Robert Dale "Rob" McElhenney (born April 14, 1977) is an American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for playing Mac on the FX comedy series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. He is a creator, developer, and executive producer of the show, which has also provided him with writing and directing credits on various episodes.
McElhenney was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was raised in part by two gay mothers who have a domestic partnership in New Jersey.
McElhenney made his film debut with a small part in Alan J. Pakula's The Devil's Own, followed by small parts in A Civil Action, Wonder Boys, and Thirteen Conversations About One Thing. He later had more substantial parts in Latter Days and The Tollbooth, and a small role in the Law & Order episode "Thrill".
In 2004, McElhenney was still waiting tables between acting assignments when his manager and agent pitched his idea for a sitcom to FX, which was warmly received. McElhenney claims that 50 weeks of each year are consumed by acting, producing, and writing for the show, but he did find time to appear in the third season of Lost in the episode "Not in Portland". This was a result of McElhenney meeting Lost co-creator and executive producer Damon Lindelof, who is a fan of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. McElhenney continued the role in Lost, featured again in the sixth season for a single episode. Rob is a fan of Game of Thrones and was thrilled that the series' writers asked to write an episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. His co-producers and himself accepted the offer...
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