A self-declared "somewhat conservative, gay Republican," Cherry began his career in the late 1980s as Dixie Carter's real-life personal assistant for Designing Women before becoming a writer-producer on the last few seasons of The Golden Girls. Over the years he worked on a handful of other shows, including The Five Mrs. Buchanans, which starred Desperate Housewives' Harriet Sansom Harris and featured a character named Bree. By the 2000s Cherry was struggling again in the television industry, and HBO, FOX, CBS and NBC all passed on producing Desperate Housewives. However, ABC took a chance on the show in 2004 and hit pay dirt. The next year Cherry was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2005.
- Family moved frequently during his childhood, living briefly in Hong Kong and Iran.
- Won $15,000 as a contestant on Dick Clark's game show The $100,000 Pyramid during the late 1980s.
- Wrote for The Golden Girls in the 1990s.
- Pays homage to composer Steven Sondheim by using his songs as episode titles for Desperate Housewives.
- Chose the name Wisteria Lane from The Book of Lists because, he told People magazine, "I wanted a beautiful name for the street. Later I found out that the vine crushes everything around it."
- Was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2005.
- 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
- 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Nominee
- Martha Cherry — Mother
- Truman Cherry — Father
- Attended California State University, Fullerton, California, United States