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Todd Phillips Biography

Birth Name:
Todd Bunzl
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Director, producer, screenwriter, actor

Fast Facts

  • Serial killer John Wayne Gacy painted the promo poster for Phillips' 1993 documentary Hated: G
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  • Allin & the Murder Junkies, about the 1990s punk rocker and his band
  • Directed the 1998 documentary Frat House, about college-fraternity hazing practices, which was a Grand Jury Prize winner at the Sundance Film Festival
  • The film has never been widely released amid accusations that portions of the documentary were staged
  • Directed comedian Tom Green in a number of Pepsi One commercials in 1999, and was at the helm for a 2012 Honda ad that featured Matthew Broderick in a Ferris Bueller knockoff that aired during the Super Bowl
  • Appeared as one of the cab drivers in the first seasons of the late 1990s cable reality series Taxicab Confessions
  • Was nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for his contributions to the script of Borat
  • Phillips was director of the film in its early stages, a position he left due to creative differences
  • Took little upfront salary for directing 2009's The Hangover in exchange for receiving a share of the film's profits, which reportedly total more than $75 million
  • For a scene in The Hangover that involved a stun gun, he wanted his actors to be shot with a live Taser claiming, "It doesn't hurt that much," but studio lawyers nixed the idea
  • Likes to make cameo appearances in his films


  • 2020David di Donatello Awards-Best Foreign Film: nominated
  • 2020César Awards-Best Foreign Film: nominated
  • 2020Writers Guild Awards-Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 2020BAFTA Film Awards-Best Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 2020BAFTA Film Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2020Producers Guild Awards-Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: nominated
  • 2020Golden Globe-Best Director - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2019Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: nominated
  • 2019Oscar-Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): nominated
  • 2019Oscar-Best Motion Picture of the Year: nominated
  • 2019Critics' Choice Awards-Best Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 2019Venice Film Festival-Best Film: winner
  • 2007Writers Guild Awards-Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 2007Writers Guild Awards-Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 2006Oscar-Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): nominated
  • 2006Oscar-Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): nominated
  • 1998Sundance Film Festival-Grand Jury Prize: Documentary: winner


  • Peter Bunzl -- Father
  • Lorette Phillips -- Mother
  • Jill Ginsberg -- Sister