Short Info

SpouseJessie McLaughlin
MarkHis hairstyle
FactHolds the record at his old high school for most 3-pointers scored in a single basketball season, 77, at Harnett Central to this day.


Rhett James McLaughlin is an American comedian, actor, musician, and YouTube star, perhaps best known known for his contributions to the multiple channels of the widely popular YouTube duo, Rhett and Link. Together with his lifelong business partner and best friend, Charles Lincoln ‘Link’ Neal, they created their YouTube channel “Good Mythical Morning”, and soon rose to the stardom they enjoy today. Rhett is one of YouTube’s most adored entertainer. If you want to know more about the famous YouTuber, then feel free to read on as we discuss the life of Rhett and his rise to fame.

Early life and family

Rhett was born on 11 October 1977, in Macon, Georgia USA, to parents Jim and Dianne McLaughlin. He lived the earliest years of his life in Macon, but in 1984 he moved with his family to Buies Creek, North Carolina.

While in the first grade at Buies Creek Elementary School, Rhett met his life-long friend and partner in mischief, Link. The two were inseparable, and known for being very naughty. In fact, the name of their YouTube channel is derived from an elementary school incident.

After scribbling profanity on their desks, both Rhett and Link were given detention by their teacher, Ms Locklear, and given Mythical Beasts colouring pictures to complete.

The same title is today used to describe their YouTube tribe of fans, all known as Mythical Beasts.

At a young age they both displayed a love for films, and when they were 14 co-wrote a screenplay which they never finished filming. They were also part of a Christian-punk rock band that was named “The Wax Paper Dogz”.

Educational background

Rhett attended school and later varsity with his best friend Charles. Together they finished elementary school at Buies Creek Elementary, and were later roommates while attending the State University of North Carolina.

Rhett James McLaughlin

Both of them studied engineering and completed their degrees. Rhett graduated in 2000 with a Magna Cum Laude in civil engineering, and Link in 2001 with a Summa Cum Laude in industrial engineering.

After varsity they worked in their respective fields, and also joined a Christian organization called Cru, for which they performed comedy sketches. It was during their time with Cru that they developed their true interest in becoming entertainers.

Career

Rhett’s career as a YouTuber began in 2011 with the launch of his co-owned channel.

The first talk show the duo hosted launched on 3rd January, and was cast in their studio in Fuquay-Verina, North Carolina. The show was entitled “Good Morning Chia Lincoln”, derived from the Chia figurine of Abraham Lincoln that would be the centrepiece of the show.

Each show would usually be based on a specific subject that mostly included personal experiences, and what their opinion was on the matter. The show ended after the chia figurine died. They began a second show entitled “Commercial Kings”, which launched in June 2011, and ended in August of that same year.

Following this, the two comedians, Rhett and Link, moved to Los Angeles, California where they started their third and ongoing show, “Good Mythical Morning”, which launched on 9th January 2012.

It has been a smashing success since, with 16.4 million subscribers as of April 2020. The show continues, and now has more than 1700 episodes. Following their prime success, the duo launched a fourth show that aired immediately after “Good Mythical Morning”, entitled “Good Mythical More”.

The two friends also started a podcast series before the launch of their fourth show – “Ear Biscuits”. It was ongoing until 2019, and included several interviews with other YouTube personalities, and plenty of personal discussions. It was once rated at number 14 in the iTunes list of best podcasts, and won the duo a Shorty award for best podcast in 2016.

They have launched several more channels that are each dedicated to the variety of shows Rhett and Link host, including “This is Mythical”, “Mythical Kitchen”, and “The Mythical Show”. The pair has won several Streamy awards, and in 2019 acquired the channel Smosh after Defy Media’s shutdown.

They have also dabbled in music, and are best known for their epic rap battles that involve historical figures. They have performed internationally, and released two albums to date – “Just Mail Us The Grammy”, and “Up To This Point”.

Hobbies, favourite things and interesting facts

There are several trivial facts out there about Rhett, but for practical reasons, we will try to keep this list as short as possible while including the more fun facts.

