Chris Henchy is an American writer and producer who earned prominence as the writer of “AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Robert Wise” (1998), from which he netted his first Writers Guild of America nomination. He received his next WGA nomination in 2006 thanks to his work on the popular television series “Entourage,” where he also served as co-executive producer. Henchy also wrote and/or produced other television series, including “Spin City,” “Life with Bonnie,” “I'm with Her,” “Eastbound & Down,” “Funny or Die Presents...” and “Jon Benjamin Has a Van.” On the big screen, Henchy was nominated for Razzie Awards for his writing job on “Land of the Lost” (2009). His other film credits include “The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard” (2009, a producer), “The Other Guys” (2010, writer and executive producer), and “The Virginity Hit” (2010, producer). Henchy frequently works with Adam McKay and Will Ferrell.
Henchy is married to actress Brooke Shields and has two daughters with her.
Childhood and Family:
Chris Henchy was born Christopher Thomas Henchy on March 23, 1964, in New York. He graduated from Friendswood High School in 1982. He has been married to actress and model Brooke Shields (born May 31, 1965) since April 4, 2001. They welcomed their first child, daughter Rowan Francis Henchy, on May 15, 2003. Their second child, daughter Grier Hammond, was born on April 18, 2006.
The Other Guys
Chris Henchy began his career as a TV writer in 1995 when he wrote an episode of the USA Network short lived series “Campus Cops” called “Cop Squad.” He then wrote for the TV special documentary “Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond” (1996), “The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards” (1997) and “AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Martin Scorsese” (1997). He netted a 1999 Writers Guild of America nomination in the category of Best Comedy/Variety - Music, Awards, Tributes - Specials - Any Length for his work on “AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Robert Wise” (1998), which he shared with Robert Shrum and George Stevens Jr. Henchy also wrote three episodes of the Carol Leifer starring sitcom “Alright Already” called “Again with the Lobbyist” (1997), “Again with the Hockey Player: Part 1” (1998) and “Again with the Astronaut” (1998) as well as episodes of the television comedy series “The Army Show” (1998) and “Sugar Hill” (1999).
Entering the new millennium, Henchy co-created the comedy series “Battery Park” with Gary David Goldberg. Starring Elizabeth Perkins and Justin Louis, the show premiered on NBC on March 23, 2000, but was axed after four episodes. He also served as supervising producer. In addition, Henchy was a supervising producer (18 episodes, 2000-2001) and co-executive producer (16 episodes, 2001-2002) of the hit sitcom “Spin City,” which was created by Gary David Goldberg and Bill Lawrence. He also wrote the episodes “Smile” (2000), “Toy Story” (2000) and “Eyes Wide Open” (2002).
In 2002, Henchy provided special material for “The 74th Annual Academy Awards.” In 2002 and 2003, he served as supervising producer of the ABC television sitcom “Life with Bonnie” (2002-2004), which was co-created by and starred Bonnie Hunt. Henchy next co-created (with Marco Pennette) and executive produced the television situation comedy “I'm with Her,” which was loosely based on Henchy's relationship with his wife Brooke Shields. Starring Teri Polo and David Sutcliffe, the show premiered on ABC on September 23, 2003, but was canceled after 22 episodes and ended on April 27, 2004. Henchy also had an unaccredited part as a contestant in the episode “Poison Ivy” (2004).
In 2005, Henchy served as a co-executive producer on the popular series “Entourage,” which premiered on HBO on July 18, 2004. He also wrote the episodes “An Offer Refused” and “Neighbors” (both 2005) and appeared in the episode “My Maserati Does 185” (also 2005). Henchy shared a 2006 Writers Guild of America nomination for Best Comedy Series for his work on the show.
Henchy next had a role in the video short “Good Cop, Baby Cop” (2007), featuring Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. It was followed by small acting jobs in “It's the Ass 'n Balls Show,” (2008) a video short directed by Jake Szymanski that was written by Will Ferrell, the comedy “Step Brothers” (2008), which was directed by Adam McKay, and Jake Szymanski's video short “High-Five Hollywood” (2008), which he also produced. 2008 also found him producing the video shorts “Eva Longoria Sex Tape,” which he wrote, “Paris Hilton Responds to McCain Ad,” and “Prop 8: The Musical,” a four minute comedy directed by Adam Shankman.
In 2009, Henchy co-scripted (with Dennis McNicholas) “Land of the Lost,” a film directed by Brad Silberling that starred Will Ferrell, Danny McBride and Anna Friel. Adapted from the 1974 TV series of the same name, the film received negative reviews and was not a success at the box office. He received a 2010 Razzie nomination for Worst Screenplay for his writing efforts. Henchy also appeared in the film as a stage manager. The same year, Henchy executive produced a number of video or video shorts as part of the FOD Team. They included “A Gaythering Storm,” “Attack Cardio,” “My Mother's Red Hat,” “Tiffani Thiessen Is Busy,” “The Real Housewives of New Jersey with Jamie-Lynn Sigler,” “The Ballad of G.I. Joe,” “Red Bull Energy Douche,” “Protect Insurance Companies PSA,” “Death Panel Advisors,” “Nicole Eggert Is Back in Baywatch,” “Molly Sims Dramatic Acting Reel” and “Jon and Car Plus Blanket.”
Henchy next teamed up with Adam McKay, Will Ferrell and Kevin Messick to produce the feature film “The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard” (also 2009), a comedy directed by Neal Brennan that starred Jeremy Piven and Ed Helms. The film earned mixed to negative reviews from critics. With McKay and Ferrell, he then executive produced the HBO sitcom “Eastbound & Down,” starring Danny McBride. The show premiered on February 15, 2009.
In 2010, Henchy co-wrote (with Adam McKay) and executive produced the comedy “The Other Guys,” which was directed by McKay and starred Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. The film gained generally positive reviews from critics and opened at No. 1 at the U.S. box office. The same year, he also served as executive producer on the Comedy Central short lived sitcom “Big Lake,” which was co-created by Adam McKay and Will Ferrell. Henchy was reunited with McKay and Ferrell to produce “The Virginity Hit,” a comedy starring Matt Bennett and Zack Pearlman, and as a member of the FOD Team, executive produced the video shorts “Presidential Reunion,” “Alyssa Milano's Evolution: Jersey Shore” and “Pete Carroll's Trip to Seattle Delayed” as well as the short “Wax on, F*ck Off” (all 2010). He then served as an executive producer for an episode of the David Spade comedy series “Carpet Bros” and two episodes of “Drunk History” (both also 2010). Henchy then co-created the sketch comedy show “Funny or Die Presents...,” which premiered on HBO on February 19, 2010.
Recently, in 2011, Henchy executive produced four episodes of the Comedy Central live action series “Jon Benjamin Has a Van,” starring H. Jon Benjamin. He had the same duty for the television film “Funny or Die Undercover” (2011) and the short “Brick Novax's Diary” (2011). He also wrote “Winning Recipes” (2011), a four minute short starring Charlie Sheen, and the short “The Navy Seal Who Killed Osama Bin Laden,” starring Celestine, Marisa DeVonish and Patrick M.J. Finerty.
Henchy is the producer of the upcoming films “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” (2012), a comedy directed by Tommy Wirkola starring Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton and Peter Stormare, and “Bouncers” (2013), a comedy written by Ian Roberts and Jay Martel. He is also writing the screenplay of the upcoming comedy “Southern Rivals” (2012), which will be directed by Jay Roach and star Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell.