Jody Hill

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Jody Hill
Born Concord, North Carolina
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 2006-present
Spouse(s) Collette Wolfe

Jody Hill is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. In 2006, he directed, co-wrote, co-produced and co-starred in his first film The Foot Fist Way, which he based on his experience as a Taekwondo black belt and instructor. His follow-up film, Observe and Report, stars Seth Rogen and was released on April 10, 2009.[1] Hill is also co-creator, director and executive producer of the HBO series' Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals.[2]


Hill's first film, The Foot Fist Way was seen by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay who bought the distributing rights to the film. Subsequently, Hill was invited to the set of Knocked Up where he met future collaborator, Seth Rogen. Hill was asked to do a cameo appearance with writing partner Ben Best in Rogen's next film, Superbad as Tut Long John Silver. Hill later cast Rogen as the leading man in his film, Observe and Report which opened at number 4 at the box office. The role of Ronnie was written specifically for Rogen.

In 2009, Hill directed The Avett Brothers music video "Slight Figure of Speech" which featured Wolfe and Andy Daly.[citation needed] The following year he directed the parody music video Swagger Wagon as part of ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi's campaign for the Sienna SE minivan from Toyota.[3][4]

In 2009, Hill co-created the HBO show Eastbound and Down, on which he acts as Executive Producer and directed a total of 16 episodes. The show finished its fourth and last season in 2013.[2]

Hill's next film, L.A.P.I.[5] was announced as an action comedy about a hardboiled private investigator, played by friend and frequent collaborator Danny McBride. It is the first film Hill has directed but not written. It is also the first film produced by Hill's, McBride's and David Gordon Green's production company, Rough House Pictures. In 2014, Hill and McBride created and began preparing the comedy series Vice Principals for HBO.

Personal life

Hill is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.[6] As of 2009, Hill is married to Collette Wolfe, an actress seen in his movies Observe and Report and The Foot Fist Way.[7]


Year Film Credited as
Director Writer Producer Actor Notes
2016 Masterminds Yes
2009 Observe and Report Yes Yes
2007 Superbad Yes Tut Long John Silver
2006 The Foot Fist Way Yes Yes Yes Yes Mike McAlister


Year Program Credited as
Director Writer Producer Actor Notes
2009 Eastbound and Down Yes Yes Yes Yes Creator
Also Executive Producer
Real Comedy: Observe and Report Yes Himself
2016 Vice Principals Yes Yes Yes Creator
Also Executive Producer


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