Andy Ackerman
Robert Andrew Ackerman

(1956-09-19) September 19, 1956 (age 67)
Alma materSanta Clara University
  • Television director
  • script editor
  • television producer
Years active1979–present

Robert Andrew Ackerman (born September 19, 1956)[1] 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.

Early life and education

Ackerman was born in Los Angeles, California. His father Robert was a lithographer, and his mother Rosemary was a substitute teacher and homemaker.[1] He was raised in Glendale.[1] He attended Loyola High School in Los Angeles before graduating from Santa Clara University in 1978 with a degree in general humanities.[2]


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.[1] 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.[3]

Personal life

Ackerman is a Catholic.[4] He and his wife Betsy, also a Santa Clara University graduate, are the parents of four children.[2]


Film/TV Series
Year Title Role Additional Notes
2020 Indebted Director/Executive producer
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
2017 Marlon Director/Executive producer
2016–2017 The Great Indoors Director/Executive producer
Grace & Frankie Director 2 episodes
2014–2015 Mulaney Director
2011–2013 Whitney Director/Executive producer
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)
2007 The Hill Director
2006–2010 The New Adventures of Old Christine Director/Executive Producer
2006 Happy Hour Director
2006 Separate at Worth Director
2005 Hot Properties Director
2005 Life on a Stick Director
2005 Uncommon Sense Director
2005 Peep Show Director
2004–2005 Center of the Universe Director
2004 Listen Up Director
2004 Come to Papa Director/Executive Producer
2004 Spellbound Executive Producer
2003 Two and a Half Men Director/Executive Producer
2003 The O'Keefes Director
2003 Watching Ellie Director
2002–2003 Andy Richter Controls the Universe Director/ Executive Producer (2002–04)
2001 The Ellen Show Director/Producer
2001 Raising Dad Director
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
1998–2003 Becker Director/Producer (1998-2001)
1998 LateLine Director/Producer
1997 Jenny Director
1996 Public Morals Director
1996 Suddenly Susan Director
1996 Ellen Director
1996 Good Company Director
1995 Almost Perfect Director
1995 Dweebs Director
1994–1998 Seinfeld Director 1996-1998 Producer
1994 Muddling Through Director
1993–1995 Frasier Director
1993 Big Wave Dave's Director 1993 Producer
1991–1994 Wings Director/Producer (1991-1993)
1991 Roc Director
1988–1991 Cheers Director/Co-Producer (1989–91)/Editor (1986–91)
1980–1982 WKRP in Cincinnati Editor


  1. ^ a b c d Matz, Jenni (September 8, 2009). Andy Ackerman Interview Part 1 of 6. Archive of American Television. Retrieved February 15, 2023.
  2. ^ a b Levy, Karyne (October 10, 2006). "Find the Funny". Santa Clara Magazine. Retrieved February 15, 2023.
  3. ^ "Andy Ackerman". Television Academy. Retrieved July 11, 2021.
  4. ^ Winston, Kimberly (March 1, 2018). "CBS Hopes Viewers Will Want to Watch, If Not Live, 'Biblically'". Word & Way. Retrieved February 15, 2023. 'Andy is a good Catholic boy and he assured me it was going to be very respectful,' Goethals said recently.