Barry Fanaro

Barry Fanaro is an American screenwriter of television[1] and feature films. He has taught screenwriting seminars at USC, UCSB, AFI and Mercer University.

Early life


Fanaro graduated magna cum laude with a dual major from Mercer University, Macon Georgia.[2] He also has an MFA from NYU's Tisch Graduate School of Film and Television. In the early 80s he was a performing member of The Groundling's Improv Theater Group.[3]



Fanaro wrote and produced over 250 episodes, pilots and original series for network television. He is best known for serving as writer/executive producer of The Golden Girls during its first four seasons. He was nominated for four Emmys and won two Emmys for Outstanding Writing and Best Comedy Show, Producer. Fanaro was also nominated for two Writers Guild of America Awards and won for Best Writer in 1987. He has three Golden Globes for Best Comedy/Variety Show. In 1989, both Fanaro, along with partner Mort Nathan, and two alums from The Golden Girls, Kathy Speer and Terry Grossman had started KTMB Productions with a deal at Walt Disney Studios.[4] Both Fanaro and Nathan moved to Paramount Television in 1992 to start Fanaro/Nathan Productions.[5]

In the 1990s Fanaro turned his attention to feature films. His credits include Kingpin, The Crew, Men in Black II[6][7] and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.[8] He was also a sought after script doctor and selected production re-writes include Analyze This, Big Trouble, What's The Worst That Could Happen? From 2009–present he sold four original feature film scripts which are currently in development.




Year Title Role Note(s)
1996 Kingpin Writer
2000 The Crew
2002 Men in Black II Screenplay
2007 I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry


Year Title Role Note(s)
1985 Hail to the Chief Writer/Executive Script Consultant 4 episodes
1985-89 The Golden Girls Writer/Producer/Supervising Producer/Co-Executive Producer/Executive Script Consultant 125 episodes
1990-91 The Fanelli Boys Creator/Executive Producer 19 episodes
1991-92 Pacific Station 5 episodes
1995 Platypus Man 13 episodes
1998 The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer Creator/Executive Producer 9 episodes


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  2. ^ "Notable Alumni". 7 February 2019.
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  4. ^ "Disney development deals" (PDF). Broadcasting. 1989-05-01. Retrieved 2021-08-08.
  5. ^ "Paramount and Disney get creattive" (PDF). Broadcasting. 1992-07-13. Retrieved 2021-08-30.
  6. ^ Munson, Brad (2002). Inside Men in Black II. New York: Ballantine Books. p. 16. ISBN 0-345-45065-5.
  7. ^ Karger, Dave (July 12, 2002). "Aliens, Smith, And Jones". Entertainment Weekly. p. 2. Archived from the original on April 13, 2014. Retrieved December 21, 2008.
  8. ^ "A Peek at the Movie 'Chuck & Larry' Could Have Been". Vulture. July 20, 2007. Retrieved October 11, 2016.