Barry O'Brien is the executive producer of "Guys Like Us," a hip buddy comedy starring two twentysomething roommates whose lives are turned upside down by the invasion of a six-year-old boy.
A native of San Francisco, California, O'Brien attended Santa Clara University on a football scholarship. He majored in finance but, he says, "I always knew that I wanted to write."
After graduation in 1982, O'Brien moved to Los Angeles where he sold his first script - one of the final "Happy Days" episodes in which Fonzie is forced to put his grandmother in a nursing home. That led to freelance jobs writing for television classics like "Laverne & Shirley," "Silver Spoons" and "The Love Boat."
In 1988, O'Brien served as story editor for the buddy comedy "Perfect Strangers" and worked his way up to supervising producer in just two seasons. He also served as executive producer on the sitcoms "Getting By" with Cindy Williams and Telma Hopkins and "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper" starring stand-up comic Mark Curry.
O'Brien most recently created and was executive producer of the Fox series "Between Brothers' starring Kadeem Hardison and Tommy Davidson.
He makes his home in Los Angeles.
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