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.
- His "Scrubs" (2001) character has been named only possibly three times. In episode #3x08, "My Friend the Doctor," it is revealed that the Janitor played the part of "Transit cop" in The Fugitive (1993), a part that was actually played by Neil Flynn. Because of that, fans have speculated that the Janitor's mysterious name is also Neil Flynn. In another episode (in one of J.D.'s fantasies), the janitor is talking to his son's class in school and refers to himself as Jan ═tor. The Janitor also refers to himself in thought by that name in episode "His Story III." In Season 7 Episode 8 "My Manhood" the Janitor admits to Dr. Cox that three statements have some truth to them, but he is not stupid. One of those admitted partial truths is that he has been called Josh before.
- Raised in Waukegan, Illinois.
- 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.
- Formerly a member of the Chicago improv troupe known as "The Family" (predecessor to Comedy Central's "Upright Citizen's Brigade").
- 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.
- An alumnus of Chicago's ImprovOlympic and Second City.
- Student of 'Del Close' (qv).
- He was awarded the 1986 Joseph Jefferson Award Citation for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for "The Ballad of the Sad Cafe" at the Absolute Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.