Greg Garcia (producer)
Gregory Thomas Garcia
April 4, 1970
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, US|
|Occupation||Television director, producer, writer|
Gregory Thomas "Greg" Garcia (born April 4, 1970) is an American television director, producer and writer. He is the creator/executive producer of several long-running sitcoms, including Yes, Dear, My Name Is Earl (in which he made seven cameo appearances), The Guest Book, currently on TBS, and Raising Hope. He has also worked for the series Family Matters and as a consulting producer on Family Guy. He developed two pilots for CBS for the 2013–14 season, one of which, The Millers, was picked up.
Garcia was born in Arlington County, Virginia. His parents Tom and Natalie Garcia raised Greg and his older sister Shelley (who would marry and settle down in Frederick, Maryland, and had a son named Luke Carey)  in the Pimmitt Hills neighborhood of Fairfax County, Virginia and then North Arlington, Virginia.
After graduating in 1988 from Yorktown High School (also his mother's alma mater), Garcia attended Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland, where he participated in the Warner Bros. outreach program Writing for Television courses, which ultimately opened the door for him as a writer in Hollywood. While at Frostburg, he was president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon (ΣΑΕ) Fraternity, an experience that showed through in an episode of his TV series My Name Is Earl when a brother of the fictional Phi Alpha Fraternity hands out flyers, as "Phi Alpha" is the motto of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
Relocating to work in Hollywood, his early show business work included as an extra on the teen drama TV series Beverly Hills, 90210 and as a production assistant on Step by Step. In the mid-1990s, he began writing for sitcoms On Our Own and Family Matters (the show that spun off On Our Own), which led to writing the pilot for the short-lived Warren Hutcherson series Built to Last (1997). During the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike, he worked as a cashier and janitor at a Burger King in Burbank, California.
Garcia has been incorrectly labeled as a Scientologist, as some of the My Name is Earl cast are members of the group, after reports in the Daily Mirror and comments made by actor Alec Baldwin. In Garcia's own words,
|“||I am not currently nor have I ever been a Scientologist. ... I am in fact born and raised Catholic.||”|
|1995–1997||Family Matters||Story editor|
|1997||Built to Last||Co-creator/supervising producer|
|2000–01||Family Guy||Consulting producer|
|2000–06||Yes, Dear||Co-creator/executive producer||Wrote 1 episode|
|2005–09||My Name Is Earl||Creator/executive producer||Directed 6 episodes, wrote 7 episodes|
|2010–14||Raising Hope||Creator/executive producer||Directed 5 episodes, wrote 8 episodes|
|2013–14||The Millers||Creator/executive producer||Wrote 1 episode|
|2017-18||The Guest Book||Creator/executive producer||Directed 10 episodes, Wrote 20 episodes|
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