Neil Flynn is an American actor who was an indispensable part of the ABC comedy series The Middle, which concluded after its sixth season in 2018.

The Hollywood walk of fame inductee has also appeared in numerous other series, including ScrubsThe FugitiveMean Girls, and The Resurrection of Gavin Stone.

Flynn's Filmography: A Rundown of the Veteran Actor's Time on Show-Biz

The actor's first foray into acting was through theatre. He was nominated for the acclaimed Joseph Jefferson Award in 1986 for his role in the broadway The Ballad Of Sad Cafe.

Following that, his first step into the small screen was with the CBS series Summer Playhouse in 1987. Two years later, he also made his big-screen debut when he appeared in 1989's sports comedy movie Major League. 

He had a nomadic career after his debut with the actor flipping between the television and movies.

His acting skills were widely appreciated in the American sitcom Ellen's episode 'It's a Gay, Gay, Gay, Gay World!'

Flynn managed to establish himself as a household name in the TV world after appearing in the hit medical drama Scrubs in 2001. His portrayal of Janitor, who is in constant trouble with the series protagonist J.D., earned him plenty of praises and a part in the sitcom The Middle.

His On-Screen Family: Married to Wife, Frances Heck

In the series The Middle, Flynn as Janitor is a happily married man. He is married to his partner, Frances Heck (portrayed by Patricia Heaton), and serves as a stabilizing influence in his family.

His wife, a dental assistant and a former car salesperson, is an underperforming professional in both roles.

Neil Flynn with on-screen wife, Patricia Heaton. 

Neil Flynn with on-screen wife Patricia Heaton. (Photo:

The couple is also parents to three children with varying traits. The eldest son Axl is a lazy teenager who is good in sports but poor in his academics.

Neil Flynn with the on-screen family, the cast of ABC network's series The Middle.

Neil Flynn with the on-screen family, the cast of ABC network's series The Middle. (Photo:

Likewise, their daughter Sue has her mother's genes, as she is a chronically unsuccessful teenager and a social outcast. The youngest son Brick is an introvert who pretends to have Asperger Syndrome.

Absence of Partner in His Real Life Fuels Gay Rumors

Out of the screen, though, Flynn's dating life remains undisclosed. And the lack of details about his personal life has seen him being questioned on his sexuality.

The actor, however, has neither acknowledged nor denied people's speculation of him being gay to date.

What's more? The overly secretive actor is not into social media either, which hinders people from knowing his personal life, which has left the fans guessing and imagining the actor's love life.

Flynn's Mini Bio: Christian Family & Strict Upbringing behind Multi-Million Success

The veteran actor has not only won plenty of admirers in the industry for his acting but he has also been rewarded financially. He boasts a whopping net worth of $8 million, and with numerous projects in the pipeline, it is sure to get bigger. 

Flynn, who is of Irish origin, was born on November 12, 1960, in Southside Chicago, in a family of six children.

Raised in a devout Christian family, he credits his strict upbringing as one of the reasons for his success.

His Fight Against Cancer Initiative Stems Weight Loss

Flynn actively promoted the organization Macmillan Cancer Support by participating in a 62-mile run to generate funds against the fight against cancer in 2013.

Flynn lost his father, Ian, to cancer, which led him to raise awareness against the killer disease. He also underwent a weight loss during the training period of the 62 miles run.

Four Interesting Facts About Neil Flynn

  1. Before he made it big in Hollywood, the Scrubs star made a living by selling bulbs and teaching English classes to High School students.
  2. Improv instructor Del Close took Flynn under his wings when he was just a beginner.
  3. After graduating college, he joined the Steppenwolf and Goodman Theaters.
  4. The veteran comedian had originally auditioned for the role of Dr. Cox on Scrubs