51 People You Should Know About But Probably Don't

by patrickbates7 | created - 26 Feb 2012 | updated - 08 Jul 2012 | Public

1. Greg Daniels

Writer | The Office

Greg Daniels was born on June 13, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Gregory Martin Daniels. He is a writer and producer, known for The Office (2005), Parks and Recreation (2009) and King of the Hill (1997). He has been married to Susanne Daniels since September 15, 1991. They have ...

The man who is behind the some of the best 22 minutes of television that you can witness

2. Dan Fogelman

Writer | This Is Us

Dan Fogelman is a writer and producer, known for This Is Us (2016), Life Itself (2018) and Tangled (2010). He has been married to Caitlin Thompson since June 13, 2015.

The writer of the best movie of 2011

3. Will Reiser

Producer | 50/50

Will Reiser is a producer and writer, known for 50/50 (2011), Young at Heart and Brooklyn Castle.

4. Mark Duplass

Actor | Creep

Mark Duplass was born on December 7, 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as Mark David Duplass. He is an actor and producer, known for Creep (2014), Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) and The One I Love (2014). He has been married to Katie Aselton since August 26, 2006. They have two children.

5. Rob McElhenney

Writer | It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Rob McElhenney was born on April 14, 1977 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Robert Dale McElhenney. He is a writer and producer, known for It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005), Latter Days (2003) and Wonder Boys (2000). He has been married to Kaitlin Olson since September 27, 2008. They ...

6. Dan Harmon

Producer | Rick and Morty

Dan Harmon was born on January 3, 1973 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. He is best known as the creator, writing, and producer for Community (2007) and Rick and Morty (2013). He also is known for writing and producing earlier works such as Computerman (2003), and Laser Fart (2004). He was previously ...

The creator of the best show currently on TV, if it's not cancelled

7. Bill Lawrence

Writer | Scrubs

Bill Lawrence was born on December 26, 1968 in Ridgefield, Connecticut, USA as William V. Lawrence. He is a writer and producer, known for Scrubs (2001), Cougar Town (2009) and Rush Hour (2016). He has been married to Christa Miller since November 27, 1999. They have three children. He was ...

8. Joel McHale

Actor | Community

Joel Edward McHale was born in Rome, Italy, to a Canadian-born mother, Laurie (Jackson), and an American-born father, Jack McHale. His father, from Chicago, is of Irish descent, and his mother, from Vancouver, has Norwegian, Finnish, and English ancestry. Joel was raised in Seattle, Washington, and...

9. John Mulaney

Actor | Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

John Mulaney was born as John Edmund Mulaney. He is a writer and actor, known for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), Saturday Night Live (1975) and Documentary Now! (2015). He has been married to Annamarie Tendler since July 5, 2014.

The stand-up comic who writes for the hilarious SNL character Stefon.

10. Adam Scott

Actor | Step Brothers

Adam Scott was born in Santa Cruz, California, the son of Anne and Dougald Scott. He has two older siblings, Shannon and David. Scott has said that his brother David "looks like me but is far more cerebral and inherited the intellect of our parents," both of whom are retired teachers. He graduated ...

11. Paul Scheer

Actor | The League

Scheer is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, podcaster, and producer. Scheer was born in Huntington, New York and graduated from New York University. He starred on the FXX series The League (2009), The HBO comedy Veep (2012), The Netflix series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp...

12. Katie Aselton

Actress | The Freebie

Katie Aselton was born on October 1, 1978 in Milbridge, Maine, USA as Kathryn Anne Aselton. She is an actress, known for The Freebie (2010), The Gift (2015) and Black Rock (2012). She has been married to Mark Duplass since August 26, 2006. They have two children.

13. David Caspe

Writer | That's My Boy

David Caspe was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for That's My Boy (2012), Happy Endings (2011) and Black Monday (2019). He has been married to Casey Wilson since May 25, 2014.

14. Elizabeth Meriwether

Writer | New Girl

Elizabeth Meriwether is a writer and producer, known for New Girl (2011), No Strings Attached (2011) and Single Parents (2018). She has been married to Alex Cuthbertson since June 11, 2016.

15. Eliza Coupe

Actress | Happy Endings

Eliza grew up in Plymouth, New Hampshire and graduated from Plymouth Regional High School.

Coupe first garnered industry attention in 2006 when her hilarious and irreverent one-woman show, The Patriots, performed at UCB/NYC, was selected for HBO's prestigious US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. Coupe ...

16. Derek Connolly

Writer | Safety Not Guaranteed

Derek Connolly is a writer and producer, known for Safety Not Guaranteed (2012), Jurassic World (2015) and Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019).

He's really only written one thing, but it has got to be one of my favorite movies of all time and I just saw it a few days ago. I can't wait for his next movie.

