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Barry Sonnenfeld

Barry Sonnenfeld was born and raised in New York City. He graduated from New York University of Film School in 1978. After refining his craft on several hard-core pornographic films, he started work as director of photography on the Oscar-nominated In Our Water (1982). Then Joel Coen and Ethan Coen hired him for Blood Simple. (1984). This film ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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[on directing Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones] Although Will would always be deferential and charming he's an eight-month-old Great Dane puppy, and he's got way too much energy, way too much joy, too much karmic perfection. And I think that may have affected Tommy. But from the entire first movie [they] loved each other. Will genuinely feels Tommy's one of the funniest people he's ever met because... See more »


Started his career as a cinematographer in porn films. He's quoted in the January 26, 1998 Newsweek magazine (page 60) saying that he was depressed when he heard that Boogie Nights (1997) was being made (a film about making pornos) because he had wanted to make a movie about the time he shot 9 feature length pornos in nine days. See more »


Often casts Carel Struycken in his films. See more »

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