer and executive producer for the show which premiered on February 7, 2020.

Personal life[edit]

On September 25, 2010, Hornsby married actress Emily Deschanel in Pacific Palisades, California.[7] They have two sons together: Henry Lamar (born September 21, 2011)[8] and Calvin (born June 8, 2015).[9]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Pearl Harbor Flyer with Murmur
2002 Minority Report Pre-Crime Public Service Announcer
2004 Christmas With the Kranks Randy Becker
2007 Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem Drew Roberts
2008 Pretty Bird Kenny


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
2009–2012 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
Co-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"
2016 New Girl Ed Warner Episode: "James Wonder"
2016–2018 Ben 10 Wildvine (voice)
2016, 2017 Baskets Pastor Episode: "Funeral"
2017 The Goldbergs Kyle Schnitz Episode: "The Dynamic Duo"
2017 Idiotsitter Dana Recurring role
2017–2019 Welcome to the Wayne Leif Bornewell III (voice)
2018–2020 Good Girls Boomer Recurring role
2018 We Bare Bears Harry (voice) Episode: "Christmas Movies"
2020–present Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet David Writer, executive producer


Year Title Notes
2006–present It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
2011–2012 How to Be a Gentleman Creator, executive producer
2012 Unsupervised Co-creator, executive producer
2014 Mission Control Pilot
2017 The Layover


  1. ^ "Virginia, Birth Records, 1912-2016, Delayed Birth Records, 1854-1911". Ancestry.com.
  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. ^ "David Hornsby Biography ((?)-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2012-01-01.
  4. ^ "Overview for David Hornsby". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  5. ^ "About Yoda and Me". Retrieved June 12, 2010.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". 2014-05-26. Archived from the original on 2014-05-28. Retrieved 2014-05-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Zuckerman, Suzanne (September 25, 2010). "Actress Emily Deschanel Weds". People. Retrieved September 26, 2010.
  8. ^ Stanhope, Kate (2011-09-21). "Bones' Emily Deschanel Welcomes First Child". TV Guide. Retrieved 2011-09-22.
  9. ^ "Emily Deschanel Gives Birth, Welcomes Second Son With Husband". 8 June 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2017.

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