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Tom Stern
Born1965 (age 55–56)
OccupationFilm director, television director, actor, screenwriter, film producer, television producer

Tom Stern is an American actor, director, writer, and producer living in Los Angeles, California.[citation needed]


Stern grew up in Pleasantville, New York and attended Byram Hills High School in Armonk, New York, and then went to film school at Tisch School of the Arts New York University (NYU) from 1983–87,[citation needed] where he met Alex Winter.[1] The two collaborated on a number of short films including Squeal of Death,[1] which was noticed by an executive at Columbia Pictures in 1986. After graduating the pair went to Hollywood and directed IMPACT video magazine, which feature artists and performers such as Bill Hicks, Survival Research Labs, Public Enemy, Robert Williams, Jane's Addiction, and another short film with Butthole Surfers.[citation needed]


In 1987 Stern and Winter drove to Hollywood and sent a copy of Squeal of Death to Sam Raimi, whose film Evil Dead 2 was an inspiration to them. Raimi responded enthusiastically. He and his partner Rob Tapert optioned an anthology comedy feature film script from Stern and Winter.[citation needed] The pair then worked on a number of short films and music videos for bands such as Red Hot Chili Peppers and Ice Cube.[citation needed]

Stern and Winter teamed up with writer Tim Burns on The Idiot Box,[2] with Stern and Winter also co-starring and co-directing.[1][3]

Immediately following The Idiot Box, Stern, Winter and Burns co-wrote the 1993 film Freaked with Stern and Winter also serving as co-directors. Freaked starred Winter, Randy Quaid, Keanu Reeves, Bobcat Goldthwait and Mr. T.[2] The film gained a cult following and in 2013 played at Cinefamily in Los Angeles in celebration of the 20th anniversary of its release.[4]

Stern also co-wrote the screenplay to An American Werewolf in Paris, the sequel to the 1981 film An American Werewolf in London, with Burns and Anthony Waller.[5][6]

Stern and Burns also collaborated on The Chimp Channel.[7]

Stern has worked with Jimmy Kimmel's production company Jackhole Productions on shows such as Jimmy Kimmel Live!,[citation needed] The Man Show as segment director,[8] and Crank Yankers as director and supervising producer.[9] In addition, Stern appeared as an actor and worked as a writer for Trey Parker and Matt Stone's presidential parody, That's My Bush!,[10] as co-executive producer, served as director and writer for The Andy Milonakis Show,[11] and was one of the creators and producers of the Comedy Central travel show parody Gerhard Reinke's Wanderlust.[12]

Stern was recently writer/director/producer on a live action SpongeBob SquarePants special titled SpongeBob Appreciation Day: Patchy's Beach Bash!, starring Tom Kenny, Jon Heder, Rob Riggle, Meghan Trainor and Anthony Davis which premiered on Nickelodeon on January 4, 2020. Stern was also recently showrunner/director on two Netflix shows: Kevin Hart's Guide to Black History and The Toys That Made Us. His short film Adams, which he produced, directed and adapted from the George Saunders story, stars Patton Oswalt and Fred Armisen, and recently won Best Comedy at the HollyShorts Film Festival,[13] where the jury included Anthony Russo and Matthew Modine. Other recent shows directed by Stern include Comedy Central's rebooted Crank Yankers, Fox's What Just Happened with Fred Savage,[14] and the Jim Henson Company's upcoming animatronic alien show for Disney +.


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  1. ^ a b c Farber, Jim (April 20, 1991). "Alex Winter's 'Idiot Box' Series Unleashes Violence For Laughs". New York Daily News. Retrieved November 27, 2014 – via Chicago Tribune.
  2. ^ a b Willman, Chris (October 4, 1993). "Movie Review: 'Freaked': Potty-Level Humor Mixed With Terrific Effects". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
  3. ^ Willman, Chris (March 23, 1991). "TV Review: Hey, What's Wrong With a Little Idiotic Stealing Among Friends?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
  4. ^ Berg, Bret (September 27, 2013). "Heavy Midnites: Freaked (20th Anniv. screening, directors Alex Winter & Tom Stern in person!)". Cinefamily. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
  5. ^ Ebert, Robert (December 25, 1997). "An American Werewolf in Paris". Retrieved November 27, 2014.
  6. ^ "An American Werewolf in Paris". The Daily Script. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
  7. ^ Richmond, Ray (June 9, 1999). "Review: 'The Chimp Channel'". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
  8. ^ "The Man Show: Credits". Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  9. ^ "Crank Yankers: Credits". Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  10. ^ "That's My Bush!: Credits". Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  11. ^ "The Andy Milonakis Show: Credits". Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  12. ^ "Gerhard Reinke's Wanderlust: Full Production Credits". The New York Times. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  13. ^ "2019 Award Winners —".
  14. ^ "Aftershow Spoof 'What Just Happened??!,' Starring Fred Savage, a Go at Fox". 29 April 2019.
  15. ^ "THE TOYS THAT MADE US - Starburst Magazine". Starburst Magazine. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  16. ^ Pedersen, Erik (2017-01-13). "Kevin Hart To Star In & Produce History Special 'The Black Man's Guide To History'". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-01-29.