Neil Flynn :: Biography
Neil Flynn is an American actor for the big and small screen and comedian. He celebrates his birthday every year on November 13 and was born in the year 1960 as Neil Richard Flynn. His best known role is that of The Janitor in the popular medical comedy drama by NBC, called Scrubs. Currently, he is portraying the character Mike Heck in the sitcom The Middle by ABC.
He was born in the north side of Chicago but spent most of his early life in Waukegan, Illinois and is an American by nationality. He has Irish ancestry and grew up in a devout Roman Catholic family and follows it as his religion. He went to Waukegan East High School where he fostered his passion for acting from a young age. While still in high school, he along with his partner Mike Shklair won an Illinois Individual Events state championship for "Humorous Duet Acting" in 1978. Then he attended Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois where he participated on the Bradley University Speech Team. After graduating from there in 1982, he returned to Chicago to pursue a career in acting.
Coming to Chicago was a good decision as he got to act with the renowned Steppenwolf and Goodman theaters and receive nomination for a Joseph Jefferson Award in the category of Actor in a Principal Role, for The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, in 1986. He originally auditioned for the role of Dr. Cox in the series Scrubs but was given the role of the janitor instead. Although he was cast for the first episode only, his character became so popular and like that he started becoming a series regular. Before his prominence with Scrubs, he had minor roles in various TV shows such as Brookside, Sable, Ellen, The Drew Carey Show, The 70s Show, Chicago Hope, Sliders, Then Came You, Family Law, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and many others. To add to his film credit he has done several movies such as The Fugitive, Home Alone 3, Mean Girls, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Baby's Day Out are a few among others. As a voice actor, he voiced the character of XR in the animated series Buzz Lightyear of Star Command. In addition to that, Flynn performs regularly with his improv group called Beer Shark Mice which has been voted Chicago Improv Festival’s Ensemble of the Year and considered one of the best long-form improvisational groups in the nation.
There is little known about his personal life as he is among those celebrities who like to keep a low profile. He has not yet revealed any of her past relationships. Also it is hard to know if he has been dating anyone or has a girlfriend. Whether he is married or had wife and a divorce is also not known. When it comes to his private life he likes to stay tight lipped about it. There was an ongoing speculation about his sexuality and if the rumors are to be believed, he is gay! However, his fans would love to see him getting married to the love of his life.
The talented actor stands tall at the towering height of 6 feet and 5 inches and has a matching weight. His great acting over the years has garnered large number of fans who genuinely admire him for the excellent work he does. His net worth is around $5 million dollars but his salary remains undisclosed. More information on him is available on his recent and detailed biography on Wiki and IMDb website. He is also an active user of his Twitter account, updating it regularly with his frequent posts and tweets.