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      Dan Fogelman

      Dan Fogelman

      Highest Rated: 90% Bolt (2008)

      Lowest Rated: 13% Life Itself (2018)

      Birthday: Feb 19, 1979

      Birthplace: New Jersey, USA

      Dan Fogelman was an A-list screenwriter, known for penning scripts to some of the biggest mainstream hits of the 2000s and 2010s, who made the leap into directing with 2015's "Danny Collins." Growing up in a Jewish family in New Jersey, Fogelman always envisioned a life devoted to writing. So after high school he moved to Hollywood where he hoped to land some kind of job as a writer. After arriving in the late '90s, Fogelman landed his first job writing show blurbs for TV Guide. He found the job to be exciting, but ultimately, it wasn't the type of writing he wanted to do. Still though, Fogelman wrote his blurbs by day, while at night, he worked studiously on a long-running idea he had for a screenplay. That script, a coming-of-age tale set during a young man's bar mitzvah, was never produced, but it did land Fogelman an agent and manager. Before long, Fogelman's manager set him up with an informal meet-and-greet with Pixar's powerhouse director, John Lasseter. Lasseter was so impressed by Fogelman that he hired him on the spot to write the next Pixar movie, "Cars" (2006). The film was a huge hit, earning two Oscar nominations, as well as tons of critical praise. Fogelman's writing career was off and running, and over the next few years he wrote the screenplays to "Fred Clause" (2007), as well as the animated comedies "Bolt" (2008) and "Tangled" (2010). Then in 2009, Fogelman hunkered away in a small cabin to write what would become his dream project. That screenplay, which was about love and relationships in the 21st Century, turned out to be "Crazy, Stupid, Love" (2011). The film was a huge commercial hit when it was released in 2011, grossing nearly $150 million at the box office, while ultimately giving Fogelman carte blanche to do whatever he wanted. For his next project, Fogelman decided to tell the story of Danny Collins, a washed up song and dance man who decides to change his life after uncovering a letter John Lennon wrote to him decades prior. In addition to writing the script, Fogelman also made his directorial debut on "Danny Collins," which starred Al Pacino in the title role and was released in theaters everywhere in March of 2015. 2015 was also the year Fogelman served as the creator and executive producer on the medieval comedy series "Galavant" (ABC, 2015-16). That show debuted on ABC on January 4, 2015 to strong reviews.

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      Dan Fogelman at arrivals for PaleyFest LA 2019 NBC This Is Us, The Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles, CA March 24, 2019. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Dan Fogelman at arrivals for PaleyFest LA 2019 NBC This Is Us, The Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles, CA March 24, 2019. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Dan Fogelman, Caitlin Thompson at the after-party for LAST VEGAS Premiere After-Party at HAZE, Aria Resort and Casino at City Center, Las Vegas, NV October 18, 2013. Photo By: James Atoa/Everett Collection Dan Fogelman, Caitlin Thompson at arrivals for DANNY COLLINS Premiere, AMC Theater at Lincoln Square, New York, NY March 18, 2015. Photo By: Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection DANNY COLLINS, director Dan Fogelman (center), on set, 2015. ph: Hopper Stone/©Bleecker Street DANNY COLLINS, director Dan Fogelman (left), Annette Bening (center), on set, 2015. ph: Hopper Stone/©Bleecker Street DANNY COLLINS, from left: Christopher Plummer, director Dan Fogelman, on set, 2015. ph: Hopper Stone/©Bleecker Street DANNY COLLINS, director Dan Fogelman (center), on set, 2015. ph: Hopper Stone/©Bleecker Street DANNY COLLINS, from left: Christopher Plummer, director Dan Fogelman, on set, 2015. ph: Hopper Stone/©Bleecker Street DANNY COLLINS, director Dan Fogelman (left), Annette Bening (center), on set, 2015. ph: Hopper Stone/©Bleecker Street The Neighbors, Simon Templeman (L), Dan Fogelman (C), Toks Olagundoye (R), 09/26/2012, ©ABC

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      13% 83% Life Itself Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $4.1M 2018
      81% 86% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Producer $6.6M 2015
      78% 73% Danny Collins Director,
      Screenwriter
      $5.5M 2015
      46% 59% Last Vegas Screenwriter $63.9M 2013
      37% 39% The Guilt Trip Screenwriter,
      Executive Producer
      $37.1M 2012
      79% 78% Crazy, Stupid, Love. Screenwriter $84.3M 2011
      89% 87% Tangled Screenwriter $200.8M 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tangled 3D Screenwriter $200.8M 2010
      90% 74% Bolt Screenwriter $114.1M 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bolt - Ein Hund für alle Fälle 3D Screenwriter - 2008
      21% 45% Fred Claus Writer $72.0M 2007
      75% 80% Cars Writer - 2006

      TV

      Credit
      98% 90% Only Murders in the Building Executive Producer 2021-2023
      94% 80% This Is Us Writer,
      Creator,
      Executive Producer
      2016-2022
      93% 83% Pitch Executive Producer 2016
      89% 93% Galavant Executive Producer,
      Writer
      2015-2016
      71% 59% Grandfathered Executive Producer 2015
      31% 82% The Neighbors Executive Producer,
      Writer
      2012-2014
      20% No Score Yet Like Family Writer 2003-2004