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Tom Cherones (born 1939) is an American director and producer of several TV series.

Early life

He grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabamamarker, where his father operated a radio and TV repair shop. His grandfather was a Greek immigrant. From 1961 to 1965, he was a lieutenant in the United States Navy. His first directing job was an educational film, and his first work after moving to Hollywoodmarker was as a production manager for General Hospital.

Directing television

Cherones began as a television director on My Sister Sam in the 1980s. In the 1990s, he became noted for directing Seinfeld (81 episodes) and NewsRadio (56 episodes). His work on Seinfeld won him high praise and a Directors Guild of America Award for "The Contest." In 2003, he was inducted into the Alabama Stage and Screen Hall of Famemarker.

Later life

He is currently semi-retired and teaches an occasional video production course at the University of Alabamamarker, where he earned a Master's degree.


  1. University of Alabama news
  2. The New York Times
  3. The Alabama Stage and Screen Hall of Fame

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