  • His favourite animal is a giraffe
  • His favourite board game is Risk
  • He has had two near-death experiences, and during both Link had been present
  • Despite his size, Rhett is afraid of heights
  • Rhett has suffered several back injuries and also psoriasis
  • He collects wooden memorabilia, some of which had been gifts from fans including cutlery, bowls and cups, as well as a wooden sphere
  • He loves orange creamsicles
  • He was an academic performer in school, and never achieved anything less than a B, except in conduct
  • Rhett can sing and also plays the guitar
  • Rhett admitted to crying every time he sees the film “The Notebook”
  • Rhett has dyed his hair a couple of times and would usually choose odd colours such as apricot, yellow and grey

Rhett’s interests include:

    • Barbecue
    • Basketball
    • Conspiracy theories
    • Food
    • Off-roading/ Four Wheeling
    • Fossils/ Geology
    • Islands/ Sailing
    • Reading Horror Novels
    • Snow Skiing

Relationships

Rhett has been married to Jessie Lane since 2001; they have two sons together named Locke and Shepherd. The couple is still seemingly happily married, and there have been no controversies.

Physical characteristics

  • Date of Birth: 11 October 1977
  • Hair colour: Dirty Blonde
  • Eye colour: Green
  • Height:  6ft 7in (2.066m)
  • Weight: 176lbs (80kgs)
  • Shoe Size: 8 (US)
  • Star Sign: Libra
  • Nationality: American
  • Ethnicity: Caucasian

Net worth

Rhett’s estimated net worth as of mid-2020 stands at over $16 million.

General Info

Full NameRhett James McLaughlin
Height2.01 m
ProfessionWriter
NationalityAmerican

Family

SpouseJessie McLaughlin
ChildrenShepherd McLaughlin, Locke McLaughlin, So Dang Dark, Photoshop Your Memories, BBQ Song

Accomplishments

Music GroupsRhett and Link

Social profile links

Marks

#Marks / Signs
1Towering height
2His hairstyle
3His beard

Facts

#Fact
1Met business partner Link Neal on the first day of first grade, when they were both held in from recess for writing profanities on their desks. As punishment, they had to draw unicorns - this is when the became best friends.
2Favorite superhero is Hawkman.
3Has a wife, Jessie, and two children named Locke and Shepherd.
4Suffers from psoriasis, several herniated or ruptured discs in his back, and a predisposition to colon cancer.
5Graduated from Harnett Central in Angier, NC in 1996.
6Made a blood oath with Link Neal when they were kids.
7Suffered from feveral seizure as a child. His sons, Locke and Shepherd, inherited the same trait.
8Name of his and Link Neal's fandom is the Mythical Beasts.
9Has a degree in civil engineering from North Carolina State University, and spent some time working for Black & Veatch.
10Deathly afraid of heights.
11Gave the commencement speech at his old high school in 2012 with Link Neal, where they performed a song and had the valedictorian smash a Charmander piñata.
12Loves all things made of wood, and is frequently gifted & sent things made of wood.
13Holds the record at his old high school for most 3-pointers scored in a single basketball season, 77, at Harnett Central to this day.
14Moved from Macon, Georgia to Buies Creek, NC in 1984, where he met his best friend [and now business partner] Link Neal.

