• Neil Flynn is an American actor, voice actor and comedian.
• He became famous through supporting roles in TV series such as “Scrubs” and “The Middle”.
• He grew up in a large Roman Catholic family in Waukegan, Illinois and attended Bradley University.
• He has won the NBR Award and has been nominated for the Critics Choice TV Award.
• His net worth is estimated to be around $5 million.

Short Info

Net Worth$5 million
Date Of BirthNovember 13, 1960
MarkTowering height
FactHad a small role as a street preacher in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986), but his scene was cut. Deleted scene can be seen on the 20th Anniversary DVD edition.

Who is Neil Flynn?

Neil Flynn is an American actor, voice actor and comedian, who achieved stardom with supporting television roles, such as Janitor in the TV series “Scrubs” (2001-2009), and as Mike Heck in the TV comedy series “The Middle” (2009-2018), in addition to other roles which he has secured so far in his career.

Neil Flynn Age, Childhood, Education

Born Neil Richard Flynn on the 13th November 1960, in South Side, Chicago, Illinois USA, of Irish ancestry, Neil grew up in a large Roman Catholic family with five siblings, who practiced religion. The family later moved to Waukegan, Illinois where he attended Waukegan East High Schoo, where he teamed up with Mike Shklair to win the Illinois Individual Events state championship for “Humorous Duet Acting”. Following his matriculation, Neil enrolled at Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, and was a member of the Bradley University Speech Team.

He graduated in 1982, after which he went back to Chicago, desiring to become a professional actor.

Career Start

Before making his on-screen debut, Neil honed his acting skills in Steppenwolf and Goodman theaters, and was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for his work on the play “The Ballad of the Sad Café” in 1986. As time passed his television career also started developing, and in 1993 played a cop in the film “The Fugitive”, starring Harrison Ford.

Neil Flynn

Neil continued his rise to stardom in the ‘90s, particularly with roles in such films as “The Fence” (1994) and “Magnolia” (1999), in which he starred next to Tom Cruise, Jason Robards, and Julianne Moore. Furthermore, he made several appearances in TV series, such as “Early Edition” (1996-1997), “Seinfeld” (1997), and “That ‘70s Show” (1999).

“Scrubs” and Rise to Stardom

The role of Janitor in the “Scrubs” changed his career for the better; however, he came to audition prepared to take the role of Dr. Cox.

The producers gave him the role of Janitor, who was supposed to appear only in the first episode, but became a regular character in the series. He was known only ‘the janitor’ until the end of the 8th season, when his name was revealed as Glenn Matthews. The series was canceled in 2009, but was soon picked-up by another production company, and in the next season Neil appeared in four episodes, before he opted out for the role of Mike Heck in the TV series “The Middle”.

“The Middle” and Other Projects

He played Mike Heck in the TV series “The Middle” in all 215 episodes of the Primetime Emmy Award-nominated series, which launched him to stardom. Concurrently Neil worked on other projects, including giving voice to Chuck McCabe in the animated series “Vixen” (2015-2016), then “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone” (2016), and the comedy-drama film “5-25-77” (2017), among other projects. Most recently Neil portrayed Fred in the TV comedy series “Abby’s”, appearing in all 10 episodes – unfortunately, the show was canceled after the first season.

He is now working on the new TV series, the sci-fi “Scroll Wheel of Time”, which is currently filming and scheduled to be shown in 2020.

Neil Flynn Awards

Neil has now featured in 75 films and TV series, and has received a couple of nominations and awards. He shared the NBR Award in the category Best Acting by an Ensemble, with Tom Cruise, Pat Healy, Julianne Moore, and other stars of the film “Magnolia” in 1999, while for his work on “The Middle”, Neil received Critics Choice TV Award nomination in the category Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

Neil Flynn Net Worth and Appearance

Neil Flynn has made a name for himself in the acting world and his work has increased his wealth. So, according to authoritative sources, Neil Flynn’s net worth is as high as $5 million, and his income varies according to his work.

Neil stands at 6ft 5ins (1.95m) tall, while he weighs approximately 200lbs or 92kgs; he has brown eyes and brown hair.

Neil Flynn Personal Live, Marriage, Children

What do you know about Neil’s personal life? This celebrity hasn’t shared much from his life outside his profession. Because of his secretive nature, Neil is rumored to be gay, but has never said anything about those rumors, and until the present day, there is no information about his sexuality, whether he’s married or not, nor if he has any children.

Neil’s father died of cancer and since then, Neil has been a part of the charity organization, Macmillan Cancer Support, and back in 2013 participated in the 62-mile run which was organized by the charity to raise funds for cancer research.

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General Info

Full NameNeil Flynn
Net Worth$5 million
Date Of BirthNovember 13, 1960
Height1.96 m
ProfessionComedian, Voice Actor
EducationWaukegan High School, Bradley University


AwardsNational Board of Review Award for Best Cast
NominationsCritics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
MoviesMean Girls, The Fugitive, Sex and Death 101, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Baby's Day Out, Home Alone 3, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Major League, Magnolia, Rookie of the Year, Hoot, The Right Temptation, It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, Re-Animated, 5-25-77, Th...
TV ShowsScrubs, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, The Middle

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#Marks / Signs
1Best known for his role as The Janitor on _"Scrubs (2001)"_.
2Towering height


