Charlie Day

FXX Network Fall 2013 Launch Party and "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" and "The League" Los Angeles Premieres - Arrivals

Day in 2013, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Charles Peckham Day

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 9, 1976

*father – Italian, Irish
*mother – English, along with remote Welsh, French, Irish, and Scottish

Charlie Day is an American actor, writer, producer, and podcaster. His roles include It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, as well as the films Horrible Bosses, Pacific Rim, and The Lego Movie, and their sequels, and Going the Distance, Monsters University, Vacation, The Hollars, Fist Fight, Hotel Artemis, I Want You Back, and The Super Mario Bros. Movie. He also co-created It’s Always Sunny…, and Mythic Quest. He co-hosts The Always Sunny Podcast, with frequent collaborators Glenn Howerton and Rob McElhenney.

He was raised in Middletown, Rhode Island. His mother, Mary, was a piano teacher at The Pennfield School, and his father, Dr. Thomas Charles Day, was a professor of music history at Salve Regina University. Charlie is married to actress Mary Elizabeth Ellis, with whom he has a son.

Charlie’s family’s surname was changed from Del Giorno to Day before his father was born. Charlie’s father is of Italian and Irish ancestry. Charlie’s mother is of mostly English ancestry, with remote Irish, Welsh, French, and Scottish, roots. Many or most lines of her family have lived in the United States since the 1600s, largely in New England. Through his mother, Charlie is a Mayflower descendant.

Charlie’s paternal grandfather was Gabriel John Del Giorno/Day (the son of Armando/Armanto “Edward” Del Giorno and Margaret/Margarita Mirra). Gabriel was born in Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., Pennsylvania. He was killed in a B-17 crash in Baltimore. Edward was born in Campania, Italy. Margaret was born in Pennsylvania, to Italian parents, Antonino Mirra, who was from Salerno, Campania, and Consiglia Busillo. At some point, the family’s surname was changed from Del Giorno to Day.

Charlie’s paternal grandmother was Anna E. O’Neill (the daughter of Charles Joseph O’Neill and Irene Mary C. Maloney). Anna was born in Pennsylvania. Charles was born in Pennsylvania, to Irish parents, Mathew/Matthew O’Neill and Susan Muldoon, who was from Cookstown, County Tyrone. Irene was also born in Pennsylvania, also to Irish parents, Thomas Maloney, from Ballymore, and Mary A. Gill.

Charlie’s maternal grandfather was Lawton Parker Greenman Peckham (the son of Reuben Wallace Peckham and Adelaide Maria Greenman). Lawton was born in Middletown, Newport, Rhode Island, and had deep roots in the state. Reuben was the son of Elisha Clarke/Clark Peckham and Ardelia Peckham. Adelaide was the daughter of John Alonzo Greenman and Ida Lilla Bradley, whose father was English.

Charlie’s maternal grandmother was Katharine Hartwell Austin (the daughter of Roswell Mears Austin and Katharine/Katherine Mussey Sewall/Sewell). Charlie’s grandmother Katharine was born in St. Albans, Franklin, Vermont. Roswell was born in Highgate, Franklin, Vermont, the son of Chauncey Goodrich Austin and Anne Mathilda/Matilda Robinson. Charlie’s great-grandmother Katharine was born in Milton, Chittenden, Vermont, the daughter of The Rev. John Ladd Sewall/Sewell and Katharine/Catherine/Katherine Mussey Hartwell.

Sources: Genealogy of Charlie Day –

Genealogy of Charlie’s paternal grandfather, Gabriel John Day (Gabriel J. Del Giorno) –

Charlie’s paternal grandfather, Gabriel John Day, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Charlie’s paternal grandmother, Anna E. O’Neill, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Charlie Day (focusing on his mother’s side) –

9 Responses

  1. bearboy says:

    Charlie Day has Scottish and French ancestors. Pierre Tourgee, Père was born in France in 1665, Charlie’s 8th great-grandfather. George Robinson Sr. was born in Scotland 1626-1699, also Charlie’s 8th great-grandfather.

  2. andrew says:

    btw his Italian ancestry come from Naples.

    how many Euro immigrants surnames were anglicized ?

    • follers says:

      I very, very, rarely see people descended from Italians who changed their surnames in the U.S. Penny Marshall and Garry Marshall come to mind, though. But most Italians never changed their surnames. That is why I was surprised to stumble onto the fact that Day is a quarter Italian.

  3. andrew says:

    his hair arent dark brown

  4. follers says:

    In this picture, he reminds me of Dennis Miller. He also often reminds me of Jay Baruchel.

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