Glenn Howerton

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Glenn Howerton
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Howerton in 2013
Glenn Franklin Howerton III

(1976-04-13) April 13, 1976 (age 46)
EducationMiami Dade College
Juilliard School (BFA)
  • Actor
  • producer
  • screenwriter
  • podcaster
Years active1996–present
(m. 2009)

Glenn Franklin Howerton III (born April 13, 1976) is an American actor, screenwriter, producer and podcaster. He is best known for playing Dennis Reynolds on the long-running dark satirical comedy It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005–present) on FX/FXX, a series he co-created with Charlie Day and Rob McElhenney, and on which he serves as an executive producer and writer.[1] Since November 2021, he has co-hosted The Always Sunny Podcast, with his fellow co-creators McElhenney and Day.

His other notable performances include those as Jack Griffin, the lead role on NBC's A.P. Bio (2018–2021), Cliff Gilbert on Fox's The Mindy Project (2012–2017), Don Chumph on the first season of FX's Fargo (2014) and Corey Howard, the lead role on the short-lived spin-off comedy That '80s Show (2002).[2] He also voices Fred Jones in the HBO Max series Velma (2023–present).

Early life and education[edit]

Glenn Franklin Howerton III was born on April 13, 1976 in Japan, the son of American parents Janice and Glenn Franklin Howerton Jr. His father was a fighter pilot.[3] Almost immediately after his birth, his family moved to Arizona and then New Mexico for a short while. When he was three years old, they moved to the English town of Felixstowe, Suffolk. They subsequently moved to Virginia, followed by South Korea, where they settled in Seoul. When he was 10 years old, the family moved to Montgomery, Alabama.[4]

After graduating from Jefferson Davis High School, he moved to Miami where he spent two years at New World School of the Arts of Miami Dade College. In 1996, he entered Juilliard School's Drama Division in New York City where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts as part of Group 29 (1996–2000).[5][6]


In 2002, Howerton starred as Corey Howard in That '80s Show.[7] He went on to guest star on ER as Dr. Nick Cooper in 2003. He had small roles in the films Must Love Dogs (2005), Serenity (2005), Two Weeks (2006), and The Strangers (2008). He also appeared as a doctor in Crank (2006), and reprised the role in its 2009 sequel, Crank: High Voltage.

Howerton is most well-known for playing the deeply narcissistic and anti-social bartender of Paddy's Pub, Dennis Reynolds, one of the main characters on the FX sitcom It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005–present). The series was co-created by Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and him, and the three serve as executive producers, writers and main cast members alongside Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito. As of season 14, he has also directed two episodes. In December 2021, Always Sunny became the longest-running live-action American comedy of all time with the release of its fifteenth season.

In 2008, Howerton co-created sci-fi comedy Boldly Going Nowhere with Day, McElhenney and writing assistant Adam Stein, but the pilot was permanently shelved. He has also had producing roles on various projects created by other Always Sunny colleagues like David Hornsby such as How to Be a Gentleman, Unsupervised and The Cool Kids. Howerton also did several voice roles including a recurring part on The Cleveland Show as Ernie Krinklesac.

He played the lead role in a film for the first time in 2013, when he landed the character of Will in the CollegeHumor comedy film Coffee Town with co-stars Steve Little and Ben Schwartz. Soon after, he landed recurring roles on the Fox comedy series The Mindy Project (2012–2017) as Cliff Gilbert, the divorce lawyer introduced in season 2 as one of Mindy's love interests,[8] on the critically-acclaimed first season of the FX dark comedy series Fargo (2014–present) as Don Chumph,[9] and on the Showtime comedy-drama series House of Lies (2012–2016) starring Don Cheadle in its final season as the young mayoral candidate Seth Buckley.[10] Howerton also played a small part as the gun-running Dominic in the Netflix Original film Officer Downe (2016) starring Kim Coates.

His next major television role came in 2018 on the NBC single-camera comedy created by Mike O'Brien, A.P. Bio (2018–2021), where he played Jack Griffin, an arrogant Harvard philosophy professor whose fall from grace had forced him to get a job teaching biology to high school students in his hometown of Toledo while plotting to exact revenge on his nemesis and restore his career.[11] The show ran for two seasons on NBC before it was cancelled and then picked up by Peacock, NBC's streaming service, where it ran for another two seasons. In December 2021, it was cancelled for good.[12][13] In October 2022, it was announced that he would be voicing Fred Jones on the upcoming HBO Max animated series Velma.[14]

Starting in November 2021, Day, McElhenney and Howerton launched The Always Sunny Podcast, a weekly show loosely based on the rewatch format of podcasting, which had grown in popularity in recent years, to coincide with the release of the record-breaking season 15 of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.[15] In June 2022, they released Four Walls Whiskey with all proceeds from the 15-year single-malt Irish whiskey going towards supporting the Pennsylvania hospitality industry which was badly hit by the pandemic.[16][17]

Personal life[edit]

On September 8, 2009, Howerton married actress Jill Latiano, who guest-starred on the It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia episode "The D.E.N.N.I.S. System" broadcast two months later. Their first son, Miles Robert, was born in 2011, and their second son, Isley Ray, in August 2014.[18][19]

Howerton has said that he follows a vegan diet "about 95% of the time."[20]


