Michael Phillips began producing films and television in Hollywood in 1971. His movies have garnered 23 Academy Award nominations, winning him a Best Picture Oscar for The Sting (1973), the Palme d’Or for Taxi Driver (1976), and Italy’s David di Donatello Award for best foreign film for Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). He graduated from Dartmouth College with an A.B. in History in 1965 and from NYU Law School with a Juris Doctor degree in 1968. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1969. Phillips serves as a Trustee Professor at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, and he has taught classes there on the topics of cinema of the ‘70s, science fiction in cinema, the films of Akira Kurosawa, and “How I Got My Movie Made,” featuring filmmaking and business perspectives from today’s world.
A native New Yorker, Phillips is married to writer-producer Juliana Maio, and has daughters, Kate, Amanda, and Natasha Phillips. He is a passionate collector of ancient Asian art and has lectured before museum audiences on the subject of the Buddha image.