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Rosenthal in 2011
January 27, 1960 |
Queens, New York, US
|Spouse(s)||Monica Horan (1990–present)|
Philip Rosenthal (born January 27, 1960) is an American television writer and producer who is best known as the creator, writer, and executive producer for the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond (1996–2005).
Biography and career
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Rosenthal was born in Queens, New York, but spent most of his childhood living in New City, New York, located in Rockland County. He attended Clarkstown North High School where he became very active in the school's drama club, Cue 'N Curtain. During his four years at Clarkstown, Rosenthal acted in many high school plays. Among his fellow schoolmates were the late television producer Alan Kirschenbaum (Yes, Dear) and cabaret singer Richard Holbrook. Rosenthal graduated from Clarkstown North in 1977. He attended Hofstra University, from which he graduated in 1981.
In the early 1980s, Rosenthal was an actor based out of New York City before shifting his focus to production work, becoming the 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 based in part on Ray 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 Raymond. It was Rosenthal and Romano who decided to retire the series over the objections or reservations of the other cast members.
Rosenthal has occasionally acted as well, in projects such as James L. Brooks' Spanglish; The Simpsons Movie, a big screen adaption of the long running TV series which was also produced by Brooks and his company, Gracie Films; 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. 
Rosenthal directed President Bill Clinton in a White House Correspondents' Dinner video, which was shown to wide acclaim at the April 2000 event. 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. Rosenthal wrote and directed a documentary film for Sony Pictures called Exporting Raymond. It depicts his efforts to adapt Everybody Loves Raymond for Russian television, despite little knowledge of Russians culture.
Being of Jewish descent, in August 2015 he signed - as one of 98 members of the Los Angeles' Jewish community - 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."
This is a list of Everybody Love Raymond episodes written or co-written by Rosenthal.
- "I Love You"
- "The Wedding" (with Ray Romano)
- "The Toaster"
- "How They Met" (with Ray Romano)
- "Left Back"
- "Bad Moon Rising (with Ray Romano)
- "Italy" (Parts 1&2)
- "The Angry Family"
- "Older Women" (with Tucker Cawley)
- "The Cult" (with Tucker Cawley)
- "She's the One" (with Ray Romano)
- "Just a Formality" (with Steve Skrovan)
- "Robert's Wedding"
- "Thank You Notes"
- "Not So Fast" (with Mike Royce)
- "Boys' Therapy"
- "The Finale" (with Ray Romano, Tucker Cawley, Lew Schneider, Steve Skrovan, Jeremy Stevens, Mike Royce, Aaron Shure, Tom Caltabiano & Leslie Caveny)
- IMDb.com Philip Rosenthal
- IMDb.com Everybody Loves Raymond – Full cast & crew
- Jewish Journal: "What do 98 L.A. Jewish leaders think about the Iran agreement?" August 13, 2015
- Hollywood reporter: "98 Prominent Hollywood Jews Back Iran Nuclear Deal in Open Letter (Exclusive)" by Seth Abramovitch August 12, 2015
- Phil Rosenthal keeping busy in film, TV
- Phil Rosenthal interview video at the Archive of American Television