Francis "Frank" Gallagher aged 52, is the father of six children. He is a deadbeat alcoholic, drug addict and morally deficient freeloader who relies on his children to barely get by. He also swindles the state welfare system and this type of opportunistic deceit has been learned by his children. According to Fiona, since Frank refuses to work and most of them are uneducated, the family lives far below the federal poverty threshold for a family their size. As mentioned by Lip, Frank is very intelligent and finished school before he attended college to study psychology, where he met Monica. They had only dated for about 2 weeks before he dropped out of school and they got married.