Barry O'Brien

Barry O'Brien

Highest Rated: 8% Kangaroo Jack (2003)

Lowest Rated: 8% Kangaroo Jack (2003)

Birthday: Not Available

Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA

Barry O'Brien is a writer and producer working in television, and one of the creators of the hugely successful Disney Channel original comedy "Hannah Montana." He got his start as a writer, penning two episodes of the classic sitcom hit "Happy Days" in 1981, along with an episode each of its sister sitcoms, "Laverne & Shirley" and "Joanie Loves Chachi," in 1982. After writing three episodes of the ABC romance series "The Love Boat" from 1984 to '86, O'Brien landed his first major writing gig, on the animated family version of the comedy, "Ghostbusters." He contributed writing to all 65 episodes of the single-season series. He proceeded to write for various animated series over the next few years, and then in 1987 was back writing for live action, most notably for the goofy sitcom "Perfect Strangers," about a strongly-accented foreigner who moves in with his cynical, tightly-wound cousin. O'Brien produced many episodes in addition to writing for the series until 1993. While the remainder of the 1990s was rather modest for O'Brien, he made a huge impact in his next decade: he wrote and produced the drama "Judging Amy," he wrote and was a supervising producer for the hit crime-mystery "CSI: Miami," and he co-created perhaps his biggest project, "Hannah Montana," which he also wrote for; he also co-wrote the script for the 2009 movie version of that franchise.



8% 29% Kangaroo Jack Writer - 2003
No Score Yet 57% Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night Writer $2.7M 1987


36% 65% Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector Writer 2020
82% 87% Castle Writer 2015-2016
38% 61% Intelligence Writer 2014
68% 67% Touch Writer 2013
No Score Yet 61% CSI: Miami Writer 2005-2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Judging Amy Writer 2003-2005
33% No Score Yet Gary & Mike Writer 2001
33% No Score Yet Between Brothers Executive Producer,
No Score Yet No Score Yet Guys Like Us Writer 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perfect Strangers Producer,
1987 1989-1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Joanie Loves Chachi Writer 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet The New Odd Couple Writer