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Also Known As: Andrew Tennant Died:
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Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: director, writer, actor, dancer

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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...

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.

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  Adaline (2015)
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  Fool's Gold (2008)
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  Hitch (2005) Director
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  Sweet Home Alabama (2002) Director
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  Anna and the King (1999) Director
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  Fools Rush In (1997) Director
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  It Takes Two (1995) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Grease 2 (1982) Boy Greaser
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 1941 (1979) Babyface
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 Grease (1978) Dancer
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Originally trained as an actor-singer-dancer
1978:
Made feature film debut as a dancer in "Grease"
1979:
Played the part of Babyface in Steven Spielberg's "1941"
1982:
Reprised his greaser role in "Grease 2"
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Began writing and producing for television.
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Helmed multiple episodes of such shows as "The Wonder Years" (ABC) and "Parker Lewis Can't Lose" (Fox)
1992:
Helmed the well-received drama "Keep the Change" (TNT)
1993:
Directed "The Amy Fisher Story" (ABC) with Drew Barrymore in the title role
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
1997:
Helmed the romantic comedy "Fools Rush In" starring Salma Hayek and Matthew Perry
1998:
Directed Drew Barrymore in the Cinderella fairy tale "Ever After"
1999:
Directed Jodie Foster and Chow Yun-Fat in "Anna and the King"
2002:
Helmed the romantic comedy "Sweet Home Alabama" starring Reese Witherspoon
2005:
Directed Will Smith in the comedy "Hitch"
2008:
Directed (also co-wrote) Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson in the adventure film, "Fool's Gold"
2010:
Directed the action comedy, "The Bounty Hunter," starring Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler
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Education

University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California -
Homewood-Flossmoor High School: Flossmoor , Illinois - 1973

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