Kaitlin Olson

Kaitlin Olson

Born Kaitlin Willow Olson[1]
(1975-08-18) August 18, 1975
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Alma mater University of Oregon
Occupation Actress
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Rob McElhenney
Children 2

Kaitlin Willow Olson (born August 18, 1975) is an American actress known for her roles as Deandra "Sweet Dee" Reynolds on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and as Destiny in Finding Dory.

Early life

Olson was born in Portland, Oregon,[2] and lived on Vashon Island in Puget Sound, west of Seattle, Washington, until the age of eight.[3] Olson later relocated with her family to the Tigard and Tualatin area outside Portland, where she grew up on a farm.[4][5] Her father, Donald Olson, worked as the publisher of the Portland Tribune.[6] At age 12, Olson was involved in a serious bike accident that resulted in a fractured skull, which required reconstructive surgery.[4] Olson studied theatre at the University of Oregon,[7] graduating with a B.S. in Theater arts in 1997.[8] After college, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting professionally.


Olson was a member of the improvisational group the Groundlings.[4] She toured with the USO to Bosnia, Kosovo and Norway. She made several guest appearances in films and television series such as Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Drew Carey Show, The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, Out of Practice, Miss Match, Family Guy, and Punk'd. She had a minor role in the film Coyote Ugly.[9]

In 2004, she was cast as Deandra "Sweet Dee" Reynolds in the FX sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.[10] She also voiced Ethel in the first season of the Comedy Central animated series Brickleberry. In the 2013 film The Heat she had a brief but memorable turn as a Bulgarian druggie who engages in an exchange of cultural perspectives and insults with Melissa McCarthy's character.

She had a recurring role as Hartley Underwood, the "one-armed" neighbor in the FX series The Riches. In June 2016, the Human Rights Campaign released a video in tribute to the victims of the 2016 Orlando gay nightclub shooting; in the video, Olson and others told the stories of the people killed there.[11][12] In January of 2017 she will star in a new Fox show, The Mick.

Personal life

Olson married her It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-star, Rob McElhenney, in California on September 27, 2008.[13][14][15] The couple started dating secretly during the second season of the series.[16][17] They had their first child, a boy named Axel Lee, on September 1, 2010. Olson went into labor at a Philadelphia Phillies game, and Axel was born in their home as planned.[18] Their second son, Leo Grey McElhenney, was born on April 5, 2012.[19]



Olson at the Hollywood Walk of Fame in August 2011
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Eyes to Heaven
2000 Jacks Jocelyn
2000 Coyote Ugly Bidding Customer
2001 Fugly Cha Cha Short film
2002 Meet the Marks Kaitlin Marks
2003 Scapegoats Jeannie Short film
2009 Weather Girl Sherry
2010 Leap Year Libby
2010 Held Up Rocky 2
2013 The Heat Tatiana
2015 Vacation Arizona Cop
2016 Finding Dory Destiny Voice


Year Title Role Notes
2000–2007 Curb Your Enthusiasm Becky 6 episodes
2002–2004 The Drew Carey Show Traylor 12 episodes
2003 Miss Match Jillian Episode: "Who's Sari Now?"
2004 Significant Others Lauren Episode: "The First Time"
2004 George Lopez Janet Episode: "Home Sweet Homeschool"
2005 Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch Show Various Characters
2005–present It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Deandra "Sweet Dee" Reynolds 123 episodes
2006 Out of Practice Debbie Episode: "Model Behavior"
2007 The Riches Hartley Underwood 5 episodes
2011 Family Guy Brenda Quagmire Voice
Episode: "Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q"
2012 Unsupervised Carol / Danielle Voice
7 episodes
2012 Brickleberry Ethel Voice
10 episodes
2014–2015 New Girl Ashley 2 episodes
2015 Bob's Burgers Helen Voice
Episode: "Housetrap"
2016 Cassius & Clay Ordwood Cassius Voice
2016 The Simpsons Quinn Voice
Episode: "The Girl Code"
2017 The Mick Mackenzie Murphy Lead Role


  1. "Kaitlin Willow Olson". Ancestry.com.
  2. Valentino, Silas (November 15, 2013). "Q&A with Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenny from 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'". dailyemerald.com. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
  3. "One on One with Kaitlin Olson". hobotrashcan.com. September 18, 2008. Retrieved November 5, 2010.
  4. 1 2 3 Eric Bartels (June 27, 2006). "Comedian gets funny in Philly". localnewsdaily.com. Retrieved March 20, 2007.
  5. "Q&A: Kaitlin Olson, Tualatin native, stars in 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'". oregonlive.com. September 15, 2010. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  6. Eric Bartels (June 26, 2006). "Comedian gets funny in Philly". Portland Tribune. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  7. "Biography". tv.com. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  8. Chelsea Fullmer. "Kaitlin Olson '97". uoalumni.com. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  9. "Seen on the screen". News & Observer. 20 September 2007. Retrieved October 17, 2007.
  10. Amrie Cunningham (September 13, 2007). "Interview: Kaitlin Olson". thetvaddict.com. Retrieved January 17, 2008.
  11. "49 Celebrities Honor 49 Victims of Orlando Tragedy | Human Rights Campaign". Hrc.org. Retrieved 2016-06-30.
  12. Rothaus, Steve (June 12, 2016). "Pulse Orlando shooting scene a popular LGBT club where employees, patrons 'like family'". The Miami Herald. Retrieved June 15, 2016.
  13. Dan Gross (September 4, 2007). "It's Sunny for McElhenney". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved October 17, 2007.
  14. "'It's Always Sunny' Stars Wed!". Entertainment Tonight. October 1, 2008. Retrieved October 12, 2008.
  15. "OK! Exclusive: Kaitlin Olson & Rob McElhenney Wed". OK!. October 1, 2008. Retrieved October 12, 2008.
  16. "Still 'Sunny' after all these years: Kaitlin Olson talks 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'". Metro. September 16, 2013. Retrieved September 16, 2013.
  17. Candice Rainey (November 11, 2009). "Interview with actress Kaitlin Olson". Elle. Retrieved November 12, 2009.
  18. "Kaitlin Olson, Rob McElhenney Welcome Son Axel Lee". People.com. September 2, 2010. Retrieved September 2, 2010.
  19. Zach Johnson (April 10, 2012). "Meet Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenney's Son Leo Grey!". US Magazine. Retrieved August 1, 2012.

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