Born in New York and growing up in Long Island, Ellin has the perfect background to write the antics of a few NY boys on the west coast in his hit TV series Entourage. Shortly after he moved to Los Angeles from his native New York City, Ellin worked as a stand-up comedian at such venues as The Improv and The Comedy Store.
In 1996 Ellin made a low-budget film called Phat Beach, guest starring Coolio, about a couple of average guys who make easy money by selling sunglasses on the beach. He followed this with the movie Kissing a Fool starring David Schwimmer.
In 2002, before producing and writing for his 2005 hit TV series Entourage, Ellin was a writer for ABC TV's Life with Bonnie, starring and directed by actress Bonnie Hunt which could be called a prelude to the hugely successful 30 Rock.
Ellin lists U2 and Bruce Springsteen as the only acts he must see live, went to his first U2 concert at around age 10 back in the "War" days. In Entourage season 2, in what Ellin describes as "a dream come true" he went to the 2005 U2 Vertigo tour concert in LA with the cast members to film scenes for the show.
Doug is Jewish and this clearly comes through in his writing for the character, Ari Gold in Entourage.… Collapse
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