2He 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.
3He 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.
4He 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.
5Often cast in small roles as a Police Officer.
6Graduated from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.
7Had a small role as a street preacher in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986), but his scene was cut. Deleted scene can be seen on the 20th Anniversary DVD edition.
8His Scrubs (2001) character has been named only, possibly, three times. In the episode, Scrubs: My Friend the Doctor (2003), 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 Ítor". "The Janitor" also refers to himself, in thought, by that name in the episode, Scrubs: His Story III (2006). In the episode, "Scrubs" (2001) {My Manhood (#7.8)}_, "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.
9Attended Waukegan High School (East Campus).
10Raised in Waukegan, Illinois.
11In Scrubs (2001), he originally tried out for the role of Dr. Perry Cox, which later went to co-star John C. McGinley. The role he did get was that of the Janitor, which was originally intended for only the pilot episode. He soon became a regular cast member.
12Student of Del Close.
13Formerly a member of the Chicago improv troupe known as "The Family" (predecessor to Comedy Central's "Upright Citizen's Brigade").
14An alumnus of Chicago's ImprovOlympic and Second City.




Nigel & Oscar vs. The Sasquatch2015completedSamson
ImagiGARYpost-productionOfficer Kegan
The Middle2009-2015TV SeriesMike Heck
Undateable2015TV SeriesNeil
Key and Peele2014TV SeriesDr. Kravitz
Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja2012-2014TV SeriesMr. Bannister
Surviving Jack2014TV SeriesCoach Porter
Newsreaders2013TV SeriesDr. Hugh Bowman
Bob's Burgers2013TV SeriesMax Flush
CollegeHumor Originals2011TV SeriesDad
Scrubs2001-2009TV SeriesThe Janitor
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs2009Weather News Network Producer (voice)
Scrubs: Interns2009TV SeriesThe Janitor
Monkey Talk2009TV ShortKevin
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull2008Smith
Wild Girls Gone2007Stevie's Dad
Sex and Death 1012007Zack
5-25-772007Dr. Callahan
Alive and Well2007ShortJoel
Kim Possible2003-2007TV SeriesTweed
The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show2007TV SeriesHitchhiker
My Boys2006TV SeriesDanny Finn
Re-Animated2006TV MovieHead of Appleday Board
Joey2006TV SeriesFather O'Neill
The One About the Nun and the Priest2006ShortFather Joe
Hoot2006Mr. Eberhardt
Love, Inc.2005TV SeriesNathan
King of the Hill2005TV SeriesTurpin
Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal2004Video GameThe Waterworker / Skidd McMarxx / Taxi Driver / ... (voice)
Smallville2003-2004TV SeriesPete Dinsmore
Mean Girls2004Cady's Dad
Untitled Phil Hendrie Project2004TV Movie voice
Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando2003Video GameWaterworker (voice)
Brainwarp2003Video shortDetective Jim Fist
Clone High2002-2003TV SeriesJulius Caesar / Carl / Moses / ...
It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie2002TV MovieThe Janitor
Ratchet & Clank2002Video GameThe Gadgetron Vendor / Waterworker / Skid McMarx / ...
NYPD Blue2002TV SeriesKevin Healey
Boston Public2002TV SeriesWalter Andrews
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2002TV SeriesOfficer Yarnell
Norm2001TV SeriesLee
The District2001TV SeriesGeorge Ryerson
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command2000-2001TV SeriesXR / Computer / X-Treme
The Removers2001ShortAlien Masked Man
Family Law2000TV SeriesJack Lumberg
The Right Temptation2000Max
Then Came You2000TV SeriesCop
Magnolia1999Stanley Berry
Chicago Hope1999TV SeriesJohn Derricks
That '70s Show1999TV SeriesThe Bouncer
Sliders1999TV SeriesOfficer Phil
The Drew Carey Show1998TV SeriesScott Honey
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1998TV SeriesPriest
Ellen1998TV SeriesGeorge
Home Alone 31997Police Officer #1
Early Edition1996-1997TV SeriesMarilyn / Kellaher / Cop at Newsstand
Seinfeld1997TV SeriesCop #1
Chain Reaction1996State Trooper Nemitz
To Sir, with Love II1996TV MovieDetective Dennis
The Fence1994Dominick
Baby's Day Out1994Cop #1
ABC Afterschool Specials1993TV Series
The Fugitive1993Transit Cop
Rookie of the Year1993Okie - Cubs 1st Base
Doogie Howser, M.D.1989TV SeriesPoliceman #1
Tour of Duty1989TV SeriesSeal
Major League1989Longshoreman
Sable1987TV SeriesReal Security Guard
CBS Summer Playhouse1987TV SeriesLAPD Officer
Brookside1982TV SeriesSozza


The Middle2015TV Series performer - 1 episode
Scrubs2003-2007TV Series performer - 3 episodes


Monkey Talk2009TV Short


Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer1986special thanks - as Neal Flynn


Jeopardy!2015TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
The Chew2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The View2013TV SeriesHimself
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition2011TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Liar2010TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2009TV SeriesHimself
The 43rd Annual Country Music Association Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
The Bonnie Hunt Show2009TV SeriesHimself
Last Comic Standing2008TV SeriesHimself - Talent Scout (Houston)
I Love the '70s: Volume 22006TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Poker Showdown2004TV SeriesHimself
Battle of the Network Stars2003TV SpecialHimself - Red Team
Pyramid2002-2003TV SeriesHimself
The Delmonic Interviews2002DocumentaryHimself - Interviewee
That Moment: Magnolia Diary2000Video documentaryHimself
The Awful Truth1999TV Series documentaryHead Strikebreaker


Won Awards

1999NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest Acting by an EnsembleMagnolia (1999)

Nominated Awards

2016Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesThe Middle (2009)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected].

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