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Net Worth$80 million
Date Of BirthDecember 20, 1970
MarkFrequently casts Matt Walsh, 'Juliette Lewis', Zach Galifianakis, Vince Vaughn, and Will Ferrell.
FactA co-creator of the New York Underground Film Festival (along with Andrew Gurland), Phillips was an expert at playing the media and causing sensation. He made a name for himself with Hated: GG Allin & the Murder Junkies (1993) and latched on to the controversy surrounding the documentary ChickenHawk (1994).
PaymentsEarned $15,000,000 from The Hangover Part II (2011)

Todd Phillips is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. He is best known for directing the films “The Hangover” (2009), “Old School” (2003) and “Starsky & Hutch” (2004). He has also produced the films “Borat” (2006) and “Bridesmaids” (2011). Phillips was born in Brooklyn, New York on December 20, 1970. His parents were Jewish immigrants from Russia. Phillips was raised in Los Angeles, California.

He attended San Fernando Valley High School and then studied film at the University of Southern California. Phillips began his career directing music videos and commercials. He made his feature film debut with the film “Road Trip” (2000). Phillips has also directed the films “School for Scoundrels” (2006), “The Hangover Part II” (2011) and “The Hangover Part III” (2013). He is currently working on a Joker origin film.

Phillips has been married to his wife, Lindsay, since 2006. They have two children together.

General Info

Full NameTodd Phillips
Net Worth$80 million
Date Of BirthDecember 20, 1970
Height1.83 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Film director, Actor
EducationTisch School of the Arts, New York University


ParentsLorette Phillips, Peter Bunzl
SiblingsJill Ginsberg


AwardsGrammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album
Music GroupsBig Spike Hammer, Model Church, Spin The Bottle, David Grisman Quintet, Bluegrass Album Band, Psychograss, Montreux, Bullet LaVolta
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
MoviesWar Dogs, The Hangover Part III, Project X, The Hangover Part II, Due Date, The Hangover, School for Scoundrels, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, Starsky & Hutch, Old School, Bittersweet Motel, Road Trip, Frat House, Hated: GG Allin and the Murder ...

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#Marks / Signs
1Often makes coming of age comedies
2Frequently casts Matt Walsh, 'Juliette Lewis', Zach Galifianakis, Vince Vaughn, and Will Ferrell.
3A scene where characters encounter an animal
4Uses famous actors in a cameo


