Greg Garcia (producer)

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Greg Garcia
Born Gregory Thomas Garcia
(1970-04-04) April 4, 1970 (age 47)
Arlington County, Virginia, United States
Residence Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Occupation Television director, producer, writer
Spouse(s) Kim
Children 3

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 (where he made seven cameo appearances) 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,[1] one of which, The Millers, was picked up.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Garcia grew up in Arlington County, Virginia, graduated from Yorktown High School, and attended Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland and participated in the Warner Bros. 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 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.

Garcia worked as a board operator for The Tony Kornheiser Show on WTEM radio. He was also an intern for the Don and Mike Show radio program in Fairfax VA. His sister, Shelley, lives with her family in Fairfax and his parents, Tom and Natalie, still reside in Arlington.

Garcia and his wife Kim have three children together and live in the LA area.

Garcia has been incorrectly labeled as a Scientologist, as some of the 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".[3]

His name is mentioned in Entourage when writer's agent Andrew Klein (Gary Cole) tells Ari Gold that he signed Garcia with their agency in the series' season six premiere "Drive".

During the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike, Garcia worked as a cashier and janitor at a Burger King in Burbank, California.[4]

Garcia co-wrote the book for the Musical "Escape to Margaritaville" featuring the songs of Jimmy Buffett. The show is scheduled to open on Broadway in February of 2018.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Note
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hibberd, James (January 18, 2013). "CBS orders 4 pilots (two from 'Raising Hope' creator)". ew.com. 
  2. ^ "Development Update: Friday, May 10 – CBS Picks Up Two Dramas, Four Comedies". The Futon Critic. May 10, 2013. Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ Spiegelman, Ian (September 6, 2008). "Greg García Responds to Baldwin: 'I'm Not a Scientologist.'". 'Gawker.com. Archived from the original on April 10, 2009. 
  4. ^ Keveney, Bill (November 22, 2010). "'Raising Hope' creator Greg Garcia is not talking white trash". 'USA TODAY'. 

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