Nov. 13th, 1960
Waukegan, Illinois, USA
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Neil Richard Flynn (born November 13, 1960) is an American actor and comedian, known for his role as Janitor in the medical comedy-drama Scrubs. He currently portrays Mike Heck in the ABC sitcom The Middle.
Born on the south side of Chicago. He is of Irish descent and was raised Roman Catholic. He moved to Waukegan, Illinois, at an early age. As a student at Waukegan East High School in 1978, he and partner Mike Shklair won an Illinois Individual Events state championship for "Humorous Duet Acting." He attended Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, where he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity and participated on the nationally renowned Bradley University Speech Team. After graduating in 1982, Flynn returned to Chicago to pursue an acting career.
Flynn spent much of his early career taking bit parts in films like The Fugitve and Magnolia and on TV shows such as Doogie Howser, M.D. And Chicago Hope, often playing a cop. But in 2001, things took a decidedly positive turn when he was cast as the nameless Janitor on NBC's Scrubs, a role that was intended only for the pilot but was expanded to a regular series character in light of Flynn's performance.
In addition to his live-action work, Flynn has also done a considerable amount of voice work on such animated projects as Clone High, Kim Possible, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
- Formerly a member of the Chicago improv troupe known as "The Family" (predecessor to Comedy Central's "Upright Citizen's Brigade").
- Raised in Waukegan, Illinois.
- Often cast in small roles as a Police Officer.
- In _"Scrubs" (2001)_ (qv), he originally tried out for the role of Dr. Perry Cox, which later went to co-star 'John C. McGinley' (qv). The role he did get was that of the Janitor, which was originally intended for only the pilot episode. He has since become a regular cast member.
- Had a small role as a street preacher in Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer but his scene was cut. Deleted scene can be seen on the 20th Anniversary DVD edition.
- He was nominated for a 1996 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Revue for "Farewell My Compuserve" at the Second City Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
- An alumnus of Chicago's ImprovOlympic and Second City.
- He was nominated for a 1988 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play for "Whistle in the Dark" at the Body Politic Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.