Director and screenwriter Andy Tennant made his way into film through acting and television directing. The Chicago native studied theatre under John Houseman at the University of Southern California and began acting in such films as Grease (1978), which allowed him to make use of his training as a dancer.
After getting his start in acting, Tennant became a television film scriptwriter and began directing TV films and series alike. He helmed multiple episodes of such shows as The Wonder Years, Parker Lewis Can't Lose, the popular sci-fi series Sliders, and the well-received drama Keep the Change (1992). He also gained a moderate dose of pop culture notoriety as the director of The Amy Fisher Story (1993).