Carmen Finestra

Pennsylvania native Carmen Finestra's career is defined by his contributions to two of the most watched and successful family sitcoms of all time: "The Cosby Show," centered around an African American family residing in ... Read more »
Born: 06/26/1947

Filmography

Producer (11)

Tim Allen Presents: A User's Guide to Home Improvement 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Company Man 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

What Women Want 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Where the Heart Is 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Home Improvement 1984 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Soul Man 1984 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

The Cosby Show 1984 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Supervising Producer

Thunder Alley 1984 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Firelight 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Buddies 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Costello (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Writer (10)

A Different World 1984 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Writer

Punky Brewster 1984 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Writer

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Other Writer

The Best Times 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Writer

Prime Times 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Writer

Twilight Theater 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Writer

Johnny Cash and the Country Girls 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Writer

Steve Martin: Comedy Is Not Pretty 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Writer

Mel and Susan Together 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Writer

Johnny Cash and Friends 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Writer
Other (1)

Ferris Bueller 1989 - 1991 (TV Show)

Creative Consultant

Biography

Pennsylvania native Carmen Finestra's career is defined by his contributions to two of the most watched and successful family sitcoms of all time: "The Cosby Show," centered around an African American family residing in Brooklyn, and "Home Improvement," focused on the family life of a power tool loving TV host. Joining "The Cosby Show" as a writer in 1985, he rose through the ranks to producer. By the time he left the show in 1990, a few years before it went off the air, he had three Emmy nominations to show for his efforts as well as the odd guest star appearance, no doubt a throwback to his early days as a New York stage actor. The following year, 1991, together with new partners Matt Williams and David McFadzean, Finestra launched another massively popular entry,"Home Improvement." These were the glory days of the American sitcom, and thanks to material perfectly fitted around comic performers Bill Cosby and Tim Allen, Finestra was able to collect much higher financial rewards as show co-creator, as well as additional Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. In total, Finestra wrote 58 episodes of "The Cosby Show" and 38 episodes of "Home Improvement." He has also worked as an executive producer on several feature films, including the 2000 Mel Gibson surreal comedy "What Women Want."

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