Born on Chicago's South Side and raised in Waukegan, Illinois, Neil Flynn was the third of six children. Although he performed in plays during his school years, it wasn't until he was getting ready to graduate from Bradley University in Peoria that he began to think that performing was something he could actually do for a living.
After college, Flynn returned to Chicago and pursued a career in live theater. He appeared at the prestigious Steppenwolf and Goodman theaters, worked with Aidan Quinn ("Hamlet") and Brian Dennehy ("Galileo"), and was twice a Jefferson Award nominee. He became a mainstay at Chicago's Improv Olympic and went on to become a member of the Second City Comedy Troupe in Chicago.
Equally adept at comedy and drama, Flynn has performed a variety of roles on television series, ranging from Sacred Heart Hospital's menacing janitor for eight seasons on "Scrubs," "Seinfeld," "The Drew Carey Show," and "That 70's Show" to "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Boston Public," and "NYPD Blue." Other TV appearances include "Arli$$," "Ellen," "Family Law," and "Smallville."
On the big screen, he was seen interrogating Harrison Ford in "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," directed by Steven Spielberg, and is also well known for playing Lindsay Lohan's dad in the hit comedy "Mean Girls." His other feature appearances include "Hoot," "Home Alone 3," "The Fugitive," "Chain Reaction," "Rookie of the Year," "Baby's Day Out," and "Major League."
Flynn is a core member of the popular improvisation group Beer, Shark, Mice, which frequently performs at IO West in Hollywood.