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.

Fast Facts

  • 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 Writing for a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee


  • Truman Cherry — Father
  • Martha Cherry — Mother


  • Attended California State University, Fullerton, CA


  • Birth Place: Long Beach, CA
  • Profession: Producer, Writer

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