Gregory Thomas Garcia
April 4, 1970
|Occupation||Television director, producer, writer|
Gregory Thomas Garcia (born April 4, 1970) is an American television director, producer and writer. He is the creator/executive producer of several long-running sitcoms, including Yes, Dear, My Name Is Earl (in which he made seven cameo appearances), The Guest Book, and Raising Hope. He has also worked for the series Family Matters and as a consulting producer on Family Guy.
Garcia was born in Arlington County, Virginia. His parents Tom and Natalie Garcia raised Greg and his older sister Shelley  in the Pimmit Hills neighborhood of Fairfax County, Virginia and then North Arlington, Virginia.
After graduating in 1988 from Yorktown High School (also his mother's alma mater), Garcia attended Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland, where he participated in the Warner Bros. outreach program Writing for Television courses, which ultimately opened the door for him as a writer in Hollywood.
Garcia worked as a board operator and DJ for Tony Kornheiser on The Tony Kornheiser Show radio show on WTEM. He was also an intern for the Don and Mike Show radio program in Fairfax, Virginia.
Relocating to work in Hollywood, his early show business work included as an extra on the teen drama TV series Beverly Hills, 90210 and as a production assistant on Step by Step. In the mid-1990s, he began writing for sitcoms On Our Own and Family Matters (the show that spun off On Our Own), which led to co-writing the pilot for the short-lived series Built to Last with Warren Hutcherson (1997). During the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike, he worked as a cashier and janitor at a Burger King in Burbank, California.
Garcia wrote for, created, produced and directed the sitcoms Raising Hope, My Name Is Earl and Yes, Dear and The Guest Book. He won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for My Name Is Earl in 2006.
Garcia co-wrote the book for the musical Escape to Margaritaville featuring the songs of Jimmy Buffett with Mike O'Malley.
Garcia and his wife Kim have three sons, and they reside in the Los Angeles area. Kim and Greg attended the same college, Frostburg State University.
Garcia has been incorrectly labeled as a Scientologist, as some of the My Name is Earl cast were members of the group, after reports in the Daily Mirror and comments made by actor Alec Baldwin. In Garcia's own words,
I am not currently nor have I ever been a Scientologist. ... I am in fact born and raised Catholic.
|1995–1997||Family Matters||Story editor|
|1997||Built to Last||Co-creator/supervising producer|
|2000–01||Family Guy||Consulting producer|
|2000–06||Yes, Dear||Co-creator/executive producer||Wrote 1 episode|
|2005–09||My Name Is Earl||Creator/executive producer||Directed 6 episodes, wrote 7 episodes|
|2010–14||Raising Hope||Creator/executive producer||Directed 5 episodes, wrote 8 episodes|
|2013–14||The Millers||Creator/executive producer||Wrote 1 episode|
|2017–18||The Guest Book||Creator/executive producer||Directed 8 episodes, wrote 20 episodes|