We all know the cast of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia now as Charlie, Mac, Dennis, Frank, and Dee, but where were they before they scored the rolls on this show? I thought it would be fun to take a look down memory lane and find clips from some of the first film/television rolls that each of the cast members landed in their careers. It’s crazy to see how far they’ve all come over the years and where they all started out before they were the crazy gang we all know and love.

Danny Devito as Louie DePalma on Taxi (1978-1983):

For six years, wayyyy before his role on Sunny, Danny Devito played a loud and outlandish taxi dispatcher in the hit series Taxi. I you watch this clip you can see that back in the day he had much more hair and much better eyesight, but the same crazy non-restricted personality that we’ve grown to love as he plays Frank Reynolds on It’s Always Sunny. 

Danny Devito as Mr. Wormwood in Matilda (1996):

Having not been alive for the generation that Taxi took place in, this was the only role prior to Sunny that I remembered Danny from. This movie totally reminds me of my childhood, and how much I hated Matilda’s con-artist dad. Looking back now though, he seems to bear a striking similarity to Mr. Reynolds. He even says, “nobody ever got rich bein’ honest.” Sound like anyone we know?

Kaitlin Olson as Janet on George Lopez (2004):

Before she was Sweet Dee, Kaitlin Olson appeared on an episode of George Lopez where she played a snarky assistant principal. While I have the utmost confidence that Dee’s sexual promiscuity and sailor mouth wouldn’t land her even an assistant role, the minor character’s sarcastic attitude and inability to deliver news appropriately reminds me quite a bit of Dee and her laugh-inducing flaws.

Rob McElhenney as Joey Timon on Law & Order (1997):

When I was a mere two years, Rob McElhenney was getting his acting career rolling with a spot on the show that it seems all of Hollywood has appeared on at one point or another. He plays a teenage bad-boy who ends up murdering an innocent victim just for the fun of it, and ends up facing 20 to life. Yikes… While Mac McDonald was once thought to be a serial killer, I’d like to think he’s not quite “bad-ass” enough to to actually commit that grave of a crime–hopefully.

Glenn Howerton as Corey Howard on That 80’s Show (2002):

One of Glenn’s first rolls before playing the narcissistic Dennis Reynolds, was as Corey Howard on That 80’s Show. While the show was not well-received by fans and only lasted one season, the 13 episodes that Glenn appeared in acted as the start of his career, as he would go on to become the gang member we all love to hate.

Charlie Day as Jeremy on Law & Order (2001):

4 years after Rob appeared on the show, we see none other than Charlie Kelly pop up on this crime series as well–see, I really wasn’t lying about everyone being on here at some point. Anyways, he stars as a laid back cool-guy witness, and his acting is soooo different than anything he’s done on Sunny that it’s almost funny to watch, since I know him so well as Charlie Day and all he represents. Vastly different than the cheese-obsessed dyslexic from Philly.

Charlie Day as Michael Boscorelli on Third Watch (2001-2004):

On a 6 season series that followes the lives of New York’s 55th precinct’s police officers, paramedics, etc., Charlie Day appeared as Michael Boscorelli in 5 different episodes throughout the series. He plays the brother of Officer Maurice Boscorelli (Jason Wiles) and carries out another unconventional roll in this early 00’s crime drama. While his performance is great, I’m not gonna lie, I’m glad soon after this stint he found his home on Sunny playing the roll he’s so clearly meant to be playing.

What’s your favorite past roll from a member of the Always Sunny cast? Leave a comment below, jabronis.


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