Pictures

Movies

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Good Mythical Morning2015TV Series
Epic Rap Battles of History2012-2015TV Series shortWilliam Clark / Donatello di Niccolò / Wilbur Wright
Turn Down for 20142014Video shortRhett and Link
Breaking Bad: The Middle School Musical2013Video shortDrama Teacher
The Mythical Show2013TV SeriesLarnold Jernigan, Sr.
Written by a Kid2012TV SeriesChristian
I Am a Thoughtful Guy Rap2012TV SeriesRhett & Link
Rub Some Bacon on It2012TV SeriesRhett & Link
My Hair Song2012TV SeriesRhett & Link
Epic Rap Battles of History2012TV SeriesWilbur Wright
What's in the Bible? Vol 7: Exile and Return2012The Fabulous Bentley Brothers
What's in the Bible? Vol 6: A Nation Divided2011VideoThe Fabulous Bentley Brothers
Commercial Kings2011TV Series
What's in the Bible? Vol 5: Israel Gets a King!2011VideoThe Fabulous Bentley Brothers
Epic Rap Battle!2010TV SeriesRhett & Link
Lopez Tonight2010TV Series
What's in the Bible? Vol 1: In the Beginning2010VideoThe Fabulous Bentley Brothers
What's in the Bible? Vol 3: Wanderin' in the Desert2010VideoThe Fabulous Bentley Brothers
What's in the Bible? Vol 4: Battle for the Promised Land2010VideoThe Fabulous Bentley Brothers
The S.E.T.I. Song2009TV SeriesRhett & Link
One Man's Trash2006ShortLead Actor

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Good Mythical Morning2015TV Series 1 episode
Epic Rap Battle: Nerd vs. Geek2013Video short
The Mythical ShowTV Series 9 episodes, 2013 written by - 1 episode, 2013
I Am a Thoughtful Guy Rap2012TV Series
Rub Some Bacon on It2012TV Series
My Hair Song2012TV Series
Commercial Kings2011TV Series
Epic Rap Battle!2010TV Series
The S.E.T.I. Song2009TV Series
Looking for Ms. Locklear2008Documentary writer

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Epic Rap Battle: Nerd vs. Geek2013Video short
Breaking Bad: The Middle School Musical2013Video short
The Mythical Show2013TV Series 10 episodes
Written by a Kid2012TV Series 1 episode
I Am a Thoughtful Guy Rap2012TV Series
Rub Some Bacon on It2012TV Series
My Hair Song2012TV Series
Epic Rap Battle!2010TV Series
The S.E.T.I. Song2009TV Series
Looking for Ms. Locklear2008Documentary
One Man's Trash2006Short co-director

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rub Some Bacon on It2012TV Series
My Hair Song2012TV Series
Epic Rap Battle!2010TV Series
The S.E.T.I. Song2009TV Series
Looking for Ms. Locklear2008Documentary
One Man's Trash2006Short

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Commercial Kings2011TV Series executive producer - 3 episodes
Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings2011TV Series executive producer
Looking for Ms. Locklear2008Documentary producer
One Man's Trash2006Short producer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Mythical Show2013TV Series
The S.E.T.I. Song2009TV Series 2009
Looking for Ms. Locklear2008Documentary
One Man's Trash2006Short original music

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Looking for Ms. Locklear2008Documentary
One Man's Trash2006Short director of photography

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dust Up2012special thanks

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
YouTubers React2013-2015TV SeriesHimself
Good Mythical Morning2012-2015TV SeriesHimself
TableTop2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Nerdy Nummies2015TV SeriesHimself
Pancake Manor2013TV SeriesHimself
Just Shut Up!2013TV SeriesHimself
The Mythical Show2013TV SeriesHimself - Host
Rewind YouTube Style 20122012Video shortHimself (as Rhett)
The Daily Habit2011TV SeriesHimself
What's Trending2011TV SeriesHimself
Conan2011TV SeriesHimself
Commercial Kings2011TV SeriesHimself
Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings2011TV SeriesHimself
NSFW Show2011TV SeriesHimself
Last Call with Carson Daly2010TV SeriesHimself
Vlogbrothers2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Brink2009TV SeriesHimself
Rhett & Link: Phatdippin' Rap2009Video shortHimself
Online Nation2007TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Vlogbrothers2013-2014TV Series documentaryHimself

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2016Shorty AwardShorty AwardsBest Web SeriesGood Mythical Morning (2012)

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2014IAWTV AwardInternational Academy of Web Television AwardsBest Host (Pre-Recorded)The Mythical Show (2013)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

Write A Comment

Pin It