Neil Flynn’s role as Janitor in ‘Scrubs’ was gateway for his successful career
No doubt, the famed actor, Neil Flynn better to be called comedian, had an early interest in performing. It was in his high school, partnering with Mike Shklair, he took home an Illinois Individual Events state championship for Humorous Duet Acting in 1978. And within his three and half decade long career in show business, his portrayal as Janitor in Scrubs justified his talents truly.
Flynn was in a rush to kick off his professional acting career immediately after graduation. So, he returned back to Chicago and performed in renowned Steppenwolf and Goodman theaters. Additionally, he performed with the Second City Comedy Troupe and at the Improv Olympic.
Prior to earning a starring role in Scrubs, he had minor roles in a variety of movies and TV shows including Baby’s Days Out, That 70’s Show, My Boys, CSI, Smallville, and Seinfeld.
Auditioned for the role of Dr. Cox for Scrubs, he was instead asked to play the role of Janitor. Flynn was originally cast only for the first episode but was made series regular later portraying the role of Janitor. He was series regular with the show throughout eight seasons but he landed only guest roles in the 9th season. Focusing on the new show The Middle, he continued with a guest role in Scrubs. He stars as family patriarch Mike Heck alongside Frances “Frankie” Heck played by Everybody Loves Raymond star Patricia Heaton in the ABC family comedy.
His other credits include as Chicago police officer in The Fugitive, an FBI agent Smith in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, as Lindsay Lohan’s father’s role in Mean Girls, an anonymous police officer in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, and a small role in Rookie of the Year.
He took voice roles in a variety of acting projects including Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Kim Possible, Vixen and many more. For the years, he has been performing with Beer Shark Mice, his improv group. Within his career spanning over 35 years, he has amassed net worth of around $5 million. Reports have it that he has been receiving several million dollars salary yearly. But authentic details hasn’t come out yet.