Kaitlin Olson

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Kaitlin Olson
Kaitlin Olson by Gage Skidmore 3.jpg
Born Kaitlin Willow Olson[1]
(1975-08-18) August 18, 1975 (age 42)
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Alma mater University of Oregon
Occupation Actress
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Rob McElhenney (m. 2008)
Children 2

Kaitlin Willow Olson (born August 18, 1975) is an American actress and comedian. She began her career in the Groundlings, an improvisational group in Los Angeles, California, and had minor roles in several television series before being cast as Deandra "Sweet Dee" Reynolds on the FX black comedy series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia in 2005.

Olson has also appeared in film, with roles in Leap Year (2010), The Heat (2013), and also provided the voice for Destiny in Finding Dory (2016). Beginning in 2017, she stars as Mickey on the Fox comedy series The Mick.

Early life[edit]

Olson was born in Portland, Oregon.[2] She resided on Vashon Island, Washington, in Puget Sound, 13 mi (21 km) west of Seattle, until the age of eight.[3] Her family relocated back to the Portland area, settling in Tualatin, where Olson grew up on a farm.[4][5] Her father, Donald Olson, worked as the publisher of the Portland Tribune.[6] At age twelve, Olson was involved in a serious bicycle accident involving a vehicle, resulting in a fractured skull requiring reconstructive surgery.[4] She graduated from Tigard High School in Tigard, Oregon.[7]

Olson studied theatre at the University of Oregon,[8] graduating with a B.S. in Theater arts in 1997.[9] After college, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting professionally.


Olson was a member of the improvisational group The Groundlings.[4] She toured with the USO to Bosnia, Kosovo and Norway. She made several guest appearances in films and television series such as Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Drew Carey Show, The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, Out of Practice, Miss Match, Family Guy, and Punk'd. She had a minor role in the film Coyote Ugly.[10]

In 2004, she was cast as Deandra "Sweet Dee" Reynolds in the FX sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.[11] She also voiced Ethel in the first season of the Comedy Central animated series Brickleberry. In the 2013 film The Heat she appeared as a Bulgarian druggie who engages in an exchange of cultural perspectives and insults with Melissa McCarthy's character.

She played a recurring role as Hartley Underwood, the "one-armed" neighbor in the FX series The Riches. In June 2016, the Human Rights Campaign released a video in tribute to the victims of the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting; in the video, Olson and others told the stories of the people killed there.[12][13]

Olson stars in the Fox sitcom, The Mick, which premiered in January 2017. She also serves as an executive producer for the series.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Olson married her It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia boss and co-star, Rob McElhenney, in California on September 27, 2008.[15][16][17] The couple started dating secretly during the second season of the series.[18][19] They had their first child, a boy named Axel Lee, on September 1, 2010. Olson went into labor at a game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies, and Axel was born in their California home as planned.[20] Their second son, Leo Grey McElhenney, was born on April 5, 2012.[21]



Olson at the Hollywood Walk of Fame in August 2011
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Eyes to Heaven
2000 Jacks Jocelyn
2000 Coyote Ugly Bidding Customer
2001 Fugly Cha Cha Short film
2002 Meet the Marks Kaitlin Marks
2003 Scapegoats Jeannie Short film
2009 Weather Girl Sherry
2010 Leap Year Libby
2010 Held Up Rocky 2
2013 The Heat Tatiana
2015 Vacation Arizona Cop
2016 Finding Dory Destiny Voice


Year Title Role Notes
2000–2007 Curb Your Enthusiasm Becky 6 episodes
2002–2004 The Drew Carey Show Traylor 12 episodes
2003 Miss Match Jillian Episode: "Who's Sari Now?"
2004 Significant Others Lauren Episode: "The First Time"
2004 George Lopez Janet Episode: "Home Sweet Homeschool"
2005 Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch Show Various Characters
2005–present It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Deandra "Sweet Dee" Reynolds Main role; 134 episodes
2006 Out of Practice Debbie Episode: "Model Behavior"
2007 The Riches Hartley Underwood 5 episodes
2011 Family Guy Brenda Quagmire Voice
Episode: "Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q"
2012 Unsupervised Carol / Danielle Voice
7 episodes
2012 Brickleberry Ethel Voice
10 episodes
2014–2015 New Girl Ashley 2 episodes
2015 Bob's Burgers Helen Voice
Episode: "Housetrap"
2016 Cassius & Clay Ordwood Cassius Voice
2016 The Simpsons Quinn Voice
Episode: "The Girl Code"
2017–present The Mick Mackenzie "Mickey" Molng Lead Role


  1. ^ "Kaitlin Willow Olson". Ancestry.com. 
  2. ^ Valentino, Silas (November 15, 2013). "Q&A with Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenny from 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'". dailyemerald.com. Archived from the original on November 5, 2014. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ "One on One with Kaitlin Olson". hobotrashcan.com (Interview). Interview with Joel Murphy. September 18, 2008. Retrieved November 5, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c Eric Bartels (June 27, 2006). "Comedian gets funny in Philly". localnewsdaily.com. Retrieved March 20, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Q&A: Kaitlin Olson, Tualatin native, stars in 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'". oregonlive.com. September 15, 2010. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  6. ^ Bartels, Eric (June 26, 2006). "Comedian gets funny in Philly". Portland Tribune. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  7. ^ Baker, Jeff (April 28, 2014). "18 actors you (maybe) didn't know were from Portland". The Oregonian. Portland, Oregon. Retrieved April 12, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Biography". TV.com. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  9. ^ Fullmer, Chelsea. "Kaitlin Olson '97". uoalumni.com. Retrieved November 4, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Seen on the screen". News & Observer. 20 September 2007. Retrieved October 17, 2007. 
  11. ^ Cunningham, Amrie (September 13, 2007). "Interview: Kaitlin Olson". thetvaddict.com. Retrieved January 17, 2008. 
  12. ^ "49 Celebrities Honor 49 Victims of Orlando Tragedy | Human Rights Campaign". Hrc.org. Retrieved 2016-06-30. 
  13. ^ Rothaus, Steve (June 12, 2016). "Pulse Orlando shooting scene a popular LGBT club where employees, patrons 'like family'". The Miami Herald. Retrieved June 15, 2016. 
  14. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (February 2, 2016). "Fox Orders Comedy Pilot 'The Mick'". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved May 28, 2016. 
  15. ^ Gross, Dan (September 4, 2007). "It's Sunny for McElhenney". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved October 17, 2007. 
  16. ^ "'It's Always Sunny' Stars Wed!". Entertainment Tonight. October 1, 2008. Retrieved October 12, 2008. 
  17. ^ "OK! Exclusive: Kaitlin Olson & Rob McElhenney Wed". OK!. October 1, 2008. Retrieved October 12, 2008. 
  18. ^ "Still 'Sunny' after all these years: Kaitlin Olson talks 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'". Metro. September 16, 2013. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  19. ^ Rainey, Candice (November 11, 2009). "Interview with actress Kaitlin Olson". Elle. Retrieved November 12, 2009. 
  20. ^ "Kaitlin Olson, Rob McElhenney Welcome Son Axel Lee". People.com. September 2, 2010. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  21. ^ Johnson, Zach (April 10, 2012). "Meet Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenney's Son Leo Grey!". US Magazine. Retrieved August 1, 2012. 

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