Kaitlin Willow Olson
August 18, 1975
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Oregon|
Kaitlin Willow Olson (born August 18, 1975) is an American actress, comedian, and producer. She began her career in the Groundlings, an improvisational group in Los Angeles, California. She had minor roles in several television series before being cast as Deandra "Sweet Dee" Reynolds on the long-running FX comedy series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005–present).
Olson starred as Mackenzie "Mickey" Molng in the Fox comedy series The Mick (2017–2018) and as Cricket Melfi in the Quibi comedy series Flipped (2020), which earned her a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series.
Olson was born in Portland, Oregon to Donald Lee Olson, a publisher, and Melinda Leora, a nurse. Shortly after her birth, Olson relocated with her family to Spokane, Washington, then to Vashon Island, Washington, in Puget Sound, 13 mi (21 km) west of Seattle, where she lived until age eight. Her family subsequently relocated back to the Portland area, settling in Tualatin, where Olson grew up on a farm. Her father worked as the publisher of the Portland Tribune from 2000 to 2001. At age twelve, Olson was involved in a serious bicycle accident involving a vehicle, resulting in a fractured skull requiring reconstructive surgery. She graduated from Tigard High School in Tigard, Oregon in 1993.
Olson was a member of the improvisational group The Groundlings. 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.
In 2004, she was cast as Deandra "Sweet Dee" Reynolds in the FX sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. 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 Orlando nightclub shooting; in the video, Olson and others told the stories of the people killed there. Also in 2016, Olson provided the voice of Destiny in Walt Disney's Finding Dory.
Olson starred in the Fox sitcom The Mick, which premiered in January 2017. She also served as an executive producer for the series. She returned in the second season of The Mick, which premiered in September 2017. However, Fox cancelled the series after its second season, ending in April 2018.
Olson married her It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-star, Rob McElhenney, in California on September 27, 2008. The couple started dating secretly during the second season of the series.
In 2009, McElhenney and Olson announced their purchase of Skinner's Bar at 226 Market Street in Philadelphia ( 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. Their second son, Leo Grey McElhenney, was born on April 5, 2012.). It was renamed Mac's Tavern.
|2000||Eyes to Heaven||Unknown|
|2000||Coyote Ugly||Bidding Customer|
|2001||Fugly||Cha Cha||Short film|
|2010||Held Up||Rocky II|
|2012||Trading Up||Barbara Manzer||Short film|
|2013||Escape from Planet Earth||3D Movie Girl (voice)|
|2016||Finding Dory||Destiny (voice)|
|2000–2020||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Becky||7 episodes|
|2002–2004||The Drew Carey Show||Traylor||12 episodes|
|2002||Meet the Marks||Kaitlin Marks||Main role; 7 episodes|
|2003||Punk'd||Field Agent||2 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 roles||6 episodes; also writer|
|2005–present||It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia||Deandra "Sweet Dee" Reynolds||Main role; 154 episodes|
|2006||Out of Practice||Debbie||Episode: "Model Behavior"|
|2007||The Riches||Hartley Underwood||5 episodes|
|2009-2011||Family Guy||Brenda Quagmire (voice)||2 episodes|
|2012||Unsupervised||Carol / Danielle (voice)||7 episodes|
|2012||Brickleberry||Ethel (voice)||Main role; 10 episodes|
|2014–2015||New Girl||Ashley||2 episodes|
|2015–2019||Bob's Burgers||Helen (voice)||2 episodes|
|2016||Cassius & Clay||Ordwood Cassius (voice)||Unsold pilot|
|2016||The Simpsons||Quinn (voice)||Episode: "The Girl Code"|
|2017–2018||The Mick||Mackenzie "Mickey" Molng||Lead role; 37 episodes|
Also executive producer
|2018||Mean Jean||Birdie||Unsold pilot|
|2020||Flipped||Cricket Melfi||Main role; 11 episodes|
|2020||Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?||Herself||Episode: "Dr. Phil, Katlin Olson & Lauren Lapkus"|
|2020||Space Force||Edison Jaymes||Episode: "Edison Jaymes"|
|2015||Disney Infinity 3.0||Destiny (voice)|
|2021||Imagine Dragons||Follow You (Imagine Dragons song)||Herself|
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- "49 Celebrities Honor 49 Victims of Orlando Tragedy | Human Rights Campaign". Human Rights Campaign. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
- 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.
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- 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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