Phoef Sutton started as an actor and playwright in college; he was lucky enough to go to a small liberal arts college in Virginia, James Madison University, which encouraged student playwrights. Phoef was one of the only undergraduates to win the Norman Lear Award for Comedy Playwriting. After graduation, Phoef had plays produced at various regional theaters around the country, had his award winning play BURIAL CUSTOMS selected for publication by the Theatre Communications Group and was awarded a National Endowment for Arts Playwrights Fellowship.
After marrying and moving to Los Angeles, Phoef started his career at the NBC television show CHEERS. He stayed with the show for eight years, working his way up from staff writer to executive producer, winning two Emmys and a Writer’s Guild Award. A greater training ground for a writer could not be imagined.
After CHEERS, Phoef has produced and created a number of television shows and consulted on others, including NEWS RADIO and BOSTON LEGAL. He is honored to have won a Peabody Award, a GLAAD award and a Television Academy Honors award for this work on BOSTON LEGAL. Recently, he has worked on critically acclaimed series TERRIERS for FX and THE SOUL MAN for TV Land and DEFIANCE for the SyFy Channel.
A particular favorite is of his is the cult comedy THANKS, a sit-com about the Pilgrims starring Cloris Leachman and Jim Rash.
Lately, he’s been writing television movies for the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel. DARROW & DARROW, starring Kimberley Williams-Paisley, Wendie Malick and Tom Cavanaugh, aired in 2017. PAST MALICE and DARROW & DARROW II will air in 2018.
He has enjoyed working with actors as diverse as Bob Newhart, John Cleese, Emma Thompson, Tim Curry, Brian Dennehy and William Shatner. He has directed a short film – a suspense tale called ‘TIL DEATH, starring Joe Mantegna. ‘TIL DEATH has been shown at various film festivals around the world and received prizes at the Garden State Festival and WorldFest in Houston, Texas.
Still involved in the theater, he co-wrote the musical SONGS FROM THE TALL GRASS, which was performed at the Ford’s Theater in Washington and other regional theaters around the country.
Phoef has also worked for many years as a screenwriter and script doctor. MRS. WINTERBOURNE, directed by Richard Benjamin, was an adaptation of a novel by one of his favorite authors, Cornell Woolrich. THE FAN, directed by Tony Scott and starring Robert DeNiro, was an adaptation of the novel by Peter Abrahams.
Phoef is also a published novelist, author of the critically acclaimed CRUSH series of mystery novels: CRUSH, HEART ATTACK AND VINE and COLORADO BOULEVARD. FROM AWAY, a supernatural romantic thriller, is due out in 2018. He has also written FIFTEEN MINUTES TO LIVE, a romantic thriller, and THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, a horror novel, and is the co-author of REBORN: A DEAD MAN ADVENTURE.
He also co-authored two novels with Janet Evanovich, WICKED CHARMS and CURIOUS MINDS.
Phoef lives in South Pasadena, California and Vinalhaven, Maine with his wife Dawn and his daughters Skylar and Celia.