Robert Christopher Sutton (born September 11, 1958) is an American writer and producer. His film credits include Mrs. Winterbourne and The Fan, both released in 1996. Phoef — the nickname that he uses professionally — is pronounced "feef".
A 1981 graduate of James Madison University, Sutton began his career writing scripts for Newhart. He later became executive producer of and a writer for Cheers. He collaborated with Bob Newhart again on the 1992 TV series Bob and worked as a creative consultant on 90s TV series Almost Perfect and NewsRadio. With Mark Jordan Legan he wrote and produced the cult comedy series Thanks about the Pilgrims' first years in America. He was also the showrunner and producer for the NBC series The Fighting Fitzgeralds. In 1999, he published the novel Always Six O'Clock. In 2012 he published the novel The Dead Man: The Midnight Special and The Dead Man: Reborn. In May 2015, his novel Fifteen Minutes to Live was published by Brash Books. His novel Crush was released in July 2015, shortly after Janet Evanovich's Wicked Charms, which he co-authored.
From 2005 to 2009, Sutton was a consulting producer for Boston Legal. In 2010, Sutton became a staff writer on the FX series Terriers starring Donal Logue. He was recently a writer and consulting producer on the Rob Schneider sitcom Rob, and a showrunner and writer for the TV Land original sitcom The Soul Man. He is currently a consulting producer for the SyFy Channel series Defiance He is an adviser to the American Shakespeare Center.
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