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Mike Heck

Played by Neil Flynn

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Mike Heck is the patriarch of the Heck household. He loves his kids and he loves his wife, but his parenting style is a little unorthodox and he may not always be the most sensitive of life partners for his harried and hurried wife. When he's not working long hours managing the local quarry, he's home helping around the house, even if "helping" is being brutally honest to Frankie. This is their life and it’s not perfect. But, as Mike would say, “Whatta ya gonna do?"

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Born on Chicago's South Side and raised in Waukegan, Illinois, Neil Flynn was the third of six children. Although he performed in plays during his school years, it wasn't until he was getting ready to graduate from Bradley University in Peoria that he began to think that performing was something he could actually do for a living.

After college, Flynn returned to Chicago and pursued a career in live theater. He appeared at the prestigious Steppenwolf and Goodman theaters, worked with Aidan Quinn ("Hamlet") and Brian Dennehy ("Galileo"), and was twice a Jefferson Award nominee. He became a mainstay at Chicago's Improv Olympic and went on to become a member of the Second City Comedy Troupe in Chicago.

Equally adept at comedy and drama, Flynn has performed a variety of roles on television series, ranging from playing Sacred Heart Hospital's menacing janitor for eight seasons on Scrubs, Seinfeld, The Drew Carey Show and That '70s Show to CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Boston Public and NYPD Blue. Other TV appearances include Arli$$, Ellen, Family Law and Smallville.

On the big screen he can be seen interrogating Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, directed by Steven Spielberg, and is also well known for playing Lindsay Lohan's dad in the hit comedy Mean Girls. Other feature credits include HootHome Alone 3The FugitiveChain Reaction, Rookie of the YearBaby's Day Out and Major League.

Flynn is a core member of the popular improvisation group Beer, Shark, Mice, which frequently performs at IO West in Hollywood.