Rob McElhenney first heard about the performance a few weeks ago at a Wrexham soccer match. He knew that Glenn Howerton, his longtime “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” co-star, had shaved his glorious locks for his first major starring film role in “BlackBerry.” What he didn’t know is how much of his sitcom character Howerton had also buzzed away to play the volatile businessman who helped launch the mobile device revolution.
“I just have to tell you, your friend, Glenn, is fantastic,” Shawn Levy, the director of “Night of the Museum” and the upcoming “Deadpool 3,” told him at the game.
“Well, have you ever seen him before?” said McElhenney.
“I only know him from ‘Sunny,’” said Levy, “and I just never put two and two together.”
Since 2005, Howerton, 47, has played Dennis Reynolds on the FX sitcom with McElhenney, Charlie Day and Kaitlin Olson. (Danny DeVito arrived in Season 2; the show’s 16th season arrives in June.) Dennis is a handsome man with ugly ways, a predatory narcissist who just happens to keep zip ties and duct tape in his trunk. “Sunny,” on which Howerton also serves as a writer, has maintained its popularity as the cable era morphed into the streaming era, becoming the longest-running live-action sitcom in television history. (Surpassing, yes, “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.”) And while Howerton has had a range of small outside gigs, one network sitcom starring role (“A.P. Bio”) and a few dramatic close calls — nearly beating out Chris Pine to take on Captain Kirk and Chris Pratt for “Guardians of the Galaxy” — he is best known for playing Reynolds of the patented “D.E.N.N.I.S. System.”
Which is to say he occupies an odd spot in popular culture. “Sunny” is a television staple, lauded by fans for putting a fearless, satirical twist on hot-button topics such as abortion, race and sexual harassment. But the closest it has come to an Emmy is being nominated three times for stunt coordination. That general lack of establishment respect extends to Howerton, whose turns on “Sunny” range from sordid soliloquies to the slapstick of a covid-induced coughing fit.
“The most frustrating part,” says Day, “is we just sold out Royal Albert Hall, two shows with thousands of screaming fans, yet within the industry somebody might be surprised that Glenn is a great actor. And it just goes to show you that they’re not actually watching the show. Or they’re not watching it closely enough. Because for any person who’s a real fan of ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,’ there’s no question in their minds that Glenn is an elite performer.’” [More at Source]
I’ve updated the gallery with photos of Glenn attending the 73rd Berlinale International Film Festival for the premiere of “BlackBerry”.
I’ve updated the gallery with stills & screencaptures of the double episodes premiere of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”‘ season 15 stills & screencaptures.
Glenn stopped by The Late Late Show with James Corden this week to talk about the premiere of the new season of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”.
I’ve updated the gallery with stills & screencaptures of Glenn as Jack Griffin in season 4 of A.P. Bio that aired exclusively on Peacock earlier this year.
Earlier this year, Glenn did a guest star appearance on The Fugitive, a show that can be streamed on Quibi. The show’s synopsis was as follow:
When a bomb rips through the Los Angeles subway train he’s riding on, blue-collar Mike Ferro just wants to make sure his wife, Allison, and 10-year-old daughter, Pearl, are safe. But the faulty evidence on the ground and a “tweet-now, confirm-later” journalist paint a nightmarish picture: it looks to all the world that Mike was responsible for the heinous act. Wrongfully—and very publicly—accused, Mike must prove his innocence by uncovering the real perpetrator, before the legendary cop heading the investigation can apprehend him.
Glenn played Jerry Conwell, a traditionally-trained editor of the news reporter who blasted the news and didn’t OK her tweet. Head to the gallery for high quality screencaptures.
I’ve updated the gallery with stills, screencaptures, promos & key art of Glenn in season 3 of A.P. Bio. Make sure to stream the new season on Peacock so we can get season 4.