Last year Neil Flynn finished his eighth season as Sacred Heart Hospital’s menacing janitor in the ABC comedy series Scrubs. Born on Chicago’s South Side and raised in Waukegan, Illinois, Flynn was the third of six children. Although he performed in plays during his school years, it wasn’t until he was getting ready to graduate from Bradley University in Peoria that he began to think that performing was something he could actually do for a living.
After college, Flynn returned to Chicago and pursued a career in live theater. He appeared at the prestigious Steppenwolf and Goodman theaters, worked with Aidan Quinn (Hamlet) and Brian Dennehy (Galileo), and was twice a Jefferson Award nominee. He became a mainstay at Chicago’s Improv Olympic and went on to become a member of the Second City Comedy Troupe in Chicago.
Flynn can be seen interrogating Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, directed by Steven Spielberg, and is also well known for playing Lindsay Lohan’s dad in the hit comedy Mean Girls. His other feature appearances include Hoot, Home Alone 3, The Fugitive, Chain Reaction, Rookie of the Year, Baby’s Day Out and Major League.
Equally adept at comedy and drama, Flynn has performed a variety of roles on television series, ranging from Seinfeld, The Drew Carey Show and That '70s Show to C.S.I., Boston Public and NYPD Blue. Other TV appearances include Arli$$, Ellen, Family Law and Smallville.
Flynn is a core member of the popular improvisation group Beer, Shark, Mice, which frequently performs at IO West in Hollywood.