Glenn Howerton

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Glenn Howerton
Glenn Howerton by Gage Skidmore 3.jpg
Howerton in July 2013
Born (1976-04-13) April 13, 1976 (age 45)
EducationMiami Dade College
Juilliard School (BFA)
OccupationActor, producer, screenwriter, director
Years active1997–present
(m. 2009)

Glenn Franklin Howerton III (born April 13, 1976) is an American actor, producer, screenwriter, and director. He is best known for his roles as Dennis Reynolds in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, for which he is also a writer and executive producer,[1] and Jack Griffin in A.P. Bio, as well as the lead role in the short-lived sitcom That '80s Show.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Glenn Franklin Howerton III was born 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, his family moved to Alabama.[4] After graduating from Jefferson Davis High School in Montgomery, Alabama, he spent two years at New World School of the Arts of Miami Dade College. He was part of Group 29 of the Juilliard School's Drama Division (1996–2000),[5] where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.[6]


In 2002, Howerton starred as Corey Howard in the ill-fated 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 nurse in Crank (2006), and reprised the role in its 2009 sequel, Crank: High Voltage. Howerton is most notably involved in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005-) as one of the main cast, producer and director, and has also written numerous episodes. He planned to be executive producing on the comedy show Boldly Going Nowhere with his It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-creators, before the show was delayed. Howerton had a recurring voice role on The Cleveland Show as Ernie Krinklesac, as well as recurring roles on the Fox comedy series The Mindy Project[8] and the FX dark comedy series Fargo.[9] He starred in the 2013 comedy film Coffee Town. He also had a bit part as the gun running Dominic, in the 2016 Netflix Original Officer Downe, starring Kim Coates. He also starred in the 2018 NBC comedy A.P. Bio.

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.[10] The couple had a second son, Isley Ray, in August 2014.[11]

Howerton has said that he follows a vegan diet "about 95% of the time."[12]



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
2016 Officer Downe Dominic
2020 The Hunt Richard
2020 Archenemy The Manager
2021 How It Ends John
TBA El Tonto 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
2003 ER Dr. Nick Cooper 6 episodes
2005–present It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Dennis Reynolds
Wendell Albright
Main role; also writer, director, and executive producer
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 characters
Voice role; 30 episodes
2011 Vietnam in HD Donald DeVore Miniseries; 5 episodes
2012 Unsupervised Clint/Dirt (voice) 4 episodes; also executive producer
2013–2017 The Mindy Project Cliff Gilbert 13 episodes
2014–2015 Family Guy Various voices 4 episodes
2014 Fargo Don Chumph 5 episodes
2015 TripTank Congressman Rothbard
Congressman Hume
Congressman Adorno
Voice role; episode: "Mr. Winchester Goes to Washington"
2016 House of Lies Seth Buckley 4 episodes
2018–present A.P. Bio Jack Griffin Main role; also producer
2020 The Fugitive Jerry 14 episodes


  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". 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. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 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. ^ Leon, Anya (September 16, 2011). "Glenn Howerton Welcomes Son Miles Robert". People magazine. Archived from the original on 2011-09-24.
  11. ^ "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.
  12. ^ 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.

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