Philip Rosenthal

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Philip Rosenthal
Phil Rosenthal (2011).jpg
Rosenthal in 2011
Born (1960-01-27) January 27, 1960 (age 60)
OccupationProducer, writer, creator, executive producer
Years active1989–present
Known forEverybody Loves Raymond
I'll Have What Phil's Having
Somebody Feed Phil
(m. 1990)
Parent(s)Helen Rosenthal, Max Rosenthal

Philip ″Phil" Rosenthal (born (1960-01-27)January 27, 1960)[1] is an American television writer and producer who is best known as the creator, writer,[2] and executive producer of the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond (1996–2005). In recent years, he has presented food and travel documentaries I'll Have What Phil's Having on PBS and Somebody Feed Phil on Netflix.

Biography and career[edit]

Rosenthal was born to a Jewish family[3][4] in Queens, New York, but spent most of his childhood living in New City, New York, located in Rockland County.[5] He attended Clarkstown North High School where he became very active in the school's drama club, Cue 'N Curtain, and in theatre.[6] Rosenthal graduated from Clarkstown North in 1977.[7] After high school, he attended Hofstra University, from which he graduated in 1981.[8]

In the early 1980s, Rosenthal was an actor based out of New York City before shifting his focus to production work, becoming a writer and producer of such shows as Coach with Craig T. Nelson and the short-lived Baby Talk.

Rosenthal's largest commercial success and longest-running project was the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. The show was co-produced by Ray Romano, and was based in part on Romano's comedy material. Rosenthal's wife, actress Monica Horan, played the role of Amy MacDougall-Barone, the off-and-on girlfriend (wife after season 7) of Robert Barone (Brad Garrett) in the series. It was Rosenthal and Romano who decided to retire the series over the objections or reservations of the other cast members. Rosenthal wrote or co-wrote twenty-one episodes of the series.

Rosenthal has occasionally acted as well, in projects such as James L. Brooks' Spanglish, The Simpsons Movie (a big screen adaptation of the long running TV series), Curb Your Enthusiasm, 30 Rock and Jake Kasdan's feature, The TV Set.

Rosenthal is the author of the book You're Lucky You're Funny: How Life Becomes a Sitcom which was published on October 21, 2006. He recounts how his life led to the success of Everybody Loves Raymond.[9]

Rosenthal directed President Bill Clinton in a White House Correspondents' Dinner video, which was shown to wide acclaim at the April 2000 event.[10] Rosenthal co-wrote the 9/11 telethon America: A Tribute to Heroes, which aired on all four networks, and won a Peabody Award and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing.[11] Rosenthal wrote and directed a documentary film for Sony Pictures called Exporting Raymond, which depicts his efforts to adapt Everybody Loves Raymond for Russian television, despite his having little knowledge of Russian culture.

In August 2015, as one of 98 members of the Los Angeles Jewish community, he signed an open letter supporting the proposed nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers led by the United States "as being in the best interest of the United States and Israel."[12][13]

Beginning on September 28, 2015, PBS presented the six-episode television series I'll Have What Phil's Having,[14] in which Rosenthal goes to locations around the world in order to explore their food culture. After 6 episodes the series was not renewed. On January 12, 2018, Netflix premiered a reworked version of the show, titled Somebody Feed Phil.[15]


Rosenthal serves on the Creative Council of Represent.Us, a nonpartisan anti-corruption organization.[16]


  1. ^ Philip Rosenthal
  2. ^ Everybody Loves Raymond – Full cast & crew
  3. ^ Haaretz: "Jewish Creator of 'Everybody Loves Raymond' Embarks on Global Food Tour" Curt Schleier September 21, 2015
  4. ^ Okrent, Daniel (April 29, 2012). "Kvelling in Their Seats - A first-time producer on what it took to stage Old Jews Telling Jokes". New York Magazine.
  5. ^ "Meet Phil | I'll Have What Phil's Having | PBS". Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  6. ^ "EVERYBODY NEEDS TO LOVE ARTS ED". Archived from the original on June 30, 2016. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  7. ^ "Alumni Page". Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  8. ^ "Video: Phil Rosenthal Commencement Speech - Student Affairs | Hofstra University, New York". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  9. ^ Rosenthal, Phil (2006). You're Lucky You're Funny: How Life Becomes a Sitcom. ISBN 9780670037995.
  10. ^ "Comedy Pro Phil Rosenthal Directed President Clinton's Famous WHCD Departure Video, Has Advice for President Obama: Play It Straight". WHC Insider. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
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  12. ^ Jewish Journal: "What do 98 L.A. Jewish leaders think about the Iran agreement?" August 13, 2015
  13. ^ Hollywood reporter: "98 Prominent Hollywood Jews Back Iran Nuclear Deal in Open Letter (Exclusive)" by Seth Abramovitch August 12, 2015
  14. ^ "I'll Have What Phil's Having - I'll Have What Phil's Having". I'll Have What Phil's Having | PBS. November 2, 2015. Retrieved July 17, 2020.
  15. ^ "Show info at the Netflix Media Center". Retrieved July 17, 2020.
  16. ^ "About | Represent.Us". End corruption. Defend the Republic. Retrieved November 1, 2016.

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