Robert Andrew Ackerman
September 19, 1956
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||Santa Clara University|
Robert Andrew Ackerman (born September 19, 1956) is an American director, producer, and script editor who is best known for his work on Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine and the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Ackerman was born in Los Angeles, California. His father Robert was a lithographer, and his mother Rosemary was a substitute teacher and homemaker. He was raised in Glendale. He attended Loyola High School in Los Angeles before graduating from Santa Clara University in 1978 with a degree in general humanities.
Ackerman began his career as a videotape editor on WKRP in Cincinnati (1979–82) and Newhart, winning an Emmy for the former. He also was an assistant editor on Welcome Back, Kotter. He replaced Tom Cherones as director of Seinfeld starting in its sixth season, ultimately directing 89 episodes.
Ackerman directed every episode of The New Adventures of Old Christine, and has directed or guest directed such series as Everybody Loves Raymond, Becker, Cheers, Wings, Frasier, Two and a Half Men, Andy Richter Controls the Universe, Perfect Couples, Whitney and The Ellen Show. He also directed the pilot episode of the 2006 Fox series Happy Hour.
Ackerman has received 15 Primetime Emmy Awards nominations, winning three.
Ackerman is a Catholic. He and his wife Betsy, also a Santa Clara University graduate, are the parents of four children.
|2019||Mr. Iglesias||Director||Episode: "Some Children Left Behind"|
|2019||Santa Clarita Diet||Director||Episode: "More of a Cat Person"|
|2018||The Conners||Director||2 episodes|
|2018–2019||Happy Together||Director||6 episodes|
|2018||Living Biblically||Director/Executive producer||12 episodes|
|2016–2017||The Great Indoors||Director/Executive producer|
|Grace & Frankie||Director||2 episodes|
|2010–2011||Perfect Couples||Director/Executive Producer|
|2009||The Big D||Director|
|2008||Starting Under||Director/Executive Producer|
|2007–2008||Rules of Engagement||Director/Executive Producer (2007–10)|
|2006–2010||The New Adventures of Old Christine||Director/Executive Producer|
|2006||Separate at Worth||Director|
|2005||Life on a Stick||Director|
|2004–2005||Center of the Universe||Director|
|2004||Come to Papa||Director/Executive Producer|
|2003||Two and a Half Men||Director/Executive Producer|
|2002–2003||Andy Richter Controls the Universe||Director/ Executive Producer (2002–04)|
|2001||The Ellen Show||Director/Producer|
|2000–2009||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Director|
|2000–2005||Everybody Loves Raymond||Director|
|2000–2001||The Trouble with Normal||Director/Producer|
|1999||It's Like, You Know...||Director||1999 Producer|
|1993||Big Wave Dave's||Director||1993 Producer|
|1988–1991||Cheers||Director/Co-Producer (1989–91)/Editor (1986–91)|
|1980–1982||WKRP in Cincinnati||Editor|
'Andy is a good Catholic boy and he assured me it was going to be very respectful,' Goethals said recently.