The Hangover Part II (2011)$15,000,000


1You're only as good as your body of work, and everybody has issues, whether it's Steven Spielberg or Martin Scorsese. I'm not comparing myself to those guys, but you learn more from the misses than the hits.
2I think reviewers have become particularly venomous because, in a way, the power has been sucked from them. A 15-year-old can write a review on the Internet and it means as much as Roger Ebert's review, and that just makes Roger Ebert mad, so he comes out harder and stronger.
3I take it very seriously, music. I think it's one of the tools that a director has with which to kind of paint. The right music can sometimes do five pages of scripted dialogue.
4I tend to make movies about my peer group. I couldn't see myself now going back and making a movie about a bunch of college kids, necessarily. I kind of always operate in the things I'm observing around me, whether it's friends having babies now in my life or what have you.
5I remember that when I got to NYU, everyone was writing scripts. But I was 18 at the time, and when you write a script, so much of it is about what you pull from life, and this sounds sort of cheesy, but I felt like I didn't have enough life experience at that point to write a movie.
6Well, it's so cheesy to say but you can't find a comedy director who makes movies for critics. When a movie does $580 million worldwide, I'm not saying that proves anything except people were enjoying the experience.
7When I'm writing, I'm writing for a particular actor. When a lot of writers are writing, they're writing an idea. So they're not really writing in a specific voice.
8With comedy especially, it feels like such a clear-cut thing to be a writer-director. There is so much nuance and tone in a comedy that it's hard to contextualise it in a script.
9When I was younger I didn't really know what a director did: I knew I loved movies and I figured the actors made it up! And then when you get to 12 years old you start thinking, What does a director do? It was really an organic beginning: this looks like something I want to do, I can't believe people get paid to do it!
10I like - there's a better word for it, but I like the danger that a comic brings to a role. It has a feeling, even though everything's scripted and everything's planned what you're going to do. When I see Will Ferrell or Sacha Baron Cohen, there's a feeling that anything could happen.
11Not every movie has to serve as every audience member's need for completion.
12When I was younger I was obsessed with 'Star 80,' and it's just a great movie - I think I saw it three times in the theater.
13You set the tone on the set that you want to see in the film.
14John Goodman's pretty dark - I love John Goodman.
15I think comedy directors tend to feel a need to justify the bad behavior, and I just never think that. I like bad behavior, I've always liked bad behavior, I'm a fan of bad behavior, and I don't think you have to justify bad behavior.
16I'm first and foremost a company man, surprising as that is. I love Warner Brothers. That's where I have a deal. That's where I've been for years. So I don't really interact too much with other studios and do things with other studios and I don't necessarily read scripts from other studios.
17There are movie sites that love movies and there are movie sites that are just bitter people that just hate movies. I find Movieline to be in the latter. The tone is bizarrely hateful.
18I'm not a huge fan of 3-D, though. Honestly, I think that movies are an immersive experience and an audience experience. There's nothing like seeing a film with 500 people in a theater. And there's something about putting on 3-D glasses that makes it a very singular experience for me. Suddenly I'm not connected to the audience anymore.
19I think any filmmaker looks back and thinks, 'Boy, if we only had four hours more on that day when the sun was going down,' or, 'If we only spent more time and went back.'
20I'd love to do a movie with females in it, and not necessarily the female version of 'The Hangover,' but I'd love to. If I did it it'd star Juliette Lewis, because she's the funniest woman in the world. She's my favorite actress on the planet. If we did a character-based comedy about women, I don't see it out of my range.
21Comedies are just never that expensive quite frankly. They really aren't. We aren't doing green screen shooting, so even Hangover II in Bangkok might seem like it's expensive, you're flying over and back, but they're just not that expensive to make when you do it the way we do it which is very focused and I've done it before.
22I think that 'Hangover II' is as funny as 'The Hangover I,' honest to God, but I think that it's a little bit darker, and the stakes are a little bit higher.
23'The Hangover' was lightening in a bottle. We're aware of that. It went through the roof all over the world.
24I never had a ton of male friends and it's always been something that's really interesting to me, what brings guys together? The bonding. 'Old School' is a good example of that. And even 'Starsky' and even 'Road Trip.'
25I think people like comedies and I think concept driven comedies seem to be working when it's a clear concept and you deliver funny stuff.
26I just love the look of film. But I have nothing against HD.
27All my movies, as I get the ability to do it, they tend to go a little darker, a little darker.
28I don't have a horror film in me just because I don't like to be scared. But I definitely have a documentary in me, and I certainly have dramas.
29I was taught that you didn't want to be part of the group - that it was better to do your own thing.
30My dog's a gentleman.
31Reality television hasn't killed documentaries, because there are so many great documentaries still being made, but it certainly has changed the landscape. There is this breed of gimmicky documentary that is basically a reality show.
32Comedy is so subjective. You could be in a room with 400 people laughing at a joke and you could just not think it's funny. You're just sitting there like, 'Am I in the twilight zone? Why is everyone laughing?' It's such a personal thing. People have such a personal visceral response to comedy.
33It's heartbreaking when you hear a kid buying a ticket for... I don't know, whatever movie you're up against. And you see them sneaking into your film. It's just heartbreaking. But in the spirit of full disclosure, that is what I did as an 11-year-old sneaking into 'Stripes.'
34I find I like to work with a lot of the same actors, because I find that there's sort of shorthand there, and there is this unspoken trust, both ways. They trust me and I trust them. And I know what I'm going to get from them, to an extent. It's just fun, kind of creating this little family.
35I really got into filmmaking through photography.
36It's all about escapism. That's essentially what all movies are about. It's a vicarious thrill.
37There's a darkness under 'The Hangover' because ultimately there's a missing person and it's not really that funny. There's a sort of darkness under it that I love, and still people are laughing as hard if not harder than they did in 'Old School.'
38Directors tend to be more underrated than overrated because it's a quiet job and people don't really understand it.
39Bangkok, like Las Vegas, sounds like a place where you make bad decisions.
40I got nominated for an Academy Award(R) for writing 'Borat.'
41There's a punk-rock attitude, clearly, to 'Hated.' There's even a punk-rock attitude to 'The Hangover,' I think. We start the movie with a Glenn Danzig song.
42To be honest with you, since 'Ocean's 11,' 'The Hangover' has become a movie that defines Vegas. Anybody in Vegas will tell you that and I'm proud of it. I love that. I think 'Hangover' does Vegas right and I think that not only, as you said, it's the top-grossing R-rated comedy of all-time, it's also the top-grossing about Vegas or set in Vegas.
43You know, if I started worrying about what the critics think, I'd never make another comedy. You couldn't pick a less funny group than critics - you couldn't find a more bitter group of people!
44The worst thing you can do as a comedy director is be on set and think of something ridiculous, or an actor comes up to you with something ridiculous, and you say 'No, no that's too much.' Let's not worry if that's too much, let's shoot it, and then decide if that's too much when we see it.
45[ on Ed Helms] It's been said comedy is not action, it's reaction, and Ed is the KIng of Reaction. Ed, when he wakes up and sees his tattoo on his face or his tooth is missing, or at the end of the movie - no one does reaction better than Ed. He's the unsung hero of these movies.


