Rob McElhenney Net Worth

Net Worth $ 50,000,000
Real name Robert Dale "Rob" McElhenney
Source of Wealth Acting, Screenwriting, Directing
Profession Producer, Actor, Screenwriter
Spouse/Partner Kaitlin Olsen
Date of Birth Apr 14, 0007
Zodiac Aries
Age 2015
Gender Male
Height 177 cm / 5 ft 9 inch
Nationality American


Rob McElhenney is an American actor, writer, director, and producer best known for co-creating and starring in the long-running FX comedy series "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." His net worth as of 2023 is estimated at $50 million.

Early life

Rob McElhenney grew up in a large Catholic family in Philadelphia. His parents divorced when he was young because his mother came out as gay. His father remarried, and Rob has two other half-siblings from his dad’s second marriage. In addition, his two brothers are gay, and he has repeatedly stated that he feels ‘close to the gay community.’

McElhenney attended Waldron Mercy Academy, a private Catholic school in Merion Station, Pennsylvania, and then went on to attend Saint Joseph's Preparatory School in Philadelphia. After graduating from high school, he briefly attended Temple University but dropped out to pursue a career in acting.

While he did not complete formal education, McElhenney has said that his experiences growing up in a working-class family in Philadelphia heavily influenced his sense of humor and comedic style. He has also spoken about his love for movies and television shows and how they inspired him to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.[1]


After high school, Rob McElhenney moved to New York City to pursue a career in acting. He worked several jobs to support himself while attending classes and auditioning for roles. In 2000, he made his television debut with a small role in the crime drama "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." He followed that up with appearances in "ER," "The X-Files," and "Lost."

McElhenney's big break came in 2005 when he co-created "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" with his friends Glenn Howerton and Charlie Day. The show premiered on FX and quickly gained a cult following. McElhenney starred in the series as Mac, one of the main characters, and wrote and produced the show.

Rob McElhenney created "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" with his friends Glenn Howerton (Dennis) and Charlie Day (Charlie). The idea for the show came from McElhenney's experiences working at a bar in Los Angeles, where he saw a variety of interesting characters and situations.

The trio initially pitched the show to several networks but was rejected multiple times. Undeterred, they decided to shoot a pilot episode independently using borrowed cameras and a budget of only $200. The pilot was well-received, and they secured a meeting with FX executives, who ultimately greenlit the show.[2]

Rob McElhenney’s acting credits

  • “The Devil's Own” (1997)
  • “A Civil Action” (1998)
  • “Wonder Boys” (2000)
  • “Campfire Stories” (2001)
  • “Thirteen Conversations About One Thing” (2001)
  • “Latter Days” (2003)
  • “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2004)
  • “It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (2005-2022)
  • “Four Kings” (2006)
  • “Lost” (2008)
  • “Fargo” (2015)
  • “The Mindy Project” (2016)
  • “Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet” (2020-2021)

Personal life

Rob McElhenney is married to actress and producer Kaitlin Olson, who plays Dee on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." The couple met on the show's set and married in 2008. They have two children together, a son named Axel and a daughter named Leo.

McElhenney has been open about his struggles with weight throughout his life. In 2011, he gained 60 pounds for a storyline on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" where his character Mac becomes obese.[3]McElhenney documented his weight gain journey on social media, inspiring fans to embrace their bodies and challenging societal beauty standards. Several seasons later, Rob lost all his excess weight and decided to work out more since he thought his character ‘needed to be more buff.’[4]

Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds have been close friends for several years and have collaborated on a number of projects, including the upcoming film "Free Guy." In 2020, McElhenney and Reynolds teamed up to purchase Wrexham AFC, a Welsh football club, to turn it into a successful and sustainable organization. They bought the club for $2.5 million.[5]


Rob McElhenney has mostly stayed out of the spotlight regarding controversies, but there have been a few incidents over the years.

In 2020, McElhenney faced backlash for his company's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. McElhenney and his production company, RCG Productions, were accused of putting staff and crew members at risk by not implementing proper safety protocols on the set of "Mythic Quest." Several staff members tested positive for COVID-19, and some accused McElhenney and the production company of downplaying the severity of the situation.

In addition, Glenn Howerton stated that he regrets the name of an episode - “Sweet Dee’s Dating a Retarded Person.” Still, considering the dark and twisted themes the show revolves around, it seems like they got away with it.[6]


In conclusion, Rob McElhenney is a talented actor, writer, and producer who has significantly impacted the entertainment industry. From his early days in Philadelphia to his groundbreaking work on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," McElhenney has shown a commitment to creating innovative, boundary-pushing content that resonates with audiences worldwide.

As of 2023, Rob McElhenney’s net worth is estimated at $50 million.


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  5. Brennan, J. (2023) How much did Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney pay to buy Wrexham?, Diario AS. Available at:,How%20much%20did%20Ryan%20Reynolds%20and%20Rob%20McElhenney%20pay%20to,on%20and%20off%20the%20pitch (Accessed: February 27, 2023).

  6. Dry, J. (2018) 'it's always sunny in Philadelphia': Glenn Howerton reveals the 'offensive' episode he 'regrets', IndieWire. IndieWire. Available at: (Accessed: February 27, 2023).