Many people will recognize Charlie Day from the hit sitcom, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. On the project, he plays a good-natured but morally dubious bar owner who has rotten luck with the ladies. Some other people will know him as the cute dental assistant who has to fight off sexual harassment from his boss, on the blockbuster comedy Horrible Bosses.
Wherever it is that you remember him from, there is certainly no doubt that the multi-talented fellow is slowly but steadily carving a niche for himself in Hollywood. Versalite, ambitious, and obviously talented, he is one of the many fast-rising faces in the industry with enormous potentials.
The Various Faces Of Charlie Day’s Entertainment Career, Starting With Acting
Charlie Day grew up in Rhode Island and attended schools such as Pennfield School and Portsmouth Abbey School. He revealed his comic talent at an early stage, as he was voted the funniest student in eighth grade and received a similar accolade while in high school. He attended Merrimack College, Massachusetts, where he studied Art History and finished in 1998.
While in college, Charlie Day fell in love with acting and joined the school’s drama troupe known as The Onstagers. He honed his skills with the troupe and upon graduation, got an internship at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts.
Charlie Day featured in many stage productions, both in Massachusetts and Boston, before landing his first Hollywood role in 2000. This was in the TV movie, Mary and Rhonda. From thereon, he scored minor roles in TV series and movies such as Late Summer, Bad Company, Love Thy Neighbour, Madigan Men, Law & Order, and Luis.
These minor gigs did not pay much and Day had to work various odd jobs to supplement his income. He finally got his big break in the year 2005. It must be noted that Day did not wait for anybody to hand him his break but rather made his own breakthrough.
In 2005, he joined up with two of his buddies, who were equally struggling actors, to shoot a TV pilot with the little money they had. The pilot was eventually picked up by FX network. This was the humble beginnings of its Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which would go on to be a cult hit. The series, which focuses on a group of bar owners and their detestable behaviour, is now in its 13th season and has received positive reviews.
Since the resounding success of the sitcom, Charlie Day has also featured in many blockbuster films such as The Lego Movie, Pacific Rim, Fist Fight, etc.
Movie Production And Directorial Ventures
Beyond acting, Day has also transitioned into the world of movie production. His first stint was as a producer for CBS’s sitcom TV series How to Be a Gentleman. He was also one of the Executive Producers of the American adult animated sitcom Unsupervised. He is equally the brain behind the Fox comedy sitcom The Cool Kids.
While Charlie is popular for his acting role as Charlie Kelly in the hit sitcom, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, he is also one of the show’s executive producers. He was further involved in the scriptwriting.
His directorial prowess can be seen on his debut on the 2020 comedy El Tonto. While Charlie directed and wrote the project, the cast boasts stars like Kate Beckinsale, Edie Falco and John Malkovich. Day also starred as a silent man who becomes a celebrity and loses it all.
Charlie Has A Strong Background In Music
Most people who see Charlie these days strutting his stuff as an actor and producer would not know he comes from a family with a strong musical background and plays the violin, piano, accordion, trombone, guitar, and harmonica excellently.
His mother was a private-school music teacher who specialized in the piano while his dad was a university music professor at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. His only sibling Alice holds a doctorate degree in Music, making him the only family member without a degree in the field. But, this doesn’t stop his talent in music from manifesting.
Most of the music and soundtracks featured in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia were written by him. He holds an honorary doctorate degree in performing arts from Merrimack College.
How Much Money Has Charlie Day Made So Far?
The bulk of Charlie’s earnings are accrued from his acting engagement and the proceeds of the commercially viable films he has appeared in. He was part of a star-studded cast (which included Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx) in the 2011 film Horrible Bosses. The film raked in more than $28 million at the box office on its opening weekend and ended up as the highest-grossing black comedy ever with $209 million in total earnings. His involvement in the science-fiction blockbuster Pacific Rim made him some good money as the film grossed over $411 million at the box office.
His much-acclaimed performance in the hit sitcom, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, both as producer and actor also enhanced his earnings significantly. The longest-running live-acting comedy series in American history, the show has been a cornerstone of his success as an entertainer. He has also lent his voice to video games such as Disney Infinity and Lego Dimensions.
Charlie Day purchased a five-bedroom, 5,600-square-foot $6.525 million mansion in Los Feliz Los Angeles in 2013. His net worth is currently put at an impressive $30 million.
Day Is Married To Fellow Actor Mary Elizabeth Ellis
The Horrible Bosses star is married to Mary Elizabeth Ellis, a Hollywood actress who has appeared on TV series such as The Grinde, New Girl, Without A Trace, Perfect Couples, and Santa Clarita Diet. She was also a regular on the sitcom, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Ironically, in the sitcom, she plays a waitress who rebuffs romantic overtures from Day’s character who is hopelessly smitten with her. It is heart-warming to know that the situation is much different in real life.
Day and Ellis started dating in 2004 and got married on the 4th of March, 2006. Their wedding ceremony did not take place at some exotic location but rather at a zoo in New Orleans (The Audubon Zoo). The venue must obviously hold a special place in the couple’s heart. Together, the couple has a son named Russell who was born in December 2011.