The How And When Of Neil Flynn’s Acting Career, His Most Memorable Roles And Net Worth

A hugely talented and incredibly industrious man, Neil Flynn is one actor who has been described by many as a thespian who truly knows his onions. The American actor who is also a comedian and voice actor has been in the entertainment industry for decades and still continues to prove his relevance.

The veteran actor is known majorly for his role as the Janitor in the series Scrubs, but this multi-talented man is so much more than that. The story of his rise to stardom and his grip on prominence is one worthy of reading.

It All Began On Stage

Neil Flynn began acting and comedy while attending the Waukegan East High School in 1978 where he performed in stage productions for the school. In 1979 he, alongside Mike Shklair, participated in humorous duet acting where they bagged the Illinois Individual Events State Championship. Perhaps this big win started a fire in Neil to pursue a career in acting.

After graduating from the Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois in 1982, he sought to relocate to the city of his birth; Chicago so he could pursue his acting career in theatres across America. Soon after this, he began acting in theatres.

A scene of The Ballad of the Sad Cafe
A scene of The Ballad of the Sad Cafe

In 1986 Niel worked with Goodman and Steppenwolf Theatres in the Chicago. That year, he starred in the stage production of The Ballad of the Sad Cafe. His performance was so good that he was eventually nominated for the Joseph Jefferson Award for his work. Neil Flynn was also a performer at the Improv Olympic and the Second City Comedy Troupe.

Neil Flynn’s Early Days In Hollywood

With the experience he had acquired acting on stage, it was not long before Neil Flynn finally transitioned to starring in Hollywood movies and TV series. He made his debut on a TV series in 1987 when he played an LAPD Officer in an episode of CBS Summer Playhouse titled Kung Fu: The Next Generation. The same year, he starred in Sable, another TV series.

In 1993, Neil Flynn began gaining some buzz when he was cast to play a police officer who is killed by the one-armed man in The Fugitive, an American action thriller film. Years later he started his own improv group called “Beer Shark Mice” along with David Kirchner and they were active up until 2015.

In the following years, Flynn continued to land minor roles in other Hollywood productions. In 1994, he played Dominick in The Fence and a cop in Baby’s Day Out before landing a role in the fantasy comedy-drama television series Early Edition from 1996 to 1997. In 1999, he played Stanley Berry in the epic psychological drama film, Magnolia. The same year, he portrayed John Derricks in the medical drama television series, Chicago Hope.

Which Roles Stood Him Out?

Despite playing many roles in different movies and TV series in the 1990s, Neil did not get his breakthrough and accompanying fame until in 2001 when he was cast in the successful medical-comedy series Scrubs.

Interestingly, when Neil Flynn auditioned for the show, he wanted the role of Dr. Cox on the series but was instead asked to play the role of the Janitor. Even though his character was only meant to appear in one episode, he eventually became a regular and one of the major characters of the series who caught the attention of millions of fans. Neil Flynn starred in Scrubs for nine seasons from 2001 to 2009 across a total of 170 episodes. Neil appeared as the main cast from seasons 2 to 8 although he appeared as a guest in seasons 1 and 9.

Flynn’s role in Scrubs shot him to immense popularity and established him as an actor of great renown. It also expanded his fan base considerably around the world.

Neil Flynn, Patricia Heaton, and Ray Romano in The Middle (2009)
Neil Flynn, Patricia Heaton, and Ray Romano in The Middle (2009)

Apart from Scrubs, Neil Flynn has also starred in other major productions. In 2009, the actor landed a lead role in ABC’s The Middle, a sitcom. In this series, Neil played the role of Mike Heck who has 3 children and works at the Orson Limestone Quarry. The actor starred in the series from 2009 to 2018 across a total of 215 episodes and garnered a lot of popularity.

Flynn has also featured in tons of other movies where he plays the role of a cop or a dad. Notable among these films include Mean Girls in 2004, Smallville from 2003 to 2004, and Joey in 2006. Interestingly, Neil played the role of an anonymous police officer in the movie Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy but his scene was not included in the final version. It can, however, be viewed on the DVD spin-off film called Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie.

He Is More Than Just An Actor

Neil Flynn is more than just an actor. He is also a writer. In 2009, he co-wrote the short comedy film, Monkey Talk with American actor and director, Peter Hulne.

Also, apart from appearing physically in movies, Neil Flynn has also been actively involved in voice acting. His voice featured in the animated series Buzz Light Year of Star Command and more notably, he voiced major characters Skidd McMarx and the Plumber in the Ratchet and Clank games for the PlayStation 2. Also, he was the voice of Chuck in the DC Comics animated series called Vixen.

How Much Money Has Neil Flynn Made?

There is no doubt at all that Neil Flynn is a wealthy man. Having been in the entertainment industry for three decades and having starred in several movies and TV series, some of which are blockbusters, it is expected that he has been able to rake in a considerable amount of wealth in the process.

Apparently, with acting and voice acting roles in both the small and big screen, it’s not hard to believe he is wealthy and ranks among some of the most successful actors in the industry. At the moment, his net worth is estimated at $5 million. Certainly, with proceeds from his investments, books, and also more roles coming his way whether as a character actor or in a voice role, Neil’s net worth is expected to keep rising

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