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Barry Sonnenfeld was born and raised in New York City. He graduated from New York University Film School in 1978. 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 began his collaboration with the Coen Bros., who used him for their next ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 6 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Men in Black Director
(1997)
Wild Wild West Producer
(1999)
Men in Black 3 Director
(2012)
(1993)

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  Disenchanted (producer) (pre-production)
 2019 Men in Black: International (executive producer)
 2016-2019 The Tick (TV Series) (executive producer - 22 episodes)
- Choose Love! (2019) ... (executive producer)
- In the Woods (2019) ... (executive producer)
- Lei-Lo, Ho! (2019) ... (executive producer)
- Joan! (2019) ... (executive producer)
- Categorically Speaking (2019) ... (executive producer)
 2017-2019 A Series of Unfortunate Events (TV Series) (executive producer - 25 episodes)
- The End (2019) ... (executive producer)
- Penultimate Peril: Part 2 (2019) ... (executive producer)
- Penultimate Peril: Part 1 (2019) ... (executive producer)
- Grim Grotto: Part 2 (2019) ... (executive producer)
- Grim Grotto: Part 1 (2019) ... (executive producer)
 2016 Independent Lens (TV Series documentary) (executive producer - 1 episode)
- An Honest Liar (2016) ... (executive producer)
 2014 Storyville (TV Series documentary) (executive producer - 1 episode)
- Exposed: Magicians, Psychics and Frauds (2014) ... (executive producer)
 2014 An Honest Liar (Documentary) (executive producer)
 2007-2010 Notes from the Underbelly (TV Series) (executive producer - 23 episodes)
- The Weekend (2010) ... (executive producer)
- Accidental Family Bed (2010) ... (executive producer)
- Spinning Out of Control (2010) ... (executive producer)
- The Circle of Life (2010) ... (executive producer)
- Odd Man Out (2010) ... (executive producer)
 2007-2009 Pushing Daisies (TV Series) (executive producer - 22 episodes)
- Kerplunk (2009) ... (executive producer)
- Water & Power (2009) ... (executive producer)
- Window Dressed to Kill (2009) ... (executive producer)
- The Norwegians (2008) ... (executive producer)
- The Legend of Merle McQuoddy (2008) ... (executive producer)
 2008 Play or Be Played (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 2008 Space Chimps (producer)
 2007 Enchanted (producer)
 2004 A Series of Unfortunate Events (executive producer)
 2004 Karen Sisco (TV Series) (producer - 1 episode)
- He Was a Friend of Mine (2004) ... (producer)
 2004 The Ladykillers (producer)
 2002 Big Trouble (producer)
 2001-2002 The Tick (TV Series) (executive producer - 9 episodes)
- The Terror (2002) ... (executive producer)
- Arthur, Interrupted (2002) ... (executive producer)
- The Tick vs. Justice (2002) ... (executive producer)
- The Big Leagues (2001) ... (executive producer)
- Arthur Needs Space (2001) ... (executive producer)
 2000 The Crew (producer)
 2000 Secret Agent Man (TV Series) (executive producer - 12 episodes)
- The Breach (2000) ... (executive producer)
- TKO Henry (2000) ... (executive producer)
- Fail-Safe (2000) ... (executive producer)
- Uncle S.A.M. (2000) ... (executive producer)
- Sleepers (2000) ... (executive producer)
 1999 Wild Wild West (producer)
 1999 Partners (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1998-1999 Fantasy Island (TV Series) (executive producer - 13 episodes)
- Heroes (1999) ... (executive producer)
- The Real Thing (1999) ... (executive producer)
- Innocent (1999) ... (executive producer)
- Let Go (1998) ... (executive producer)
- Wishboned (1998) ... (executive producer)
 1998 Maximum Bob (TV Series) (executive producer - 3 episodes)
- A Little Tail (1998) ... (executive producer)
- Wandalust (1998) ... (executive producer)
- Pilot (1998) ... (executive producer)
 1998 Out of Sight (executive producer)
 1995 Get Shorty (executive producer)
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[on what he took away from each "Men in Black" film] - The first one was unique because it was the first one in the series and we got to create this world. What we realized in the second movie is that we thought the first movie was a comedy, and we realized that it was funny, but not a comedy. And the second one was too, "funny" or "joke-y," and we were trying for comic-beats as apposed to ... See more »

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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 »

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