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      Chris Miller

      Chris Miller

      Highest Rated: 97% The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021)

      Lowest Rated: 35% America: The Motion Picture (2021)

      Birthday: Sep 23, 1975

      Birthplace: Everett, Washington, USA

      American writer, director and producer, Christopher Miller often partnered with friend and colleague Phil Lord, the pair were best known as the creative force behind films such as the "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" movies, "21 Jump Street" (2012), and "The Lego Movie" (2013). . The commercial success of these films was enormous, and they were generally liked by critics as well, yet the pair managed to stay out of the Hollywood limelight even as they became successful. Miller was born on September 23, 1975 in Everett, Washington. He attended Dartmouth College, where he met Phil Lord and graduated in 1997. After graduation, Miller and Lord broke into the entertainment industry by nabbing roles in the Lea Thompson sitcom "Caroline in the City" (NBC 1995-99), where Miller played a recurring role as Cliff over a span of three episodes. Meanwhile, Miller and Lord jumped aboard the writing staff of "Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane" (The WB, 1999-2000), a short-lived "Friends" (NBC 1994-2004) copycat that starred Selma Blair and Michael Rosenbaum. The pair's humble beginnings continued when they tried to work on "The Rugrats Movie" (1998) as animators but failed the initial drawing test. Undaunted, Miller and Lord continued to work on their ideas for an animated series. After pitching their ideas to several networks, Miller and Lord convinced MTV to pick up "Clone High" (2002-03), an adult animated television series about a high school populated by clones of famous historical figures. Miller and Lord worked on multiple fronts as writers, producers, directors and voice actors on the animated series. Although "Clone High" only lasted one season, they gained valuable connections an experience in such a truncated amount of time. They immediately jumped aboard on a couple of new shows, "Luis" (Fox 2003) and "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS 2005-2014). Although Fox quickly cancelled production soon after "Luis" premiered, "How I Met Your Mother" was a veritable smash hit. Miller and Lord served as co-executive producers on the show's first season, with Miller credited as a writer for the episodes "Belly Full of Turkey" and "The Sweet Taste of Liberty." Miller and Lord's newfound success led to more opportunities. Trying their hand at animation once again, the two partners wrote and produced "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" (2009), a computer animated science fiction comedy based on a children's book about a scientist's weather machine gone horribly awry. Starring the voices of Bill Hader and Anna Faris, "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" was a critical and commercial success, nominated for a couple of Annie Awards and a Best Animated Feature nod at the 67th Golden Globe Awards. Their next directorial effort was "21 Jump Street," a comedic feature film reboot an old 1980s television police drama starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. Although there were many doubters, "21 Jump Street" was a surprise success. Over the next couple of years, Miller and Lord continued to put out quality movies and shows that resonated with audiences. In 2013, the duo was tapped again to direct "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" and later that year, they served as executive producers of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (Fox 2013-), a sitcom starring former "Saturday Night Live" (NBC 1975- ) alum Andy Samberg. While movies released in the first quarter of the year tend not to draw big crowds, Miller and Lord bucked the trend with "The Lego Movie" (2014). An animated feature that centered around the classic children's building blocks, "The Lego Movie" wowed audiences both young and old, with a voice cast that featured Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell and Elizabeth Banks. The movie was praised for its unique animation and creative storyline and became the biggest movie released in February of 2014. (The pair served as producers for the film's sequels, including "The Lego Batman Movie" (2017) and "The Lego Ninjago Movie" (2017), but didn't write or direct them.) After directing the sequel "22 Jump Street" (2014), Lord and Miller returned to TV as executive producers of "The Last Man on Earth" (Fox 2015- ), a quirky sitcom starring Will Forte and Kristen Schaal as the heads of a band of survivors of an unnamed apocalypse. The part-animated dysfunctional-family sitcom "Son of Zorn" (Fox 2016-17) and time travel comedy "Making History" (Fox 2017) followed, but both were canceled after a single season. In 2016, Lord and Miller were named as directors of a 2018 standalone film in the Star Wars Universe starring Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo. Principal photography began in March 2017, but in June of that year, the pair were removed from the film following reported creative differences with producers and replaced by Ron Howard.

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      CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS, director Phil Lord, director Chris Miller, Anna Faris, Bill Hader, on set, 2009. ©Sony Pictures

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 2024
      53% 69% Strays Producer $23.9M 2023
      95% 94% Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $381.2M 2023
      66% 71% Cocaine Bear Producer $64.4M 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Strays Producer - 2023
      35% 42% America: The Motion Picture Producer - 2021
      97% 89% The Mitchells vs. the Machines Producer - 2021
      84% 68% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $105.8M 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part -- An IMAX 3D Experience Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 2019
      97% 94% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Producer $190.2M 2018
      76% 62% Smallfoot Executive Producer $83.2M 2018
      69% 63% Solo: A Star Wars Story Executive Producer $213.8M 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Smallfoot Executive Producer - 2018
      55% 46% The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Producer $59.3M 2017
      82% 87% Brigsby Bear Producer $532.6K 2017
      90% 80% The LEGO Batman Movie Producer $175.7M 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The LEGO Batman Movie Producer - 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The LEGO Batman Movie Producer - 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The LEGO Batman Movie Producer - 2017
      65% 62% Storks Executive Producer $72.7M 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Master: A Lego Ninjago Short Executive Producer - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Storks Executive Producer - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Storks Executive Producer - 2016
      84% 77% 22 Jump Street Director,
      Executive Producer
      $191.7M 2014
      96% 87% The LEGO Movie Director,
      Screenwriter
      $257.8M 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 3D Executive Producer $119.8M 2013
      71% 66% Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 Executive Producer $119.8M 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 Executive Producer - 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 3D Executive Producer - 2013
      85% 83% 21 Jump Street Director $138.4M 2012
      86% 72% Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 3D Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2009
      No Score Yet 69% Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2009

      TV

      Credit
      100% 71% Clone High JFK (Voice),
      Creator,
      Executive Producer,
      Writer
      2023-2024
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2024
      92% 76% The Afterparty Creator,
      Executive Producer,
      Director,
      Writer
      2022-2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Unikitty Executive Producer 2017-2020 2022
      82% 60% Bless the Harts Executive Producer 2019-2021
      No Score Yet 81% LEGO Masters Guest 2020
      85% 81% The Last Man on Earth Executive Producer 2015-2018
      92% 70% Making History Executive Producer 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2014
      84% 85% How I Met Your Mother Writer 2005
      100% 83% Clone High JFK (Voice),
      Creator
      2002