17. Neil Flynn

Actor | Mean Girls

Neil Richard Flynn is an American actor and comedian, known for his role as "The Janitor", in the medical comedy-drama, Scrubs (2001). He currently portrays "Mike Heck" in the ABC sitcom, The Middle (2009). Neil was born in the south-side of Chicago. He is of Irish descent and was raised Catholic. ...

Ah, The Janitor...

18. Matt Tarses

Producer | Scrubs

Matt Tarses is a producer and writer, known for Scrubs (2001), Sports Night (1998) and Mad Love (2011).

19. Jon Lucas

Writer | 21 & Over

Jon Lucas is a writer and producer, known for 21 & Over (2013), A Bad Moms Christmas (2017) and The Hangover (2009).

20. Jeff Schaffer

Writer | The Cat in the Hat

Jeff Schaffer was raised in Warren, Ohio. He attended Western Reserve Academy and later Harvard University. After college, he wrote for television and later the big screen. He worked on Seinfeld (1989) first as a writer and later as a producer. Learning greatly from Larry David, Schaffer eventually ...

21. Alec Berg

Producer | Barry

Alec Berg is a producer and writer, known for Barry (2018), Silicon Valley (2014) and The Cat in the Hat (2003). He has been married to Michele Maika since May 28, 2000.

22. Mitchell Hurwitz

Producer | Arrested Development

Mitchell Hurwitz was born as Mitchell D. Hurwitz. He is a producer and writer, known for Arrested Development (2003), Running Wilde (2010) and Lady Dynamite (2016). He has been married to Mary Jo Keenen since May 1999. They have two children.

23. David Mandel

Writer | Veep

David Mandel was born in 1971. He is a writer and producer, known for Veep (2012), The Cat in the Hat (2003) and Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000). He has been married to Dr. Rebecca Whitney since December 31, 2006.

24. Jim Rash

Actor | The Way Way Back

Jim Rash was born on July 15, 1971 in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for The Way Way Back (2013), The Descendants (2011) and Community (2009).

25. Annie Mumolo

Actress | Bridesmaids

Currently a member of the famed comedy troupe The Groundlings. Annie performed her first comedy act in the seventh grade. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in history. She received theater training at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, California before moving to Los Angeles. ...

26. Jennifer Westfeldt

Actress | Kissing Jessica Stein

Jennifer is an American actress and filmmaker, who is perhaps best known for writing and starring in the indie hits, Kissing Jessica Stein (2001) and Friends with Kids (2011).

A graduate from Yale University, Jennifer started her career as a New York-based theater actor, starring in over 25 ...

27. David Wain

Writer | Wet Hot American Summer

David Wain was born and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

He met the other members of the comedy troupe The State while a film student at NYU, where he graduated from in 1991.

As part of The State, he co-created and co-starred on their self-titled MTV sketch comedy show in the mid 90's. He then ...

28. Will Gluck

Producer | Easy A

Will Gluck is a writer/director/producer known for Easy A (2010), Friends with Benefits (2011), Annie (2014), Peter Rabbit (2018), and a number of TV shows including The Michael J. Fox Show (2013). He runs the production company Olive Bridge Entertainment which has partnerships with Sony Pictures ...

29. Stephen Merchant

Producer | Extras

Stephen Merchant was born on November 24, 1974 in Bristol, England. He is a producer and writer, known for Extras (2005), The Office (2005) and Logan (2017).

30. Donald Glover

Actor | Solo: A Star Wars Story

The multi-talented Donald Glover is a writer, actor, musician, comedian, producer and director, who performs under the stage names Childish Gambino and mcDJ. He was born Donald McKinley Glover at Edwards Air Force Base, California, and was raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia. His mother, Beverly (...

Not only is he great as Troy Barnes on Community, he also wrote for 30 Rock and is an extremely talented rapper in his alter ego, "Childish Gambino"

31. Dave Eggers

Writer | Where the Wild Things Are

When Dave Eggers was 21 and living in Lake Forest, Illinois, both his parents died of cancer five weeks apart, leaving Eggers to raise his 8-year-old brother, Christopher. He moved to California and, though he tried to continue his life as a cool young San Francisco bohemian, he was also leading a ...

32. Jonathan Safran Foer

Writer | Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

His mother, Esther Safran Foer, a child of Holocaust survivors, is the Director & CEO of the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, DC. His father, Albert Foer, is a lawyer and President of the American Antitrust Institute. After graduating from Princeton, Foer attended briefly the Mount Sinai...

Extremely Talented and Incredibly Smart writer

33. Damon Wayans Jr.

Actor | Big Hero 6

Damon Wayans Jr. was born at his grandmother's home in Vermont, in November 1982, and was raised in Los Angeles. He is the son of Lisa Thorner and actor Damon Wayans.

He made his film debut at age 11 in the 1994 film "Blank Man" playing the role of young Kevin. Later, Damon pursued his early passion...

