When he appeared on the screen for the first time in Scrubs, those who had never seen his work had no idea the amount of brilliance they were about to witness. That is the story of Neil Flynn, the actor who played the janitor in Scrubs. His work elevated the show into the realm of some of the best comedies in the modern era.
Before he was cast as the Janitor in Scrubs, he had acquired some credits in his name on shows like Joey, Love, Inc., and films like Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Wild Girls Gone, most of which were minor roles that did not fully reveal the depth of talent in Flynn’s arsenal.
Since Scrubs, he has become a celebrated actor who has added a few more projects to his name. Check out everything you need to know about Neil Flynn below.
Neil Flynn Biography, Age
In the world of acting, one can never tell when one’s breakout role will come. It is both an exciting and frustrating trait of the profession. Neil Flynn did not get his breakout role until 2001, 19 years after he appeared in his first onscreen project.
His life began on the 13th of November, 1960 and he has spent the majority of it being an entertainer. Born in South Side, Chicago, Flynn was raised in a Roman Catholic household as the son of Irish parents and completed his basic education at Waukegan East High School.
Right from high school, Neil Flynn’s propensity for entertainment began to manifest as he won the Illinois Individual Events championship for his acting and was a member of his university’s Speech Team when he was in college at Bradley University.
Before diving into his onscreen career, he started out working with a couple of comedy groups like Goodman and Steppenwolf and was a part of the improv team, Beer Shark Mice.
He has been the recipient of a couple of awards and nominations over the course of his life, including the Critics’ Choice TV Award for his work on The Middle.
Movies and TV Shows
Neil Flynn started his career as a stage actor and was also a member of an improv group with David Koechner, but on screen, his first appearance came in the TV Show, Brookside, in 1982, appearing in an episode as Sozza. After his first on-screen appearance, Neil Flynn did not appear in another film or TV Show until 1987 when he returned to the front of the camera via CBS Summer Playhouse where he played an unnamed LAPD Officer.
Thus, began a stop-start beginning to Neil Flynn’s onscreen career that involved appearances in shows like Tour of Duty, Sable, Doogie Houser, M.D, ABC Afterschool Specials. During the early part of his career, he also starred in films like Major League, Rookie of the Year, The Fugitive, Baby’s Day Out and a couple more others.
Neil Flynn starred in several movies and TV Shows well into the early 2000s, appearing in various minor roles until 2001 when he was cast as the Janitor in Scrubs. His performance on the show transformed him into a popular actor and he went on to star in 170 episodes of the show, between 2001 and 2009.
After the show ended in 2009, he picked up another major role in The Middle as Mike Heck and appeared in 214 episodes of the show between 2009 and 2018.
Other than his onscreen roles, Neil Flynn is also a voice actor and has worked in various voice acting roles over the course of his career, including Vixen as Chuck McCabe, Bob’s Burgers, and a few more others.
Neil Flynn’s Net Worth
When it comes to his net worth, Neil Flynn has managed to build wealth in excess of $5 million. His wealth comes from career achievements which include starring in a regular role for 17 consecutive seasons of television, some of which includes his role in commercially successful shows like Scrubs and The Middle.
He has also made significant income from his voice acting roles for Vixen, Kim Possible, and a couple more others.
Neil Flynn is a tall man, that bit is obvious from taking a cursory look at him. His exact height is 6 feet 5 inches which makes him one of the tallest men in Hollywood, enough for him to fit in a room of NBA players.
Despite his height, which would have gotten many actors typecast, his dramatic acting talents have made him appear in a number of dramatic roles, from comedies to thrillers. Other facts about his body profile include his weight which is 65 kg.