Many people will recognize Charlie Day from the hit sitcom, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. In it, 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. Get to know more about him here, including his net worth, height, bio and why his wife is also known as “the waitress”.
Who Is Charlie Day? (Bio & Age)
Charles Peckham Day was born on the 9th of February 1976 in Bronx, New York. He hails from a family of four. His mother, Mary, was a piano teacher while his father, Thomas Charles, is a professor of music history. The actor has an elder sister named Alic who holds a Ph.D. in music as well.
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. For college, 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.
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 behavior, is now in its 13th season and has received positive reviews. It has propelled Day, who also serves an executive producer of the show, to Hollywood stardom.
Since the resounding success of the sitcom, Charlie Day has also featured in many blockbuster films such as The Lego Movie, Pacific Rim, and Fist Fight etc.
Family – Wife and Son
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.
Some sources estimate that Charlie Day is worth as much as $25 million. However, conservative estimates put his wealth at $14 million. Whichever one it is, there is no doubt that the New York native has done well for himself.
Day makes his living from several sources, including acting and producing. He has also lent his voice to video games such as Disney Infinity and Lego Dimensions. There is no gainsaying the fact that he must have raked in a decent sum for these efforts.
In addition to his earnings, Day has received several accolades in the course of his career. One of them is an honorary Ph.D. from his alma mater in 2014.
Charlie Day may not be so tall but he is certainly a giant given his achievements in Hollywood. He stands at 5 feet 6 ½ inches (1.69m) and his weight is given at 143 lbs (65 kg). Rounding off his cute lovable looks is a set of green eyes and dark brown hair.