1Frequently uses the music of Bill Withers and Wolfmother in his movies.
2Has cast Matt Walsh in all of his movies.
3A co-creator of the New York Underground Film Festival (along with Andrew Gurland), Phillips was an expert at playing the media and causing sensation. He made a name for himself with Hated: GG Allin & the Murder Junkies (1993) and latched on to the controversy surrounding the documentary ChickenHawk (1994).
4Originally meant to direct Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006); however, he quit the production after shooting the infamous rodeo/"Star Spangled Banner" scene, due to creative differences with Sacha Baron Cohen.
5Attended NYU Film School but dropped out before graduation to promote his first documentary Hated: GG Allin & the Murder Junkies (1993).




A Star Is Born2018producer pre-production
Atlantic Wallexecutive producer pre-production
Black FlagsTV Mini-Series executive producer announced
War Dogs2016producer
Limitless2015-2016TV Series executive producer - 19 episodes
The Hangover Part III2013producer
Project X2012producer
The Hangover Part II2011producer
Due Date2010producer
The Hangover2009producer
The More Things Change...2008TV Movie executive producer
School for Scoundrels2006producer
All the King's Men2006executive producer
Old School2003producer
Bittersweet Motel2000Documentary producer
Frat House1998Documentary producer
Taxicab Confessions1997TV Series field producer - 1 episode
Screwed1996Documentary producer
Hated: GG Allin & the Murder Junkies1993Documentary producer


War Dogs2016directed by
The Hangover Part III2013
The Hangover Part II2011
Due Date2010
The Hangover2009
The More Things Change...2008TV Movie
School for Scoundrels2006
Starsky & Hutch2004
Starsky & Hutch: A Last Look2004Video short
Old School2003
Bittersweet Motel2000Documentary
Road Trip2000
Frat House1998Documentary
Hated: GG Allin & the Murder Junkies1993Documentary


War Dogs2016screenplay
The Hangover Part III2013written by
The Hangover Part II2011written by
Due Date2010screenplay
Road Trip: Beer Pong2009Video motion picture "Road Trip"
School for Scoundrels2006screenplay
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan2006story
Starsky & Hutch2004screenplay
Old School2003screenplay / story
Road Trip2000written by
Hated: GG Allin & the Murder Junkies1993Documentary by


Off Camera with Sam Jones2016TV Series
The Hangover Part II2011Mr. Creepy (uncredited)
Due Date2010Barry
The Hangover2009Mr. Creepy
Old School2003Gang Bang Guy
Road Trip2000Foot Lover


Mike & Mike2015-2016TV Series writer - 3 episodes
The Hangover Part II2011lyrics: "Alantown to the tune of 'Allentown'"
The Hangover2009writer: "Stu's Song"
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan2006lyrics: "O Kazakhstan" 2006

Music Department

Due Date2010music consultant


The Words2012special thanks
The Promotion2008special thanks
The Motel2005thanks


Made in Hollywood2016TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning America2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Late Late Show with James Corden2016TV SeriesHimself
Domingo Legal2013TV SeriesHimself
Vivir de cine2013TV SeriesHimself
Reel Junkie2013TV SeriesHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2009-2013TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Fast Lane2013TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Guys Choice Awards 20122012TV SpecialHimself
MSN Exclusives2012TV SeriesHimself (2013)
The Unauthorized Documentary, Hangover Part II2011DocumentaryHimself
Breakfast2011TV SeriesHimself - Director
Conan2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
In the House with Peter Bart & Peter Guber2011TV Series
Janela Indiscreta2010TV SeriesHimself
Ask Rhod Gilbert2010TV SeriesHimself
Guys Choice2010TV MovieHimself
The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards2010TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Motion Picture - Musical / Comedy
15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
Deep Inside2009TV SeriesHimself
Howard Stern on Demand2006TV SeriesHimself - Judge
Film School2004TV SeriesHimself
HBO First Look2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Starsky & Hutch: A Last Look2004Video shortHimself
'Old School' Orientation2003Video shortHimself
Inside the Actors Studio Spoof2003Video shortHimself
Taxicab Confessions1995-1996TV SeriesHimself - Taxi Driver / Taxi Driver
The Geraldo Rivera Show1992TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Lennon or McCartney2014Documentary shortHimself


Won Awards

2010AFI AwardAFI Awards, USAMovie of the YearThe Hangover (2009)
2010ShoWest AwardShoWest Convention, USADirector of the Year
1998Certificate of MeritSan Francisco International Film FestivalFilm & Video - Sociology-U.S.Frat House (1998)
1998Grand Jury PrizeSundance Film FestivalDocumentaryFrat House (1998)
1994Lumiere AwardNew Orleans Film FestivalDocumentary FilmHated: GG Allin & the Murder Junkies (1993)

Nominated Awards

2013Hollywood Movie AwardHollywood Film AwardsThe Hangover Part III (2013)
2009British Comedy AwardBritish Comedy AwardsBest Comedy FilmThe Hangover (2009)
2007OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Adapted ScreenplayBorat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)
2007WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Adapted ScreenplayBorat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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