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Carmen Finestra

Highest Rated: 35% Where the Heart Is (2000)

Lowest Rated: 35% Where the Heart Is (2000)

Birthday: Jun 26, 1947

Birthplace: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA

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."

Filmography

Movies

Credit
35% 76% Where the Heart Is Producer $33.8M 2000

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 71% Home Improvement Writer,
Executive Producer
1995-1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Costello Executive Producer 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Soul Man Executive Producer,
Writer
1997-1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Buddies Executive Producer 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thunder Alley Executive Producer 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chico and the Man Writer 1977

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