'Chuck': Ryan McPartlin Enjoys Being Awesome
An abbreviated version of this profile appeared online, but my Cuppers deserve the full Monty ... or the full Awesome, as the case may be.
When you play a character named "Captain Awesome" - and your chair and script pages also say "Awesome" - that could be a little intimidating for an actor.
"I gotta be honest," says McPartlin, who can be seen on the hourlong action comedy-drama Mondays on NBC, "the whole first season, I was like, 'What's my name again? I forget.' Just Captain Awesome is what I went by."
For the record, Awesome's real name is Devon Woodcomb. He's a cardiologist married to another doctor, Ellie (Sarah Lancaster), sister of Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi), a big-box electronics store employee who became a spy after a top-secret computer was downloaded into his brain.
Chuck gave Devon his nickname because he's confident, easygoing and "awesome" at everything he does (and Devon also uses the word a lot). As of season two, he became aware of Chuck's spy alter ego; now, in season four, he's also an expectant father.
Even in season one, where no one was sure whether Devon knew people called him Awesome,
McPartlin says, "I just played it like I knew I was Captain Awesome. I took ownership of the name, and I took pride in it. We've slowly worked it through the first season, so that people would call me it to my face, and it never fazed me. I obviously took pride in the name.
"To be honest, it's a great name, the best character you could hope for."
As to whether he also mows his own lawn, McPartlin says, "I don't have a lawn. I have a lot of concrete. This is the glamorous lifestyle that I live."
Birthplace: Chicago, on July 3, making him a Cancer
School cred: Graduate of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
TV cred: "The Nanny," "Three Sisters," "According to Jim," "Still Standing," "North Shore," "Passions," "What I Like About You," "Pepper Dennis," "CSI: NY," "Notes From the Underbelly," "Living With Fran," "Swingtown," "Mad Men"
Music video cred: In 2010, he appeared in Sugarland's music video "Stuck Like Glue," playing a man stalked and abducted by lead singer Jennifer Nettles.
Nearly superhero cred: McPartlin auditioned for the role of Clark Kent/Superman in "Superman Returns" but lost out to Brandon Routh, who later guest-starred on "Chuck."