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Glenn Ficarra

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Glenn Ficarra
Glenn Ficarra at the Sydney Crazy, Stupid, Love. premiere in September 2011.
Born (1969-05-27) May 27, 1969 (age 55)
  • Screenwriter
  • director
  • producer

Glenn Ficarra (born May 27, 1969) is an American screenwriter, director, and producer. He has frequently collaborated with John Requa.

Early life[edit]

Ficarra is the son of Marianne and Robert F. Ficarra, grandchild of Theresa (née Filippone) and Frank Ficarra, and brother of Chris Ficarra.[1][2] Ficarra attended St. John Vianney High School in Holmdel Township, New Jersey.[3]

Ficarra met John Requa at Pratt Institute, where both were studying film.[4]


After college Requa and Ficarra went to work in animation for the TV channel Nickelodeon.[4]

As writers they wrote the comedy films Cats & Dogs (directed by Lawrence Guterman), Bad Santa (directed by Terry Zwigoff), and Bad News Bears (directed by Richard Linklater).

In 2009 they made their directorial debut with their self-penned I Love You Phillip Morris, based on the life of con man Steven Jay Russell. For their writing on this film, Ficarra and Requa received a nomination for the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.[5]

Their subsequent release was the comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Julianne Moore, again directed with Requa, released in July 2011.

With Requa and Charlie Gogolak he has formed the production company Zaftig Films.[6]

The pair also directed Focus, starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie, and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, starring Tina Fey and Robbie.[7]



Year Title Director Writer Notes
2001 Cats & Dogs No Yes Also voiced Dimitri Kennelkoff/The Russian,
Also credited as co-producer
2003 Bad Santa No Yes
2005 Bad News Bears No Yes
2009 I Love You Phillip Morris Yes Yes
2011 Crazy, Stupid, Love Yes No
2015 Focus Yes Yes
2016 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Yes No
2018 Smallfoot No Story Also producer
2021 Jungle Cruise No Yes

Executive producer[edit]


Year Title
Director Executive
Writer Notes
1998 The Wild Thornberrys No No Yes Episode "Flight of the Donnie"
1998-2000 The Angry Beavers No No Yes 16 episodes
2013 Back in the Game Yes Yes Yes Co-directed "Pilot", co-wrote "Who's on First"
2015-2018 Patriot No Yes No
2016-2018 This is Us Yes Yes No 7 episodes
2017 Controversy Yes Yes No TV movie
2020 neXt Yes Yes No Co-directed "file #1"/"file #2"
2022 WeCrashed Yes Yes No
2023 Rabbit Hole Yes Yes Yes


  1. ^ "Theresa Ficarra Obituary (2008) - Newark, NJ - The Star-Ledger". Legacy.com. Archived from the original on May 13, 2023. Retrieved May 13, 2023.
  2. ^ "Scenes from the 2019 Gala". Cooley's Anemia Foundation. June 13, 2019. Archived from the original on May 13, 2023. Retrieved May 13, 2023.
  3. ^ "Catholic Schools Week 2020 – Celebrating the contributions of Catholic school graduates!". trentonmonitor.com. January 24, 2020. Archived from the original on May 13, 2023. Retrieved May 13, 2023.
  4. ^ a b "Directors' Fortnight". quinzaine-realisateurs.com. March 20, 2011. Archived from the original on August 7, 2014. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  5. ^ "Writers Guild Awards". Writers Guild of America. January 4, 2011. Archived from the original on January 8, 2011.
  6. ^ "'Phillip Morris' duo to launch Zaftig Films". Variety.com. March 20, 2011. Archived from the original on November 7, 2012. Retrieved April 20, 2020.
  7. ^ "Filming Starts for the Taliban Shuffle Adaptation, Starring Tina Fey". comingsoon.net. February 11, 2015. Archived from the original on August 31, 2018. Retrieved February 12, 2015.

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