Neil Flynn

Neil Richard Flynn (born November 13, 1960) is an American actor and comedian, known for his role as Janitor in the medical comedy drama Scrubs. He also portrays Mike Heck in the ABC sitcom The Middle.


Early life

Flynn was born in the south side of Chicago. He is of Irish descent and was raised Catholic.[1] He moved to Waukegan, Illinois at an early age. As a student at Waukegan East High School in 1978, he and partner Mike Shklair won an Illinois Individual Events state championship for “Humorous Duet Acting.” After graduating from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, in 1982, Flynn returned to Chicago to pursue an acting career. Flynn participated on the nationally renowned Bradley University Speech Team. He stands out in his movies because of his height at 6' 5" (196 cm).


During his time in Chicago, he acted with the renowned Goodman and Steppenwolf Theaters. Flynn was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award (Actor in a Principal Role, for The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, 1986). He also performed at the Improv Olympic and the Second City Comedy Troupe.

Flynn originally auditioned for the role of Dr. Cox but was given the role of Janitor instead. In Scrubs, Flynn was originally only cast for the first episode ("My First Day") but was so popular he became a regular, playing a character known only as Janitor who devotes much of his energies to menacing young Dr. John "J.D." Dorian.[2] Although his role on Scrubs had been to that point the most visible, he had other small roles in a variety of different TV shows and movies, including That '70s Show, Baby's Day Out, CSI, My Boys, Seinfeld, and Smallville.

He played a Chicago Transit Authority police officer in The Fugitive. This role was used in a subplot of the Scrubs episode "My Friend the Doctor" when J.D. (Zach Braff) notices Flynn's character in the film, and believes that Flynn's Janitor character is the actor in the film. In 2008, he worked with Harrison Ford again, playing a suspicious law enforcement official as FBI agent Smith in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Flynn also appeared briefly in the 2009 box-office bomb All About Steve, which featured Sandra Bullock.

Flynn had a minor role in Mean Girls as the father of Lindsay Lohan's character. He then played the part of an anonymous police officer in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy; this scene was cut out of the final version of the film, though it can be viewed in the straight to DVD spin-off film Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie, and in the deleted scenes of the Anchorman DVD. He had a minor role in Major League as a longshoreman and fan of the Cleveland Indians. Flynn had a role on Phil Hendrie's animated pilot that wasn't picked up by FOX. He was also the first baseman in the movie Rookie of the Year.[3]

Flynn once appeared in an episode of The Drew Carey Show, playing the fake husband of future Scrubs co-star Christa Miller. He appeared on an episode of Seinfeld, playing a police officer. He has also done voice acting for the animated series Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, though he is better known for voicing the popular characters Skidd McMarx and the Plumber in the first three Ratchet & Clank games for the PlayStation 2 . He also was the voice of a fashion policeman in Kim Possible.

He filmed a pilot called The Middle. In case it wasn't picked up he signed a second position one-year deal for Scrubs season nine. The Middle was picked up, although he did guest star in the season 9 premiere of Scrubs.


Year Film Role
1989 Major League Longshoreman
1993 Rookie of the Year Stan Okie
1993 The Fugitive Transit cop
1994 Baby's Day Out Cop in the park
The Fence Dominick
1996 Chain Reaction Cop on the observatory's roof
To Sir, with Love II (TV Movie) Detective Dennis
1997 Home Alone 3 cop responding to Alex Pruit's 9-1-1 call
1999 Magnolia Stanley Berry
2000 The Right Temptation Max
2001 The Removers Alien Mask Man
2002 It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (TV Movie) Janitor
2003 Brainwarp (Straight-to-video) Detective Jim Fist
2004 Mean Girls Chip Heron
2006 Hoot Mr. Eberhart
Re-Animated (TV Movie) Head of Appleday Board
2007 Sex and Death 101 Zack
Alive and Well Joel
77 Dr. Callahan
2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Smith
2009 Monkey Talk (TV Movie) Kevin
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Weather News Network Producer (Voice)


Year(s) Show Role Notes/Episode
1982 Brookside Sozza Episode: #1.6
1987 CBS Summer Playhouse LAPD Officer Episode: Kung Fu: The Next Generation
Sable Real Security Guard Episode: Copycat
1989 Tour Of Duty SEAL Episode: Sealed With A Kiss
Doogie Howser, M.D. Policeman #1 Episode: Pilot
1996–1997 Early Edition Cop at Newsstand/Kellaher/Marilyn 3 Episodes
1997 Seinfeld Cop #1 Episode: The Summer of George
1998 The Drew Carey Show Scott Honey Episode: Kate's Family
Ellen George Episode: It's a Gay, Gay, Gay, Gay World!
1999 That 70s Show The Bouncer Episode: The Velvet Rope
Sliders Officer Phil Episode: Easy Slider
Chicago Hope John Derricks Episode: Vigilance and Care
2000 Then Came You Cop Episode: Then Came the Monthiversary
Family Law Jack Lumberg Episode: Telling Lies
2000–2001 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command XR 24 Episodes (Voice)
2001 The District George Ryerson Episode: Vigilante
Norm Lee Episode: Norm vs. Deception
2001–2009 Scrubs Janitor 170 Episodes
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Officer Yarnell Episode: Identity Crisis
Boston Public Walter Andrews Episode: Chapter Thirty-Four
NYPD Blue Kevin Healey Episode: Low Blow
2002–2003 Clone High U.S.A. Various Characters 12 Episodes (Voice)
2003–04 Smallville Pete Dinsmore 2 Episodes
2005 King of the Hill Turpin Episode: Arlen City Bomber
Love, Inc. Nathan Episode: Love, Inc.
2006 Joey Father O'Neill 2 Episodes
My Boys Danny Finn Episode: When Heroes Fall from Grace
2007 The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show Hitchhiker Episode: T-Bones TV
2007 Kim Possible Tweed Episode: Fashion Victim
2009–present The Middle Mike Heck 46 Episodes


  1. Keller, Joel (May 5, 2010). . TV Squad. Retrieved October 10, 2010. "And so many of us -- Neil Flynn grew up in the suburbs of Chicago -- and just talking about how he grew up ... And he's also Irish-Catholic, which is how I grew up." 
  3. . IMDb. Retrieved January 10, 2010. 
  4. . IMDB. Retrieved January 10, 2010.