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Dan Fogelman (born February 19, 1976) is an American television producer and screenwriter whose screenplays include Tangled; Crazy, Stupid, Love; and the Pixar film Cars. He also created the 2012 television sitcom The Neighbors, the 2015 fairy tale-themed musical comedy series Galavant, the 2016 dramedy series This Is Us, and the 2016 baseball drama series Pitch.

Dan Fogelman
Born (1976-02-19) February 19, 1976 (age 43)
OccupationTelevision producer, screenwriter
Known forcreator of This Is Us



Fogelman grew up in what he has called an "endearingly dysfunctional" Jewish family[1] in River Vale, New Jersey.[2] He attended Pascack Valley High School in nearby Hillsdale.[3] He and his mother, Joyce,[4] took a road trip from New Jersey to Las Vegas that became the basis for his 2012 film comedy The Guilt Trip, starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen as a mother and son on a cross-country road trip.[1] His father, named Marty, became the namesake of the father in the 2012 television sitcom The Neighbors created by Fogelman, who has a sister who inspired the family daughter in this series.[1]



Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
2003 Shit Happens Yes Yes Short
2006 Cars Yes
2007 Fred Claus Yes
2008 Bolt Yes Billy (voice)
2010 Tangled Yes
2011 Cars 2 Story
Crazy, Stupid, Love Yes
2012 The Guilt Trip Yes Executive
2013 Last Vegas Yes
2015 Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Yes
Danny Collins Yes Yes
2018 Life Itself Yes Yes Yes
2021 Indiana Jones 5 Yes
TBA Honeymoon with Harry Yes


Year Title Writer Executive
Creator Notes
2003–2004 Like Family Yes Yes Yes
2006 The 12th Man Yes Yes Television film
2007 Lipshitz Saves the World Yes Yes Unsold pilot
2012–2014 The Neighbors Yes Yes Yes
2015 Untitled NBA Project Yes Television film
The King of 7B Yes Yes Television film
2015–2016 Galavant Yes Yes Yes
Grandfathered Yes Yes
2016 Pitch Yes Yes Yes
2016–present This Is Us Yes Yes Yes


  1. ^ a b c Pfefferman, Naomi (September 10, 2012). "'The Neighbors': Aliens next door". The Jewish Journal. Retrieved December 14, 2012.
  2. ^ Youngmisuk, Ohm. "Derrick Ward goes from movie gofer to Giant attraction", Daily News (New York), September 30, 2007. Accessed August 19, 2013. "Dan Fogelman has a movie debuting this Christmas called Fred Claus starring Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti and Kevin Spacey.... Now the kid who used to run to get coffee and sandwiches is the starting running back for the New York Giants. 'It blows my mind,' says Fogelman, a lifelong Giants fan who grew up in River Vale, N.J."
  3. ^ Gladstone, Douglas J. "This Is Us Is Back (Now Stop Sobbing); NJ native Dan Fogelman never imagined his hit series This Is Us would make viewers cry so much.", New Jersey Monthly, October 6, 2017. Accessed November 2, 2017. "'When I started showing the pilot to people it started happening,' says Fogelman, who grew up in River Vale and attended Pascack Valley High School in Hillsdale."
  4. ^ Pfefferman, Naomi (July 26, 2011). "First crush to midlife dating". The Jewish Journal. Retrieved December 14, 2012.

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