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Andy Tennant Biography

  • Profession: Director, Screenwriter, Executive Producer
  • Born: Jan 1, 0001
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001

Director and screenwriter Andy Tennant made his way into film through acting and television directing. The Chicago native studied theatre under [[Performer~P94949~John Houseman~johnhouseman]] at the University of Southern California and began acting in such films as [[Feature~V20546~Grease~grease]] (1978), which allowed him to make use of his training as a dancer.
After getting his start in acting, Tennant became a television film scriptwriter and began directing TV films and series alike. He helmed multiple episodes of such shows as [[Feature~V147437~The Wonder Years~wunderjahre]], Parker Lewis Can't Lose, the popular sci-fi series Sliders, and the well-received drama [[Feature~V27041~Keep the Change~keepthechange]] (1992). He also gained a moderate dose of pop culture notoriety as the director of [[Feature~V2151~The Amy Fisher Story~lethallolita]] (1993).
Tennant made his feature film directorial debut in 1995 with [[Feature~V135624~It Takes Two~ittakestwo]], a children's film starring the Olsen twins. He then tried his hand at romantic comedy with [[Feature~V154626~Fools Rush In~foolsrushin]] (1997), starring [[Performer~P199082~Salma Hayek~salmahayek]] and [[Performer~P56182~Matthew Perry~matthewperry]]. The following year, Tennant had his biggest cinematic success to date directing [[Performer~P4288~Drew Barrymore~dianabarrymore]] (whom he'd directed in [[Feature~V2151~The Amy Fisher Story~lethallolita]] five years earlier) in [[Feature~V163072~Ever After~everafter]], a re-telling of the Cinderella fairy tale. Although the film received lukewarm reviews, it proved to be a commercial success, particularly among teenage girls. With commercial credibility to his name, Tennant subsequently directed [[Performer~P90220~Jodie Foster~jodiefoster]] and [[Performer~P22826~Chow Yun-Fat~chowyunfat]] in [[Feature~V180769~Anna and the King~annaandtheking]] (1999), a sumptuous historical epic based upon the experiences of a British governess working in the court of the King of Siam. ~ Rebecca Flint Marx, Rovi