Barry Sonnenfeld


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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 & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Known For

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

Filmography

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 2022 Disenchanted (producer) (post-production)
 2021 Schmigadoon! (TV Series) (executive producer - 5 episodes)
- Tribulation (2021) ... (executive producer)
- Suddenly (2021) ... (executive producer)
- Cross That Bridge (2021) ... (executive producer)
- Lovers' Spat (2021) ... (executive producer)
- Schmigadoon! (2021) ... (executive producer)
 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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Spouse:

Susan Ringo  (1 child)

Children:

Chloe Sonnenfeld | See more »
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

A director sits on the set 11 and a half hours a day. And for 30 minutes they get to direct. See more »

Trivia:

Was offered the job of directing Forrest Gump (1994), but declined. The job then went to Robert Zemeckis, who won an Academy Award for it. See more »

Trademark:

Large opening credits that combine his handwriting and a thin chalk drawn font that pays homage to Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) See more »

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