|Net Worth:||$60 Million|
|Birthday:||Apr 14, 1977|
|Age:||44 years old|
|Height:||5.9 feet (177cm)|
|Birthplace:||United States of America|
|Occupation:||Actor, Producer, Screenwriter, Director|
|Last Updated:||September, 2021|
Robert Dale “Rob” McElhenney is an Irish-American actor, producer, screenwriter and director who is known for his creation of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, a series about an Irish bar ran by an extremely selfish but humorous group of friends. This fourteen-season sitcom that has been airing since 2005 has paved the way for McElhenney to rise above other actors and creative directors. Being in the entertainment industry for more than two decades, he can generate a tremendous $60 million net worth as of 2021.
How Did Rob McElhenney Become Rich?
McElhenney was born on the 14th of April, 1977 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. His parents, Robert and Helena, divorced when he was eight years old after his mother identified herself as a lesbian. Although his parents part ways, they were still able to form a healthy relationship for their children including McElhenney and his two gay brothers. Coming from unique family background, he was able to freely and creatively explore his passion as a young adult.
After graduating from St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, he moved to New York City to pursue further studies at Fordham University. However, he did not enroll and started to explore the film industry as an actor.
In 1997, he had his acting debut in a film entitled “The Devil’s Own” where he played the role of Kevin. He also appeared in Wonder Boys in 2000 where he played the small role of being a student. In these films, he was able to work with stars like Brad Pitt and Katie Holmes. However, his scenes were cut off from the film for some reason.
Disappointed he was, McElhenney continued to pursue his career as an actor and played some small roles in films like “Thirteen Conversations About One Thing” (2001), “Long Story Short” (2002), “Latter Days” (2003) and “The Tollbooth” (2004). He also appeared in some television series like “Law & Order” (1997), “ER” (2004) “Lost” (2007, 2010), “The Mindy Project” (2014-2015) and “Fargo” (2017).
Although he was able to catch several good projects as an actor from the time he started, McElhenney was not a big name until he created “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” where he also starred as an actor. In 2004, he pitched his sitcom idea to several TV stations and fortunately received good feedbacks and offers. He sealed the deal to publish and produce his creative work with FX, an American television channel that is a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company. He chose the company because it gave him the freedom to experiment and express his talent as a writer and director.
After this huge breakthrough in his show business career, his fame and fortune continued to grow throughout the years. According to an interview, McElhenney shared that most of his time was devoted to “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, writing scripts, acting, directing and producing the show. Despite being busy with his show, he managed to appear in some shows.
As time passed by, he was able to make more fans for his show and build more connections in the industry. Some of his fans were the writers of “Game of Thrones” who volunteered to write an episode for his show entitled “Flowers for Charlie”. He was also able to direct a Minecraft movie in 2015.
As of 2021, his sitcom is considered the longest-running live-action sitcom in history and is regarded as the most popular and highest-rated FX show according to IMDb.
What Is Rob McElhenney Net Worth?
Being in the industry for more than two decades, McElhenney was able to earn from his various acting appearances, directions, screenwriting, and television shows he produced and as of 2021, his net worth has reached $60 million.
Undoubtedly, his wealth is coming from his active career as an actor, writer, director, and producer of his sitcom. With a $450,000 proposed budget for the sitcom, McElhenney only earned around $70,000 from the first season of the series. However, when it became a huge hit during its second season, the show was given an $800,000 budget per episode. As it continued to grow and reach fame, the show got an even larger budget per episode which is believed to have reached $1.5 million. Compared to how his earning started with a low budget, it is safe to say that McElhenney’s earnings perhaps tripled or more.
Being one of the directors, developers, and executive producers of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, McElhenney is considered to be one of the highest-paid actors of the show. Some of his productions are “Living Loaded” and “Unsupervised” in 2012.
It was recorded that he has already directed four and written nine television series and movies and produced sixteen films so far.
How Rob McElhenney Spends His Money?
In 2008, McElhenney bought a house in Shermon Oaks located in Los Angeles, California. The 4,000 square feet home with 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms is believed to be worth around $2.1 million. Ten years later, he sold his house for $2.5 million and built their dream home in 2020. The couple showed off their cozy and spacious house in the summer issue of Traditional Home in 2020. Though the price was not published, it can be inferred that this professionally designed and built house is worth more than what their previous house was.
In addition, McElhenney and his wife bought Mac’s Tavern in 2009. The bar was previously known as Skinner’s Bar and is located in his hometown, Philadelphia.
In 2021, McElhenney and his friend Ryan Reynolds, have completely taken over Wrexham Association Football Club, a professional football association based in Wales County in the southwest of Great Britain. According to The Guardian, the celebrity pair invested around $2.7 million. The money will be spent on transfers and enhancement of the women’s football program.
- For the sake of his character in “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, McElhenney intentionally gained 50 pounds to inspire himself and his co-writers to make jokes about his plump character in the series, Mac.
- Although his character in the sitcom, Mac, can be described as homophobic, McElhenney has a very positive attitude towards the LGBT community as he was raised by his two mothers which are a lesbian couple and has two gay brothers.
- McElhenney has been married to his co-actor in his sitcom named Kaitlin Olson since September 27, 2008 and the couple has two children.