Dan Fogelman

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Dan Fogelman
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Fogelman at the premiere of Life Itself, 2018 Toronto Film Festival
Born (1976-02-19) February 19, 1976 (age 44)
OccupationTelevision producer, screenwriter
Known forThis Is Us
Caitlin Thompson
(m. 2015)

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 drama series This Is Us, and the 2016 baseball drama series Pitch.


Fogelman grew up in what he has called an "endearingly dysfunctional" Jewish family[2] in River Vale, New Jersey.[3] He attended Pascack Valley High School in nearby Hillsdale.[4] He attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1997.[5] He and his mother, Joyce,[6] 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.[2] 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.[2] He is married to Caitlin Thompson, who stars as Madison on his family drama This Is Us and they share a son together born in 2020.[1]



Title Year Director Writer Producer Notes
Shit Happens 2003 Yes Yes No Short film
Cars 2006 No Yes No
Fred Claus 2007 No Yes No
Bolt 2008 No Yes No Voice role: Billy
Tangled 2010 No Yes No
Cars 2 2011 No Original Story No
Crazy, Stupid, Love 2011 No Yes No
The Guilt Trip 2012 No Yes Executive
Last Vegas 2013 No Yes No
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 2015 No No Yes
Danny Collins 2015 Yes Yes No Directorial Debut
Life Itself 2018 Yes Yes Yes
Indiana Jones 5 2022 No Yes No Earlier draft
Honeymoon with Harry TBA No Yes No


Title Year Writer Executive
Creator Notes
Like Family 2003–2004 Yes Yes Yes All 23 episodes (wrote episode ''Pilot'')
The 12th Man 2006 Yes Yes No credit Television film
Lipshitz Saves the World 2007 Yes Yes No credit Unsold pilot
The Neighbors 2012–2014 Yes Yes Yes All 44 episodes (wrote 8 episodes)
Untitled NBA Project 2015 No Yes No credit Television film
The King of 7B 2015 Yes Yes No credit Television film
Galavant 2015–2016 Yes Yes Yes All 18 episodes (wrote 4 episodes)
Grandfathered 2015–2016 Yes Yes No All 22 episodes (wrote 2 episodes)
Pitch 2016 Yes Yes Yes All 10 episodes (wrote 3 episodes)
This Is Us 2016–present Yes Yes Yes All 76 episodes (wrote 13 episodes)
Only Murders in the Building TBA No Yes No Upcoming series


  1. ^ a b "Who is Caitlin Thompson from This Is Us?". The Focus. 2020-10-28. Retrieved 2020-11-10.
  2. ^ a b c Pfefferman, Naomi (September 10, 2012). "'The Neighbors': Aliens next door". The Jewish Journal. Retrieved December 14, 2012.
  3. ^ 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."
  4. ^ 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."
  5. ^ Krueger, Alyson (Aug 28, 2017). "This Is Us Is His". The Pennsylvania Gazette. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  6. ^ Pfefferman, Naomi (July 26, 2011). "First crush to midlife dating". The Jewish Journal. Retrieved December 14, 2012.

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