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Rob McElhenney

McElhenney (left) poses with a fan on the exhibition floor at Comic-Con International in San Diego, California on Saturday, July 26, 2008.
Born April 14, 1977 (1977-04-14) (age 32)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Actor, Writer, Director, Producer
Spouse(s) Kaitlin Olson (2008-present)

Rob McElhenney (born April 14, 1977) is an American film and television actor best known for his role as Mac on the FX TV series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. He is also credited as creator, developer and executive producer of the show, which has also provided McElhenney with writing and directing credits on various episodes. He is married to Kaitlin Olson, who plays Deandra Reynolds on the show.

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Career

McElhenney made his film debut with a bit part in The Devil's Own and followed that up with bit parts in A Civil Action, Wonder Boys, and Thirteen Conversations About One Thing. He later had more substantial parts in Latter Days and The Tollbooth. McElhenney also played a small role in the eighth season Law & Order episode "Thrill". He was still waiting tables between acting assignments in 2004, when his manager and agent presented McElhenney's idea for a sitcom to the FX cable network, which received it warmly.[1] McElhenney said that 50 weeks of each year are consumed by acting, producing, and writing for the show, but he did find time to appear in the third season of the television show Lost as Aldo in the seventh episode, "Not in Portland". He is shown reading Stephen Hawking's A Brief History Of Time 22 minutes, 40 seconds into the episode. This was as a result of McElhenney meeting Lost co-creator and executive producer Damon Lindelof. Lindelof is a fan of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and offered to give Rob a small role in an episode. Though Aldo is thought to be deceased, Damon Lindelof revealed that Aldo isn't dead (Lindelof also joked that "No one dies on that fucking show") and Rob McElhenny appeared in an episode of the final season of Lost as Aldo.[2] He reprised his role as Aldo in the season 6 episodes "What Kate Does" and "Lighthouse".

Personal life

McElhenney was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is Irish-American.[citation needed]. He graduated from Waldron Mercy Academy in 1991 and is a 1995 graduate of Saint Joseph's Preparatory School. McElhenney and Sunny costar Kaitlin Olson were married September 27, 2008 in California, and are now expecting their first child.

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