Charlie Day

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Charlie Day
Charlie Day by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Day at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con
Born Charles Peckham Day
(1976-02-09) February 9, 1976 (age 41)
New York City, U.S.
Occupation Actor, screenwriter, producer, comedian, musician
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Mary Elizabeth Ellis (m. 2006)
Children 1

Charles Peckham Day (born February 9, 1976)[1] is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, comedian, and musician. He is best known for playing Charlie Kelly on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.[2] On film, he is known for his role as Dale in the films Horrible Bosses (2011) and its 2014 sequel, as well as for his roles in Monsters University (2013), Pacific Rim (2013), The Lego Movie (2014) and Fist Fight (2017).

Early life[edit]

Day was born in New York City, his mother, Mary (née Peckham), was a piano teacher at The Pennfield School in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. His father, Dr. Thomas Charles Day, is a retired professor of music history at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island,[3] his mother has English, Irish, and Welsh ancestry, while his father is of Irish and Italian descent.[4] Day spent most of his childhood in Middletown, Rhode Island.

Day attended Pennfield School and graduated from the Portsmouth Abbey School, both in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, he starred on the baseball team at the Portsmouth Abbey School, playing shortstop for the Ravens. In 1998, he received a bachelor's degree from Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts, at Merrimack, he was active in the Onstagers, Merrimack's student theater organization. He also played varsity baseball for the Warriors baseball team, during the summers of his college years, he was active in the training programs at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, Massachusetts. In 2014, he received an honorary doctorate in performing arts from Merrimack, where he also delivered that year's keynote address.[5]


Day at the premiere for Horrible Bosses in August 2011.

Besides playing Charlie Kelly on the hit FX television series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, he is also one of the show's executive producers and one of its writers, along with Rob McElhenney and Glenn Howerton. Day has written and improvised some of the music featured in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.[6] He has also appeared on several other television shows such as Third Watch, Law & Order, and Reno 911!.

He appeared in New Line Cinema's Horrible Bosses in July 2011, with Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, and Jamie Foxx.[7] He also had a role in the 2010 film Going the Distance, alongside Justin Long, Jason Sudeikis, and Drew Barrymore. In 2013, he voiced the character Art in the Pixar animated film Monsters University and appeared in Guillermo del Toro's film Pacific Rim. Day is set to reprise his role for the Pacific Rim sequel.[8]

Day has also been a producer for the television shows How to Be a Gentleman and Unsupervised. Day hosted the November 5, 2011 episode of Saturday Night Live (SNL) with Maroon 5 as the musical guest, he was the second cast member from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia to host SNL (after Danny DeVito, though DeVito hosted SNL before It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia premiered). DeVito made a special appearance during Day's opening monologue;[9] in September 2014, Day provided his voice for The Sims 4 TV spots.

Personal life[edit]

Day has been married to actress Mary Elizabeth Ellis since March 4, 2006,[10] they met in 2001 and were dating in 2004 when they co-starred as incestuous siblings on Reno 911!.[11] Ellis has a recurring role on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia as "The Waitress", a coffee shop employee and object of the unrequited love and obsession for Day's character.[11] The couple had their first child, a son, in 2011.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Mary and Rhoda Mailroom Kid Television film
2001 Late Summer Trevor Short film
2001 Campfire Stories Joe Boner
2002 Bad Company Stoner Uncredited
2005 Love Thy Neighbor Video Clerk
2008 A Quiet Little Marriage Adam
2010 Going the Distance Dan
2011 Horrible Bosses Dale Arbus
2013 Monsters University Art Voice
2013 Pacific Rim Newt Geiszler
2013 Party Central Art Voice
Short film
2014 The Lego Movie Benny Voice
2014 Horrible Bosses 2 Dale Arbus
2015 Vacation Chad
2016 The Lego Movie: 4D - A New Adventure Benny Voice
Short attraction film
2016 The Hollars Jason
2017 Fist Fight Andrew "Andy" Campbell
2017 I Love You, Daddy Ralph
2018 Pacific Rim: Uprising Newt Geiszler Post-production
TBA Hotel Artemis Filming
TBA Pizza Boys Announced


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Madigan Men Clerk Episode: "Three Guys, a Girl and a Conversation Nook"
2001 Law & Order Jeremy Episode: "Swept Away - A Very Special Episode"
2001–2004 Third Watch Michael Boscorelli 5 episodes
2003 Luis Richie 10 episodes
2004 Reno 911! Inbred Twin Episode: "Not Without My Mustache"
2005–present It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Charlie Kelly Main role; 134 episodes, also executive producer and writer
2011 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "Charlie Day/Maroon 5"
2012 Unsupervised Jesse Judge Voice
Episode: "Jesse Judge Lawncare Incorporated"
2012 Saturday Night Live Congressman Fenton Worthington Carrey Episode: "Jamie Foxx/Ne-Yo"
2012 American Dad! Meth Head Voice
Episode: "Adventures in Hayleysitting"
2014 Drunk History Allan Pinkerton Episode: "Baltimore"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Disney Infinity Art Voice role
2015 Lego Dimensions Benny Voice role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Film/Show Result
2011 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Actor in a Comedy Series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Nominated
Satellite Award Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Nominated


  1. ^ "Behind The Voice Actors - Charlie Day". Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  2. ^ Kate Ward (18 November 2009). "'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia': The cast tells their story". Entertainment Weekly Inc. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Salve Regina University (2012). "Faculty". Salve Regina University. Salve Regina University. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Charlie Day : Biography". Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  5. ^ "Featured Alum: Charlie Day ’98". Merrimack College. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  6. ^ David Wolinsky (26 October 2010). "RANDOM RULES Charlie Day". A.V. Club. Onion Inc. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub (11 May 2010). "Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Colin Farrell in Talks for HORRIBLE BOSSES for Director Seth Gordon". IndieClick Film Network. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Nemiroff, Perri (November 24, 2014). "Guillermo del Toro Says PACIFIC RIM 2 Begins a Few Years After PACIFIC RIM in a Kaiju-Free World; Charlie Day and Burn Gorman to Return". Collider. 
  9. ^ Semigran, Aly (6 November 2011). "'Saturday Night Live' recap: Turning back the clock on Charlie Day(light savings time)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  10. ^ Mary Elizabeth Ellis on IMDb
  11. ^ a b Interview with Charlie Day & Mary Elizabeth Ellis,
  12. ^ Jessica Alba, on Jessica Alba: How I Handle the Paparazzi (2012-03-14). "Charlie Day, Mary Elizabeth Ellis Welcome Son Russell Wallace – Moms & Babies – Celebrity Babies and Kids - Moms & Babies -". Retrieved 2014-01-06. 

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