Jody Hill

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Jody Hill
Born (1976-10-15) October 15, 1976 (age 45)
OccupationFilm director, producer, screenwriter, actor
Years active2006–present
Spouse(s)Collette Wolfe
(m. 2012; div. 201?)

Jody Hill (born October 15, 1976) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor. In 2006, he directed, co-wrote, co-produced and co-starred in his first film The Foot Fist Way, which he based on his experience as a Taekwondo black belt and instructor. His follow-up film, Observe and Report, stars Seth Rogen and was released on April 10, 2009.[1] Hill is also co-creator, director and executive producer of the HBO series Eastbound & Down, Vice Principals, and The Righteous Gemstones.[2]


Hill's first film, The Foot Fist Way, was seen by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay who bought the distributing rights to the film. Subsequently, Hill was invited to the set of Knocked Up where he met future collaborator, Seth Rogen. Hill was asked to do a cameo appearance with writing partner Ben Best in Rogen's next film, Superbad, as Tut Long John Silver. Hill later cast Rogen as the leading man in his film, Observe and Report, which opened at number 4 at the box office. The role of Ronnie was written specifically for Rogen.

In 2009, Hill directed The Avett Brothers music video "Slight Figure of Speech," which featured Wolfe and Andy Daly.[citation needed] The following year he directed the parody music video Swagger Wagon as part of ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi's campaign for the Sienna SE minivan from Toyota.[3][4]

In 2009, Hill co-created the HBO show Eastbound & Down, on which he acted as Executive Producer and directed a total of 16 episodes. The show finished its fourth and last season in 2013.[2]

Hill's next film, L.A.P.I.,[5] was announced as an action comedy about a hardboiled private investigator, played by friend and frequent collaborator Danny McBride. It is the first film Hill would direct but not write. It is also the first film produced by Hill's, McBride's and David Gordon Green's production company, Rough House Pictures. In 2014, Hill and McBride created and began preparing the comedy series Vice Principals for HBO.

In 2019 (presently), Hill has directed 3 episodes of The Righteous Gemstones. He has also acted in 6 episodes as Levi. In this comedy, he acts with McBride.

Personal life[edit]

Hill is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.[6] As of 2009, Hill was in a long term relationship, from at least 2008, with actress Collette Wolfe, who appeared in his movies Observe and Report and The Foot Fist Way.[7] The couple eventually married in 2012 in Cabo San Lucas,[8] but have since divorced.


Year Film Credited as
Director Writer Producer Actor Notes
2018 The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter Yes Yes Yes Executive producer
2009 Observe and Report Yes Yes
2007 Superbad Yes Tut Long John Silver
2006 The Foot Fist Way Yes Yes Yes Yes Mike McAlister


Year Program Credited as
Director Writer Executive Producer Actor Notes
2009 Eastbound and Down Yes Yes Yes Yes Also Creator
Real Comedy: Observe and Report Yes Himself
2016 Vice Principals Yes Yes Yes Also Creator
2019 The Righteous Gemstones Yes Yes Yes
2022 Peacemaker Yes


  1. ^ Seth Rogen's New Movie "Observe and Report"
  2. ^ a b Eastbound & Down’s Most Cringeworthy Moments - Vulture
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  4. ^ Toyota: Swagger Wagon - Video - Creativity Online]
  5. ^ Danny McBride to Star in Jody Hill's L.A.P.I. - /Film
  6. ^ Dave Itzkoff, "Jody Hill, Director of 'Observe and Report' - Auteur of Awkward," The New York Times, April 2, 2009.
  7. ^ Tully, Michael (September 23, 2009). "A Conversation With Jody Hill ('Observe and Report')". Archived from the original on March 9, 2014. Retrieved February 3, 2015.
  8. ^ Stephenson, Hunter (September 29, 2013). "Bring It on Home". Vice Media. Retrieved November 3, 2018.

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