Charles Peckham Day who is known professionally as Charlie Day was born on February 9, 1976. He is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, director, and musician. He got into people’s consciousness with his role in the movie It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia which earned him a Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series nomination in 2011.
Charlie Day Early Life
Charlie Day, the younger child of Mary (nee Peckham) was born in The Bronx, in New York City but he spent most of his growing up years in Middletown, Rhode Island. He was the younger of two children with an older sister, Alice.
His father, Dr. Thomas Charles Day, is a retired professor of music history at Salve Regina University, Newport while his mother is a piano teacher at The Pennfield School in Portsmouth. His father is of Irish and Italian descent while his mother is of English, Irish, and Welsh ancestry.
Day had his early education at Pennfield School and he graduated from Portsmouth Abbey School, all in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. He majored in Art History in 1998 from Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts. He was later awarded an honorary Ph.D. as well as gave the commencement speech for the school’s graduating class in 2014.
While he was in school, he was an active member of Onstage, which was Merrimack’s student theater organization. At that time, he was roommates with Jimmi Simpson, who would later appear with him in the movie, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
After his graduation from Merrimack College, the young Day appeared in small television roles as well as doing voiceovers for Independent Film Channel. He also waited tables and answered calls for a telethon to supplement his income.
How He Got Into Acting
While Day was in college, he was active in the training projects held at the Williamstown Theatre Festival during his summer breaks. There he got an opportunity to perform the lead role in the play, Dead End, at the Huntington Theatre in Boston.
In 2010, he had a role in the movie Going the Distance which he played alongside Justin Long and Drew Barrymore. Alongside Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, and Jamie Foxx, he acted in the 2011 movie Horrible Bosses produced by New Line Cinema.
In 2013, he appeared in Pacific Rim, a Guillermo del Toro film as well as did a voiceover for Art, a character in the Pixar animated film Monsters University. Together with Ice Cube, he starred in the movie Fist Fight, where he played Andy Campbell, a high school teacher. He reprised his role in Pacific Rim in the movie’s sequel, Pacific Rim: Uprising
It is on record that Charlie Day, besides playing the character Charlie Kelly on the hit FX television series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, was also one of the series’ executive producers.
He, alongside other writers such as Rob McElhenney and Glenn Howerton, wrote the television series. He has since then performed on the small screen on projects such as Third Watch, Law & Order as well as Reno 911!
Besides starring in roles for television, he has also produced some such as How to Be a Gentleman as well as Unsupervised.
Charlie Day was the second cast member from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia to host Saturday Night Live (SNL).
The first cast member was Danny DeVito, though he had hosted it before the movie premiered. Day hosted the November 5, 2011 episode of the program with Maroon 5 as the musical guest artist. DeVito also made a special appearance during Day’s opening monologue on the program.
He created and produced The Cool Kids for Fox Comedy Channel which starred Vicki Lawrence, Martin Mull, and David Alan Grier. He also wrote and co-produced Mythic Quest, a half-hour comedy series. The series was announced on August 9, 2019, as one of Apple’s original production for the upcoming streaming service, Apple TV+.
Charlie Day Relationships and Personal life
Charlie Day is also a skilled musician. He got into playing the violin at the age of 3. He also plays the piano, accordion, trombone, guitar as well as harmonica. It is on record that he wrote and improvised some of the music used in the movie It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Charlie Day has been married since 2006 to the love of his life, Mary Elizabeth Ellis. They met in 2001 and started dating in 2004 when they met on the set of the movie Reno 911! They got married on March 4, 2006. They had their first child, a son, in December 2011. He was named Russell Wallace Day.
Charlie Day Net worth
Charlie Day net worth is estimated at $30 Million. It is garnered that he made the bulk of his wealth through his work as a professional actor and director.