34. Jay Chandrasekhar

Director | Super Troopers

Jay Chandrasekhar was born on April 9, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Jayanth Jumbulingam Chandrasekhar. He is a director and actor, known for Super Troopers (2001), Club Dread (2004) and Beerfest (2006). He has been married to Susan Clarke since September 18, 2005. They have three children.

35. Jim Gaffigan

Actor | Chappaquiddick

Indiana native Jim Gaffigan arrived in New York City in 1990 at the age of 24. Officially, he had relocated to work in advertising, but his real fascination with New York had a lot more to do with pursuing his dream of making people laugh as an actor and stand-up comic, a dream he would eventually ...

36. Louis C.K.

Writer | Louie

Louis C.K. was born on September 12, 1967 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Louis Szekely. He is a writer and producer, known for Louie (2010), American Hustle (2013) and Horace and Pete (2016). He was previously married to Alix Bailey.

38. Michael Arndt

Writer | Little Miss Sunshine

Michael Arndt was born on November 11, 1965 in Harris County, Texas, USA as Michael deBruyn Arndt. He is a writer, known for Little Miss Sunshine (2006), Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013).

39. Diablo Cody

Writer | Juno

Diablo Cody is originally from Chicago, Illinois, and moved to Minnesota to live with her Internet boyfriend, Jonny who later became her husband. While there, she decided on a whim to take up stripping as a hobby of sorts.

She was working at an ad agency and got a promotion. The job wore her ragged ...

40. Emily Spivey

Writer | The Last Man on Earth

Emily Spivey was born as Emily Louise Spivey. She is a writer and producer, known for The Last Man on Earth (2015), Saturday Night Live (1975) and Wine Country (2019). She has been married to Scott Philbrook since 1993.

41. Akiva Schaffer

Writer | Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

Akiva Schaffer was born on December 1, 1977 in Berkeley, California, USA as Akiva Daniel Schaffer. He is a writer and director, known for Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016), Saturday Night Live (1975) and The Lego Movie (2014). He has been married to Liz Cackowski since 2010. They have two ...

42. Evan Goldberg

Producer | This Is the End

Evan Goldberg is a Canadian director, screenwriter and producer. Goldberg is known for his work on Superbad, Knocked Up, Pineapple Express, Funny People, The Green Hornet, 50/50, Goon, The Watch, This is the End, Neighbors, The Interview and The Night Before. Goldberg works alongside longtime ...

43. Pete Docter

Writer | Up

Pete Docter was born on October 9, 1968 in Bloomington, Minnesota, USA as Peter Hans Docter. He is a writer, known for Up (2009), Inside Out (2015) and Monsters, Inc. (2001). He has been married to Amanda Jean Schmidt since December 27, 1992. They have two children.

44. Greg Mottola

Director | Adventureland

Greg Mottola was born on July 11, 1964 in Dix Hills, Long Island, New York, USA as Gregory James Mottola. He is a director and producer, known for Adventureland (2009), Superbad (2007) and The Daytrippers (1996).

45. Trey Parker

Music_department | South Park

Trey was born in Conifer, Colorado, on October 19, 1969 to Randy Parker, a geologist, and Sharon Parker, an insurance broker. He has an older sister, Shelley Parker. He met Matt Stone (co-creator of South Park (1997)) while attending the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he had a double ...

46. Nicholas Stoller

Producer | The Muppets

Nicholas Stoller is an English-American screenwriter and director. He is known best for directing the 2008 comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and writing/directing its 2010 spin-off/sequel, Get Him to the Greek. He also wrote The Muppets and directed the Seth Rogen comedy, Neighbors. He is a ...

47. Bret McKenzie

Soundtrack | Flight of the Conchords

Bret McKenzie was born on June 29, 1976 in New Zealand as Bret Peter Tarrant McKenzie. He has been married to Hannah Clarke since March 18, 2009.

48. Paul Feig

Producer | Freaks and Geeks

Paul Feig was born on September 17, 1962 in Mount Clemens, Michigan, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Freaks and Geeks (1999), The Heat (2013) and Spy (2015). He has been married to Laurie Karon since September 23, 1994.

The mastermind behind Freaks and Geeks. Also might be known as the director of Bridesmaids.

49. John Francis Daley

Actor | Bones

John Francis Daley began acting in the national and international tour of The Who's Tommy, playing young Tommy - and coming to national prominence in the critically acclaimed, cult classic series, Freaks and Geeks (1999). Formerly a regular on the Fox hit, Bones (2005), John can also be seen in the...

50. Seth Gordon

Producer | Pixels

Seth Gordon is known for his work on Pixels (2015), The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007) and Freakonomics (2010).

Director of Horrible Bosses and creator of Breaking In

51. Seth Grahame-Smith

Writer | The Lego Batman Movie

Seth Grahame-Smith was born on January 4, 1976 in Rockville Centre, New York, USA as Seth Jared Greenberg. He is a writer and producer, known for The Lego Batman Movie (2017), It (2017) and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016). He has been married to Erin Stickle since 2004.



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