Neil Flynn portrayed the Janitor on Scrubs. He was a supporting casts member during Season One and was upgraded to the main cast for Season Two through Season Eight. He made a guest appearance in Season Nine.


Neil Flynn was born in Chicago and raised in Waukegan, Illinois, and has 5 siblings. He graduated from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, and soon after began to consider acting as a career. He then returned to Chicago and pursued live theater, where he appeared at the prestigious Steppenwolf and Goodman theaters. Talented at both drama and comedy, Flynn became a member of Chicago’s ImprovOlympic and went on to be a member of the Second City Comedy Troupe in Chicago.

Flynn has appeared in the movies Mean Girls, Hoot, The Fugitive, Chain Reaction, Rookie of the Year, Baby’s Day Out, Major League, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (cameo).

On television, Flynn has appeared in the series C.S.I., Boston Public, NYPD Blue, Early Edition, The Drew Carey Show, That ‘70s Show, Joey, Seinfeld, Ellen, Family Law, and Smallville. Flynn is a member of the main cast of the ABC sitcom The Middle, as husband and father of three, Mike Heck.


Year Title Media Character
1987 CBS Summer Playhouse TV LAPD Officer (1 episode)
Sable TV Real Security Guard (1 episode)
1989 Major League Film Longshoreman
Tour of Duty TV Seal (1 episode)
Doogie Howser, M.D. TV Policeman (2 episodes)
1993 Rookie of the Year Film Okie
The Fugitive Film Transit Cop
ABC Afterschool Specials TV Unknown (1 episode)
1994 The Fence Film Dominick
Baby's Day Out Film Cop #1
1996 To Sir, with Love II TV Movie Detective Dennis
Chain Reaction Film State Trooper Nemitz
Early Edition TV Various (3 episodes)
1997 Seinfeld TV Cop #1 (1 episode)
Home Alone 3 Film Police Officer #1
1998 Ellen TV George (1 episode)
The Drew Carey Show TV Scott Honey (1 episode)
1999 Sliders TV Officer Phil (1 episode)
That '70s Show TV The Bouncer (1 episode)
Chicago Hope TV John Derricks (1 episode)
Magnolia Film Stanley Berry
2000 Then Came You TV Cop (1 episode)
The Right Temptation Film Max
Family Law TV Jack Lumberg (1 episode)
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command TV XR (24 episodes)
2001 The Removers Film Alien Masked Man
The District TV Unknown (1 episode)
The Norm Show TV Lee (1 episode)
Scrubs TV Janitor
2002 CSI TV Officer Yarnell (1 episode)
Boston Public TV Walter Andrews (1 episode)
NYPD Blue TV Kevin Healey (1 episode)
Ratchet & Clank Video Game Various
It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie TV Movie Janitor
Clone High TV Glenn the Janitor / Various (12 episodes)
2003 Brainwarp Video Detective Jim Fist
Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando Video Game Waterworker
Smallville TV Pete Dinsmore (2 episodes)
Kim Possible TV Tweed (2 episodes)
2004 Mean Girls Film Cady's Dad
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Film Police Officer (uncredited)
Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal Video Game Various
2005 Love, Inc. TV Nathan (1 episode)
2006 Hoot Film Mr. Eberhardt
Joey TV Father O'Neill (2 episodes)
Re-Animated TV Movie Head of Appleday Board
My Boys TV Danny Finn (1 episode)
2007 Sex and Death 101 Film Zack
The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show TV Hitchhiker (1 episode)
Alive and Well Film Joel
'77 Film Dr. Callahan
2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Film Paul Smith
2009 Monkey Talk TV Movie Kevin
The Middle TV Mike Heck


Year Ceremony Award Result For
1999 Method Fest National Board of Review, USA Won Best Acting by an Ensemble - Magnolia


  • Neil originally tried out for the part of Dr. Cox, but the producers chose John C. McGinley. They liked him so much, however, that they wrote him into the pilot.
  • The character of Janitor was so well received by fans, that they made him a full time cast member in the second season.
  • He plays on a local softball team, and also enjoys a weekly game of poker.
  • The Janitor was originally supposed to be a figment of J.D.'s imagination, but Neil wanted to interact with characters other than J.D., thus, the result being kept as one of the cast members.
  • Neil incorporates part of his comedy act into his character. He is known for improvising a lot of his lines.
  • Neil Flynn also does the voice of The Plumber in the Ratchet & Clank video game series.

MAIN Zach BraffSarah ChalkeDonald FaisonNeil FlynnKen JenkinsJohn C. McGinley
Judy ReyesEliza CoupeKerry BishéMichael MosleyDave Franco
SUPPORTING Johnny KastlSam LloydRobert MaschioChrista MillerTravis SchuldtAloma Wright
SEE ALSO List of character appearances • Cast from Season: 12345678W9 e

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