Best known for his role as Mac on the widely-acclaimed FX series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Rob McElhenney is an American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. Asides creating the show and being a major character thereof, McElhenney also works behind the scenes as one of the show’s developers and executive producers. It is a venture that has paid off with multiple credits to his name. Although he had been on the scene since 1997, McElhenney’s big break came in 2005 at the start of this show. Over twenty years later, he has appeared on twenty-two films and TV shows. Let’s look beyond his professional exploits and explore the details of his personal life.
Does Rob McElhenney Have a Wife?
Before taking you down his family route, let’s give you some little background story about the actor. Rob McElhenney began his professional journey back in 1997 with a role in The Devil’s Own. Then came brief appearances in A Civil Action (1998), Wonder Boys (2000), Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001), Latter Days (2003), and The Tollbooth (2004). However, none of these brought him to the limelight until the start of his show, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, in 2005. Then 28, three years had passed since he shifted base from New York City to Los Angeles. It was a move that led him not only on the path of career success but also to marital bliss.
When Did He Get Married?
Like many Hollywood love tales, Rob McElhenney’s wife crossed his path when they were both on the line of duty. When his comedic show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia kicked off in 2005, Kaitlin Olson was one of the first hands that were brought on board. At the time, the thirty-year-old comedic actress had just moved to Los Angeles to pursue her show biz career. Olson was cast in the role of Dee Reynolds. Her character won the hearts of viewers and critics alike.
Between June and August of 2006, as the show entered its second season, Rob McElhenny had caught Olson’s fancy, so much that they began a romantic relationship. As he recounts, Olson was the funniest woman on the set and her personality was one thing that endeared her to him the more. After dating for two years, the love birds got married on Saturday, September 27, 2008; it was a modest ceremony that held in California.
Does Rob McElhenney Have Kids?
As a couple, their first move was to acquire the Philadelphia-based outfit, Skinner’s Bar (located at 226 Market Street); which they renamed Mac’s Tavern. According to Olson’s fans, Mac’s Tavern became the couple’s first child. In 2010, McElhenney and Olson welcomed their first child whom they named Axel Lee McElhenney. Axel was born on Wednesday, September 1, 2010. Two years after, the couple welcomed their second son whom they named Leo Grey McElhenney. Leo was born on Thursday, April 5, 2012. So far, there is no news about their plans to have another child. Olson herself seems to be having a great time with her boys.
In 2011, a year after the arrival of their first son, Rob McElhenney reported added a whopping 50lb in preparation for the seventh season of his show. The Philadelphia-born actor grew a beard to add extra humor to his character and to spice up the show with a new comedic direction. Sources believe that the move created fear among cast members who were very much concerned about his health. After he ended filming for that episode, however, McElhenney eventually worked himself back to shape; losing 23lb in a month. In terms of age, McElhenney is about two years younger than his sweetheart.
Is He Still Married to Kaitlin Olson?
Considering the rate at which celebrity marriages crash, one can pardon those asking if Rob is still married to Kaitlin. So far as we know, the couple is very much together. Since the birth of their second son in 2012, the two have appeared on various individual projects as well as their joint project. They also co-manage a number of businesses. Together, the couple and their two lovely boys live in Los Angeles, California.