Not yet released Denotes works that have not yet been released


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Must Love Dogs Michael
2005 Serenity Lilac Young Tough
2006 Crank Doctor
2006 Two Weeks Matthew Bergman
2008 The Strangers Mike
2008 Happy Wednesday Spencer Scott Short film
2009 Crank: High Voltage Doctor Uncredited
2010 Everything Must Go Gary
2013 Coffee Town Will
2014 All the Wilderness Executive producer
2016 Officer Downe Dominic
2020 The Hunt Richard
2020 Archenemy The Manager
2021 How It Ends John
2022 The Send-Off Producer
2022 The Thief Collector Jerry
2023 BlackBerry Jim Balsillie
2023 Fool's Paradise dagger TBA Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Monday Night Mayhem Dick Ebersol Television film
2002 The Job Young Guy Episode: "Gay"
2002 That '80s Show Corey Howard Main role (13 episodes)
2003 ER Dr Nick Cooper 6 episodes
2005–present It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Dennis Reynolds, Wendell Albright Main role
Also co-creator, executive producer, writer and director
2008 Boldly Going Nowhere Lt Zander Centauri Guest role (unaired pilot)
Also co-creator, executive producer and writer
2009 American Dad! Animal Control Guy #1 (voice) Episode: "Weiner of Our Discontent"
2009–2010 Glenn Martin, DDS Various voices 3 episodes
2009–2013 The Cleveland Show Ernie Krinklesac, various voices 30 episodes
2011 Vietnam in HD Donald DeVore Miniseries (5 episodes)
2011 How to be a Gentleman Consulting producer (8 episodes)
2012 Unsupervised Clint (recurring), Dirt, Frankie, Geno, Lewelyn (voice) 4 episodes
Also executive producer and writer (13 episodes)
2013–2017 The Mindy Project Cliff Gilbert Recurring role in seasons 2, 3 and 6 (13 episodes)
2014–2015 Family Guy Various voices 4 episodes (uncredited in season 12, credited in season 13)
2014 Fargo Don Chumph 5 episodes
2015 On the Record with Mick Rock Executive producer
2015 TripTank Congressman Rothbard, Congressman Hume, Congressman Adorno Episode: "Mr. Winchester Goes to Washington"
2016 House of Lies Seth Buckley 4 episodes
2018 The Cool Kids Executive producer[21]
2018–2021 A.P. Bio Jack Griffin Main role (42 episodes)
Also co-executive producer, producer (season 1) and director
2020 The Fugitive Jerry Main role (14 episodes)
2023 Velma Fred Jones (voice) Main role


Year Title Role Notes
2021–present The Always Sunny Podcast Himself/Host 63 episodes

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Notes
2017 "Rich Friends" Portugal. The Man [22]


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Compleat Female Stage Beauty Duke of Buckingham [23]
2001 The Credeaux Canvas Jamie [23]
2015 The Comedy of Errors Antipholus of Ephesus, Antipholus of Syracuse [23]


  1. ^ "Glenn Howerton: Biography". Retrieved 2010-12-29.
  2. ^ "Behind the scenes of That '80s Show". Retrieved 2018-09-08.
  3. ^ "Glenn Howerton Biography, Celebrity Facts and Awards". Retrieved 2017-03-05.
  4. ^ "Glenn Howerton Is Dead Serious About Being Funny". 15 March 2018. Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  5. ^ "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. November 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11.
  6. ^ Jason Buchanan. "Glenn Howerton". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on July 14, 2012. Retrieved April 2, 2012.
  7. ^ Schmikowitz, Matt (May 13, 2013). "Getting Trapped in Nostalgia in 'That 80s Show'". Split Sider.
  8. ^ Gonzalez, Sandra (August 7, 2013). "'It's Always Sunny' star to woo [spoiler] on 'Mindy Project'". Entertainment Weekly.
  9. ^ Damon, Lauren (May 20, 2014). "Glenn Howerton talks about his role in FX's hit show "Fargo"". Media Mikes.
  10. ^ "'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' Star Glenn Howerton to Recur on 'House of Lies' (Exclusive)". 2015-10-22. Retrieved 2023-01-09.
  11. ^ "Missing It's Always Sunny? Glenn Howerton Has a New Jerk for You". Vanity Fair. 2018-01-31. Retrieved 2022-11-16.
  12. ^ Petski, Denise (2021-12-06). "'A.P. Bio' Canceled After Four Seasons By Peacock". Deadline. Retrieved 2022-11-16.
  13. ^ Porter, Rick (2021-12-06). "'A.P. Bio' Canceled at Peacock After 4 Seasons". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2022-11-16.
  14. ^ Porter, Rick (2022-10-06). "Mindy Kaling's 'Velma' HBO Max Series Assembles Its Scooby Gang". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2022-11-16.
  15. ^ "The Always Sunny Podcast". Spotify. Retrieved 2022-11-16.
  16. ^ Cohen, Jonathan (2022-06-13). "'The Always Sunny Podcast' to Join Pearl Jam, Kings of Leon, More at Bourbon and Beyond Festival (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2022-11-16.
  17. ^ Japhe, Brad (2022-06-23). "'It's Always Sunny' Stars Break the Fourth Wall With New Irish Whiskey Release". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2022-11-16.
  18. ^ Leon, Anya (September 16, 2011). "Glenn Howerton Welcomes Son Miles Robert". People magazine. Archived from the original on 2011-09-24.
  19. ^ "Glenn Howerton of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Welcomes Second Son With Wife Jill Latiano". US Weekly magazine. November 14, 2014. Retrieved November 14, 2014.
  20. ^ Howerton, Glenn [@GlennHowerton] (June 30, 2019). "I eat vegan about 95% of the time. Good for the planet and for my body. The other 5% I'll eat a fuckin' burger or some fried chicken cause life's too damn short." (Tweet). Retrieved January 14, 2021 – via Twitter.
  21. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2018-06-12). "'The Cool Kids': Patrick Walsh Tapped As Showrunner Of New Fox Comedy Series". Deadline. Retrieved 2022-11-16.
  22. ^ Portugal. The Man - Rich Friends [Official Music Video], retrieved 2022-11-24
  23. ^ a b c "Glenn Howerton theatre profile".

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