Andy Tennant

Director, Writer, Actor
Andy Tennant directed a series of high-profile romantic comedies in the 1990s and 2000s, starring some of the most prominent leading ladies of his day: Salma Hayek in "Fools Rush In" (1997), Drew Barrymore in "Ever ... Read more »
Born: in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Director (21)

Wild Oats 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

Thirteenth Grade 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Bounty Hunter 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Fool's Gold 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Hitch 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Sweet Home Alabama 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Anna and the King 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Ever After 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Fools Rush In 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures 1990 - 1991, 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Director

Great Scott! 1990 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Director

It Takes Two 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Parker Lewis 1990 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Director

Sliders 1990 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Director

South of Sunset 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Director

The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. 1990 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Director

The Byrds of Paradise 1990 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Director

Betas (Tv Show)

Director

Keep the Change (TV Show)

Director

The Amy Fisher Story (TV Show)

Director
Actor (7)

Crazy About Tiffany's 2016 (Movie)

(Himself)

Reel Comedy: Hitch 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Grease 2 1982 (Movie)

Boy Greaser (Actor)

1941 1979 (Movie)

Babyface (Actor)

Grease 1978 (Movie)

Dancer (Actor)
Writer (4)

Fool's Gold 2008 (Movie)

(rewrite) (Screenplay)

Ever After 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

What She Doesn't Know 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Jack and Mike 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Writer
Producer (3)

E:60 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The American Embassy 1990 - 1995, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Moving Target 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Co-Producer

Biography

Andy Tennant directed a series of high-profile romantic comedies in the 1990s and 2000s, starring some of the most prominent leading ladies of his day: Salma Hayek in "Fools Rush In" (1997), Drew Barrymore in "Ever After" (1998), and Reese Witherspoon in "Sweet Home Alabama" (2002). In his days as an aspiring actor, the Chicago native landed a place in the choruses of 1970s musicals "Grease " and "Grease 2," but turned his attention first to writing and then directing. Tennant helmed episodes of the television spinoff of John Hughes's "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" as well as the first four episodes of the Bueller-like "Parker Lewis Can't Lose." However, it was the made-for-TV "The Amy Fisher Story," with Barrymore in the title role as the real-life teen shooter, that put Tennant on the map and eventually got him his first feature assignment as a director. That movie, "It Takes Two," may have been something less than a smash hit, but it would serve as the romantic-comedy template for the bulk of his subsequent films. Not only did Tennant score box office success with actresses, but his collaboration with Will Smith in "Hitch," about a "date doctor" who struggles with his own love life, had the highest-grossing opening weekend of any romantic comedy ever.

Relationships

Sharon Johnson

Wife
Married February 13, 2006 in New York

EDUCATION

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California
Studied theater under John Houseman

Homewood-Flossmoor High School

Flossmoor , Illinois 1973

Milestones

2010

Directed the action comedy, "The Bounty Hunter," starring Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler

2008

Directed (also co-wrote) Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson in the adventure film, "Fool's Gold"

2005

Directed Will Smith in the comedy "Hitch"

2002

Helmed the romantic comedy "Sweet Home Alabama" starring Reese Witherspoon

1999

Directed Jodie Foster and Chow Yun-Fat in "Anna and the King"

1998

Directed Drew Barrymore in the Cinderella fairy tale "Ever After"

1997

Helmed the romantic comedy "Fools Rush In" starring Salma Hayek and Matthew Perry

1995

Directed several episodes of the popular sci-fi series "Sliders (aired on Fox and the Sci-Fi Channel)

1995

Feature directorial debut with "It Takes Two" starring the Olsen twins

1993

Directed "The Amy Fisher Story" (ABC) with Drew Barrymore in the title role

1992

Helmed the well-received drama "Keep the Change" (TNT)

1982

Reprised his greaser role in "Grease 2"

1979

Played the part of Babyface in Steven Spielberg's "1941"

1978

Made feature film debut as a dancer in "Grease"

Helmed multiple episodes of such shows as "The Wonder Years" (ABC) and "Parker Lewis Can't Lose" (Fox)

Originally trained as an actor-singer-dancer

Began writing and producing for television.

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